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These bubble wrap Christmas trees were supposed to be a craft just for my daughter. However, when my son and his friend saw what we were doing, they jumped in, too. I was not planning on three kids doing this all at once, so of course, it was a little chaotic. But the playroom and all the kids survived – just remember to use washable paint. The kids have all used bubble wrap to print on things before. So switching it and painting the bubble wrap was new and a big hit.
Bubble Wrap Christmas Trees
- Gather your materials. You will need some bubble wrap, paint, painter’s tape, paint brushes, heavy paper (paper grocery bags are perfect), a pencil and scissors.
- Start by taping the bubble wrap to the work surface with the painter’s tape.
- Next paint the bubble wrap with green. For my toddler, I gave her a big brush for the green to encourage coverage. Mission accomplished!
- Next, add the lights colors. Let kids decide which colors they want because this helps with color recognition, too.
- Ok, this is when the boys busted in pretending to be Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader ( I know impossible right… not for two imaginative five-year-olds! ) and grabbed some brushes.
- Keep painting the wrap.
- Draw some trees on the paper and then cut out.
- Next, press the paper into the wrap and peel back carefully.
- For toddlers, leave the paper big so she can do as much as possible herself. A small tree may tear. Leaving it big let her do it herself, feeling the wrap under the paper and “bang banging” her hand to make the print.
- Let dry and then cut out the tree shape for the toddler.
- Hang up and show off the fun! (and a wee bit of chaos…) Remember washable paints!