Paper Christmas Trees: Variations to Build Sensory-Motor Skills

It’s not too late for the Christmas crafts.  Decorating paper Christmas trees is not only fun but can also be a great developmental activity.  Check out these variations on tree decorating that build fabulous sensory-motor skills.  All you need to get started is a Christmas tree cut out of green construction paper.  Then pick the craft of your choice and gather the rest of your supplies.

  • Hole Punch Garland:  Check out this cute craft from OT Tools.  Cut thin strips of construction paper and have the kids punch out holes along the strips.  Then glue your garland onto your paper tree.  Great for developing bilateral skills and hand strength!
  • Pom Pom Trees:  This is also a cute craft for the kids.  Challenge your child’s fine motor skills by having them use tongs or clothespins to pick up the small pom poms and glue them onto your tree.  Great for development of a good pencil grasp!
  • Glitter Tree:  Have the kids use the glue to create the design of their choice on their tree.  Use a straw to gently blow glitter along your tree and into your glue for a colorful and fun decoration.  This is a wonderful sensory-motor activity that helps to improve attention to task, develop oral motor skills, and calm the nervous system!
  • Sequins Trees:  There are two variations to this activity.  You can have the child suck through a small straw to pick up larger sequins and transfer them onto glue dots on their tree.  This is another great sensory activity to help calm and organize the child and build oral motor and praxis skills.  The other variation is to dab a q-tip or toothpick into glue, pick up a sequin, and then place it onto a glue dot on their tree.  This is good for building fine motor skills and developing a great pencil grasp.
  • Tissue Paper Trees: Tear small pieces of tissue paper, roll them up, and glue them onto your tree.  This craft helps to work on bilateral skills, development of separation of the two sides of the hand, strengthening of the hand muscles, and fine motor dexterity.  Check out this cute version.   

Choose your favorite variation or mix several of them together for a fun afternoon!


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