Like plenty of other Mamas I know, I enjoy spending time on Pinterest looking for ideas of crafts and activities to try with Lewis. A few weeks ago when I came across this post for Heart Suncatchers I immediately thought of how well this would work to make Christmas decorations.
This is such a simple project, and easy to do with any age of child. I wasn’t sure how Lewis would do with it. Either he would enjoy and make some beautiful decorations, or he would stick one or two pieces of paper on and be done. We’ve made glue collages before and he never really got into it, but he also has been super excited about Christmas decorations, so I thought maybe this would be a bit more interesting than a plain piece of paper.
I cut out a Christmas tree shape and an ornament shape, and he chose the ornament to start with.
I cut out a piece of clear contact paper and taped it sticky-side up onto the table, then stuck the paper outline on this and let him get to work. I gave him a small pile of tissue paper pieces to choose from and he carefully stuck some on one-by-one. Then he realized that I was holding out on him with the tin full of extra paper pieces, and insisted that he needed the whole thing.
It was interesting to see his understanding of the sticky paper, and watch him pressing the tissue paper down to help it stick.
Once he seemed “done” with the ornament I asked if he would like to do the tree picture. He was a bit impatient while I got it taped down onto the table, but then got to work on decorating it.
Once he felt done with his tree he started peeling some of the pieces back off and also tossing the loose pieces onto the floor.
I helped him down from his highchair and together we gathered up the paper into the tin, and then he got to take the tin and throw the paper around on the floor and eventually dump it into his sensory bin full of cotton balls.
Later I cut roughly around each shape, stuck them onto a second sheet of contact paper, and then cut around the edge of each outline. Lewis then helped me pick which window to hang our new decorations in.
Chris came home that night and noticed our decorations but didn’t seem too impressed. The next morning the sun was shining through them and he said “Oh! Your decorations are fancier than I realized!”
Lewis had a lot of fun with this, and has also been excited to see them in the window and sometimes asks to be picked up so he can look at and touch them. I think this is definitely a project worth repeating, possibly with star and candy cane shapes next time. It can also be easily adapted to other holidays or made with non-holiday shapes.
When he’s a little older Lewis will also be able to help rip or cut the tissue paper to get ready. He “helped” this time by ripping a piece of tissue paper in half, but then he was done with that.
We’ve been hanging other decorations too! I showed Lewis how I make paper snowflakes, and some of those are hanging in another window. We also have our big archway decorated with all our “tree” decorations since we don’t have a tree.
I hope everyone else is getting into the spirit of the holidays too!