There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro
Jingle Bells A Pop Up Holiday Song by Eren Blanquet Unten
The Little Fire Engine by Lois Lenski
I Can't Wait for the Bell to Ring by Jennifer Rapp
Big Bell and the Little Bell by Martin Kalmanoff
Materials: small jingle bells, pipe cleaner
Description: Give your toddler a handful of small jingle bells and have them count them. Help your toddler thread a pipe cleaner through all the jingle bells and wrap it around their wrist. To secure it, just twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together. Your toddler has a fun new bracelet.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skills, teach your tot to count, teach your tot sensory development
Materials: empty egg carton, marker, 12 jingle bells
Description: Write the numbers 1-12 in each section of the egg carton. Give your toddler 12 jingle bells and have them place one in each section of the carton and count as they do this. Your little one can do this over and over again.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot to count, teach your tot one to one correspondence
Materials: a large bell or your child's jingle bell bracelet
Description: Sing the song Jingle Bells with your toddler (or you can play it if you have it on cd). Show your little one how to jingle their bell to the beat. Practice this over and over. You could also clap to the beat or beat on a drum to beat etc.
skills Targeted: teach your tot music skills, teach your tot to listen to the beat in a song, teach your tot rhythm
Materials: a paper bag, a box (with a lid), a plastic container (with a lid), a bell
Description: Your child can see how putting their bell into different containers makes it sound different. Have your toddler ring their bell and listen to the sound that it makes. Now have your toddler place the bell inside a variety of different containers and shake it to hear the sound the bell makes now. Talk to your toddler about how the bell sounds different or the same in each container.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot language development, teach your tot sensory development
Big and Small Bell Prints:
Materials: paint, paper, several jingle bells of different sizes
Description: Your toddler can make bell stamps by placing the bottom of the bell in paint and stamping it on a piece of paper. Have your toddler use different size bells and make different size stamps. Talk to your toddler about what bell makes the biggest and smallest stamps.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to Compare and contrast, teach your tot the opposites big and small, teach your tot language development
Materials: a shoe box, a piece of paper, several different size bells, paint
Description: Cut the piece of paper to fit into the bottom of the shoe box. Squirt several different colors of paint onto the piece of paper. Have your toddler place one or several bells into the box and shake the box back and forth, rolling the bells across the paper and the paint. See what kind of designs this makes and encourage your toddler to listen to the sound that the bells make as they do this.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot sensory development
Jingle Bell Hunt:
Materials: jingle bells, a stocking
Description: Hide several jingle bells all over a room in your house as your toddler closes their eyes. Your child can find the jingle bells and place them in a stocking as they find each one. Once they find all the jingle bells sit with your toddler and have your child count them.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot sensory development
Materials: cookie dough, a bell shaped cookie cutter
Description: Have your toddler help you mix all the ingredients to make cookie dough and roll it out on the counter (using lots of flour so it doesn't stick). Your toddler can press the bell shaped cookie cutter into the dough and place the cookies on a cookie sheet to bake. When they have cooled, your child can decorate them with icing and sprinkles. Leave the cookies out for Santa or package them up and take them to a neighbor or friend as a little gift.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot life skills, teach your tot motor skills, teach your tot to cook, teach your tot to give
Materials: Rigatoni noodles (dry), red and green paint, small jingle bells, yarn
Description: You and your toddler can make a fun bell necklace together. First have your child paint the noodles red and green. Let them dry completely. Next, your toddler can string the noodles and the jingle bells onto a piece of yarn. Tie the ends together, but be sure it is big enough to fit over your toddler head. Now your child has a musical necklace! (You could talk to your toddler about making a pattern as they string their necklace. Encourage them to put a noodle on, then a bell. Continue this pattern throughout the necklace.) Shake the necklaces and listen to the sounds that it makes.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot simple patterns, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to listen
Materials: jingle bells of different sizes
Description: Give your toddler a pile of different size jingle bells. Help your child sort them by size. Put all the small bells in one pile, all the medium bells in another pile and the large bells in a third pile. Your child can count each pile of bells when they are finished. Count each pile and talk to your little one about which pile has the most and which pile has the least. Talk to your toddler about what bells are the smallest and biggest. They can also put the bells in order from smallest to biggest and biggest to smallest. Have your toddler jingle each bell and listen to hear if the smaller ones and bigger ones sound different.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to sort, teach your tot to count, teach your tot to compare and contrast size, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot more and least, teach your tot opposites
Materials: different color construction paper, scissors, a jingle bell
Description: Cut out several bell shapes from different colored construction paper. Write each color word on the coordinating bell. Lay all of the bells out on the floor. Encourage your toddler to toss a jingle bell at the paper bells. Pick up the paper bell that the jingle bell lands on (or comes closest to) and have your toddler tell you what color it is. Talk about the color word on each bell and see if you toddler can identify any letters in the words. Count the bells together when they are finished. Your toddler can pretend to ring each pretend bell, making the sound that bells make! Play over and over throughout the week.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot color word recognition, teach your tot color/color word association, teach your tot to count, teach your tot letter identification, teach your tot to make sounds, teach your tot to recognize sounds, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot motor skills
Different Kinds of Bells:
Materials: Play the Sesame Street video from sesamestreet.org found below in the Online Fun section. Listen throughout the video for different types of bells. Take your toddler on a walk through your house and see what bell type sounds they can find and listen to. (Alarm clock, kitchen timer, phone ringing, door bell etc.) You could also take a walk throughout your community and listen to other bells (church bells, bells in store doorways, clock towers etc).
Skills Targeted: teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot listening skills
Songs and Fingerplays:
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way.
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh.
I had a little bell:
(sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)
I had a little bell,
little bell, little bell.
I had a little bell
I rang it all day long.
The bell went ding, ding, ding
Ding, ding, ding,
Ding, ding, ding,
The bell went ding, ding, ding
all day long.
Ten Little Bells:
one little two little three little bells
four little five little six little bells
seven little eight little nine little bells
ten little bells ringing loudly.
Print these free coloring pages from coloring.ws.
Watch "Listen to the Bells" at Sesamestreet.org.
Recipes and Snacks:
Ingredients: package cookies dough or cookie dough mix, bell cookie cutters, icing and sprinkles to decorate.
Directions: Make cookie dough according to packaging directions. Have your toddler help you knead and roll out the dough. Cut the dough with the bell cookie cutter and place on cookie sheet. Cook according to packaging directions. When the cookies are done and cooled, your toddler can help you decorate them with icing and sprinkles.