Make a 3 D Christmas tree out of items you already have at home. A wonderful Christmas themed activity to build fine motor skills. Folding and cutting paper with not a pencil in sight!
This cute little Chrismas tree is a great homemade decoration and is quick and fairly easy to make. It is a little bit fiddly towards the end and your child will need help with the arrangement of the tree.
TO MAKE YOU WILL NEED
1 Circle of paper- any size will do
Twinkly star for top of the tree
Drinking straw cut in half
Blob of bluetack
Fold the circle in half to make a semi circle. Fold the semi circle two more times.
Keep going to create a zig zag until you get to the top and snip the top off completely.Carefully pull the top and bottom to reveal a zig zag. The manipulation of the paper and the control of the cutting is a great fine motor skills activity. Depending on your child’s age they may need help with the cutting or the pulling or both.
To begin with everybody cut too far and had to start again. For Mr. O who really struggles with fine motor skills (even though he is a Lego engineer-another blog post surely?!) I put dots on the triangle so he knew when to stop.
Fold the strip of paper 4 times about equally to make a cube shape without a top or bottom and tape together.
Add the blu tac to the bottom of the straw and place inside your pot.
If this decoration is going to sit on a polished surface you will want to sit the blu tac on a piece of paper so as it doesn’t mark your furniture.