X was feeling the crafty Christmas spirit, so I put together this simple toddler craft for him. Added bonuses include an adorable finished product and some fine motor skill building during creation! Oh, and it's also fun for older siblings should you have any of those.
I presented him with a sticky tree (I'll explain how to make that below) and he got to pick out which sequins, from a big 'ol mixed pile, were going to become the ornaments on his tree.
He was VERY specific about what went where. Oh how I love toddler art!!!
S has been learning about symmetry and so she made her tree completely symmetric.
Once your kiddos are done decorating, firmly press some green paper down over the tree and tape all the edges.
And voila - adorable tree!
To make a sticky tree (glue just mostly frustrates X so we skip it), fold a piece of paper in half and cut out the pattern of a tree in the center. If you don't feel like drawing a tiered tree like I did, you can just draw a big triangle. I promise your kids will be just as excited. :) Then, using the grid on the back of a roll of Contact Paper, cut a rectangle of contact paper that will cover the front of your tree paper. Peel the backing off the contact paper and lay it from top to bottom, pressing on the edges as you go, such that it completely covers the front of your tree paper. Next, flip the paper over and tape it in place at the top and bottom and give your child a pile of mixed sequins or other decorations (cut up pieces of paper or foam, etc) to decorate their tree!
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.