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.






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






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



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











square fine motor christmas trees


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Snow & Ice Salt Writing Tray

Frozen-inspired Salt Writing Tray


I am somewhat obsessed with the smooth, shiny, ice-like texture from corn syrup paint.  A few weeks ago we created a Frozen-inspired name painting.  After it was finished, I thought it would be a great for a salt writing tray as well!


Little Brother and I had a great time making and playing with this fun salt-writing tray!  It is a great way for him to practice forming the letters of the alphabet (in addition to shapes and numbers…and anything else he wants to “write”).


Here’s what you’ll need:  A tray that is a couple inches deep (I used the top of a to-go container, but a pizza box would work great too), corn syrup, food coloring, glitter, and salt!  




1.  Combine corn syrup, blue food coloring, and glitter to make your “ice”.  Paint it on the bottom of you tray.  (Note:  I would recommend using a tray that is completely flat.  Ours took days to “dry” because it had ridges and curves which meant we had to use a lot of paint.  Keep in mind–the less “paint” you use, the better!)




2.  Let it dry completely.  This could take a few hours up to a day or two, depending on how much corn syrup paint you use.




3.  Once it is completely dry, add your salt until there is a smooth layer over the surface of the tray.




4.  Let your little one get busy writing letters, drawing shapes, or numbers in the salt tray!




Little Brother loved the feeling of the icy paint underneath the “snow”.















Salt-Writing Tray Inspired by Frozen



Snow and Ice Salt Writing Tray



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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).  







1.  Paint the craft sticks with white acrylic paint.



2.  Let dry.




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.








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




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




5.  Attach a ribbon to the top to hang.











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.  




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.




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.




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




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














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















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Frozen-inspired Painting

Frozen-inspired painting


Brrrrrr…it’s cold outside!  Little Brother and I spent our first frosty morning of the season with this Frozen-inspired painting activity.  I absolutely love using corn syrup as paint because it dries shiny (we have made a fishbowl inspired by One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and a rainbow using corn syrup as well).  This time we added glitter for a whole new sparkly effect!


Here’s what you’ll need:  a paintbrush, washi tape, a piece of cardstock, corn syrup, food coloring and glitter (which we received compliments of!  



 1.  Mix the corn syrup with a few drops of food coloring and some glitter for your “paint”.





2.  Place the washi tape on the piece of cardstock to make your child’s name (or another design).




3.  Paint all over with the corn syrup paint!  (FYI:  If the corn syrup is super-thick, it will take quite a while to dry…so encourage your little one to spread it on pretty thin!)



 4.  Let it dry completely and then remove the tape!




 It glitters and shines in the light!




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