Fine Motor Egg Carton Tree Activity

Egg carton tree for a fine motor Christmas craft

We are in full Christmas craft mode around here with tons of Christmas fine motor activities…and this egg carton tree was a fine motor hit! We’re excited to share more Christmas crafts and activities that develop motor skills, like this festive egg carton craft.

For now, we’ve got a fun fine motor activity that the kids will love!  This Fine Motor Christmas Tree activity and craft was a favorite of Little Guys’.  He loved sticking the egg carton pieces through the skewer and seeing his Christmas tree grow!  We do so many fine motor activities in our house and this one was just right for the Christmas season!

Fine Motor Christmas Egg carton Tree 

fine motor christmas tree craft made with egg cartons
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We started with a recycled egg carton and some Washable Green Tempera Paint, a paint brush, and our Spill Proof Paint Cup. (We love these things!  Never have spilled paint and the snug lids keep the paint from drying up between uses. Perfect for little artists!)
Paint the egg carton green.  Let dry.

After the paint dried, I cut out each section of the egg carton.  Now we were ready for the fun part!

Little Guy LOVED this!  He used a Bamboo Skewer to poke through each of the egg carton sections.  He slid each section down the length of the skewer.  This is pure concentration, here!  (I would suggest putting a wooden cutting board under the skewer if you do this one at home.  Our table was fine, but I wouldn’t want any skewer holes in your dining room table!)
Once all of the egg carton pieces were on the skewer, we slid them down to fill out the whole tree.  For the next part, I didn’t get any pictures, but it was really easy. 
We put a lump of play dough in a little red Christmas-y cup and stuck the skewer into the dough.  Little Guy and I used glue to put little dots all over the egg cartons. 
Now, this was Baby Girl’s favorite part…She loved sticking the red Sequins onto the glue dots.  This is such a great fine motor activity using a neat pincer grasp to hold the sequins and place them on the tree. 
When the skewer is positioned upright in the play dough, the child’s wrist is positioned in an extended position.  This is just right for pre-handwriting and for improving tripod grasp when writing. 
This Christmas tree activity and craft was fun for all ages!  If you make one at home, let us know! We love to see your versions of our ideas!!

More Fine Motor Christmas Tree Activities

For more fine motor Christmas activities that develop precision and dexterity skills, try this fine motor Christmas card that kids can make and give to family and friends.
This clothes pin Christmas tree builds hand strength, bilateral coordination, and eye-hand coordination skills.
Be sure to check out all of our Christmas fine motor activities here.
And, for holiday fun with fine motor skill-building, you’ll love the convenience of our Christmas Fine Motor Kit:

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This 100 page no-prep packet includes everything you need to guide fine motor skills in face-to-face AND virtual learning. You’ll find Christmas-themed activities for hand strength, pinch and grip, dexterity, eye-hand coordination, bilateral coordination, endurance, finger isolation, and more. 

Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to