DIY Christmas Tree Lights Activity

Note: This image doesn’t have the color matching tags, that we added later to create a color matching activity. (see “fine motor” highlight on my  instagram  for videos of this activity)

Note: This image doesn’t have the color matching tags, that we added later to create a color matching activity. (see “fine motor” highlight on my instagram for videos of this activity)

Guys! Start saving those apple sauce and baby food pouch lids because this has probably been one of my girls all time favorite DIY activities! We have had this activity out for about a week now and they love coming back to it! This activity helped develop fine motor, color matching, letter recognition, coordination, and concentration skills. We also discussed “right” and “left” directions and how when we screw the lids on to the right it makes it tight, and when we screw them to the left it makes them loose. “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” (remember that one?!). They were obsessed with this activity and loved taking the Christmas tree “lights” on and off of the tree. My girls and I are so excited about it that we’re going to leave it up all month long!

I started saving different colored lids and the white part that they screw onto from the pouches in November so that we would have enough to put on our Tree that we colored on a white poster-board (found at pretty much any grocery stores, ours is from Wal-mart).

My now 4 year old helped me color the tree for about 10 minutes and then insisted on me doing the rest because her hand was tired haha. She was working so hard on it to make sure it looked perfect!

My now 4 year old helped me color the tree for about 10 minutes and then insisted on me doing the rest because her hand was tired haha. She was working so hard on it to make sure it looked perfect!

She told me the star HAD to have glitter!

She told me the star HAD to have glitter!

After we colored our tree on poster board, I decided to “back” the poster-board with a piece of cardboard so that the white part of the pouch tops would stay in and not get ripped out as easily. This turned out to be a good idea because one pouch top wasn’t on the cardboard backing and it ripped through the paper making it difficult for the girls to actually do the activity on that one.

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I made a “t” like slit going through the poster-board and the cardboard backing. I then took the white piece of the food pouch top and pushed it trough the hole. It was sturdy enough that I didn’t have to add any additional tape or glue to secure it. When you push it through just make sure to get it through far enough so that the entire portion of where the colored lid will be screwing onto is completely poked through. I then glued on pieces of paper that I wrote the different colors on so that it would be a color coordinating activity as well as a letter recognition activity.

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Initially we just put the poster-board on the ground, but it was much easier once we secured it to our easel. Although both my four year old and my two year old enjoyed this activity, my absolute favorite part was watching my 2 year old catch onto the activity so quickly! I was a little worried about the color matching portion because I simply wrote the different names of the colors in the associated color, there wasn’t a big bold coloring dot or mark to match. She found the colors quickly. Once she completed the activity for the first time she literally gave a little cheer! Haha it was the cutest thing and I caught it on camera (see “fine motor” highlight on my instagram for videos of this activity)! I love watching my girls confidence grow as they work on an activity.

Admittedly some of my crazy activity ideas are failures, but this one was definitely a win! We are obsessed with this simple DIY activity and I hope you enjoy it too! It was so fun and we’ll be coming back to it all month long! Happy Holidays!