Handprint Christmas Tree {Baby’s 1st Christmas Craft}

hand print christmas tree

This handprint Christmas tree craft is a keeper. As you may imagine this was a very exciting day for us, the first time my daughter really got into the action with a project. Amazingly unlike her brother who ate the paint for over two years it didn’t even graze her lips. This kids craft can be done with any age with varying levels of adult involvement. I love how it turned out and this one will be packed away and saved for certain.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some heavy paper or paper grocery bag, a marker, green paint ( we added some glitter paint to ours too), construction paper, glue, scissors and paint tape.
  2. Start by cutting the bag  open and taping it down to the table. When you are crafting with a baby or toddler it’s going to be messy but you can take a few steps to help minimize it. By taping the paper you are using to the table as well as using a piece much larger than needed you avoid the paper and paint hitting the floor and protect your table.  Not to mention you also stop them from being able to grab the whole thing and trying to eat it.
  3. Trace their hand on a paper with the marker.
  4. Stack the other papers under and cut out.
  5. Draw the outline of a tree on the paper.  I did ours sideways so she could reach most of it for painting.
  6. Time to paint! Add the paint to the paper and let the baby spread it . What is this ?
  7. “Ooh I like it” Remember to narrate what they are doing. ” You are painting the tree, you are painting with green. Do you like it? Is it squishy?” Yes you might feel a little foolish but trust me it’s important.  You are teaching them even when they are too young to respond in ways we recognize.
  8. I had to take her out of her seat and dangle her over the table to reach the other side. She loved this. Obviously I have no picture …
  9. Clean baby up and place in the exersaucer. I had 2 baby wipes on hand to wipe her hands. I find they work on paint better than anything, then a wash cloth with warm water cleaned her right up.
  10. Add glue to the tree.
  11. Add the hand print cut outs. Let dry.
  12. Cut out .

Books


Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman arrived on my door step a few months ago sent to me by the publisher for review. It is a really fun and educational book. The book is a new spin on the old song ” Ten in A Bed” but instead of squeezing onto a bed these cold weather animals pile on and off the sled one at a time. What is wonderful from an educational sense is not just the obvious counting element but as each animal exists the sled the verb used for each animal begins with the same letter as the animal does. This was fantastic for my son who wanted to sound every animal and verb out.  Add a fun rhyming sing song text and this is a great option for a holiday gift.

SantaKid by James Patterson is a favorite library book in our house this year . My son inherited his love and curiosity of the inner workings of the North Pole from me and this book feeds that wonder. It also taps into something preschoolers are often seeking, power and a voice that gets heard. In the story Santa’s daughter saves the North Pole and Christmas from a corporate take over. I liked this book, and my son did too. It doesn’t focus on the religious celebration but rather on Santa and it doesn’t take a very sophisticated kid to know it’s make believe, 3 pages in my son said ” Mommy, this is a made up story right? Santa isn’t a regular Daddy, that’s silly!”  What it does is focuses on giving kids power to save something. Maybe it’s just my 4 year old but he spends all day pretending to save the day and this book spoke right to that desire to be powerful and good!

Olive, the Other Reindeer.by Vivian Walsh is probably familiar to you if not because of the book, maybe the TV special starring Drew Barrymore as the voice of Olive. If it’s new to you the story is simple, Olive is a little dog who after hearing a Christmas carol believes she is one of Santa’s reindeer . She journey’s to the North Pole and even though she can’t fly and is just a dog she saves the day . I love the vibrant and busy illustrations by J. Otto Seibold and Olive’s childlike innocence.  There is a reason this book has exploded into a character driven product, it’s cute and we can all relate to wanting to get to ride with Santa and his crew on Christmas Eve.

Crafts Of Christmases Past

Christmas Craft for Kids

Advent Calendar
Angel Craft
Bow Christmas Tree
Candy Cane
Candy Christmas Trees
Christmas Card Holder
Five Minute Sparklers- Christmas Style
Gift Tag Ornaments
Hawaiian Christmas Tree
Mini Wreath
Noel Banner
Paper Plate Santa
Photo Ornament
Recycled Collage Christmas Tree
Rudolf
Scrap Paper Stocking
Sponge Painted Lights
Unbreakable Ornament
Wrapping Paper Patterns

Fork Printed Christmas Tree Craft

easy christmas tree craft

I was looking for a paint brush to make a different project when I found this plastic fork and immediately got inspired! This was a fast fun and totally cute project. My son loved it and it could easily be switched to a wreath , just draw one instead of a tree in step 2. Have fun!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a plastic fork, a paint brush, a plate,  red and green paint , a marker and an old grocery bag or other paper.Kids Christmas Craft
  2. Draw an outline of a tree with marker.Kids Christmas Craft
  3. Spread your green paint on the plate.
  4. Dip the back of your fork into the paint.Kids Christmas Craft
  5. Print onto your paper.Kids Christmas Craft
  6. When your child is done with the fork prints hand then the brush and red paint to add the lights .Kids Christmas Craft
  7. Let dry and cut out.Kids Christmas Craft

Christmas Tree Craft

easy christmas tree craft

This is a fun way to make a shape lesson festive. This Christmas tree craft is perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers but older kids will enjoy it too, just make sure to provide fun papers and have older children cut out their own shapes!  Also I have always found it tricky to work trapezoids into shape activities for young kids, this is a perfect time!

