One of the most exciting things about Christmas time is decorating for the holidays – hanging up garlands, stringing the lights, and decorating the Christmas Tree. Unfortunately, my daycare hooligans never get to participate in putting up our Christmas tree because it’s a family tradition that my boys and I save for a weekend.
Last year, I thought it would be fun if the hooligans could put up a tree of their own, so I came up with this pin-up Christmas tree for them to decorate. Similar to our pin-up birthday cake decorating activity, this was a huge hit with the toddlers, keeping them busy for a couple of hours one morning.
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This pin-up tree is perfect for home or preschool, and it would be fun for little ones to enjoy at a Christmas party too.
Making our Pin-up Christmas Tree:
We started with a large piece of thin white cardboard. I have a friend who works for a packaging company, and she always brings me the end rolls that the company sends to the recycling bin.
I quickly sketched a large tree on a piece of the cardboard, and cut it out.
Then the hooligans painted it. They painted the trunk brown with paintbrushes, but after a few minutes of painting the tree part with the brushes, I realized we’d finish the job more quickly with small paint rollers.
They LOVED using the rollers, and in no time, their tree was nice and green.
I gave it a quick blast with the hair dryer, and in a few minutes, our tree was ready for decorating!
I tacked it up on a wall outside of the playroom, and set out a bunch of goodies for the kids to decorate with.
To decorate our tree, we used:
If you’ve never played with Magic Nuudles, you have to give them a try! They’re so cool! They’re a safe and biodegradable craft noodle made from cornstarch. You press the Nuudle against a wet sponge, and stick it to a piece of cardboard or paper you can stick it to another Magic Nuudle. You can build the coolest structures with them. Sometimes I cut them into small discs to use for smaller projects, but they were perfect, full-size for our tree today. The hooligans actually prefer to lick them and stick them, so we skipped the wet sponge altogether.
Because we used foam stickers and the Magic Nuudles, there was no need for glue, making this part of the activity virtually mess-free.
The girls worked away for a good part of the morning, licking, sticking and decorating. It was so FUN!
And when they finished, we had a beautiful, hand-decorated pin-up Christmas Tree to display on our playroom wall.
And now, check out this giant Christmas tree activity that they make with painter’s tape over at Hands On: As We Grow! It will get your kids moving, stretching and learning too!
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