Today we’re back for more Christmas Play Days inspiration. This week I’m joining Play Trains!, Buggy and Buddy, My Nearest and Dearest, Nothing if Not Intentional, and Fun-A-Day! to bring you Christmas related play ideas.
Since we first tried it last year, the girls have often asked to paint with pom poms. It’s such a simple painting technique that it works for so many different art project for kids. It’s also excellent fine motor practice for little hands. I knew they would both like painting a Christmas tree craft using this technique, but it is especially great for toddlers.
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- Paper cut into the shape of a Christmas tree. We used colored copy paper, but a heavier card stock or light cardboard may have been a better choice.
- Pom Poms-You can choose to match the color to the paint to add in some color matching practice and help little ones remember where to put their pom pom brushes.
SEE TWO WAYS TO TRY THIS CHRISTMAS TREE ART PROJECT
In this short video we’re sharing two ways to create this Christmas tree art project with kids. The first option shows an open-ended approach that is perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers. The second option includes a patterning and fine motor control focus that works well as a prekindergarten or kindergarten math and art project.
Both of the girls decorated their Christmas trees. It might have been fun to make an even larger version on a big piece of cardboard, but they were very happy with their little Christmas trees.
Continue the Fun
When possible it’s great to read a book together to go along with a craft activity. This can reinforce the activity and help make sure you’re reading together often. Before or after doing this painting with pom poms activity try reading one of these favorite stories about Christmas trees:
Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect
If you’re little one loves to paint, try our sponge painting Christmas tree art too.
Visit the other sites participating in the Christmas Play Days series to find more fun ways to play this holiday season.
Scented Wreath Craft for Kids by My Nearest and Dearest
Holiday Breakfast Train by Play Trains!
Toddler Christmas Activity: Decorate the Christmas Trees by Buggy and Buddy
Christmas Discovery Boxes–Play Idea for Babies and Toddlers by Nothing if Not Intentional
Fine Motor Christmas Trees by Fun-A-Day!
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The 169-page Christmas Lesson Plan Set includes hands-on activities and these additional printables:
1) Beginning Letters Gift Sorting Game (in color and b/w)
2) Reindeer Math Mats (2 versions in color and b/w)
3) My Christmas Senses Activity Book Making Pieces
4) 0-35 Christmas Number Cards (2 versions in color and b/w)
5) Christmas Counting Syllables Sorting Game (in color and b/w)
6) Christmas Picture-Word Cards (in color and b/w)
7) Ornament Play Dough Mats
8) Candy Cane Play Dough Writing Task Cards (shapes, uppercase letters, lowercase letters, number 0-20)
9) Christmas Light Patterns Activity Pieces (in color and b/w)
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Oh, my God, that precious little face, when she does her stamping. This activity really seems to have occupied her entirely.
It’s a favorite activity! Thanks for the comment.
I love the pom pom idea – my twins will adore doing this!
I’ve featured it this week on the Sunday Showcase: Fun ways to learn at Christmas http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2013/12/14/christmas-learning-activities.html
Thanks so much for the feature! We’ve had a lot of fun painting with pom poms this year. 🙂
This is such a FUN idea for Christmas Play!! Love the creative way to paint!! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at TGIF. I featured it today here – http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2013/12/tgif-linky-party-105.html.
I hope to see you linked up again later today. Have a GREAT weekend,
Thank you for the feature, Beth! We love using pom poms to paint. 🙂
Katie @ Gift of Curiosity
Oh this is super cute! I love how the pom pom matches the paint colors. What a fun idea for some Christmas painting!
Thank you, Katie! My oldest makes SURE the colors match…she’s a bit particular 😉
Jessica @ Play Trains!
I think it would be so fun to paint the ornaments on with those colorful pompoms — great idea!
What a cute idea! I bet you my two year old would love this! Thanks for sharing!
Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest
Sweet and simple! Love it. 🙂
Beautifully simple art project for the little ones! 🙂 Love it.
This is such a creative and simple invitation to create (and learn)! My Sammy would love it as it uses his 3 most favourite things – pom pom, clothes pins, and paint!
He’d get along with my girls very well!