Fine Motor Fun: Recycle Christmas Cards into a Learning Activity
Sending and receiving Christmas cards make up a special part of the holiday season. So it is especially fulfilling to have an activity for reusing these and other greeting cards in the new year. Recycle Christmas cards with this fine motor activity that's easy to set up for kids with just scissors and glue.
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Christmas cards or other greeting cards
This is a fun open-ended activity with lots of learning opportunities.
Cut up the greeting cards so small cut-outs can be used for the art project.
Kids can decide what parts of the card will be included in the new design they create.
Some cards have birds or animals that children can add to their pictures.
Glue the cutouts onto a piece of construction paper to make a design.
Several of our cards had 'trees' printed on them so we decided to make a "winter forest" scene.
Here are some options for completing your picture:
- Glue the trees onto a piece of construction paper to create a design or scene.
- Stretch the cotton balls into long wispy pieces for snow and clouds. This a great fine motor activity.
- Add confetti flakes or glitter for "snow" falling from fluffy cotton "clouds". Spreading glue with a glue stick and grasping glitter from a tray with fingertips are also fine motor activities.
- Draw roads or walking paths through the "woods" with crayons or marker.
A creative art activity engages many developmental skills, including: fine motor (cutting out pictures), decision making (choosing cards), creativity (designing the layout), and language (talking about the pictures).
Look through your Christmas cards. Can you and the kids see some possibilities for this activity?
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