Inside: Put together a toddler Christmas card activity that also works fine motor skills as bright and cheerful felt circles are pressed onto a paper tree. Attach it to a handmade gift as a special touch!
Every year our toddlers and preschoolers make ornaments for their families.
And because the theme is handmade, they make their own gift bags and cards to go with it.
I love that every part of the gift is made by the child and I’m pretty sure the recipients do, too.
This year I came up with a bright and cheerful Christmas card that involved putting “lights” on the tree and then gluing the tree onto a folded piece of paper.
The children loved the process, and I love how they turned out!
Bright and Cheerful Toddler Christmas Card that is Super Easy
What we used:
Preparing this toddler Christmas card:
Cut a tree from the green paper that will fit on the card.
Fold the 9 x 12 piece of construction paper in half.
Setting up the activity:
Place the tree, glue, and felt circles on a tray.
Creating the card:
I told the children that their trees needed lights, and that they were going to put them on the tree.
This is a great way to work on fine motor skills as their small fingers pick up each circle, dropping and then pressing it onto the tree.
Not only does this activity work fine motor skills, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to work on color recognition skills.
As the children were selecting each circle to press into the glue, I asked what color they had.
Soon, they were all telling me what colors circles they had.
(I love this hands-on way of reinforcing skills!)
Assembling the card:
After letting the tree thoroughly dry, we glued it onto the folded pieces of construction paper and added a small tan rectangle to the bottom for the trunk.
I then let the children decorate the insides of their cards using markers and signed their names.
The bonus of this toddler Christmas card is that if it’s made early enough, it can be used as a window or wall decoration until it’s time to attach it to the gift.
Don’t they look festive hanging in the window of our building’s hallway?
How to adapt this Christmas card for preschoolers:
Outline the tree in pen and invite them to cut it out. This is a fun way to work on scissor skills!
When decorating the inside of the card, let them write their own names.
Make sure to pair this card with a homemade gift bag!