Putting up our Christmas tree is one of our favourite holiday activities- especially looking at all the kid’s ornaments from years gone by! In honour of that, a little bag to pop in a gift card or a small present. This activity was featured on the children’s craft collective site, The Crafty Crow! Check them out for developmentally appropriate, engaging fun for both families and educators! http://www.thecraftycrow.net/2014/12/10-favorite-christmas-crafts-for-kids.html Materials Muslin bags (you can purchase these at craft stores or on Etsy) Fabric paint Cardboard Glue Paintbrush Fabric glue Mini pom poms Ribbon Safety pin Smock Craft tray Pencil/pen Scissors Shallow tray Directions Draw a simple shape on your cardboard. We went with a triangle for a Christmas tree. Cut it out. (Depending on the thickness of your cardboard, you may need an adult to assist you with this.) Cut some small squares of cardboard and glue them together and on the back of your shape to make a little handle. Allow to dry overnight. (You could also use a glue gun for a speedy version of this.) Cut a piece of cardboard a little smaller than your bag and slide it inside. (This will prevent your bag from being “glued” together with your fabric paint.) Don your smock. Put a bit of paint into your tray. We used a brush and brushed the paint on the stamp for an even coat, but you could also try dipping your stamp if you like. Apply it carefully to your bag. Allow to dry overnight. Once dry, apply little dots of fabric glue to your pom poms and stick them on your tree. Allow to dry overnight. Remove your cardboard insert. Once our bag was dry, we switched out the tie for a sturdy piece of ribbon (using a safety pin clipped to one end to push it through the channel of the bag). Insert a little present and give it to a friend, loved one etc! Purpose Experimenting with various stamp making and painting techniques. Recognizing symbols of various holidays and celebrations. Safety Notes Pom poms can be a choking hazard. Please keep them out of reach from children 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things in their mouths. Exercise care with scissors. Use with adult supervision. String, cord etc. can be a strangulation hazard, thus they are not meant for play and should be used with supervision. Be sure to wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect surfaces and your clothes. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.