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String Christmas Tree Card for Kids to Make


Brighten up the holiday by having the kids make cards to give to family and friends!  Kid-made cards are one of the best gifts to give this Christmas season.  Spread some holiday cheer with these string art for kids Christmas cards! These kid-made cards are fun, colorful, and a great way to keep the kiddos busy over holiday break.  

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My kids are big fans of creating, so why not put that creativity to use by having them make Christmas cards to gift to others during this holiday season?  These Christmas cards for kids are fun to make-- you may end up with enough for several family, friends, and/or neighbors.

We are also big fans of yarn and string crafts, thus was our inspiration for these kid made Christmas cards!

Christmas Cards for Kids to Make



Using many materials we had around the house, my kids made several String Christmas Tree Cards!


Supplies:

  • embellishments (optional)
  • pencil 

  • glue


String Tree Christmas Card Instructions


Fold a piece of cardstock in half to form a card.

Open the card and on the inside, draw a triangle shape that will become the string tree.  It may be helpful to create a triangle template from another piece of cardstock.
kid made christmas card supplies


Using an X-acto knife or the tips of the scissors, cut out the triangle shape from the cardstock.

You may have to trace over it with something sharp, and then insert the scissors to cut the rest of the shape.

Christmas Tree Paper Card Craft


Next, take hold punch along the edge of the triangle shape.  Be careful not too get too close to the edge of the triangle.

You may wish to measure out how far apart you want your holes to be, but we did not.

lacing christmas tree card kids can make

Take your chosen color of string and begin lacing it through the holes.

If you wish to add beads, thread a bead onto the sting before lacing the string through a hole.

Choose to lace the string in a zig-zag pattern, horizontal back and forth, or at random!

string art christmas tree card


Tape the ends of the string to the inside of the card.

To add a POP of color, glue another piece of cardstock on the inside of the card- covering the string tree.

christmas tree paper craft for kids

Finally, add embellishments if you wish to decorate around the string tree!

For extra spark, we hold punched stars from glitter contact paper.  You may wish to add:
stickers
glitter glue designs
lines drawn with markers
buttons
tree trunk
etc!

On the inside of the Christmas card, write a special little message.

These string tree Christmas cards for kids to make turned out lovely!!  Here's a picture of 4 of the 5 cards.

christmas cards for kids to make

I LOVE how they turned out!

My kiddos can't wait to gift them to family and friends!

kid made christmas cards

Tip: Make sure to use cardstock for this Christmas card.  The card will be sturdier.  The string tree will hold tighter... it will give a nicer look all around.

string art christmas tree cards for kids to make


Hope enjoyed this Christmas card tutorial for kids!

We joined a few other bloggers to share some fun Kid-Made Christmas ornaments, cards, and gifts:



Kid Made Christmas Card

Glow-in-the-Dark Christmas Tree Card from KidsMinds

Sugar Scrub DIY Christmas Gift Kids Can Make from Creative Little Explorers

Gingerbread Man Photo Ornament from Teach Me Mommy

Visit Teach Me Mommy for more awesome Kid-Made Christmas Ideas!

Adorable Gingerbread Man Ornament for Little Hands


Decorate your Christmas tree with these adorable, non-edible gingerbread ornaments!  This gingerbread man activity for preschoolers is great for little hands.  Unleash creativity and work on fine motor skills as he/she creates their own gingerbread man ornament!  


gingerbread man activities for preschoolers

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Gingerbread men aren't just for eating!  Make an adorable non-edible gingerbread ornament for the Christmas tree.... although, this craft may make you hungry some cinnamon, brown sugar, and molasses goodness!

Oh, if only I could snap my fingers and a magical Christmas fairy would leave a plate of gingerbread cookies as I write this!!  ... One can wish!

If you really wanna know, I am drooling over these Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting!!

But the next best thing besides eating gingerbread, is filling this holiday season with various gingerbread man crafts!!

This gingerbread man ornament is great for preschoolers!

Gingerbread Man Activities for Preschool


Enjoy these gingerbread man theme preschool activities:

... and this Non-Edible Gingerbread Ornament!

Supplies:

  • empty cereal or cracker box
  • scissors
  • paintbrush


How to Make A Non-Edible Gingerbread Ornament


From a cereal box (or similar), trace and cut out a gingerbread man outline.


Have your child paint the gingerbread outline with brown paint.  Allow to dry.

Once dried, add glitter glue decorations like a bow-tie, rosy red cheeks, and wavy lines.

Add eyes and a mouth with a sharpie marker or regular ball point pen.


gingerbread man activities for preschoolers - gingerbread ornament

Next, with a hole punch, work around the gingerbread man outline creating holes about 1/2-1 inch apart.  


More holes = more lacing, which may mean hands tire quicker.

Less holes = less lacing.

Knowing your child's abilities and limits, space the hole punches accordingly.

Tie an end of the white yarn through one of the holes.

Have your child begin lacing the thread in and out around the gingerbread man's body.


This white yarn gives the gingerbread ornament some "icing!"


gingerbread ornament for preschoolers

Continue lacing the white yarn around the gingerbread man's body til you reach the hole where you started.  

Tie the ends together, and then create a loop and tie again so that you can hang your gingerbread ornament on the tree!  

Isn't this gingerbread ornament so adorable?!  I could just eat it up!!  

non-edible gingerbread ornament


Find more Kid-Made Christmas Gifts, Ornaments, & Cards at Teach Me Mommy! 

This Snowman Money Holderfrom Kimspired DIY is a fun way to gift gift cards! 

These Cocoa Christmas Tubes from KidsMinds would be a fun gift to give neighbors, friends, and/or would make great stocking suffers! 

Have a golfer in the family?  Why not gift them with a colorful set of Golf Balls from your little artist(s)?

Make up some simple kid-made Christmas cards using recycled wrapping paper!


Kid-Made Christmas Ornament

Bubble Wrap Painting Christmas Craft


The Christmas season is a great time to dig in and get crafty with your kids.  Here's a simple and fun Christmas Tree Craft using bubble wrap.  This neat print-making craft is great for kids of all ages-- toddlers will be in awe of making prints, and preschool and older children will enjoy adding sparkles and sequins to decorate the tree.  Afterward, give this bubble wrap craft to family and/or friends!


bubble wrap painting

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I'm not sure who loves bubble wrap packaging more-- me or my kids.  I love to stash it away for craft projects.  My kids love pretending they are lily-pads and jump incessantly on them filling the air with giggles and popping noises!

If you typically throw it away, I say, STOP!  Save some bubble wrap for this simple and fun Christmas tree craft for the kids! 

Bubble Wrap Painting


Bubble wrap provides a creative way to paint.  Who knew bubble wrap could be used for more than packing boxes?!  

I just love these Bubble Wrap Rainbows from I Heart Crafty Things.  

These Bubble Wrap Turkey Feathers from Craft Morning are adorable.  

You can even make sheep like Red Ted Art!

And since the Christmas season is upon us, you can make a Christmas Tree Bubble Wrap Painting-- a simple Christmas craft for kids!  Or make several and turn them into Christmas cards for family and friends!

Christmas Tree Bubble Wrap Painting


Supplies:
  • Sheet of bubble wrap
  • foam brush
  • green craft paint
  • construction paper
  • small decorative items: sequins, glitter, gems
  • glue

Take a foam brush and dip it into a container of green paint.  Paint a thick layer of paint in the shape of a Christmas tree onto the bubble wrap.




simple christmas craft for kids : bubble wrap painting

Carefully pick up the bubble wrap and press the painted side onto another sheet of paper.



Lift up the bubble wrap to reveal your bubble wrap printed Christmas tree!

**Alternatively, you could paint the whole sheet of bubble wrap green, press the bubble wrap onto another sheet of paper, and then cut a Christmas tree shape from the print.  Either way works!

bubble wrap printmaking

If desired, sprinkle a layer of glitter on the wet spots.

Add small decorative items to trim the tree.  


Some ideas are:
  • buttons
  • sequins
  • gems
  • ribbon
  • miniature bows
  • stickers


christmas tree bubble wrap prints

Finally, add a star sticker to the top of your bubble wrap printed Christmas tree.


If several children are involved in this bubble wrap painting craft, make cards and give them to friends and family this holiday season! 


bubble wrap painting christmas tree


This simple Christmas craft doesn't take long to make, but it's a great way to unleash creativity and have fun crafting with your kids!  

Enjoy this fun process!  I foresee my kids asking to do lots more bubble wrap painting in the future!

Christmas Tree Bubble Wrap Painting

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Easy Color Matching Activity for Little Learners


Here's a low-prep color matching activity for little ones!  Great for fine motor skills and visual discrimination!  Perfect to put together for quiet time, meal prep, or while working with older kids!  Set up this easy matching activity for your toddler, preschooler, or Kindergartner today! 


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color matching activity

Little ones are often eager to learn, do, and explore at the worst of times:

  • trying to prep meal time
  • while giving a spelling test to the older kiddos
  • when mama just needs morethanasecond of quiet time
  • etc.
  • etc.


And that is just how this matching activity came to be!  My littlest was eager to do "school" like his older siblings, and while I have a cupboard of games within reach, none of those ideas were satisfying enough for him at the moment.  

Quickly rummaging through our cluttered school table, I happened upon some dot stickers.  And a simple idea struck! 

I hoped this little activity would keep him content while I finished up working with the older kiddos.  I figured it had to keep him busy for a few minutes at least.  He is in a phase where he LOVES stickers.  And they always end up in the most random places.... his body, my hardwood floor, and sometimes on my backside!  ha!  

Anyways, using the dot stickers I put together a simple color matching activity!

Matching Activity


Supplies:


This matching activity is great for little hands!  It also is a great way to sneak in fine motor skills and visual discrimination!




sticker matching activity

How to Set Up This Color Matching Activity


With just a few minutes before everyone around me lost interest in their school work, I quickly put together this color matching activity.

On a sheet of white paper, I drew small circles roughly the same size as the tiny dot stickers.

I drew several green, red, yellow, and blue circles on the paper matching the colors to the stickers.

