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If you’ve ever had a Christmas tree with a toddler, you know just how tempting all the shiny things can be for their little hands. We already have a nice little bare spot on our tree without ornaments (yes, in the first week of December) because Little loves to play with them so much. Fortunately, when the tree is lit, it’s not noticeable so I don’t fuss about it. It’s the season we’re in.
Even still, I have enjoyed letting Little help decorate. To help with that, I made him his very own little felt Christmas tree and hung it in our hallway. (Actually, I made the tree last year, but added to the decorations this year.)
Like the other felt projects I’ve shared, this one is perfect for little ones. It’s cheap, simple, easy to clean up, easy to store for next year, and can’t break. There are a ton of great benefits to using felt with your kids and lots of learning activities, too!
I’ve talked about this before, but there are lots of great benefits to using felt with kids. It’s a great visual learning tool that helps with shape and color recognition. It encourages fine motor skills and spatial awareness since kids have the freedom to pick up and move the pieces around as they wish, and it’s safe – it’s not going to break and isn’t a choking hazard. So even the youngest kids can play with it.
Are you convinced yet? Yeah? Great; now let’s get started.
- Green Felt
- I got 1 yard of this from a local fabric store and ended up with a lot left over. I think 1/2 a yard would do. That said, I’ve used the leftovers for other projects, so it doesn’t hurt to get extra.
- Colored Felt for Ornaments
- I recommend this felt pack from Amazon. There are 42 different pieces of felt so you’ll be set for the tree and any future felt projects.
- Hot Glue Gun, optional
- Fold the green felt in half and draw the shape of the tree. I used chalk to draw the tree so I could see what I was doing.
- Keeping it folded, cut the tree out.
- Cut out your ornaments. I traced the lid of a jar for the big circle ornaments, and used scraps for the “decorations” on them. For the smaller circles, I just free handed it with scissors. The good thing about this project is that it really does not have to be perfect to be fun.
- If you want to add embellishments to your ornaments, you’ll need to use a hot glue gun to do that. If you just want simple shapes, you should be all set.
- Cut out and add your tree topper if you wish.
- I made a simple star and used hot glue to stick it on the top of the tree.
- Use command strips to hang tree on the wall.
- Or just spread it out on the floor. We hung ours on the wall, but it’s since been pulled down so we spend most of the time decorating it on the floor.
Additional Learning Activities with the Felt Tree
If you want to incorporate some learning with your tree, you could:
- Count the ornaments that are on the tree.
- Sort and count them by shape and color.
- Create patterns with your ornaments as you put them on the tree.
Of course, play is the best way to learn, so if you want to spend your time just moving the ornaments around, that’s also totally fine (and often preferred to be honest)!
I love that we will get to use this tree for years to come as our family continues to grow. And it takes up so little space in our Christmas decoration boxes that it is so easy to store!
What tips to you have to keep your little ones from pulling ornaments off of the Christmas tree? Any fun craft projects you’re planning this year? Tell me in the comments below; I love to hear from you!
Also, stay tuned for our next post where I’ll round up some of my favorite kid-friendly Christmas crafts – many of which are on my list to do with Little this year! You don’t want to miss it!
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