This simple fine motor color-matching Christmas tree is a fun and festive way for your little one to practice sorting by color while practicing those fine motor skills! With only a few minutes of preparation, you’ll have a Christmas tree your toddler can play with over and over again!
It’s Day 1 of our #HandsOnChristmas series with Kristina from Toddler Approved! We are focusing on fine-motor activities for today and this one was a definite winner in our book. I wanted to recreate a tabletop version of our Christmas Tree Ball Sort for Toddlers and this turned out to be so fun!
This activity is perfect for toddlers who are learning to match colors. My nephew, who is nearly 2.5 years old, was the perfect age for this activity! But even my 5-year old daughter enjoyed playing with it as well!
Here are the materials you will need:
- Styrofoam or the super stiff floral foam (do not use the spongy floral foam that absorbs water as that is toxic)
- Golf Tees
- Assorted Colors of Pom-Poms
- Hot Glue Gun
- Dot Stickers (or paper reinforcements, if you can find them)
- Hole Punch
- Markers (only if using plain white dot stickers)
Directions for making the Fine Motor Color-Matching Christmas Tree:
1. Cut the floral foam into a triangle.
2. Hot glue the pom-poms onto the tops of the golf tees.
3. Use markers to color the dot stickers if using plain white stickers to coordinate with the pom-poms. You will need 1 sticker for every pom-pom golf tee.
4. Punch a hole in each dot sticker.
5. Place the dot stickers onto the foam triangle. If you are doing this with a toddler, I would suggest going ahead and pushing a golf tee through the center of each color dot to make it easier for them once they have a turn.
6. Give your child all of the golf tees and the Christmas tree and let him start “decorating”!
My sweet nephew did such an amazing job matching the colors!