The holiday season is a magical time for children, and the excitement starts as soon as the Christmas tree goes up. Decorating a Christmas tree is a great way to get your preschooler into the festive spirit. But decorating a traditional tree with breakable ornaments might not be the best idea for little ones who love to touch and explore. That's why we've put together some fun and safe Christmas tree decorating activities that will keep your preschooler entertained and engaged for hours.
Decorate a Felt Christmas Tree
Make a tree out of felt fabric and decorate it with felt ornaments that can be easily attached with Velcro. Your kids can have fun creating their own unique ornaments and decorating the tree. Don't forget to add a star on top and some lights.
Here are two of my favorite felt Christmas trees:
Decorate a Play Dough Christmas Tree
Creating a play dough Christmas tree is another fun and interactive activity that little ones will love. Simply roll out some green play dough and cut it into the shape of a tree. Then give your kids different colors of play dough to create their own ornaments. They can even make little presents and snowmen to go under the tree. When they're done decorating, set the play dough tree on a empty box or overturned pot to display their masterpiece.
Play Dough Mat Christmas Tree
Play dough mats are a fun way to do this activity again and again! Just laminate or put in a dry-erase pocket to preserve the page. Next, encourage your child's creativity by crafting ornaments using play dough.
Decorate a Real Christmas Tree
If you're brave enough to tackle a real Christmas tree with your preschooler, there are ways to keep it safe. First, use unbreakable ornaments like plastic or paper ones. Then let your little one help you untangle the lights and wrap them around the tree. This can be a great fine motor skills activity. Finally, let them add their own personal touches with homemade ornaments or even photos of themselves or the family.
You can also bring in other materials like pipe cleaners, buttons, or even candy. You can use pipe cleaners to make unique ornaments or garlands that wrap around the tree. Buttons can be glued onto felt or used to create snowmen or snowflake ornaments. And candy can be used to create candy-themed decorations that your preschooler will love.
So gather some materials, put on some festive music, and enjoy some special time with your little ones this holiday season.
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