Fine Motor Christmas Trees

Fine motor christmas trees



 

After Christmas last year, I scored some great deals that I tucked away until this year.  Unfortunately, the holiday season has flown by and I have hardly had a chance to break them out…until today!  Little Brother and I used the pre-cut foam Christmas trees for a little fine motor practice (and a cute decoration).  These fine motor Christmas trees would make great ornaments or gift tags!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  Craft Foam Christmas Trees, hole punch, pipe cleaners, tape, and beads or sequins.

 

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 1.  Use the hole punch to make holes in the foam Christmas trees.

 

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 2.  Tape one end of the pipe cleaner to the back of the Christmas tree.

 

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 3.  Thread the sequins and/or beads through the pipe cleaner and through the holes in the Christmas trees.

 

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Check out more great Christmas activities here and on our Pinterest board.

 

Elf Munch with White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S®

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S®. All opinions are 100% mine.



Christmas is just around the corner!  Although Santa may love cookies, his elves sure do love this Elf Munch.  :)  The recipe is super simple and will take less than 10 minutes to throw together!  Make some with your kiddos and package in a Glad Holiday Storage Container (available at Target only) for Santa to take back to the most underappreciated characters of Christmas!  After all, they are the ones who do all the work!  :)

Here are the ingredients:  Unbuttered Popcorn, Marshmallows, Butter, brown sugar (not pictured), White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S® (available at Target only), and Glad Holiday Storage containers.

 

 

1.  Melt 3 cups of miniature marshmallows with 2 tablespoons of butter.  I put mine in a microwave-safe bowl and microwaved for 2 minutes and then stirred.  You could also do it over the stove.

 

 

2.  Add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar to the mixture, stir well, and microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir well and continue microwaving for 30-second increments until the mixture is smooth.  Make sure not to burn the brown sugar as you are microwaving.

The mixture should be slightly golden brown and smooth.


3.  Pop a bag of unbuttered microwave popcorn according to package instructions and remove all the remaining kernels.

4.  Add a generous amount of White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S® and mix well (admittedly, we used most of the bag).  :)

5.  Spread out the mixture onto a piece of waxed paper into small clumps and let “dry” until it is no longer super sticky to the touch.


 The recipe is similar to a popcorn ball…but those are way too awkward to eat, in my opinion.  :)  The White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’S® make it perfectly delicious with a hint of peppermint!

 

 

Use Glad Holiday Storage Products to store as well as give to friends, neighbors, and elves!


…and be sure to keep some around for your family as well!  :)

Glad Holiday Storage Containers are also great for other goodies…like these M&M’s Chocolate Cookie Espresso Bites.  The recipe can be found on the package of the storage containers!

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Yarn Wrapped Snowflake Ornaments

Yarn-Wrapped Snowflake Ornament



 

 

I have had it on my “list” for us to make these yarn wrapped snowflake ornaments for the last two years, ever since I first found these Woodsies skill sticks.  We have made other snowflake ornaments before, but these are very different from our puffy snowflakes.

 

In addition to being a cute ornament, wrapping the yarn around the craft sticks is also great fine motor practice!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  Woodsies Skill Sticks, white yarn, white paint, a paintbrush, ribbon, and a hot glue gun (not pictured).  

 

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1.  Paint the craft sticks with white acrylic paint.

 

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2.  Let dry.

 

 

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3.  Have an adult use the hot glue gun and glue the craft sticks together.  You could do 3 or 4 sticks in a snowflake pattern.

 

 

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4.  Tie the white yarn onto one of the notches and then encourage your child to wrap the yarn around the craft sticks.

 

 

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It works best if you start on the inside and work your way out.

 

 

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5.  Attach a ribbon to the top to hang.

 

 

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Check out more Christmas activities here and on our Christmas Pinterest board.

 

 

Lighted Shadowbox Nativity

Lighted Shadowbox Nativity



 

My favorite Christmas decorations are Nativity sets.  We have a few Santa and Snowmen decorations here and there, but we have several Nativities.  I just love the simplicity of Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus in the manger.  And I love how a nativity reflects the true meaning of Christmas!

 

For this craft, I was inspired by the Stained Glass Nativity from Meaningful Mama.  Little Brother and I decided to make our own shadowbox version using the top of a clear plastic to-go container.  I didn’t want to run to the store, so we decided to use what we had.  In hindsight, I wish I would have just purchased a shadowbox because I would love to keep this to display year after year!  We might end up just having to make another one!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  a shadowbox deep enough to hold a tealight (we just used the top of a clear to-go container), battery-operated tealights, orange and yellow tissue paper, scissors, a glue stick, a simple Nativity silhouette, and an Xacto knife.  

 

 

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1.  Print off the nativity scene and then use an Xacto knife to cut out the silhouette.  CAUTION:  This step is for adults only.  DO NOT let your child use the Xacto knife.

 

 

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2.  Lay the nativity onto your shadowbox and tape in a couple spots to keep it from sliding.  As you can see, we used the top of a clear carry out container to make our shadowbox.

 

 

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As you can see, we used the top of a clear carry out container to make our shadowbox.

 

 

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3.  Use a glue stick to add glue to the pieces of tissue paper.  Glue on top of the nativity.

 

 

 

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4.  Use a battery-powered tealight behind the shadowbox to illuminate.

 

 

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Ta-da!

 

 

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Be sure to check out more Christmas crafts here and on our Christmas Pinterest Board.

 

 

Shape Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Shape Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers

 

These Shape Ornaments were so simple to make and would be a great craft for toddlers and preschoolers learning to recognize shapes!  Little Brother enjoyed getting to decorate some ornaments for our tree while I was happy to sneak in a little learning.  :)

Here’s what you’ll need:  craft sticks, Elmer’s glue, paint (which we received compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com), a paintbrush, ribbon, decorations, and a hot glue gun (or tacky glue).

 

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1.  Glue your craft sticks in the shape you wish to make.  We made a triangle for a tree and a square for a present.

 

 

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2.  Paint!

 

 

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3.  We let the first coat dry and then painted a second coat.  Let dry completely.

 

 

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4.  Start adding your embellishments.  We used leftover pom-poms from our pom-pom sorting activity.

 

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 5.  Use your hot glue gun to add the ribbon to the back (and we added a bow on the front of our square “present”).

 

 

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They look so cute on our Christmas tree!