As a momma who previously taught preschool and elementary school, I know how important fine motor skills are for kids. When a kiddo struggles with fine motor skills, it impacts their handwriting, their ability to use scissors, and makes school a struggle.
My boys are busy. It’s hard to find something that will keep their attention for a period of time, and when they’re not successful they tend to give up pretty quickly. I think this is true of most preschoolers. Keeping them engaged means meeting them with something at their skill level and still keeping the activity open enough to push them just enough to ensure they’re learning and growing.
This Christmas tree activity has been so much fun! My boys loved choosing the color of their ‘ornament’ and the clothes pin to hold it on the tree. I found all of the supplies at Target’s Dollar Spot, which makes it even sweeter for me. I spent $5 on the supplies.
Here’s what you need:
- a small Christmas tree (found at Target’s Dollar Spot)
- 16 – 24 small clothes pins, preferable with holiday decorations (found at Target’s Dollar Spot)
- scissors (I love these scissors with a little spring in the middle to help kids learn to cut. My two-year old is able to successfully use Faber-Castell’s My First Scissors. )
- colored paper (cut this into strips to help kids just learning to use scissors)
Here’s what we did:
- cut small pieces of paper into ‘ornaments’
- used the clothes pins to attach the ‘ornaments’ on the tree
Simple, huh? My boys sat for 20 minutes and decorated their tree. I helped them hold the paper and turn it to make snips. They also needed some help getting the ornament on the tree. It takes a lot of coordination to hold the ornament in the right place and pin it!
Here are some ways to modify this activity for older kids:
- put holiday stickers or stickers from your kids’ on paper and have your kids cut around the stickers
- have your kids draw shapes and cut them out
Have fun with this one! It’s an activity you can do over and over, and repeat year after year.