Today, I have a pine cone Christmas tree that was a big hit with my kids, but also a fine motor powerhouse. The pinecone ornament was a fun way to craft but the miniature Christmas tree craft helps kids with precision, pincer grasp, in-hand manipulation, and more. We made this Pine Cone Christmas Tree years ago, but it’s still a favorite ornament my kids love to pull out each year and hang on the tree!
Here are more Christmas crafts that help kids build fine motor skills.
Pine Cone Christmas Tree Ornament
We love to take hikes in the neighborhood and woods to collect pine cones and always have a few around that are ready for fun projects and crafts. Our pine cone Christmas Tree was fun for painting and even fine motor skills. Pressing all of the little pieces into the pine cone was a great way to work the small muscles of the kid’s hands during a Christmas craft! Our little pine cone Christmas tree is nestled in the branches of our tree looking pretty cute!
Check out these Christmas Fine Motor Activities for more creative ways to work on fine motor skills and address development of skills this Christmas season.
Pine Cone Christmas craft
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We started with some pine cones that we painted a nice green color. You might have seen the action on our Instagram feed. Once our pine cones were dry, we started decorating. For this craft, we used a little red cord and crafting pom poms
in different sizes.
The decorating part was great for fine motor work. We used a little glue to glue on the yellow pom pom to the top of the pine cone tree. Little Guy liked pushing the small pom poms into the pine cone. We didn’t need any glue to make them stick…just a little finger muscle! Pushing those little pom poms into the pine cone was a great way to work on tripod grasp while holding the pom poms and making them stick in the pine cone.
We loaded that pine cone up with little white pom poms!
To finish the decorations, all we needed was a little of the red cord to make it all come together! We didn’t use glue for the cord either. Just winding it around the pine cone was enough to make it stick and stay in place. This was another fine motor dexterity task for Little Guy. He was pretty pleased with the way his pine cone turned out!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.