  1. Gather your materials.  You will need a red piece of construction paper, a green piece , some fun contrasting scrap pieces ( I used old card stock) , scissors, glue, some plain white paper , yellow marker and a paper punch if you have it.Christmas Kids Craft
  2. Start by drawing the tree with 1 triangle and 2 trapezoids on the green paper. Cut out.Christmas Tree Kids Craft
  3. Next draw a star on the plain white paper – set aside.Christmas Craft 003
  4. Invite your child to the table and have them color the star- lately my son has been playing ” Am I done yet?” after making one dot of color my reply is always ” I don’t know are you?” to which is keeps coloring and the game continues.Christmas Tree Kids Craft
  5. While they color cut out the circles and squares for the ornaments.Christmas Kids Craft
  6. Hand your child the red paper and glue. I showed my son how the shapes fit together to make a tree before handing him the glue. The sneak peak was all he needed to understand what we were making.Christmas Tree Kids Craft
  7. Pop the largest trapezoid on ,  don’t forget to label the shape or ask your child what it is.Christmas Tree Kids Craft
  8. Add glue for the middle.
  9. Add the shape.Christmas Tree Kids Craft
  10. Add glue for the triangle on top and add it.Christmas Tree Kids Craft
  11. Time to add the shape ornaments. My son was not happy that I pre-cut the shapes, so he had to make some too.Christmas Tree Kids Craft
  12. Add as many or as few as your little Picasso decides. What’s nice about this craft is that kids are able to manipulate the shapes themselves, instead of simply identifying them on a page.Christmas Tree Kids Craft
  13. While they do that cut out the star.
  14. Add glue for the starChristmas Tree Kids Craft
  15. Pop it on top. Let dry. Christmas Tree Kids Craft

Because this is a flat craft this is a great one to send to far away grandparents or other loved ones in the mail !

Books

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Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown will sound very familiar to you if you are a fan of her book The Big Red Barn, which both my son and I am. I like this book but my son kept saying ” That’s not right” thinking that this was the other book. They are that similar. In this book though there is something that the other doesn’t have, most notably Baby Jesus. It’s a calm and gentle book about the birth of Jesus in a way only Margaret Wise Brown could accomplish.  I would like to read it next year to my son when he can appreciate that it’s not supposed to be exactly the same as  the Big Red Barn. Great book for toddlers and preschoolers alike!

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The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story by Gloria Houston made me cry. The story is about the hardships and love of one family torn apart by World War 1 as they prepare for Christmas with no resources. I love how strong the mother in this book is, she does the best he can with what she has, treks through snow to cut that big old Christmas tree down , and the part that made me cry uses her own wedding dress to make her daughter an angel costume for the Christmas pageant. Oh but that is not all she sacrificed, she  used the silk stockings her husband sent her from the war to make a doll for Santa to give to her daughter. The father coming home right as they were leaving the church service – once again starting my water works.  It’s an awesome story but probably too long for a group of kids , or toddlers , but perfect for a bedtime story for preschoolers on up. Also this book and the one previous were illustrated by Barbara Cooney , who captures such meaningful stories with her amazing work.

the star tree by Gisela Colle

The Star Treeby Gisela Colle  is a fable about the spirit of Christmas and how it gets lost in the hustle and bustle of modern life. An old man  decides to make gold stars just like he did as a child to decorate for Christmas, but when he looks out at the city and their gloom he decides he needs open space for his stars to shine. So he walks out to the country and soon he’s not alone, and before he knows it the stars have made their way back to the city and so has the spirit of Christmas.  Cute story with darker undertones for parents but my son really enjoyed the surface story about shiny stars and gloomy cities.

Mele Kalikimaka

Christmas
Island Style

I don’t know about you , but we are in need of a little island get away, a real trip isn’t in the cards but at art time today we decided to make a little Hawaiian themed Christmas tree to transport us to a place a little warmer and a tad bit more exotic. Don’t be fooled by how cute this craft is, it’s also got a few great lessons hidden in it too. The sand and pom poms offer fun sensory discovery to make this a really worthwhile island getaway!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 pieces of construction paper ( 2 light, 1 of any color you want), green and brown paint, some pom poms, glue, some sparkly ribbon, scissors, a marker and sand.
  2. Start by drawing the outline of a palm tree trunk.
  3. Now draw the leaves.
  4. Hand those to your child to paint. We used do-a-dot dobbers but any paint will work. Let dry.
  5. Make a large dot of glue for each pom pom, I ended up adding more later .
  6. Add the pom poms. Let dry.
  7. Cut out the trunk and glue it on the 3rd piece of paper.
  8. Add a whole bunch of glue to the base of the truck and all around the bottom of the paper.
  9. Add the sand, if you don’t have ( or don’t want) loose sand try a piece of sandpaper cut to size. Let dry.
  10. Cut 2 small pieces of sparkly ribbon
  11. Glue them to the truck to make garland. At this point my son was knee deep in sand and had no interest in glue, so if I were you I would do this step before the sand.
  12. Cut out the leaves , glue on the trunk.
  13. Maliki Liki Maka !
More Island Cheer !

Ohana Mama Blog

From the very start Sarah over at Ohana Mama has been a huge cheerleader for us, and I can’t just ignore the amazing things going on over at her little bit of paradise . I don’t know if you heard but they are giving away an Ergo baby carrier , and lots of other great things! I love my Ergo and my son who is 2 still jumps in it, most recently at a failed attempt to see the mall Santa, my son was happy to be tightly snuggled next to mom and not in that bad man’s lap. Her Hawaiian Holiday Giveaway is almost over so jump in and win that Ergo !