Here’s a continuation of festive Christmas ornament ideas for preschoolers to make at the Ornamentation Station! To see Part One, click here.
This is an adorable little ornament that really turns out beautiful. Also, beading is great for building fine motor control; plus the children get practice with patterning. You start with pipe cleaners bent into a V shape. The children then bead each side of the V. Here we used green pony beads and red wooden beads (the wooden beads we cut off of a string of garland).
Once they have beaded up both sides, they can twist it secure and bend the end down to make a heart shape (they may need your help with this part). We finished by using short pieces of pipe cleaner to make hooks.
Scratch-Off Paper Ornaments
These are simple ornaments that are easy for little hands to do. We used scratch-off paper, the stuff that has rainbow colors underneath when you scratch off the black on the top. We used our Ellison die cut machine again to make a variety of shapes the kids could choose from to make their ornaments.
Some kids will draw or make designs. Others will just scratch the whole thing off, which might not be very artistic, but is great exercise for their little fingers!
Beaded Candy Canes
I will end with an easy-to-do classic – beaded candy canes using pony beads and pipe cleaners. Again, it’s great for building fine motor strength and patterning skills. Plus, its something the kids can do on their own. And while we adults might find an idea like this a little tired or over-done, the kids have only been around a few years, so to them its brand-new!
I’m always looking for more great ideas! If you have any ornaments you love to make with children, please leave a comment and share your ideas! Thanks!
During Christmastime, our workbench transforms into “Ornamentation Station,” a festive place where little elves can create all kinds of adorable Christmas Tree ornaments!
Usually the ornaments are something very simple that the kids can create independently.
The following are a few examples of ornaments the kids could make at the Ornamentation Station.
Cinnamon Gingerbread Men
The gingerbread men were made by using sandpaper and our Ellison die cut machine, but they could easily be made by cutting the sandpaper into gingerbread man shapes using scissors. We put cinnamon sticks at the table as well as stick-on buttons or other decorations. The children simply rub the cinnamon stick on the sandpaper gingerbread men to make it smell wonderful, then decorate it however they would like.
This one required a little bit more assistance from the teacher, but was great for some of the older kids as it promotes fine motor control, following step-by-step directions and patterning.
At this point I have to admit that I got this idea from Martha. Yes, I saw this Martha Stewart ornament on Pinterest and loved it! The idea is simple. I provided the children with paper strips with holes punched at each end, as well as some brass fastener brads. First, they decorated the paper strips using markers (if they wished). Then, they secured their series of paper strips with the brads on each end of the strip (they needed the most help with closing the brads). Then they fanned out the paper to make it into a ball. I helped them tie a length of yarn to it so they could hang it from the tree!
Stay tuned for even more Ornamentation Station ideas!
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