Here is a fun Christmas tree activity that’s perfect for working on color recognition and fine motor skills. With just a few supplies and you have a fun and engaging activity that doubles as piece of holiday wall art when complete. Just grab some cardboard and markers to get started on this simple DIY holiday project.
If you have extra boxes laying around during the holiday season, this is the perfect activity to try!
This piece of cardboard is from a display board that I never used. I cut it into smaller pieces with an exacto knife. Just a few more steps and I had a great activity for my boys at home and preschoolers in my classroom.
We used this Christmas tree board 2 ways! I’ll walk you through both ways below.
Here’s what you’ll need..
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Here’s What We Did:
Draw a Christmas tree on a piece of cardboard. I used a ruler to make my lines, but you don’t have to be as exact. You could also just draw a simple triangle for a tree top!
Poke holes in your cardboard to make it easier to push the pipe cleaners through.
Push your pipe cleaners through and tape them to the back of the piece of cardboard. This will keep the pipe cleaners in place when children thread beads on them. I cut about 5 mini pieces from one long pipe cleaner. You might want to test a bead or two to make sure the pipe cleaner part on the other side is long enough before you tape all of them down.
Make sure all of your pipe cleaners are facing up and set out your beads. This a color matching activity, so I made sure I had the amount of beads my kids needed to match them to the pipe cleaners.
Now you’re all set to invite your children to match the colors and thread the beads.
This first time we tried this activity, both of my boys had the trees laying flat on a table. They had fun calling out colors and racing to see who would finish first!
As you can see, this is really great for working on those fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
The second time we tried this activity, we hung it on our door with painter’s tape. The beads looked pretty hanging on the picture! I think this would be a nice piece of holiday art to keep on the wall.
This time around, Leo took his time and talked more about the colors. When finished, you can keep the tree hanging or take the beads off for round two!
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I hope you give this simple activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.