One of the hardest things about the holidays with a toddler in the home is keeping them out of the tree. Their curious little fingers and mouths always go straight for it. Who can blame them? We hang shiny toys and sparkling lights from the tree, and then tell them not to touch it.
In recent years, they have started selling more “kid friendly” Christmas tree toys. I’ve seen a Fisher-Price one around lately that they set the plastic ornaments in the holes to decorate their tree. But who really needs another toy taking up space in their house that will only be used for a month or so? I don’t know how your houses look but with our kids, space is a hot commodity.
I’ve also seen felt versions of this same idea, but I went the easy route. All you need is some construction paper, some scotch tape, scissors, and a package of those garage sale sticker dots (preferably the blank ones but toddlers don’t care).
I started out with a green sheet of construction paper and then cut the tree shape out of it. Then I cut a brown rectangle stump and a yellow star. I taped these up to my deep freeze (you can use your refrigerator, dishwasher, the wall, anything else that’s convenient for your kids to decorate on) to make the tree and handed my kid the garage sale stickers. She went to town!
This project is pretty flexible too so don’t be scared to add more to it. You could add yarn tinsel, real tinsel, different stickers, glitter, markers, crayons, whatever suits your household. Or delegate out when to add something if you want to stretch it out (each kid gets to add one thing a day). If you have older kids, put them to work making the tree!
Good luck Mommas and I hope you get a few seconds of sanity with this super simple craft! As always, feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me via my Contact page or social media.