I love doing Christmas crafts with the kids. Kaitlin is very artistic but Jack not so much. I missed it the last few years as they have grown up and the twins have been too you, Its fab that I can now get the twins doing crafts and baking, We created this Christmas Tree picture with hands this year, It was super simple to make and added a little bit of colour to our kitch wall over the festive season.
Homemade Christmas tree paintings are the perfect piece of artwork for the wall or to give to grandparents. This is great for all kids especially the little ones around pre-school age we did ours with the twins aged 22 months as their hands are just the right size. Kaitlin and Jack had to join in but then messed about and ruined theirs. That’s siblings for you.
You don’t need lots of expensive art equipment to create the trees just some simple things –
Paper – we used A3
Poster paints – Green and yellow or Gold
Glitter and stick on pieces to decorate of your choice
Bucket of warm water, towel and sponge for cleaning
How to make a Christmas tree
You need to get prepared in advance for this before you let the little near anything especially if you are doing it with pre-school age
Get your green paint and put some on a plate you can use a plastic or paper plate for this. Make sure you put enough on that they can get there hand in and coast the palm and finger well
Place the hand flat on the paper and repeat to make the shape of a Christmas tree see picture below
Once you have your Tree shape you need to place a star on the top – You can do this using the hand again but the opposite way round so the fingers are like rays of brightness from the star of you get them to paint one on – This would depend on the age of the child really and what they are capable of.
Wait for you tree to dry then the children can decorate the tree – You can use paints again and do finger painting by using the tips of the fingers with bright colours for baubles or you can do glue and stick and use stars, baubles, pipe cleaners – let your imagination go wild
Children of all ages can make these and depending on the age and ability you can tailor the material you use.
Just make sure you prepare properly before starting and have that all important cleaning station to hand otherwise you might have little hands prints round the house.
A good tip if you have little one and they have a high chair is sit them in it at the table to do this activity then you have full control and no wandering with painted hands – this was our little win with the twins