Button Christmas Tree Fine Motor Skills Activity


Here's a fun Christmas Tree activity little ones can have fun decorating over and over again! This Christmas season set up this fun, hands-on Button Christmas Tree. It's a great way to work on fine motor skills, too!

button Christmas Tree

We gave new life to our Velcro Christmas Tree by adding felt and buttons.  This new Button Christmas Tree also a great way to sneak in fine motor skills with your little ones.  
Your toddler and preschooler will love this festive button tree activity.

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Button Christmas Tree

  • styrofoam cone
  • green felt
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • buttons
  • felt (various colors, including green)

How to Make A Button Christmas Tree

First, wrap a green piece of felt around your styrofoam tree and cut the excess off.

Next use your sewing skills (or lack thereof) to sew buttons onto various places on the felt.  My sewing skills are less than stellar, so if you are in the same boat... not too worry.  Keep it simple!  Sew the thread in the holes of the buttons several times and tie a knot to secure the button.  That's it!

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

button christmas tree

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.

Now it's time to let your child decorate the Button Christmas Tree!

Button Christmas Tree for Fine Motor Skills

How to learn and play with this Button Christmas Tree:

  • 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.
  • Have your child decorate the tree using the colors you call out.
  • Match the felt ornaments to the buttons on the tree.
  • Introduce simple addition/ subtraction problems: "Add 1 ornament to the tree, now add two more.. how many are there all together?"
  • Practice counting 
  • Talk about colors

This Button Christmas Tree can easily be placed on a learning shelf for open-ended, free-play all day long.  Whether or not you decide to add more learning concepts as noted above or not, your little one will be working on those all important fine motor skills!

button christmas tree fine motor skills activity

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