Shape Christmas Tree

Here’s an easy Christmas craft…and a great way to practice shapes and colors, too!  This would work great at a preschool/kindergarten holiday party.  I did the first two steps myself because my girls aren’t great with scissors.

1. Cut out 5 green triangles.  Start with a small one and get gradually bigger.  My smallest is about 3 inches across the largest is about 8 inches.

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2.  Cut out shapes in different colors.  I stuck with circle, triangle, square, and rectangle, but you could get all fancy with hexagons, ovals, and trapezoids for older kiddos.

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3.  Get your crafty kiddos and talk about how triangles could make a tree.  Have them arrange the triangles from largest to smallest.

4.  Glue the top couple inches of the biggest triangle and place the next biggest triangle on top of it.  Continue until all triangles are glued together.

5.  Glue on the shape ornaments.  I found it is easier for kids to make a dot with the glue stick directly on the tree, then stick the ornament on the dot.

6.  Have fun decorating the tree with shapes!  Identify the shape and color of the ornament when they pick it up or ask them to identify.  See if they want to make a pattern.

Here’s my four-year-old’s masterpiece glued on red paper.  She is so proud that it is now part of our Christmas decorations!

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Materials:

  • colored construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue stick

Time investment: 10 minutes for adult cutting prep and 10-15 minutes for kids to glue craft

Difficulty:  The only difficult part is cleaning up all those extra shapes that will scattered on the floor. 🙂

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Christmas Handprint Wreath

Big Sis has been BEGGING me to make holiday crafts.  I pulled out the old tried and true handprint wreath. Gotta love it.  First I cut a circle out of a cereal box for a sturdy backing.

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When she was finished, I traced handprints on that paper, too.  Hint: fold the paper so you only have to cut one time.  I got four hands out of one sheet of paper.  Then we glued the handprints to the cardboard and stuck on some red circles (berries) and ribbon for good measure.  A four-year-old did the placement and gluing, so it isn’t quite Pinterest worthy but I like it.

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You can vary your involvement depending on the age and abilities of your kiddo.  Toddlers could do the scribbing, and you do the rest.  Or an older kid would be able to the whole project by themselves.

Materials:

  • green, red, and white paper
  • markers and crayons
  • ribbon
  • cereal box or other cardboard
  • scissors
  • glue

Time investment: under 30 minutes

Difficulty: So easy your dog could do it.  If he could cut paper.