What could be fun than stickers at Christmas time? This activity can help with fine motor skills, counting, and keeping kids busy during winter break!
This is a quick craft that you can easily change the difficulty to match the ability level of your child.
- Christmas Tree Template (Printed template on thick construction paper or folder)
- Stickers! (Dots, Christmas stickers, etc)
- Hole punch (optional)
- Yarn or curling ribbon (optional)
- Green Construction Paper
- Use an online Christmas tree template to print and cut out like this one. I like this template page because it has a variety of sizes. I think the larger sizes are easier to cut out of smaller hands/younger children. Older children and cut and trace around the paper template. Younger children might benefit from a thicker template you make from construction paper, from a recycled paperboard box (cereal), or a file folder.
- Trace and cut out Christmas trees from the green construction paper
- Let the children plan and decorate the trees with stickers. You can make this a counting and math exercise. Say, “We will use three red stickers and four yellow stickers.” (Let the children put on the stickers.) Then ask, “How many stickers do we have altogether?” Have them count to find out.
- Maybe “make numbers” with your trees. For example say, “Let’s decorate this one with eight stickers. Let’s use five red. How many blue ones to we need to make eight?” You can change the numbers to show all the ways to make a number. Using eight for the example: 5 and 3, 7 and 1, 6 and 2, 4 and 4… you could do this for a few numbers.
- You can use the hole punch with the yarn or ribbon to hang the tree as an ornament.
- Have fun!