My kiddos love a chance to create!  So why work on strengthening those fine motor skills while creating an adorable Christmas tree craft?  

Sounds like a winning activity to me!

christmas tree craft for kids

There are so many fun ways to work on fine motor skills; I even co-authored TWO books full of fine motor skills ideas!  Check them out!

Our recent Christmas Tree Craft is full of opportunities for your child to work on finger dexterity, pinching, grasping, cutting, etc!

Easy Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

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green and yellow scrapbook paper
ribbon or yarn

christmas tree craft for kids

The idea is simple-- encourage your child to decorate his/ her own christmas tree!  Present the materials to your child along with a large green triangle that is to be the Christmas tree.

You could add pom poms, stickers, gift bows, and more to your supply list if you choose.  The materials to use for this activity are endless!

But first, before your child decorates the tree-- he/she needs to snip the sides with scissors!  Here is where your child will practice scissor skills.

christmas tree craft

After the tree has been snipped, next comes the garland.  Encourage your child to pinch the ribbon and wrap it around the tree.

christmas tree craft

More pinching skills next as your child decorates the tree with sequins!

christmas tree craft kids

Once your tree has been decorated, don't forget to add a star on top!

Cutting, wrapping, pinching, pasting, and more!  I just love how the Christmas trees turned out!  My 5 year old did the tree on the left, and my 3 year old surprised me with his scissor skills and created the tree on the left.

christmas tree craft

More Christmas Tree Activities:
Stuffed Christmas Tree
20+ Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Make
Button Christmas Tree

As we head into this busy holiday season, make time to allow for creative craft time for your kids like this adorable Christmas tree craft!

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Our school room wall has become quite an impressive art gallery!  We have our letter of the week crafts along the top of the wall and various art projects my kiddos have done over the past few years.  Yes... years!  Some pieces of artwork I can just not take down as they are too precious, like the portrait Big Brother did 2ish years ago of little brother-- then just a baby.  It is too.stinkin'.adorable!!

Another piece of art went up on our wall recently-- Little Sis and I put together a collaborative piece of art using pipe cleaners.

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process art for kids
Have you ever given your child a material or two and just let them create?!  Truth be told, giving up a sense of "control" over the outcome leaves me a bit unsettled... but the anxiety fades as I see pure joy over my kiddos faces as they create to their liking.  

Nothing can compare to the squeals of delight and accomplishment, "Mom!! Look what I did!"-- and though it may not be what I would have done, that is exactly the point of process art.

Process art can be done with a number of materials; we chose to use pipe cleaners.

process art with pipe cleaners

pipe cleaners
thick black paper
hot glue gun

Since little fingers are working on this project, make sure the glue gun is low heat and the child knows how to use it.  Adult supervision is recommended.

process art activity

To create your own pipe cleaner mosaic, simply bend, twist, wrap the pipe cleaner in various ways and then find a spot where you would like the pipe cleaner to go and apply the hot glue.

Press the pipe cleaner into the glue and continue with the next piece.

Cover the whole piece of black paper, or allow the black to show through.  Make zig zags, swirls, lines, shapes, etc. with your pipe cleaners.

The sky is the limit.

Enjoy the process of creating!

process art

As I mentioned above, adult supervision is required with this project.  In this collaborative process art project with Little Sis, she bent the pipe cleaners and told me where they should go.  I applied the glue.

I love the contrast of the bright colored pipe cleaners against the black background.  It makes the colors "POP!"

As we "oohed" and "ahhed" over our creation, I couldn't help but savor the moment creating with my little girl.

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Sometimes when creativity is low and you are short on time, it is best to add a twist to a classic activity.  It was one of those afternoons that was just dragging on with my little ones, so I resorted to having my 3 year old keep busy by making a paper chain.  

The paper chain is a classic.

However, I added an educational spin to the activity by having Little Brother make a name chain by linking the letters in his name.

name activity for kids
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Paper chains-- simple, quick, and easy to put together.  It was the perfect activity for that moment in time!

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It wasn't a completely independent activity as my 3 year old need some help, but it was relaxing to me to be "in the moment" working with him on something, instead of telling him to get out of the pantry for the 55th time or to stop antagonizing his older sister.  Oh, little brothers sure are fun!

Using my paper cutter {love having it almost as much as my laminator!}, I cut several strips of construction paper-- one strip for each letter of my son's name.

I wrote a letter on each paper strip and wrote out his name on a piece of paper.

name activity for kids

I showed Little Brother the letters on each strip to work on letter recognition and then told him how they are the letters in his name.

Ya know, I don't remember my other kiddos getting this way, but he just "lights up" when we say anything about his name.  I just love it!

Using the piece of paper to guide him, he found the first letter and placed glue on one end of the paper strip.  Then he folded the other side in to make a circle.
name activity for kids

Then he found the next letter, placed it through is first circle, glued the ends together.... thus, you have the beginning of a chain.

But not just any chain.... a name chain!!
name recognition activity

After, we counted how many letters make up his name and hung it on the wall!  Little Sis even made one, too!

name activity for kids

What classic activity have you done lately?  Make it "new" by adding a twist such as name recognition, counting, letters, etc!

We gave new life to our Velcro Christmas Tree by adding felt and buttons.  This new Button Christmas Tree also works to strengthen fine motor skills with your little ones.  Your toddler and preschooler will love this festive button tree activity.
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I wrapped a green piece of felt around our styrofoam tree and cut the excess off.

Next I sewed buttons onto the felt.

Cut small colorful circles from your extra pieces of felt and add a small snip to the middle. 

Since we had velcro on our styrofoam tree already, all I had to do was wrap the felt around the tree.  However, you may find it necessary to glue the green felt around the styrofoam with a hot glue gun.

Set it up to either have your child decorate the button tree by adding the felt circles to the buttons or have your child take down the felt circles.

Either way, your little one will be working on those all important fine motor skills!

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