# Craft by Numbers – Christmas Tree

Do you remember paint by numbers? I used to love doing them but mixing the numbers up ( yeah I was that kid) my son however is all about numbers and this was a fun way to make something festive but also let his interest in math be spotlighted. You could do this with shapes, or letters too.  I didn’t tell him that the final result was a Christmas tree so it was fun to have him “decode” the craft as we went.

1. Gather your materials. You will need some pom-poms in different colors, cups to sort them in,  construction paper, glue and a marker.
2. Start by sorting your pom-poms by color into different cups, write different numbers on each cup. I wrote 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 on mine since we’d just been chatting about counting by 10s.  To have your child help sort the pom poms just put on of each color in one cup to use as a guide.
3. Write out the numbers on the paper in a design. I did green outline, with random colors and green in the middle.
4. Start gluing the pom poms on using the code.
5. hmmmm what could it be?
6. All done! Let dry.

Great Christmas Book!

a creature was stirring by Clement C. Moore and  Carter Goodrich  was a recent find at the library. Around the holidays ( any holiday) my son and I attack the stacks like soldiers on a mission and look for the sticker on the binding indicating it’s a Christmas themed book. This was one of the few we found yesterday , and what a find! The book is an adaptation of the classic ‘Twas a NIght Before Christmas with a little boy interupting the poem with his own rhyming story.  It’s an adorable story about a little boy who simply can’t sleep , wants to be good but is oh so worried Santa will think he is naughty. I adore this book, it’s simple and fun and a great addition to the classic that so many of us have been read and will read to our kids this Christmas.

1. I love this craft idea! I do a lot of number recognition with my daughter with the 1- 100 charts, but this is perfect to make a craft out of it during the christmas season! Just posted about it on Craft Gossip’s Lesson Plans page!

http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=5230

2. says

I like this. my son is only 2, but I can do this with lower numbers (1-10) too.

3. says

Brilliant! I am going to use this idea too! You really do have excellent crafts. thanks!

4. says

LOVE this idea! I am going to link to it from my blog. And we will be do this craft next week!

5. Summer says

Great website!!! So creative and so many ideas!! I have one question- what do u do with all ur crafts and paper activities after u make them? I have two kids and after a week or two school activities, crafts, paper ALL pile up!

6. Kathy says

Love this idea…so flexible and could be used with other mediums as well, like bits of foam board, cut up construction paper, etc…To Summer’s question above…my daughter is 7 years old and quite the artist, we have new “masterpieces” in our home about every other day. If I saved everything I would be drowning in art!! I save her best work and chuck the rest. If you want you can display it for awhile before you take it down. Remember that for the kids it’s mostly the process that’s important, not so much the finished product.