Sugar Aunts: Develop Fine Motor Skills with a Homemade Christmas Card!

Develop Fine Motor Skills with a Homemade Christmas Card!

Kids love to create gifts they can give to family and friends. One easy way to get the kids involved in holiday gifting (with minimal mess) is to have them make holiday cards.  These Christmas cards were kid made and have a fine motor component, too.

You might have seen our Christmas Tree hole punch activity.  It's a fine motor and proprioception powerhouse and very fun to make these hole punch Christmas trees.  We can't get enough of these easy Christmas decorations and used them to make Christmas cards.

Kids can make this 3D Christmas Tree card while working on so many fine motor skills like hand strength, open thumb web space, intrinsic muscle strength, arch development, with proprioceptive input, too.  The Occupational Therapist in me loves this!



Kid Made Christmas Card with Christmas Trees


You'll need just a few materials for this craft. (Affiliate links are included in this post.)

Green Cardstock
Brown Cardstock
Hole Punch
Glue Stick
Glue Stick, in assorted colors
Scissors (This is my favorite brand of scissors or kids!)
White Cardstock
Embroidary Thread (We received ours from our friends at www.craftprojectideas.com.)
Tape

Make the Christmas trees like we did here.  The only difference is that you'll want your child to punch holes through two Christmas Trees at a time, so the holes line up.  Mark one side of each tree so your kiddo knows which side to apply glue.  The pencil sides will be the inside of a Christmas Tree "sandwich" where the trees are the bread.


Kids can make this 3D Christmas Tree card while working on so many fine motor skills like hand strength, open thumb web space, intrinsic muscle strength, arch development, with proprioceptive input, too.  The Occupational Therapist in me loves this!

Tear the tissue paper into small pieces.  Tearing tissue paper is a great way to practice fine motor skills and intrinsic muscle strength, as well as building arch development and an open thumb web space.  You'll only need very small pieces of tissue paper, and tearing such small pieces of tissue paper really works the muscles of little hands.

Spread glue on the marked side of a Christmas tree.  Stick the small tissue paper pieces on the holes.  Be sure tissue paper does not overlap other holes.

Fold the white cardstock in half, lengthwise.  Place the tree on the paper and draw a rectangle-ish shape around the tree.  Cut out the rectangle to make a large window on the front of the card.


Kids can make this 3D Christmas Tree card while working on so many fine motor skills like hand strength, open thumb web space, intrinsic muscle strength, arch development, with proprioceptive input, too.  The Occupational Therapist in me loves this!

Cut two pieces of embroidery thread and twist them together.  Tape one end of the twisted thread to the top of the card on the inside of the window.  Place the thread along the length of the Christmas Tree and place another Christmas Tree on top, lining up the holes.  Tape the other end of the embroidery thread at the bottom of the card window, inside the card.

The twisted thread will allow the Christmas Tree to spin when the card is opened, giving it a 3D look.  


Kids can make this 3D Christmas Tree card while working on so many fine motor skills like hand strength, open thumb web space, intrinsic muscle strength, arch development, with proprioceptive input, too.  The Occupational Therapist in me loves this!

Write on the inside of the card for a peekaboo effect.  I love the cute kid writing you can see through from the front of the card! 

Who can you make these cards for this Christmas?  If you make these cards, let me know here here or on my Facebook page. I would love to see them!
 
Looking for more Christmas Card ideas?  Try some of these made by some of my favorite bloggers: 
Washi Tape Christmas Cards from Mama Smiles
Washi Tape Baubles from Crafty Kids at Home
Marbled Christmas Card from Fun-A-Day
Buttons and Cardboard Cards from Teach Me Mommy
Simple Holly Card from Peakle Pie
Hanging Star Card from Witty Hoots
Nativity Thank You Cards from 3 Dinosaurs
Penguin Christmas Card from Adventures of Adam
Gingerbread Man with Candy Cane from The Gingerbread house
Pop Up Painting from My Bright Firefly


Kids can make this 3D Christmas Tree card while working on so many fine motor skills like hand strength, open thumb web space, intrinsic muscle strength, arch development, with proprioceptive input, too.  The Occupational Therapist in me loves this!

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5 comments :

  1. What a cute way to make Christmas Tree baubles.

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  2. Such a cool card! Our kids love hole punch. We'll be doing this for sure, thank you!

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  3. Such a cute card, and I love all the fine motor learning that happens while making!

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  4. So pretty. I love the stained glass effect from the hole punching!

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  5. What a super Christmas card - love the lights on it!

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