Tag Craft for Christmas

Gift tag Christmas tree art

This is a tag craft we made one year after making Christmas tree art with homemade stamps. I love these homemade gift tags that the kids made last year, and so did everyone on our Christmas shopping list!  The process to make the personalized bag tags is super easy, and once the Christmas tree stamps are done, it’s an exercise in scissor skills, too. When the gift tags are made by kids, they are extra special.  The fun part about these Christmas Tree Stamps are that you can use them for so many things besides gift tags: wrapping paper, Christmas art, or just for fun!  

Tag craft for Christmas is a personalized bag tag that kids can make as a gift tag craft.

Tag Craft

This tag craft starts with Christmas tree stamps, and is one of a series of toilet paper art activities we did. First, we made the Christmas Tree toilet paper stamps as shown below. Then, once they dried, my kids cut out the Christmas trees and we turned them into holiday tags!

You’ll need just a few materials to make this tag craft.

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To make your gift tags, you’ll need a few supplies:

When children make these Christmas tree name tags, they are also building fine motor skills.

Cute Christmas tree gift tags kids can make after making toilet paper roll Christmas tree stamp art.

Christmas Tree Name Tags

Toilet paper roll Christmas tree stamp art for kids

To start out, bend your paper tube into a triangle shape.  Dip it into a plate of green poster paint. Stamp this onto the paper in rows.

Christmas tree art activity for kids

Next, use the cotton swabs to stamp red paint onto the Christmas trees.  You can dab ornaments onto the trees or paint garland with the red paint.  …or color the whole tree red, like Little Guy did.  It’s creative expression, here!

This is a great way to work on tripod grasp with the cotton swab. It’s also an exercise in separation of the sides of the hand, and eye-hand coordination.

Cut the cotton swab into a smaller piece to really work on hand strength and tripod grasp.

We used the brown paint to paint little trunks on each tree.  This part of the craft is a great way to sneak in some fine motor skills.  Work on pre-handwriting skills with the cotton swab by encouraging a tripod grasp, neutral or extended wrist, and pinkie and ring fingers tucked up into the palm for support.  This is a fun way to encourage an appropriate grasp on writing utensils.

Christmas tree gift tags craft for kids

Make Christmas tree name tags using the tree stamps.

  Next allow the Christmas tree stamps to dry overnight or for several hours.  Admire the cuteness.  

Christmas tree gift tags craft for kids

  Cut tag shapes from the crafting paper.  Punch a hole at the top and strengthen it with hole reinforcement stickers.  Cut the Christmas trees from the white paper with a little edge.  Glue onto tags. I threaded the tags onto ribbon with help from Big Sister.  This part is a little difficult for younger kids, but older children can assist.  

We used a variety of ribbon types to package up our gifts.  The Gift tags made the presents!

Christmas tree name tags that kids can make for holiday gift giving

  Let us know if you make these gift tags, or Christmas Tree stamps this season.  We would love to see them!  

More Christmas Crafts for Kids

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.

Thanksgiving treat for kids

Thanksgiving treats for kids can include turkey pretzel rod snacks, a thanksgiving dessert made by kids!

This pretzel rod snack is one of those Thanksgiving treats kids will love. By getting kids active in cooking, children can develop so many skills. So, why not combine the excitement of Thanksgiving cooking with the task of helping kids develop motor skills. These turkey pretzel rod snacks are kid-created and will be a Thanksgiving dessert kids will love this year!

Thanksgiving treats for kids can include turkey pretzel rod snacks, a thanksgiving dessert made by kids!

We made these turkey pretzel rod treats with the kids one afternoon as a cooking with kids project to get us in the Thanksgiving mood. Thanksgiving treats kids make get the whole family involved in the cooking process, and make holiday cooking fun. An easy turkey themed snack like these turkey pretzel rod snacks are a thanksgiving dessert made by kids that also help them build fine motor skills, executive functioning, and other essential skills.

Here is more information on how cooking helps kids develop fine motor skills.

Here is a blog post describing how cooking helps kids with direction following.

Thanksgiving snack for kids to help with. Turkey peanut butter pretzel rod snack

Turkey Pretzel Snack for Kids

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Turkey themed snack. This Thanksgiving dessert that kids can make is perfect treat for kids this Thanksgiving.



To make these cute turkey snacks, you’ll need a few essentials.

  • Pretzel rods
  • Peanut butter (Melted chocolate would work too.)
  • Brown sprinkles or Fall sprinkles
  • candy eyes
  • candy corn
  • yellow m&ms
  • Twizzler licorice stick
  • Chocolate (melted)
Use peanut butter to make quick thanksgiving treats kids will love.

Start by covering one half of a pretzel rod with peanut butter.  

The kids loved doing this part.  It was very messy, but very fun.  Lots of giggles happened.  Lots of hand wiping, but lots of smiles 🙂 We used a knife from our plastic cutlery set for kids for spreading the peanut butter.

Kids can roll the pretzel rods in sprinkles to make these pretzel rod turkeys.