Once the circles were drawn, I handed the activity over to my little one!

color matching activity


Color Matching Activity for Little Ones


With an activity prepped for my little one, I then turned my attention back to my older ones.  

Meanwhile, my 3 year old worked on matching the colors of the dot stickers to the circles on the paper.

He peeled off the stickers and worked every so diligently to place the sticker inside the color circle on the paper.

This activity was a win-win!

  • It was easy to put together!  Yay for low-prep activities!
  • Great for fine motor skills!
  • Encouraged independence!
  • It kept him occupied!
  • The task of putting the sticker inside the circle worked on visual skills! 



I chose to use tiny dot stickers as that is what I had at the moment, but if tiny dot stickers would frustrate your little one, use the bigger stickers instead!

Encourage your child to fill up as many circles with stickers as he/she can.

Once your child has matched stickers to circles, if there is interest, have your child connect the colored dots!

I love sharing little ways to learn and play with your kiddos today!  Thankfully, this kept my 3 year old busy for a few minutes.  He didn't finish filling in all of the circles, but I think the task tired him out a bit because when he was done, he was content enough to find something else to do while I finished up with my older ones!

Give this easy matching activity a try with your little(s), too!

If your little is loving stickers, too you also might like making some DIY Sticker Matching Sheets!

sticker matching activity

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Pinch Pot Monsters - Clay Making for Kids


Enjoy creating Pinch Pot Monsters for a fun clay making project for kids!  This clay art and craft is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages!  It's a great way to unleash creativity, sneak in fine motor skills, and explore texture and mark-making! 


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Pinch Pot Monsters

In our sequel to 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Kids Ages 1-5, we shared a fun and simple clay making activity for kids-- pinch pots.  Pinch Pots are GREAT for fine motor skills as you work to manipulate a ball of clay into a bowl.  




Well, after reading a fun book called Miss Turie's Magical Creatures, we upped our Pinch Pot-making game!   

The book inspired us to make Pinch Pot Monsters! 

Pinch Pot Monsters


Go beyond a simple pinch pot bowl and try this creative activity making Pinch Pot Monsters! 


Supplies:

How to Make Clay Pinch Pots


To begin making your pinch pot monsters, you need to form a basic pinch pot.

Grab a handful of clay and work it into a ball by rolling it between your palms.

Next, push your thumb into the middle to create the "bowl."  From the edges, begin pinching around to create a larger opening. 

** Note:  We used Crayola Air Dry Clay, but Polymer Clay should also work just fine.

Making Pinch Pot Monsters

Next, we read through Miss Turie's Magical Creatures again to get some inspiration for our clay monsters.


About Miss Turie's Magical Creatures


We received this fantastic new children's book for free, but it's such a fun read with colorful illustrations that I encourage all ya'll to add it to your book wish-list for the kids or grab a copy from your library.

From Amazon:


"Dragons, Chimeras, and Hydras, oh my!
Come explore Miss Turie's Magic Creatures, the most exotic pet store you've ever seen! Miss Turie guarantees to "have the pet that's right for you," but can she find a match for her toughest customer yet?
Told in an upbeat, fast-paced rhyme, children will laugh as they learn about mythical creatures and contemplate what they might be like as a household pet. Following the story is a catalog of each featured creature with a more detailed history. "

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From Clay Bowl to Pinch Pot Monsters


The pinch pot bowl you just created will become the monster's mouth.  

Now begin creating your monster by adding more clay to form eyes, teeth, and even a tail! 

Grab more clay and begin pinching, rolling, and shaping it into elements to add to your monster. 


pinch pot monsters clay craft idea

My 11 year old created the coolest Pinch Pot Monster- by far!  (see above).   Through our homeschool co-op, he just so happened to finish up a unit working with clay, so he knew how to smooth out the clay with water and how to add marks to create lines and details.

Below is the Pinch Pot Monster my 7 year old created!

I even made a pinch pot monster, too!!  Indeed, this creative clay art and craft is great for all ages!

Tip!!  As noted above, to smooth out fingerprints and cracks, went a small sponge of paper towel with water and rub out the imperfections in the clay.

Also, adding lines and other details need to be made before the clay dries! 

modeling pinch pot monsters

The Crayola Air Dry Clay we used began hardening soon after we left our monsters un-touched to dry.

We waited a couple days to paint them, but they were dry long before that.

Note:  I'm not sure if it was the clay or perhaps we rolled out our pieces too thin, but several pieces did break off through gentle touch and movement of the monsters.  Thus mine went from two- eyes, to a one-eyed monster! 

To finish off our Pinch Pot Monsters, we dazzled them up with color!

Painting Pinch Pot Monsters

Using Crayola's Washable Paint, we created some of the most colorful monsters you have ever seen!!  

They truly belonged in Miss Turie's Pet Shop, too!! ha!!

Pinch Pot Monsters from Clay

My Pinch Pot Monster is quite the beast-- with a polka dot tongue and octopus-like tentacles!

This was such a fun art project!!  Clay making is a super fun and simple activity for the kids!

And whether you decide to get crazy and create monsters or not, pinch pots make wonderful kid-made gifts!!

Enjoy this fun Clay Art & Craft idea!! 


Pinch Pot Monsters Clay Project

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