Celebrating the holidays at school is wonderful and often reminds me to let go of all my adult stressors and just enjoy the moment! On the other hand, when all of those adult stressors rear their heads, (lesson plans, unfocused students, holiday baking and shopping, Christmas crafts and programs…), it makes me wish for the long, lazy days of summer! I created this adorable Easy Pom Pom Christmas Tree Craft for Kids so you can set it up, then sit back with a cup of cocoa while your students create a keepsake pom pom tree their families will enjoy for years to come.
Learning With Simple Christmas Crafts for Kids:
LEARNING ABOUT HOLIDAYS WITH PRESCHOOLERS
PRESCHOOLERS ARE STILL LEARNING ABOUT HOLIDAYS. THEY ARE BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH FAMILY TRADITIONS, BUT STILL HAVE A LOT TO LEARN ABOUT THE REASONS BEHIND EACH HOLIDAY.
Teachers and parents can use crafts as a way to provide background information, vocabulary, and key concepts about any holiday.
Christmas tree vocabulary might include:
In addition to learning about tree vocabulary for preschool, here are some ideas to extend the learning:
- What kind of trees make the best Christmas trees?
- Why do some Christmas trees smell?
- How should you care for your tree when it gets home?
- What happens to the tree when Christmas is over?
What Can Preschoolers Learn From a Pom Pom Christmas Craft?
CRAFTING with preschoolers
ENCOURAGING AND SUPPORTING YOUNG CHILDREN AS THEY CREATE SOMETHING SPECIAL BY THEMSELVES IS AN IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTAL STEP.
Crafting teaches children things way beyond the final product, whether that’s a pom pom Christmas decoration or a 4th of July flag.
Teachers, parents, and caregivers should carefully phrase how they talk about children’s art. Consider praising kids with more than, “Good Job.”
- I can tell you worked so hard on this!
- What was the hardest/easiest part for you?
- Are you happy with the way this turned out?
- I like how you….(used so many colors/painted the whole page/used glue to attach the pom poms)
As a result of praising your child’s effort rather than a final product that may or may not look anything like the teacher’s example, your child will develop confidence, creativity, and pride in his or her artwork.
Why Is It Important To Make DIY Christmas Crafts With Kids?
Besides the fact that kids love arts and crafts projects, there are so many other reasons you should do art and craft activities with your child.
Materials needed for the Christmas Tree Ornament Craft:
- Craft sticks
- Wooden stars
- Gold acrylic craft paint
- Craft brushes
- Green pom poms
- Mini multi-colored pom poms
- Ribbon or twine
- Hot glue gun
- White school glue/tacky glue
How To Make the Christmas Tree Craft for Preschoolers
EASY CHRISTMAS CRAFTS FOR KIDS
I RECOMMEND PREPPING THE CRAFT STICK TREE-SHAPED FOUNDATION FOR YOUR STUDENTS. THEY WILL ENJOY PLACING THE POM POMS TO CREATE FESTIVE ORNAMENTS.
To Make the Tree Shape:
- With the hot glue gun, glue two craft sticks together at the top to form a “V” about 3 inches wide at the bottom.
- Glue a third stick to run vertically down the middle. Allow the hot glue to dry completely. **If you want to make a larger tree like we did, make your “V” wider and add a few more sticks.
- Next, students can paint their own stars. I would recommend doing it ahead of time so they can dry and you can hot glue them to the top of each tree.
To Make the Tree “Branches:”
- Beginning at the top or the bottom, (I found it easier to start at the top) use the school glue to glue the pom poms to the craft sticks. Allow the glue to dry completely.
- Glue your mini multi-colored poms poms onto the tree as your ornaments. Allow the glue to dry completely.
- Cut a length of ribbon or twine approximately seven or eight inches, form a loop and tie in a small secure knot at the end. Hang on your tree and enjoy!
*Feel free to intersperse a row of sparkly pom poms or mini pine cones to add flair to the DIY Christmas ornaments!