After looking in my art cupboards and trying to come up with something that a young child can manage, mainly by themselves, I decided on Christmas Pine cones! We have a lot of Pine cones around the house after our nature walk last week and I thought that adding some colour and sparkle might just make some cute Christmas decorations.
You will need:
- Pine cones
- Paper plates
- PVA glue
- Small Pom Poms
- Green paint
First paint a pine cone green so that it looks like a Christmas tree.
We left one green and put it to one side to dry. We then painted a second one green and sprinkled it with glitter!
We took a third Pine cone and rolled it in glue!
We then rolled that one in glitter too!
We set them all to one side to dry. Later on in the day we came back to the plain green one and added little Pom poms to its branches. They looked like baubles!
Little "L" wanted to make a snowy Christmas tree so I had a little think and we made this one by rolling a Pine cone in glue first and then in dessicated coconut!
I tied a little bit of Christmas ribbon around the top of each cone so that they can be hung from a real Christmas tree branch.
This activity is great for encouraging children to think about what Christmas trees look like and what they would like to add to their trees. Offer different items for them to cover the trees with or that you can attach in some way to make the tree look decorated.
Use descriptive language with the children. Sparkly, shiny, green, glittery etc..... Let the children share what Christmas trees mean to them. What comes to mind for each of them when you mention the words Christmas tree. For little "L" it meant snow. We used her idea to make a tree that I hadn't even thought of in my planning. Let them really take control of their creations.
All the careful painting and rolling in glue and glitter will help develop a child's fine motor skills and finger muscles. Adding gems or pom poms is a fiddly business that requires concentration, a steady hand and good hand eye coordination.
Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas