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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square fine motor christmas trees

 

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

 

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!  

 

 

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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!)

 

 

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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.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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Salt-Writing Tray Inspired by Frozen

 

 

Snow and Ice Salt Writing Tray

 

 

Check out more snow-inspired crafts and activities here.  

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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 CraftProjectIdeas.com)!  

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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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!)

 

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

 

 

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 It glitters and shines in the light!

 

 

 

Check out more cold-weather activities here!