My kids love to decorate and redecorate the Christmas tree. They get to have a tree in their rooms each year to display their homemade ornaments and are constantly moving things around. Something about the power to actually touch and play with the tree is just intoxicating.
I decided to build on this enthusiasm and make a Christmas tree felt busy bag that they could decorate (and redecorate) as much as they wanted. It has proved to be a great boredom buster!
Christmas Tree Felt Busy Bag Supplies:
- stiff green felt (I used the sparkly kind!)
- soft felt scraps in any color you have
- fabric scissors
- fabric glue or hot glue (optional)
To make the base I folded the stiff green felt in half and drew the outline of half of a tree on one of the sides. I then used the fabric scissors to cut it out and to cut little circle ornaments out of the other colors.
You can glue the brown trunk to the tree or leave it separate it’s up to you.
Since I used the stiff felt the tree itself acts as a felt board and you don’t really need anything else for this busy bag! If you want to take it in the car just set it on a lap tray or inside a shirt box to make it easier to play with.
We’ve actually had the busy bag you see in the photos for years. Just stick it in a resealable plastic bag for storage and pack the bag away with the rest of your Christmas decorations. Then each year you’ll have a fun activity for them to look forward to doing. I think this year we may add some sparkly beads and string to our busy bag for even more fun!
There are tons of simple to make busy bags and quiet time Christmas activities for kids! Here are some fun ones to try with your little ones this year…That I Spy bottle looks like such fun!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Christmas Tree Counting Fine Motor Activity // Sugar Aunts
Fine Motor and Color Sorting Christmas Trees // Teach Me Mommy
Christmas I Spy Bottle // The Pleasantest Thing
Christmas Tree Counting Number Cards // Modern Preschool
Christmas Playdough Kit // Study At Home Mama
Reusable Pom Pom Christmas Tree Busy Bag // Powerful Mothering
Free Printable Christmas Games // Life Over Cs
Free Gingerbread CVC Game // The Kindergarten Connection
DIY Christmas Tic Tac Toe // Adventures of Adam
Free Christmas Number Clip Cards // Fairy Poppins
Free Christmas Themed Prewriting Practice Cards // Stay At Home Educator
Felt Christmas Tree Number Match Up // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Christmas Stocking Matching Activity // Play & Learn Everyday
Free Printable Holiday Word Clouds // Lalymom
Christmas Addition to 15 // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Free Christmas Counting Cards // Playdough to Plato
Christmas Stamp Patterns // Still Playing School
Christmas Tree Decorating Felt Busy Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons