I adore the big felt Christmas tree activities that you can hang on the wall and the kids can use the felt Christmas ornaments to decorate the tree over and over all month during the Christmas season. My kids loved those so much! But when you have a big group of preschoolers, those wall trees can also be a source of fighting over whose turn it is to decorate, “Billy moved my ornament”, and can I keep it??
So today I’m sharing a fun way to take the kids’ felt Christmas tree and use it as a large group activity that your preschoolers will love crafting during the holiday season.
If you’re trying to figure out what type of crafts for kids can be fun on a cold fall or winter day, then you’ve come to the right place. This felt Christmas tree DIY will keep your preschoolers busy and entertained while you take a breather from all their December craziness.
And these felt tree crafts for kids are so much more safe for little hands than putting Christmas decorations on the real tree! Though I switched to unbreakable ornaments years ago…lol!
Why are crafts important in early childhood education?
Works Fine Motor Skills
Crafting these DIY felt Christmas trees with your preschoolers helps your kids work their fine motor skills. This is a necessary part of development as it helps your kids master the skills necessary to tie their shoes, button-up their buttons, and zip their jeans. Crafts work the kids’ fine motor skills so they’ll have an easier time with such fine motor skills tasks in their future.
Placing the pom poms on the tree, squeezing the glue bottle, bending the pipe cleaners are all fantastic ways to work on fine motor skills without it being ‘work’ for the kids!
Boost Preschoolers’ Confidence
It feels so wonderful to see my kids’ faces light up when they’ve made something new! It makes them so proud to show off their finished project.
When preschoolers create their own Christmas tree felt crafts they get a great big boost in self-confidence. Creating their own masterpiece makes them feel a sense of accomplishment and self-pride.
They get a chance to practice ‘hanging ornaments’ on their own tree and to decorate it exactly like they want to instead of needing to follow an adults instructions to ‘make it pretty’.
Strengthens Preschool Friendships
When your preschoolers are completing this felt Christmas tree craft with their friends, it helps strengthen their friendship bond as they work together to create beautiful Christmas trees. Crafting with kids is a fabulous way to have some fun together and enjoy each other’s company.
Art and crafting is very important in the early stages of childhood as it helps nourish a love of creativity which only helps maximize self-confidence and social skills. Preschoolers who’ve been able to partake in crafts like this felt Christmas tree craft can go on to be more inquisitive, outside of the box thinkers, and highly confident young adults.
I’m sure you already know of all the amazing benefits of art in the early stages of childhood and beyond, but sometimes it’s nice to share that reminder. This felt Christmas tree craft will keep your preschoolers busy chatting together as they make an adorable holiday decoration for the mantel or classroom wall.
Simple tip: Use Command Strips to hang up the finished felt Christmas trees on your wall as decorations during December. The kids get to show off their work all month long and you don’t have to worry about damaging your walls! Win-win!
What else can my preschoolers do with this felt Christmas Tree Craft?
There are many ways to extend this felt craft for preschoolers even further. Perhaps you can buy some extra supplies that can be used as “ornaments” on the felt Christmas tree.
- Miniature Christmas tree decorations
- Christmas light stickers
- Foam Gingerbread men
You could also make each Christmas tree a little more “personal” by adding a photo of each kid inside their DIY felt Christmas tree craft.
When you make this Felt Christmas tree for toddlers and preschoolers, make sure to supervise closely… pom poms are super tempting for little ones to shove into little holes on their faces…
How do I make this DIY Felt Christmas Tree craft?
First, you’ll need to gather the following supplies to make this Christmas tree craft:
- Green Felt Christmas trees
- Gold pipe cleaner
- Red pom poms
- Glitter stickers or Felt Decorations
- Glue or Hot Glue
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Now that you have your supplies ready, simply follow the two instructions below to make your Christmas tree craft:
Glue pieces of your gold pipe cleaner on the felt Christmas tree. This is used for tinsel, so have your preschoolers work their magic to make their tree glisten.
Next, have your preschoolers attach the red and green pom poms and glitter stickers onto the felt Christmas tree. These will be used as Christmas ornaments.
If you can find felt ornaments that’s even better because felt sticks to felt and the kids can have their own felt Christmas tree to rearrange the decorations on as many times as they desire.
Allow the felt Christmas trees to dry for a few hours and enjoy!
Simple tip: Use paper stackers like these to place each craft on while they are drying. It’s a great way to save space while keeping little hands off the crafts while they are drying.
We found ours at a local second-hand store for a cheap storage solution.
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