Inspired by a post at No Time for Flashcards, we decided to make our own sticky wall Christmas tree to decorate this past weekend.
My mom – the kids’ grandmum – helped get the sticky wall tree set up for the kids. Using green tissue paper, she cut out the shape of a tree. Next, she laid the tissue paper tree on the back of a roll of contact paper in order to trace the tree shape onto the contact paper. Then, she cut the contact paper into a tree shape as well.
Once she had the tissue paper and contact paper trees, she used painter’s tape to first tape the tissue paper tree to the wall. Then she used painter’s tape to tape the contact paper tree to the wall right over the tissue paper tree. The contact paper was put up with the sticky side facing out.
When it was time for the kids to decorate their tree, I put out a number of different “ornaments” for them to choose from. This included a string of “lights” (made from light-shaped beads), tissue paper squares, sequins, pom poms, cotton ball “snow,” feathers, googley eyes, and buttons.
The kids were so anxious to begin decorating.
Like with any Christmas tree, they started by stringing the lights.
Then they moved on to the “ornaments.”
They started decorating up high.
Then they worked down low.
Somewhat to my surprise, they took a turn with each of the decorating materials I had laid out.
And they stayed engaged for quite a long time. Here is what the tree looked like when they finally finished!
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