Creating Christmas decorations with my son has become one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. We’ve colored, painted, stickered, stamped, and glued almost every kind of craft material possible this year. I have tried to come up with as many hands on activities as possible for him over the last two months. His attention span is growing and when he finds an activity he likes he becomes completely consumed by it. While other times, some activities are just not his thing or he has grown board with the routine of that particular challenge. This activity was one that he didn’t find too much interest in, maybe he was tired of doing sticky activities. Either way creating these cute little Christmas trees could be fun for so many age groups not just toddlers.
There are two types of Christmas tree activities that are mentioned below. Both could be set up for different aged kids by adding more challenging materials.
For the first tree you will need sticky backed foam sheets and colorful pom-poms. This one is fairly easy to set up. I have attached a cut out so you can measure and cut out the tree shape; make sure you cut before pulling the back paper off. Somehow, I wasn’t thinking clearly, pregnancy brain possibly, and made a huge mistake by pulling the paper off then trying to cut it. Once you make the cone shape the kids can start decorating. I used a bowl to hold the pom-poms and had to steady the tree for him. As I said earlier, he wasn’t that into decorating and instead wanted to filled up the inside of the cone with poms, which I let him do. Who am I to say how he ‘must’ do an activity. Only thing was the tree wasn’t as colorful as I had imagined, but it’s his art and once he says done then his work’s complete.
For the second tree, I used a paper party hat, green paint, tape, and stickers. This one I actually painted and threw the stickers on myself, I think he is a littler bit over making little Christmas trees. Maybe we will try again in a week or so. To start, I folded with party hat inside out and placed a piece of tape on the inside to keep it closed. Then I used Christmas green acrylic paint to cover the entire outside. Once it dries it was ready for decorating. This tree could be decorated in so many different ways, stickers, paint, stamps, poms, buttons, sequins, or practically anything else you could think of.
Hope you have as much fun making trees as we did!