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Creating Ornaments with Little Hands: A fine motor skill activity

This time of year, there is an overabundance of craft ideas being thrown around.  Pinterest is overflowing with ideas and if you’re not creating SOMETHING with your children, you might begin to think there’s something wrong with your parenting!  Don’t worry…there isn’t!  But there’s also hope!  If you’re a parent of preschoolers (which is why you’re here!), your child can make some beautiful Christmas crafts while working on their fine motor skills at the same time.

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This past week, I helped my daughters (ages 3 and 4) make these crafts and decided they were enough fun, I should share them with you.  Here’s what you’ll need.

Supplies

Clear, plastic ornaments  (These were on sale at Hobby Lobby for $.50 each!)
Filling for your ornaments (ribbon, pom poms, tinsel, etc…)
White school glue
Glitter
Snowflake stickers

The clear, plastic ornaments that you purchase at craft stores open up and provide you with a small opening to place things inside.  This is the part of the activity that’s really amazing for your child’s fine motor skill development.  Let them choose a filling and then allow them to try to fill the ornament.

Six Types of Ornaments


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#1 Pom Pom Ornaments: Give your child a variety of pom pom sizes.  They will quickly figure out that the biggest pom poms won’t fit through the opening, but if they work on it enough, they should be able to get the medium pom poms inside.  Your child will love pushing them in and then feeling them pop as they succeed!

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#2 Ribbon Ornaments: The ribbon is also a fun filling.  Cut short lengths of ribbon, then curl them.  To get the curled ribbon into the ornament, the your child will have to find the end and insert it into the opening of the ornament.  Then, they have to kind of twist the ribbon in.  This is great for fine motor development because it’s an action that is fairly uncommon.

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#3 Garland Ornaments: For this ornament, you’ll want to buy the tiny garland from the miniature tree decoration section.  This involves not only carefully pushing the garland into the ornament, it also might get stuck occasionally and your child will need a pencil or another pointy object to push it down through.

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#4 Christmas Light Ornaments: For these ornaments, you can purchase miniature Christmas lights several different ways.  These were with the miniature tree decorations and were the cheapest, but I’ve also seen them with the buttons.  You could also buy a necklace with little lights on it and cut it apart.  With these lights, your child may have to do some cutting.  These came with little strings attached for hanging, but my daughter enjoyed cutting all those little strings off!

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#5 Tinsel Ornament: This was definitely the most difficult ornament for my children.  If you choose this ornament, you’ll need to help your child bunch the tinsel up into a little ball and push that ball down into the ornament.  Even then, your child will need to push some individual strands in one at a time.  It was a tough one, but I love the way it turned out!

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#6 Glitter Ornaments: This project took a little more time and a few more supplies and preparation than the others, but it was worth it!  Here are the instructions for making glitter ornaments (with the glitter on the inside!!!).

  • Mix 1/8 cup of white school glue with 3/8 cup of water.  Stir with a spoon.
  • Carefully pour the glue into the ornament.  Make sure to coat every surface inside the ornament, then pour the glue back out.
  • Carefully pour glitter into the ornament.  Put the lid on and shake!
  • When the glue is dry, pour out the extra glitter to use for other projects.

Stickers for Ornaments

I mentioned stickers in the supplies because they’re also a great way to develop fine motor skills.  The pretty, silver snowflake stickers I found were especially good for this.  They were very detailed which made it important that they were put on slowly and carefully.  I definitely helped so they’d go on smoothly, but doing this with the girls helped them learn a good lesson in patience.

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What ideas do you have for stuffing ornaments?  What would you put inside?

About the Author Jessica Holmes

Jessica is a wife, mother, and most importantly, a follower of Christ. She enjoys spending time with family, crafting, and finding ways to teach her little ones at home. She also enjoys keeping up her own blog, Candle in the Night where she encourages moms of preschoolers to become the best moms they can be!

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