I like doing holiday crafts. I also like sneaking some learning opportunities in when we do holiday crafts, which is what I did when my kids and I completed this Christmas tree ribbon craft. This activity is a great way to work on measurement, ordering objects by length, and even fine motor skills. Enjoy!
Note: For more Christmas activities your kids will love, see my Christmas Activities for Kids page.
For this activity I gathered the following materials:
- Colorful construction paper (or card stock)
- Various ribbons for my kids to choose from
- Scissors sharp enough to cut the ribbon (caution: adults must supervise the use of sharp scissors or handle this aspects of the activity themselves)
- Glue or tape
Once I had gathered these supplies, my kids and I sat down at the table. I explained that we were going to make ribbon Christmas trees. We discussed the shape of a Christmas tree (more or less triangular) and decided we needed to cut ribbons of varying lengths to make them into a Christmas tree shape.
The kids then selected their preferred ribbon and began measuring out pieces to cut.
They started by cutting small pieces.
And with every new ribbon they cut, they added an inch to the length.
Once they had their ribbons cut, they put them in order from shortest to longest.
Then they adhered them onto a piece of construction paper.
QBoy decided to cut a small piece of ribbon for the trunk, and he added a very long piece at the bottom for the ground.
This picture shows my kids’ final Christmas tree ribbon crafts. They loved making a Christmas decoration for our home, and they didn’t even realize they were developing their math skills as they did it!
Yay for making learning relevant and fun!
More Christmas resources
More Christmas crafts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Q-tip painted Christmas tree
- Craft stick reindeer
- Paper plate reindeer craft
- Cinnamon Christmas ornaments
- DIY Christmas snow globes
- Sand-filled Christmas ornaments
- Fine motor Christmas craft
- Gingerbread man craft