Homemade Ornaments with Your Toddler

By Simplay3 On 5 Dec 2017 In Family Fun, Fine Motor, Tips & Tricks

Simplay3 toddler ornament activity aimed at developing fine motor skills and letter recognition.

Take a break this holiday season from the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup, to make some memories and ornaments with your toddler. Making their own ornaments gives you the chance to talk about traditions you had with your family growing up and a way to start new ones. Intermixed into all of that is the opportunity to help your child with letter recognition, fine motor skills and pattern recognition. Here’s all you need to start making ornaments with your tot.

Toddler-Friendly Tree Ornaments

Materials Needed:

  • Table with flat surface and easy to clean (check out our In & Out Activity Table)
  • Alphabet Beads
  • Jingle Bells
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Pony Beads

All you need for homemade ornaments with your toddler

Step 1

Separate and organize the different beads that could be used on the ornament and display in a way that will make it easy for kids to choose.

Keep you supplies organized with the Simplay3 In & Out Activity Table

Step 2

Take two pipe cleaners and twist together. We did red and green to be festive!

Twist pipe cleaners together

Step 3

Help your child to find all the letters of their name.

Help your toddler find all the letters of their name

Step 4

Put the beads on the pipe cleaners. Take this a step further and work on creating patterns with the beads.

Work on fine motor skills and much more putting beads on the ornament

Step 5

Add jingle bells to ends and jingle about for some fun.

Add jingle bells for festive fun

Step 6

Twist the ends together to form a wreath.

Step 7

Find the perfect place on the tree for the newest ornament.

Toddlers hanging their homemade ornament on the tree

Revisit each ornament on the tree and talk through the special story on how you came about that ornament. This is a wonderful way to pass down stories, talk about the people who are special to you as well as work on colors, relativity (show me the smallest ornament), and create more memories with your little ones. 

Making ornaments is a great way to work on fine motor skills and letter recognition while creating memories

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