Inside: Looking for a super easy toddler ornament? Well, I have one for you! It involves 2 steps that young children love: brushing paint and shaking glitter. The result is a handmade ornament that shimmers when it’s on the Christmas tree!
After talking to many parents and teachers, I realize there are 2 feelings about this tiny shiny stuff.
You either love it or you really don’t like it.
If you fall in the latter category, I’m not going to try to sell this activity to you. Unless you just skip the glitter altogether. That could work!
But, just be warned, I’m going to mention glitter here, and share some glitter photos.
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Super Easy Toddler Ornament with Glitter
First, I must share that this was not my idea. It was created by my co-teacher, Mari. Mari has only been with me for 3 months and she is amazing. And she loves glitter. Score!
Here’s what you will need:
- Paper mache ball ornaments
- Red washable tempera paint
- Washable white glue
- Red glitter
- Green glitter
- Acrylic sealer
Setting up this ornament activity:
- Add even amounts of glue and paint to a shallow tray or cup.
- Add a paintbrush.
- Place those and the paper mache ornament on a tray. (You will need 1 for each child participating.)
My tip for the glitter:
We buy our glitter in big containers, so I found some small salt and pepper shakers at Goodwill and poured glitter into them. I’ve also used plastic spice bottles. You want to pay attention to the size of the holes in the lid. If they are too big, the glitter will just pour out. I prefer using containers that have holes that are small enough so that the children really have to shake the container to release the glitter.
I do this because I want to add some extra fine motor in the activity.
And truthfully, young children just love shaking those containers. They aren’t even really paying attention to what’s coming out. They simply love to shake them!
Invite your children to paint the ball ornament, covering as much as possible. Some might want to paint the entire ball, but others will perhaps paint half and call it good. These are busy toddlers, after all!
Now comes the glitter.
As the children finish painting their ball ornament, I remove the paint/glue and the paintbrush and replace them with a bottle of glitter.
They then shake the glitter onto the ornament for as long as they’d like.
Don’t look at the next photo if you have a glitter phobia. (I happen to love it. Call me crazy.)
When they are finished, let dry completely. Then spray some acrylic sealer all over the ornament balls.
Make sure to do this in a well ventilated place. (We like to spray them outside after the children have gone home.)
You might still want to keep your eyes closed, because the next photo is keeping it real.
This is how our classroom countertop looked when we were finished.
Reminds me of my kitchen after cooking a big Thanksgiving dinner.
But it was all worth it. I absolutely love how these glitter ornaments turned out!
Here are even more ornaments for your toddlers and preschoolers to try: