My eldest has been asking about making Christmas trees lately so I decided to make a little fine motor game for the kids to play with.
This is a simple idea busy bag with a few twists to make it reusable and easy to store.
Use your round something to draw half a circle on your cardboard, cut it out then roll it to resemble a cone. Once you have a cone use HALF a velcro dot to secure it instead of gluing it.
I used a whole dot at the base and a half dot further up. Using a dot allows us to fold the cone flat for storage.
Take your velcro dots and stick them to each other with their plastic backing still attached. Cut them in half right up the long strip. I used 10 dots on a strip then cut it in half.
Next remove the plastic backing from the WHITE side of the velcro dot and use a hot glue gun to attach the pom poms to the half a white velcro dot. I use the hot glue because the sticky on the actual dot is not enough to stay on a pom pom.
Now peel the pom pom with both velcro dots attached and stick them to the tree cone you made. To prep this activity you need to remove the pom poms before you give it to your child because sometimes the hot glue will overlap and as an adult you have the ability to carefully separate them.
Let the kids at the tree! Pull off stick back on. Lots of fun decorating that tree.
Then when you are done take the cone apart and store in a ziplock that fits it.
The younger children definitely have way more fun than the older ones though. Here is my 12 month old pulling the pom poms off. She did try to put them back but didn’t grasp what velcro was to be able to do that. (then I had to rescue the pom pom from being eaten. Adult supervision is always a must with things like these)
There you have it! a FUN reusuable tree to bring out every few days for the kids to get busy and practising those fine motor skills with!
Need more Christmas ideas? Check these out!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Christmas Tree Counting Fine Motor Activity // Sugar Aunts
Fine Motor and Color Sorting Christmas Trees // Teach Me Mommy
Christmas I Spy Bottle // The Pleasantest Thing
Christmas Tree Counting Number Cards // Modern Preschool
Christmas Playdough Kit // Study At Home Mama
Reusable Pom Pom Christmas Tree Busy Bag // Powerful Mothering
Free Printable Christmas Games // Life Over Cs
Free Gingerbread CVC Game // The Kindergarten Connection
DIY Christmas Tic Tac Toe // Adventures of Adam
Free Christmas Number Clip Cards // Fairy Poppins
Free Christmas Themed Prewriting Practice Cards // Stay At Home Educator
Felt Christmas Tree Number Match Up // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Christmas Stocking Matching Activity // Play & Learn Everyday
Free Printable Holiday Word Clouds // Lalymom
Christmas Addition to 15 // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Free Christmas Counting Cards // Playdough to Plato
Christmas Stamp Patterns // Still Playing School
Christmas Tree Decorating Felt Busy Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons