Preschool Christmas Activities Toddlers will Love: Shape Match Tree!

Tis the SEASON!!  I LOVE the holidays! I have had so much fun making crafts this year with my children. It is great to make keepsake ornaments, picture frames, and other adorable projects like the ones that I featured in my Christmas crafts post, but I also make it a point to provide fun learning experiences with my holiday projects as well. Even if my toddler already knows about shapes or letters, it’s great to continue to expose him so that these concepts really become ingrained.

Thus, we have the Christmas shape match tree! These types of projects are preschool Christmas activities toddlers will love because they are festive, easy, and a great way to learn and explore. A plus is that the preparation doesn’t take long at all and the activity can be done over and over again. For toddlers, it is always great to have multiple activities they can tap into as they go throughout the day to help with restlessness. Take a look and enjoy!

 Supplies (“Dollar Store Find”)
Preschool Christmas Activities: Shape Tree

I love to make project posts using dollar store supplies because I just don’t think you need to spend a lot of money to entertain young

children! Like me, you will most likely have some of these supplies in the house, but for those who don’t, the most you need to spend in 3-4 dollars and you will get numerous activities from this supply list!

  1. Green Poster Board
  2. Glue Stick
  3. Scissors
  4. Marker
  5. Felt Squares or construction paper

 

Preparation

The preparation is easy, short and sweet. Obviously we don’t want our toddler handling scissors so this should be done ahead of time.

1. Pre-cut your Christmas tree! The trick here is to try to use as much of the large poster board as possible. A great way to get started is to outline a tree in pencil on the back first so you don’t waste a poster board if you make a mistake. Next start cutting! Just remember it does not have to be perfect AT ALL.

2. Next cut out your shapes. I used FELT SQUARES because they are actually very durable, but construction paper can be used as well. Just keep in mind that you will most likely be cutting new shapes periodically if your toddler likes to rip up paper like mine does lol.

Get Your Toddler Involved in Putting It All Together

This step depends on your toddler’s age. I involved my son slightly, but I did most it.

  1. Allow your toddler to help outline the shapes that you cut out! Alternatively, you can do this step yourself since most of the fun starts after the set up.
  2. Violà!! You have a Christmas Shape Tree!
  3. Help your toddler to match the shapes!

 

Bonus: Letters and Numbers

The funny thing about this activity is that my son started BEGGING me to “marker some letters”. So much so that I think I should have done a letter Christmas tree lol. The great thing about this activity is that you can outline whatever your toddler loves, whether it’s letters, numbers, animals, planets, etc!

Will you be giving this idea a try?!?? 🙂 Please let me know below and show me a photo of what you are doing for the Holidays!

Low on time? Check out this pre-made Christmas Tree Matching set that gets my stamp of approval!

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Preschool Christmas Activities Toddlers will Love: Shape Match Tree!

  • December 21, 2017 at 6:16 am
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    Great idea. I am always looking for creative ways to entertain my kids. This is good because my oldest son who’s 6 can also do this and enjoy it. I find it quite a challenge entertaining my brood in the holidays- its a busy time with lots of guests and the kids tend to get antsy and bored. Thanks for the great idea:)

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    • December 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm
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      No problem! I also find this time of the year to be a time where kids need extra activities, especially the ones who are home for the holidays. Hope your little one enjoys 🙂

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  • December 21, 2017 at 11:16 am
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    I love this! I am going to send this to my daughter who has a 15 month old. I think she will make good use of this.
    Many parents think that they have to spend huge amounts of money on things in order to keep their children occupied. My children have always been amused by the simple little things, similar to what you have here.
    I love the christmas tree idea. It would be so exciting to a little one!

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    • December 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm
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      Thank you! I really do agree with you. My son will play with the simple stuff all day and leave the gadgets right where they are lol. I hope your grandson or granddaughter enjoys!

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