This Q-tip Christmas Tree Activity is a fun way to practice fine motor skills this holidays. Create this simple posting activity for your toddler or preschooler and let them decorate a Christmas Tree with lights while developing the small muscles in their hands, language skills and more!
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How to Make a Q-Tip Christmas Tree
- First grab a cardboard box. This activity is best done using a small shoe-sized cardboard box. To create the Christmas tree you can either colour it in yourself or get your little one involved. I used paint sticks. See the supplies section for a link. For the tree I made a simple triangle in green and the stem in brown. This is a great opportunity to talk about shapes with your child and to demonstrate that drawing things can often be broken down into shapes to make it easier!
- Use a small screwdriver or bamboo stick to poke holes all over your Christmas Tree.
- Grab your q-tips and dot markers. Use the dot markers to colour the tips of the q-tips in different colours. I find gthat this is the easiest and simplest way to colour q-tips. Another easy way is to use food colouring but the only issue I have with food colouring is that it takes awhile to dry.
- The final touch will be a golden star. I used sparkly foam sheets that are self adhesive on the back. I drew the shapee of a start on the paper backing and cut it out. See below for a link.
- Cut the q-tips in half and place them in bowl. You are almost ready!
- Invite your child to post the q-tips into the holes. So simple and so engaging for a toddler!
So Fun for Christmas
This activity was so much fun and so many of my followers loved and created this one for their kids. In fact while picking up a my daughter from dance over the weekend, I bumped into a parent who asked me if I was Happy Toddler Playtime. She said that she recently created this activity for her 5 year old who loved it and even her 1 year old got involved!
Extending the Activity
Here are a few ways to extend this activity:
- Once they are done posting have them colour or paint the background of the tree.
- Remove the q-tips and save it for another day.
- Save the q-tips for other activities.
- Replace the tips with golf tees and small pom pom on top or marbles.
Age Suitability for Q-Tip Christmas Tree Activity for Kids
This activity is good for toddlers, pre-k, kindergarten aged children 18 months old and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.
Mess Level for Q-Tip Christmas Tree Activity for Kids
The mess level for this activity is low.
Difficulty to Create
Language development, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.
Supplies Q-Tip Christmas Tree Activity for Kids
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- cardboard box
- paint sticks
- small screw driver
- dot markers
- gold sparkly foam sheets
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