Kids love to decorate for the holidays and you can make awesome holiday crafts for little cost but big fun! I love how our styrofoam tree decorating activity turned out, don’t you? Save it from year to year for a fun reminder of holiday craft time spent together. Enjoy our 25 days of Christmas activities for more family friendly ideas.


Christmas Fine Motor Tree Decorating Activity

Fun  and Simple Hands -On, Fine Motor Play for the Holidays!

 We have spent the holidays practicing fine motor skills with such a variety of activities and crafts! We have made ornaments, homemade gift wrap and recycled card puzzles. This tree decorating activity was a perfect addition to our fine motor Christmas activities this year.  This is so easy and fun to do together! The finished tree has made a beautiful decoration for the top of our entertainment center, and he loves to talk about making it! Frugal family fun for the holidays.



Styrofoam tree



Small buttons



Styrofoam Tree Christmas Fine Motor Activity Set Up

I purchased a large styrofoam tree shape from the craft store and hunted around my crafting things for decorations. I decided to use these colored straight pins for our fine motor skills work.

(PLEASE READ CAREFULLY, I fully supervised my child, I decided he was capable of doing this safely before starting the project, and I discussed with him the importance of safety. Please judge your child’s ability and act accordingly)!

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Styrofoam Tree Ribbon Trimming

I had lots of buttons and sequins with holes in the center for him to add to the pins. I had a roll of ribbon for him to wind around the tree as well. Together we made a star out of yellow felt by cutting two stars out of the felt and gluing them together with a pin head between the two.

Additionally, I helped start the ribbon by placing the pin at the top and every so often as he went around. I tried to be as hands-off as possible and let him work at it and enjoy the process even if it didn’t look perfect!

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Styrofoam Christmas Trees Fine Motor Work Fingers


Great fine motor work! The small pin through the small whole was a challenge at times, but he quickly figured it out!

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Styrofoam Tree Fine Motor Tree Decorating

He enjoyed picking out which item he was going to put on next and deciding where it would go too. He loved when I asked him where mine should go! Simply picking up the small items for this tree decorating activity was a fine motor challenge!

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Styrofoam Tree Decorating Close Up

He had tons of fun pushing the pins into the styrofoam tree. He really got into the button sand sequins too! He was super attentive to the task and worked diligently until every last item was on the tree. Here’s our finished tree proudly on display!

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styrofoam tree as decoration


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