Roll the peanut butter in sprinkles.  You’ll need to pour more sprinkles over the pretzel rods to get all of the peanut butter coated in brown.  Watch for sneaky fingers stealing sprinkles.  It happens.

Sprinkles for a turkey pretzel rod snack for kids.

“Glue” on the candy eyes with a bit of peanut butter.  You can use melted chocolate in these turkey snacks need to be transported.  

Cooking offers kids a chance for fine motor work.



Cute Thanksgiving Treat

Take the cute Thanksgiving treat factor up a notch with the details.

Press a yellow m&m into the peanut butter between the candy eyes.  Asking children to gently press the treats into the pretzel rod snack is an opportunity to work on precision, dexterity, pincer grasp, and proprioception.

Snip a small sliver of the Twizzler for the turkey’s gobbler.  Use a pair of child friendly scissors and ask the kiddos to cut the licorice for a scissor skills activity they will get a kick out of. The kids thought this part was genius!  “It looks just right, mom!”  

Use the melted chocolate to stick the candy corn feathers into place on the back of the turkey.  We just stuck the candy corns into the peanut butter since we were letting the snacks sit out until later to try them.  But, you’ll want to definitely use the chocolate “glue” to keep the candy corn feathers in place.

Cute turkey snack for kids made from pretzel rods.

Enjoy!  

More turkey activities you will love:

Easy Turkey Crafts

Cardboard Tube Turkey Craft

Free Turkey Theme Therapy Slide Deck

Turkey and Thanksgiving Fine Motor Activities

Thanksgiving Fine Motor Kit

Thanksgiving Fine Motor Kit, on sale now.

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.

Christmas Suncatcher Craft

Christmas suncatcher craft

This Christmas Suncatcher craft has been something we’ve been thinking about for a while.  This Christmas craft for kids is a fun one to add to your holiday line-up. With the sun streaming in through the dining room window, it’s the perfect place for sun catchers.  And this Christmas themed craft is the perfect addition to our big dining room window.  We went a little crazy with the sequins on this craft.  Our Christmas suncatcher craft is very sparkly, and just right for the season!   Big Sister loved making this project and the fine motor work involved was just right for her age.   

Christmas suncatcher is a great fine motor Christmas activity for kids. They can make the Christmas tree sun catcher and hang it in the window.

Christmas Tree Sun Catcher

This Christmas fine motor activity is a fun craft for working on specific fine motor skills such as pincer grasp, in-hand manipulation, and precision, including distal mobility. While we used sequins for our Christmas tree suncatcher, you could use practically any crafting material, from tissue paper, to foam stickers, to pressed flowers or pine needles. Use your imagination and make it an open-ended craft for the kids.

Kids can make this Christmas suncatcher craft with paper and sequins.

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This craft started with some major Sequins, and two triangles cut from green Construction Paper.

Make a Christmas suncatcher craft with kids.
Such a cute Christmas suncatcher craft for kids.

How pretty are these sequins?? LOVE the colors and sparkles in this Christmas craft!

Love this Christmas suncatcher craft for a Christmas tree craft that kids can make.

  I cut two triangles of  Clear Contact Paper, just slightly smaller than the green triangles.  Big Sister started placing the sequins on the contact paper.

Work on fine motor skills with kids with this Christmas tree suncatcher craft.

This was such a great fine motor activity for that Neat Pincer Grasp.  To pick up the sequins from the table surface and place them onto the contact paper requires tip to tip grasp of the index finger and thumb.  All of those sequins was a great workout!  She did a ton of them, but we ended up sprinkling even more sequins on to the contact paper to give our sun catcher a REALLY sparkly look.

Cute Christmas craft for kids that makes a beautiful suncatcher craft.

   Next came Big Sister’s favorite part.  Do all Kindergarteners love tape as much as she does?  This girl loooooooves tape!  We stuck the two pieces of contact paper together to sandwich the sequins in the middle.  Then we taped the contact paper onto on of the green triangles.  

Kid craft for Christmas activities that builds fine motor skills.

A little glue held the top triangle in place and our sun catcher was complete!  Let us know if you do this craft.  We love to see our projects come to life with your kids! 

Christmas modified paper for holiday handwriting for kids

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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.

Turkey Activities

Turkey activities for children

Turkey Activities are the theme here today, and boy, do I have some fun turkey themed ways to play and help kids build skills! Check out the Thanksgiving occupational therapy activities and different ideas listed below for fun Turkey activities to keep the kiddos occupied up through Thanksgiving!  Some of these may be just the craft or activity you are looking for to help children develop fine motor skills or visual motor skills.  Need a turkey craft for a play date or preschool party?  How about an easy little activity on Thanksgiving while the dinner is cooking?  So many options here for turkey inspired fun!

Turkey activities for kids at Thanksgiving, and great Thanksgiving occupational therapy activities.

Turkey Activities

Be sure to stop by the following pages first, and fill your toolbox with turkey themed activities:

If you are looking for quick turkey crafts to use in teletherapy or in the classroom or home, check out these quick and easy turkey crafts.

