We are now officially finished with school for the year. Which means I have to find things to do with the children to keep them entertained until school starts again in January.
I mentioned the other day that I’ve put together a Christmas week box for the children, which has got a little activity in for each day of the week.
But I still need to find other things to keep them busy.
And this Christmas craft has been perfect.
It’s really easy so you can do it with little ones, but is still fun for older children too. My two are 5 and 2, and both had a lot of fun with it.
So, without further ado, I give you our egg box Christmas trees!
What you need:
Empty egg boxes.
Glitter glue, or star stickers, or whatever you have handy to decorate your tree.
What you do:
Cut the egg boxes up into individual ‘cups’. Depending on what kind of egg box you have you’ll end up with slightly different shapes but any kind should work for this craft.
Once the pieces are all cut out, get out your green paint and go to town. If you don’t have paint you could always colour them in with crayons, or felt tips. Or cover them in bits of green tissue paper. Whatever you’ve got that’s green will do.
Put the pieces aside and wait for the paint to dry.
Once it’s all dry you can decorate the pieces of your tree. We used glitter glue on ours but, again, you can use whatever you’ve got at home. Star stickers or sticky gems are good options. Or you can just shake some normal glitter over them.
If you’ve used something like glitter glue then you’ll need to wait a bit for that to dry.
Then, pierce a hole in the top of each section.
Get a pipe cleaner and start threading the pieces on to it to build your tree.
And that’s it! You can stand these up as fun decorations on your mantlepiece, or you can put a loop in the top of the pipe cleaner and hang them on your tree.
We all really enjoyed making these, and I think the end results look pretty good!
What I particularly liked about this was the skills that the children worked on while making them. For Nerys it was a great chance to practice her fine motor skills, and I loved watching her concentrate so hard on threading the pieces on to the pipe cleaners. And for Rhys, who has never been a fan of getting things like paint on his hands, it was a great chance for him to experience that and realise that it’s actually ok.
And for both of them it was a great craft for letting them get creative and I loved watching how they both approached the activity.
If you’re after more ideas for Christmas crafts then go and check out my fun button christmas tree card and snowman gift tag, and my cotton wool snowman ideas. Or you can go and check out these suggestions from Wynsors, they’ve got quite a few suggestions on there to see you through the holidays!
We were sent the materials for this craft as part of Wynsors #craftswithwynsors Christmas celebration, however all ideas and words are my own.