Fine Motor Egg Carton Christmas Tree Activity

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We are in full Christmas craft mode around here.  Lots of ideas are coming, so stay tuned.  If only blog posts could write themselves!  We’re excited to share more Christmas crafts and activities and want to share them all NOW!  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 Tree Craft

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!!

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