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Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Tree Art

Pictured: Kaitlyn's tree (2.5) and Brayden's tree (4.5)
This week, we are learning about Trees, Evergreens, the color Green, and Triangles. For our "green/triangle" day, we made these tree pictures. My kids are old enough to recognize that a tree is in a triangle shape. If your child is just learning shapes, you might want to make it an actual triangle.

AGE RANGE
I would say two and up for sure. 18-24 months is possible. You might be able to modify for younger.

SKILLS TAUGHT
  • Fine motor skills
  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Option for focus on numbers or letters

SUPPLIES

  • Green paper (or you could color a white paper green)
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn/string/ribbon/etc.
  • Tape
  • Scissors (if your child will do the cutting, child-safe)
  • Glue
  • Q-tip
  • Sequins

PREP

  1. Draw tree on paper
  2. If your child is too young to cut, cut it out
  3. If your child will not be cutting out the tree, punch holes in it
  4. Cut piece of string/yarn/ribbon/etc to go through holes on tree
  5. Put a piece of tape on the end of the yarn so it can easily fit through the hole
  6. I put a small amount of glue in the lid of a plastic baby food container

ACTIVITY

  1. Give your child the tree. For Kaitlyn, I cut it out. I let Brayden cut his out himself.
  2. Once tree is cut out, punch holes.
  3. While Brayden cut out his tree, I helped Kaitlyn put the yarn through the holes on her tree. Tape one end to the back of the tree at your starting point. When you are done, tape the other end at your finishing point on the back of the tree.
  4. I had the idea after we did this that you could put a number or letter of the alphabet by each hole to create a "dot-to-dot" type of activity for your child and get some extra learning in :)
  5. Have your child use the Q-tip to put a dab of glue where she wants a sequin.
  6. Have her place her sequin on the glue
  7. Decorate the tree as desired
  8. Dry and hang!

1 comment:

ys said...

We enjoyed this one! And it's a cute gift for others and they can actually tell what it is, lol

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