We’ve made our own Christmas tree gift tags last year. This version was just as much fun to make and we can’t wait to wrap a few presents with our DIY Gift tags! This Christmas tree art was great for preschoolers and toddler. All it took was a little stamping and cotton swab painting. If you’re not into making gift tags, this Christmas tree craft needs just a little stamping as a nice piece of holiday art to decorate with this Christmas!
Christmas Tree Gift Tag Craft
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Christmas Tree Gift Tags
We started with a recycled paper tube that was bent into a triangle shape. This was dipped into green paint and ready for stamping all over the paper. Little Guy liked this part best, and made a ton of little trees on his paper.
A brown marker to draw little tree stumps on each triangle and it started to look more like Christmas trees. We used our Spill Proof Paint Cups and some cotton swabs to decorate our Christmas Trees.
Now this was Baby Girl’s favorite part of the painting! She reeeally got into dotting little decorations on her Christmas trees. Painting with the cotton swabs is such a good way to work o n tripod grasp for new pencil users and pre-handwriters. They were able to dab a little red paint in the spill proof cup and dot it onto the paper with a tripod grasp on the cotton swab.
Once the trees and the decorations were dry (and this took a while after Baby Girl painted…!) We snipped our papers into little gift tags and hole punched a place to tie a pretty ribbon.
Christmas Handwriting Activities
Writing out that Christmas wish list is a difficult task that brings out tears instead of holiday excitement. I’ve got a solution for your kiddo with handwriting difficulties: a packet of modified paper for all of the Christmas handwriting tasks that come up each year. Use this handwriting pack to help kids who struggle with handwriting to participate in holiday traditions while even working on and developing their handwriting skills! Working on handwriting with kids this Christmas season? Grab your copy of the Christmas Modified Handwriting Packet. It’s got three types of adapted paper that kids can use to write letters to Santa, Thank You notes, holiday bucket lists and much more…all while working on handwriting skills in a motivating and fun way! Read more about the adapted Christmas Paper here.
This time of year, you may have a few plastic gold coins laying around. If not, these are those gold coins you see around March in dollar stores or in the party aisle of the store. They might be used in party decorating or as a fun addition to St. Patrick’s Day activities. We had a handful of gold coins in our house and decided to use them in some fine motor activities. Below are 6 quick and easy ways to improve fine motor skills using gold coins.
Want these printable sheets in handout form? Grab the printable sheet by clicking the button below. You can use these exercises and activities in a home program or part of themed activities in the time leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. OR, use regular coins and use this printable sheet of exercises all year long!
Scroll to the bottom of this post for a handout on how to use St. Patrick’s Day gold coins to build fine motor skills.
It’s a great handout to send home with kids for a home program!
First, you will need a handful of gold coins. You can grab them here. You could also use play money like we did here or just use regular real money coins!
1. In-Hand Manipulation- Transfer the coins one at a time from the palm of the hand into the fingertips to drop them into a bank. don’t have a coin bank that’s big enough for the gold coins? No problem! Use a knife to slice an opening in the top of a cardboard box or container with a plastic lid such as a recycled raisin container. Younger children can drop the coins into an empty tissue box. In-hand manipulation activities can help with tasks like clothing fasteners, shoe tying, and pencil grasp.
2. Fine Motor Precision- Use the coins to practice fine motor precision and graded movements by stacking the coins. The more, the better, especially with older students. Stack the coins, one at a time, onto one another in a stack. Don’t let the coins fall! Precision is an important fine motor skill needed for many fine motor tasks.
3. Open Thumb Webspace- Make a “sandwich” with the coins and improve that thumb webspace to use in pencil grasp, scissor use, and activities such as managing clothing fasteners. Kids can hold three coins in a tip-to-tip grasp as they oppose the thumb to the pointer finger while ensuring the thumb is open in an “O” shape. Activities to improve an open thumb web space are important for pencil grasp and manipulation of small items.
4. Finger Translation- Another in-hand manipulation activity, this one helps kids work on the ability to rotate items like a pencil or a coin (a real one!) between the pad of the thumb and the pad of the pointer, middle, and ring fingers. This in-hand manipulation activity can be practiced by holding the edge of the coin and rolling it in a circular motion along the finger pads. Try these ideas to improve translation using small water beads and a plastic bottle.
5. Finger Isolation- Place several gold coins on the table in a line. Use the fingers of one hand to tap them one at a time as the child “plays” a tapping tune on the coins. Just like tapping out keys on a piano, this activity allows the child to improve finger isolation and dexterity needed for skills like shoe tying or typing. Finger isolation activities can be a helpful way to improve fine motor skills needed for tasks like typing, shoe tying, pencil grasp, and more.
6. Hand Grip Strength– Ask the child to place one or more coins in the palm of their hand. They should curl their fingers over the coin and SQUEEZE! You may want to ask them to try to squeeze the plastic gold coin into real gold! Squeezing the fingers into a gross grasp in a sustained grip is a fun way to work on hand strength needed for so many skills. Hand strengthening is one of the biggest needs for a functional pencil grasp, endurance when writing or coloring, and tool use of all kinds!
How would you use these fun gold coins to improve hand strength and fine motor skills?
You can grab the gold coins here and use them over and over again over the next month and the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day!
Want to send these activities home as a home program? Print off this sheet and add a couple of gold coins for a creative home exercise program!
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