These easy paper crafts for kids have become some of our most popular activities here at The Inspired Treehouse! Your kids will love the process of creating these punchy Christmas trees, and you’ll love how easy the setup and cleanup is!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
-Canvas board or heavy cardstock
-ModPodge or other clear drying glue
-White paint (or just ModPodge if you like your background color)
-A circle hole punch
-Scrapbook paper or paint sample chips
WHAT TO DO: Pour some white paint and a hefty amount of glitter onto your canvas board. Have the kids paint it until the entire board is covered. It will look just like a sparkly, new snow!
While that dries, have your child use those super fingers to work that hole punch on your paint samples or craft paper…there is some major hand strengthening going on here!
Once you have a bunch of circles punched out, start laying them out in a Christmas tree shape or another shape your child likes, again working those fine motor skills (grasp and precision).
Let it all dry and then place it somewhere that you can enjoy the artistry of your child this season!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Try this one in the spring – make a spring tree with colorful buds, or a flower!
-Make a game of the hole punching…how many can you punch in 2 minutes? The microwave timer is a very motivating device in this house!
-Create an outline of the desired object so that your child has something to follow when placing their circles.
-Place the canvas (or cardstock) on an inclined surface when your child is gluing the circles on for some additional arm strengthening.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Fine motor skills, grasp, motor control, strengthening
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