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Christmas Lights Button Snake Busy Bag Activity

Baby Brother was still a wee-bit too young for our Christmas Lights Button Snake when I made it last Christmas, but the idea struck and I just had to make it.  It'll be perfect for him to work on this Christmas.

My 5 and 4 year old looked so old doing this activity, and truth is... they were pros!  They had no issues stringing the felt Christmas lights on the button snake.  

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Yay for fine motor skills!  If your child needs a bit more practice strengthening dexterity, coordination, finger movement, etc.-- this button snake is easy to put together and can be stored away to be played with over and over again.

Christmas Fine Motor Skills Busy Bag 

Supplies Needed:

To make the felt Christmas lights I free-handed a Christmas bulb onto a piece of felt and drew it out.  

I then used that piece as a template and drew on the other pieces of colored felt.

Cut out each Christmas light with a good set of scissors!  A good pair of adult scissors really makes a difference when cutting the felt.

Next I took some glitter glue and went back and forth at the top of the Christmas light.  Let it dry.

I folded the felt Christmas lights in half {top to bottom} and cut a small slit in the middle of the felt.  

This will be where the button is pushed through; make sure it is big enough for the buttons, but not too large so that the button just slides through without much effort.
christmas fine motor skills busy bag

To make the button snake, cut a piece of ribbon long enough to fit the felt Christmas lights.  

You could use a needle and thread and sew a button onto each end of the ribbon, OR you could simplify the project if your attempt at putting the thread thought the eye of the needle failed miserably, by using a hot glue gun. 

Yep, that is what I did folks--- and it works!

christmas fine motor skills busy bag

Once the Christmas Lights Button Snake is assembled, it is time for your little one to work on those fine motor skills!

Have your child thread the Christmas lights onto the button snake in any random order, or call out a color for you child to thread onto the button snake.

You could also add letters or numbers to the felt lights to work on more early learning concepts.

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My 5 and 4 year old managed to work through this activity pretty quickly, but this will be the perfect fine motor activity for Baby Brother this year!

Enjoy more Christmas inspired fine motor skills ideas:

Fine Motor Skills Christmas Tree Craft