Tommy is a big fan of Christmas trees, but I didn’t want to bother with one this year knowing that we will be out of town for half the month of December and won’t even be home on Christmas Day. Instead, we hung Christmas lights around the house, are making frequent visits to the big lighted trees scattered around town, and have been doing a lot of Christmas tree crafts!
Here are some quick and easy Christmas tree projects that double as learning activities and cute decorations to hang up for the holidays:
1. Number Match Christmas Tree
For this number match activity, I cut a tree out of a green foam sheet and wrote numbers 1-20 scattered over it. Then, I numbered some foam stickers with numbers 1-20 and set them out for Tommy to match them to the numbers on the tree.
*To simplify this project, you could put the numbers on the tree in ascending or descending order rather than mixing them up like I did. And you could hand the stickers to your child one by one to match instead of laying them all out on the table.
**Also, you could do only numbers 1-10 to make it easier or up the challenge for older kids by making a larger tree with numbers 1-30, 1-50, or even 1-100!
For this color match activity, I drew a Christmas tree on a sheet of white paper and scattered dots in a few different colors all over the tree. (I used Do-a-Dot markers.) Then, I set out some pom poms in the same colors and let Tommy match them to the colored dots on the tree. When he found a match, I squeezed out a bit of Elmer’s glue and he glued the pom pom in place.
*For an even simpler variation on this activity, use colored stickers instead of pom poms.
3. ABC Match Christmas Tree
For this ABC match activity, I cut a tree out of green construction paper and topped it with a star sticker. Then, I drew a few lines across the tree to be the strings for the Christmas lights and wrote lowercase letters a-z along the lines. Next, I cut small ovals out of colored paper to be the lights and wrote uppercase letters A-Z on them. I set them out on the table with a glue stick and let Tommy get to work matching the uppercase to the lowercase letters and sticking them in place.
*To simplify this project, match uppercase to uppercase letters or lowercase to lowercase.
**To make it more challenging, mix up the letters on the lines so they are not in alphabetical order.
***For older kids, you could even match short sight words instead of letters!
Now it’s your turn!