Sammy has had quite the fascination over our Christmas tree. Specifically, decorating the Christmas tree. Even more specifically, making Christmas ornaments for our Christmas tree. We have made some simple Christmas ornaments, like these simple paper plate Christmas balls, and these burlap candy canes. I also found 6 awesome easy Christmas Ornaments for preschoolers to make all on their own.
So, the next step for feeding this need of my preschoolers to make (and make and make) Christmas ornaments … why an invitation to create Christmas ornaments of course! We had such success with our Fall Playdough Apple Pie invitation to play I knew this one would be a hit too. And it was!
This invitation to create Christmas ornaments was left very open ended. Sometimes I will give Sammy an example or model of the activity to create – but in this case I didn’t. Since Sammy has been making so many decorations lately – decorations out of just about anything he can find around the house (he believes if it can be held to the tree with a clothes pin it can be a decoration) I knew he’d be very creative all on his own!
To set up this invitation to create Christmas ornaments for preschoolers
This set up was very easy. I in fact just used Christmas craft supplies I had around the house.
I laid out 3 piles of foam sheets (but construction paper would work too)
2 containers with ribbon, one gold and one silver
1 container with bells
some glue, scissors, makers, and stickers
The first few ornaments Sammy decided to cut into circles and then decorate. After a couple he decided he would leave some rectangular. At first he was heavy on the glue and ribbons. Then he switched to being heavy on the markers. I love watching him work while he is crafting and creating – it is so interesting to me. And it is hard for me knot to offer suggestions, but I have gotten much better at restraining myself. If he asks for my help (which is not too frequent) I am happy to assist, but otherwise I try to let Sam explore and discover his own process with these invitations.
The ornaments turned out lovely and were a great addition to our already almost completely decorated tree. They fit nicely beside the Mr. Potato head, Melissa and Doug wooden threading train set, and the straws with pipe cleaners inside. Making for a Christmas tree only a Mother could love? Perhaps. But I really do love it.
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