It may still be November, but based on just how quickly the past few months have gone, Christmas will be here before you know it and this easy paper strip Christmas tree craft is the perfect way to get a jump start on your holiday crafting and decorating with your little ones.
Colors, shapes, scissor skills, size sequencing…
The list of skills that you’ll work on with this craft goes on and on.
The best part is that you probably already have everything you need to make this quick and easy Christmas tree in your craft supply stash!
To make your own paper strip Christmas tree, you’ll need:
Sequins are perfect for the decorations on the tree as they’ll not only add a little bit of shimmer and shine to your project, but they’re also a great way to work on those fine motor skills as well. Regular craft sequins in various colors are perfect for this project, but if you’re feeling like making it a bit more Christmasy, these snowflake sequins will take care of that!
Assembling Your Christmas Tree
To start, have your child cut their piece of green construction paper into strips.
Cutting these strips is a fantastic way to practice those scissor skills with your preschooler. You can even draw a few faint pencil lines across the page if they need something to follow with their scissors to help them practice.
Once all of your strips are cut, trim the strips to make them a variety of lengths and have your child sort them from shortest to longest so that they can assemble their Christmas tree.
Next, cut a small strip of brown construction paper for the tree trunk and have your child glue it to the bottom of your red construction paper.
Once the trunk is on, have them glue the green strips on to the red construction paper as well. Start with the longest ones on the bottom, working your way up the page with shorter and shorter strips until you have a Christmas tree.
At this point, you can go ahead and add a star sticker to the top of your tree and gather up your decorations (whatever kind of stickers or sequins you prefer to use).
Go ahead and hand your child the glue bottle and the sequins and let them decorate their tree.
Using these small pieces (and the bottle of glue) will give their small motor muscles a good workout and when they’re finished, they can proudly display all of their hard work.