Christmas Tree Invitation to Decorate
If your kids love play-dough. This is a really fun activity for them. We always use homemade play-dough. The first time I tried to make it, when our eldest was about 10 months old, it was a complete disaster. It was literally months before a friend passed on a really easy and successful recipe. Now I am a homemade play-dough queen; and can knock that stuff out in minutes.
We recycled some card from a cereal box to make the cones. They are honestly very easy to make, although in hindsight, you could probably make a cone from play-dough; it would just require a lot more.
Over the last few months, our craft cupboard has grown. There is always a good array of glitter, gems, beads and other sparkly goods. I simply popped a selection into some containers and placed it all in a basket on the middle of our busy table.
The girls got straight to it. They both needed help with covering the cones with play-dough and I discovered that stuffing the cone with newspaper helped it to keep its shape. Soon they were both busy pressing gems, bids and other bits and pieces into their trees.
I was able to leave them to their own creative devices. Now that our eldest is almost 5, she is becoming quite particular about her creative work. She spent time choosing particular colours and shapes; whilst her younger 3 year old sister went all out with anything and everything.
It's a great activity to develop fine motor skills too through manipulating small loose parts with their hands and pressing them into the play-dough; which I also think provides a good sensory experience too, through the texture of the playdough and deciding how much pressure needs to be applies. Why, you could even say this is Science.