Looking for fun and simple Christmas art projects for kids? These taped up Christmas trees are perfect for any age or ability level!
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If you have spent any time with us here at The Inspired Treehouse, you know about our love affair with tape. It is by far one of our favorite and most-used supplies during therapy sessions and during our playgroup at The Treehouse. There are so many ways to use this simple supply to promote gross motor skills like balance and coordination as well as fine motor skills ike grasping and hand strength.
Last month, as we were getting ready for Thanksgiving, we used this awesome tape that we found on Amazon to create beautiful Taped Up Turkey Feathers. This month, we thought it would be fun to try something similar with Christmas trees!
These little trees turned out so pretty and colorful that we had to share them with you! They are such a great way for kids to work on visual motor integration, grasping, and hand strengthening, as they work hard to cover the lines on the free printable tree templates with the thin tape.
Christmas Art Projects: Taped Up Christmas Trees!
What You’ll Need:
-Free printable tree templates
What to Do:
Have kids use the thin tape to cover the lines on their Christmas tree templates. Or, give them the blank Christmas tree template to create their own unique designs. This option works well for younger kids and toddlers or kids who are struggling with fine motor skills.
Once they complete their masterpieces, have them use scissors to cut out the tree. Cutting around the outline of the tree will trim the edges of the tape off, making a neat and clean finished product.
How to Change it Up:
-For younger kids and kids who struggle with fine motor skills, it may be helpful to tear pieces of tape ahead of time and place them on the table. You can leave one edge of the tape unstuck from the table to make them easier to grasp. For older kids, see if they can tear their pieces of tape off the roll themselves!
-Place the tree templates on an easel (or just tape it to the wall) so kids can complete the craft on a vertical surface. There are so many great benefits of working on vertical surfaces!
-Try using this method to decorate other holiday shapes to! You can create Christmas ornaments, or gingerbread men, using the tape as decorations and faces!
-Introduce a gross motor component to this activity by tearing off pieces of tape ahead of time and placing them on the floor. Set up the tree templates on a table or desk. Kids will have to squat, band, and reach to get the pieces of tape to decorate their trees.
-You could also place the pieces of tape at the top of a set of stairs, so kids have to practice stair-climbing order to complete the craft.
-Try doing this craft on the floor in prone position! There are many benefits of working and playing in this position as well!
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