Hi friends! Am I the only one having a hard time keeping my little ones away from the Christmas tree this year? Thank goodness I only used soft ornaments this time around…it’s already been pulled down once! After seeing how much my twins love rearranging my handiwork, I thought I would give them their own sticky trees to decorate. This easy-to-prepare holiday activity is the perfect mix of sensory play, creativity, and fine-motor fun. Come decorate with us!
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To create our trees, I took sheets of green poster board, rolled them into cones, and taped them in place. Then I trimmed around the bottom of my cones to make them level enough to stand. Next, I took clear Contact paper, cut it into large strips, peeled the backing off, and wrapped them around the tree adhesive side out, securing with tape where needed (you won’t need much tape if you are able to overlap each strip a little onto the one before it).
Once our trees were covered, the real fun began! I set out bowls containing a variety of materials from my craft/sensory stash, including feathers, sequins, yarn (for garland), sparkly pom-poms, buttons, and felt cut-outs.
True to form, my little ones wasted no time diving right in! I helped them wrap the yarn around the trees for our garland, but otherwise I simply watched from the sidelines and provided language support by commenting on the different colors, textures, and sizes of the items.
The twins were very engaged with this activity and played on and off all day with the materials. I like how the Contact paper allows them to reposition their “ornaments” as much as they want.
Sydney in particular was very focused on getting all of her buttons placed just right on the trees.
Will, on the other hand, was in the mood to be a little goofy today. He was pretending to feed buttons to the dinosaur on his shirt when one of them stuck there…he thought that was hilarious!
And there you have it! Younger tots will be plenty stimulated by simply sticking the items on the trees and taking them back off. Make the activity into a game with older toddlers/preschoolers by having them follow simple (“Put the feather at the top of the tree”) or more complex (“Put the yellow star beside the green feather”) directions. This is a great activity for targeting prepositions (position words; i.e. beside, under, on top). Have fun and be sure to proudly display your little ones’ creations when they are done!