Christmas craft is always loved by kids. It is something they get to make with their own hands and present it to someone special. There is a great choice of different art and craft materials out there, but I like to offer children ones that incorporate learning important skills and help the child to develop different fine motor. I picked these two simple, yet beautiful and exciting activities to make handmade Christmas ornaments that can be a sweet present for the child to give.
Fine motor activities are essential for a young child’s developmental growth. However, not all children are naturally drawn to them. Making a Christmas handmade ornament may encourage those, who usually tend to avoid fine motor activities, to perfect the work of their little fingers.
Sewing Ornament – Recycling old Christmas cards.
Many like to keep their cards received for special occasions as a sweet memory. using old cards to make ornaments is a nice way to revisit memories and make a colorful ornament. This also brings an important message to kids about reusing old paper instead of using a new sheet of cardstock every time. If you got a set of metal insets you can put them to practice with this sewing activity.
Sewing Handmade ornament:
- invite the child to choose a mental inset and trace it on a piece of cardstock or an old Christmas card
- cut out the shape
- punch holes around the shape or let the child do it using a hole puncher
- invite child thread a wool needle with colored yarn and knot the end
- demonstrate stitching yarn
- finish by knotting on the inside of the card and use excess yarn to make a loop for hanging on a tree
Threading with small beads is a wonderful challenge for a child of preschool age. This requires a great deal of concentration and focus. You can use fishing line or thin wire to make this craft. Children need to be very careful when using wire not to prick their little fingers.
- tie a bead at the end of fishing line or wire leaving a piece of it to tie ends together when threading is finished
- invite the child to thread beads
- when the child is done – help him or her to tie both ends to make a wreath
- help the child to tie a bow with a ribbon
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