The Stackable Holiday Tree: A Christmas Craft for Fine Motor Skills
We consider it our personal challenge as therapists and moms to see how many different ways we can invent to creatively put toilet paper rolls to use. Well, here’s one more for you! This little tree is one of the easiest Christmas crafts in the world. How tall will yours be?
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: toilet paper rolls, green paint, paint brush, scissors, liquid glue, sequence
WHAT TO DO: Have your child paint several toilet paper rolls green and allow to dry. Next, have them practice scissor skills by snipping 4-5 times on one end of the toilet paper roll half way up. They can then use their fingers to gently bend or curl up each strip they have cut. Repeat the same process with the next roll. As they complete each toilet paper roll, have them stack them onto one another. Continue the process until your child’s tree is as tall as they wish it to be! Practice gluing dots by adding sequins or gems around their trees for decoration. Enjoy as a centerpiece or in your child’s room for Christmas decor!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Assist the stacking process by gently twisting or crushing the stackable top of each toilet paper roll for your child as needed.
-This activity could also be done using tubes made out of construction paper you have prepared by stapling or gluing them together ahead of time.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Bilateral coordination, fine motor skills, grasp, visual motor integration
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