You’ll also love this turkey slide deck for teletherapy or distance learning. It’s a free interactive slide deck with a Thanksgiving theme.

And, this turkey mindfulness activity is a free printable that you can use with kids to help them discover the benefits of deep breathing as a coping mechanism for self-regulation.

Plus, recently added to The OT Toolbox shop is this Thanksgiving Fine Motor Kit. It’s loaded with fine motor activities, scissor skills activities, handwriting activities, pencil control cards, lacing cards, glue activities, and much more…all with a turkey and Thanksgiving theme.

 Turkey Activities for Kids

Turkey activities that help kids develop motor skills. Use these for the Thanksgiving kids table crafts.

  1. Fine Motor Turkey for Tots from Twodaloo  (website no longer exists) Work on fine motor skills including pincer grasp and an extended wrist to create bead feathers. Try this turkey activity with play dough, spaghetti noodles, and beads. 

2. Turkey Felt Board Matching from Teach Beside Me helps with visual discrimination, scanning, and eye-hand coordination.

3. Thanksgiving Wreath Kids Craft from Alamo City Moms Blog  is a fine motor craft that would look great on the door.

4. Pine Cone Turkey Place Cards from Homegrown Friends  can help kids with tactile sensory exploration and direction following. 

use these turkey activities in occupational therapy interventions to help kids with fine motor skills.

   5. Turkey Tissue Paper By Number Craft by Crayon Box Chronicles   (website no longer exists)- Crumble tissue paper to work on fine motor skills and hand strength.

6. Thanksgiving Turkey Play Dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning  uses play dough to build hand strength and fine motor endurance, as well as precision and tripod grasp.

7. Fine Motor Turkey Craft  is a great way to work on scissor skills, pincer grasp, tripod grasp, and eye-hand coordination.

8. Feather Color Sorting and Fine Motor Activity from Fantastic Fun and Learning can help kids with visual discrimination, scanning, figure ground, visual attention, and more.

Turkey activities that help kids develop motor skills.

  9. Thankful Turkey Craft for Kids from Kids Activities Blog   is a turkey activity that helps with handwriting.

10. Handmade Turkey Puzzle from KCEdventures   is a fun way to work on visual discrimination, visual memory, and other visual perceptual skills.

11. Recycled Paper Roll Turkey Stamp Craft is one of our favorite turkey crafts that doubles as turkey art! Work on eye-hand coordination with a preschool turkey craft the kiddos will love.

12. Turkey Print Crafts from House of Burke is another fun preschool turkey art activity that is great for the younger age range.

13. Turkey Cardboard Tube Juicebox Cover is one of our favorite ways to work on fine motor skill, oral motor skills, and oral sensory processing. Use proprioception as a calming and organizing tool for kids with this cute turkey activity.

14. Soda Bottle Turkey from Stir The Wonder  helps children develop fine motor skills and bilateral coordination as well as eye-hand coordination with turkey fun.

15. Let’s Talk Turkey and Pilgrims and Indians from Mrs. Karen’s Preschool Ideas  uses turkey activities to promote learning with these fun Thanksgiving ideas.

16. Clothespin Feathers Turkey from Stir The Wonder  develops hand strength arch development, separation of the sides of the hand, and more.

More turkey activities and Thanksgiving activities that help kids develop motor skills.

  17. Turkey Fine Motor Craft and Activity from Fantastic Fun and Learning   is a fine motor powerhouse with cute results in this Thanksgiving activity that would look great at the kids Thanksgiving table!

19. Thanksgiving Turkey Silverware Napkin Ring is my personal favorite for a turkey activity that helps kids build fine motor skills, including precision, tripod grasp, eye-hand coordination, bilateral coordination, and more.

For even MORE turkey activities

Grab the new Thanksgiving fine motor kit. It’s a huge resource for occupational therapists, parents, and teachers looking to help kids develop fine motor skills, work on handwriting, scissor skills, cursive writing, letter formation, and so much more.

This 40 page digital file includes everything you need to help kids develop fine motor skills. The printable sheets are designed to work on themed Thanksgiving fine motor activities and can be used over and over again. Print off all of them or just the pages you need. With this Thanksgiving theme fine motor kit, children can develop the following areas:

  • Pencil control
  • Scissor skills
  • Hand strength
  • Pinch strength
  • Bilateral coordination
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Visual motor skills
  • Handwriting and letter formation
  • Precision and dexterity
  • Separation of the sides of the hand
  • Coloring accuracy and endurance
  • Pre-writing line accuracy
  • Precision and dexterity
  • Pincer grasp

This festive Fall packet is designed to cover a variety of areas and skills. Toddlers can use the coloring and shape pages. Preschool children can work on pre-writing lines, cutting strips, coloring pages, I Spy activity, counting, fine motor pinch activities, lacing cards, and more. Kindergarten children can work on letter formation and copying skills along with the other fine motor activities. Elementary aged students can use all of the fine motor activities as well as the handwriting activities and lined writing pages.

Grab the Thanksgiving Fine Motor Kit here.

 

Thanksgiving Fine Motor Kit

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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.