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Sharing a fun craft that doubles as an ornament or stamp for printing wrapping paper over at Red Ted Art! Click here for the full tutorial.

This activity combines art, scissor practice, sensory play, threading and color sorting all in one festive Christmas tree! Whew - that is quite a bit, but there are so many fun things to learn with this activity!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Paper Straws
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Single Hole Paper Punch

Create it!

Step 1: Paint cardboard green and allow to dry. Cut strips from cardboard, each a bit shorter than the last.

Step 2: Punch holes in each strip, even numbers allow for the pipe cleaner to start and end in the back of each strip.

Step 3: Cut paper straws into small pieces and add them to the pipe cleaner while threading through each stripe.

Ste[ 4: Continue threading pipe cleaners in each strip of cardboard.

Step 5: Bend a pipe cleaner into the shape of a tree and add to the top of the tree shape.

Count the colors, paper straw pieces, cardboard strips or use a ruler to measure each of the strips - learning is so much fun!

Now we may be "bucking" tradition here but who says a reindeer has to have a brown or red nose? Not us! Let your little pick a favorite color and go with it for this festive mask to spark creative play.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper Plates
  • Cardstock 
  • Yarn
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun or Stapler (Supervise little hands or join in the fun and use these tools yourself!)
  • Single Hole Paper Punch

Create it!

Step 1: From cardboard, cut out two antlers and a large triangle.

Step 2: Cut the center out of two paper plates. Fold slightly and cut a medium sized circle from the center of each circle.

Step 3: Trace the center of each circle on cardstock. Cut out circles and glue so half of cardstock circle shows in the center of each paper plate circle. (Allowing space to see!)

Step 4: Glue the eyes together.

Step 5: Glue or staple cardboard triangle below eyes.

Step 6: Wrap antlers in yarn and glue or staple to the top of the eyes.

Step 7: Cut two strips of cardboard and glue to the back of the mask to stabilize. 

Step 8:  Create paper ball from cardstock using this tutorial and glue or staple to the bottom of the triangle.

Optional - Glue wooden dowel to the side of the mask to easily be held.

Isn't it fun to mix it up now and then?! And, if anyone is wondering, we decided this guy could be none other than Blue-dolph!

 

This process art Christmas tree artwork uses a variety of materials to create different textures and patterns. Use the pom pom "ornaments" to work on colors and patterns with your preschooler for an added bonus!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Pom Poms
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Bubble Wrap

Create it!

Step 1: Cut two rectangle pieces of cardboard the same size.

 

Step 2: Out of one of the rectangle pieces cut a triangle in the center, leaving a border on each side.

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Step 3: Paint rectangle with triangle cut out yellow and allow to dry. Once dry, use bubble wrap and white paint to add the illusion of the glow of lights to the artwork. Set aside.

Step 4: Cut the remaining cardboard triangle green and allow to dry.

Step 5: Mix a little white paint to green paint for a lighter color. Paint with this color, over the green cardboard, using a piece of textured cardboard for a pine tree effect.

Step 6: Cut the left and right edges of the green cardboard rectangle and thread yarn across, securing in the back of the rectangle.

Step 7: Punch holes in each of the corners of the two painted rectangles, making sure the holes line up. Fasten together with paper fasteners.

 

Step 8: Add pom poms to the yarn - they will stick without glue, allowing for numerous patterns!