Develop Fine Motor Skills with a Homemade Christmas Card!

Fine motor Christmas card craft

This fine motor Christmas card is a great activity for therapy sessions during the holidays. Use this holiday fine motor task to build hand strength, coordination, and dexterity skills. Here’s the thing: Kids love to create gifts they can give to family and friends. One easy way to get the kids involved in holiday gifting (with minimal mess) is to have them make holiday cards.  These Christmas cards were kid made and have a fine motor component, too.

Making Christmas Cards to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

Making Christmas cards with kids is a GREAT way to develop fine motor skills, and kids take ownership of their craft. They love to see the response on the recipient’s face when they make a card on their own. When there are fine motor skills being addressed, too…it’s a win-win situation!

So many kids struggle with fine motor skills, hand strength, coordination, and precision of grasp. However, when they are making a card for a loved one, there is motivation involved.

When kids are motivated by a task (like seeing their loved one smile!) there is intrinsic meaningfulness happening. Kids will LOVE to create cards that actually work on the skills they need to develop (fine motor skills).

So, let’s add Christmas card making to your therapy line-up this holiday season!


Homemade Christmas Card Fine Motor Skills




You might have seen our Christmas Tree hole punch activity.  It’s a fine motor and proprioception powerhouse and very fun to make these hole punch Christmas trees.  We can’t get enough of these easy Christmas decorations and used them to make Christmas cards.


This is a fun craft that addresses a variety of fine motor skills, including open thumb web space.

Kids can make this 3D Christmas Tree card while working on so many fine motor skills like hand strength, open thumb web space, intrinsic muscle strength, arch development, with proprioceptive input, too.  The Occupational Therapist in me loves this!

Kid Made Christmas Card with Christmas Trees

You’ll need just a few materials for this craft. (Affiliate links are included in this post.)




Make the scissor skills Christmas trees.  The only difference is that you’ll want your child to punch holes through two Christmas Trees at a time, so the holes line up.  Mark one side of each tree so your kiddo knows which side to apply glue.  The pencil sides will be the inside of a Christmas Tree “sandwich” where the trees are the bread.

Kids can make this 3D Christmas Tree card while working on so many fine motor skills like hand strength, open thumb web space, intrinsic muscle strength, arch development, with proprioceptive input, too.  The Occupational Therapist in me loves this!

How to Make this Fine Motor Christmas Card

Tear the tissue paper into small pieces.  Tearing tissue paper is a great way to practice fine motor skills and intrinsic muscle strength, as well as building arch development and an open thumb web space.  You’ll only need very small pieces of tissue paper, and tearing such small pieces of tissue paper really works the muscles of little hands.


Spread glue on the marked side of a Christmas tree.  Stick the small tissue paper pieces on the holes.  Be sure tissue paper does not overlap other holes.


Fold the white cardstock in half, lengthwise.  Place the tree on the paper and draw a rectangle-ish shape around the tree.  Cut out the rectangle to make a large window on the front of the card.

Kids can make this 3D Christmas Tree card while working on so many fine motor skills like hand strength, open thumb web space, intrinsic muscle strength, arch development, with proprioceptive input, too.  The Occupational Therapist in me loves this!

Cut two pieces of embroidery thread and twist them together.  Tape one end of the twisted thread to the top of the card on the inside of the window.  Place the thread along the length of the Christmas Tree and place another Christmas Tree on top, lining up the holes.  Tape the other end of the embroidery thread at the bottom of the card window, inside the card.


The twisted thread will allow the Christmas Tree to spin when the card is opened, giving it a 3D look.  

Kids can make this 3D Christmas Tree card while working on so many fine motor skills like hand strength, open thumb web space, intrinsic muscle strength, arch development, with proprioceptive input, too.  The Occupational Therapist in me loves this!



Write on the inside of the card for a peekaboo effect.  I love the cute kid writing you can see through from the front of the card! 


Who can you make these cards for this Christmas?
 

Kids can make this 3D Christmas Tree card while working on so many fine motor skills like hand strength, open thumb web space, intrinsic muscle strength, arch development, with proprioceptive input, too.  The Occupational Therapist in me loves this!

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What if you had themed, NO-PREP activities designed to collect data and can help kids build essential fine motor skills?

Take back your time and start the year off with a bang with these done-for-you fine motor plans to help kids form stronger hands with our Winter Fine Motor Kit. This print-and-go winter fine motor kit includes no-prep fine motor activities to help kids develop functional grasp, dexterity, strength, and endurance. Use fun, winter-themed, fine motor activities so you can help children develop strong fine motor skills in a digital world. 

The Winter Fine Motor Kit includes reproducible activity pages include: pencil control strips, scissor skills strips, simple and complex cutting shapes, lacing cards, toothpick precision art, crumble hand strengthening crafts, memory cards, coloring activities, and so much more.

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.