can be a real challenge to find a fun, easy hands-on activity for children. My
criteria for a craft project: 1) Minimal items required. I travel to three
schools, so portability is very important. 2) No water involved. I’m located in
the “back 40” at one of my sites with no easy access to water. 3) Versatile. It has to be open-ended so the child can make choices and have a chance to be creative. AND it has to be something that would appeal to many ages.
use plain or pre-dyed craft sticks. Head to Wal-Mart. 2) Glue-I like Aileen’s
Tacky Glue, but you can use Elmer’s or even glue these ahead of time using a
hot glue gun. 3) Decorative items to glue onto the trees. Sequins are a
favorite! 4) Ribbon to make a loop at the top. 5) Brown construction paper OR
cardboard from a cereal box for the tree trunk.
to form a triangle (ooh-there’s a basic concept word to teach, and a
R-blend, too–now you see how I operate as a therapist). You will have to adjust the angle of the triangle before the
ends together to form a loop and glue it behind the top of the tree.
tree trunk. Glue it behind the bottom “rung” of the tree. For young kids, help
them find the center (there’s another basic concept word!) of the stick. Apply glue. Let
these set while choosing the decorations.
sequins, buttons, foamie
shapes, natural items like miniature pine cones, feathers, ribbons, fabric
scraps-I could go on and on. Apply glue and place the decorations. You can
ask the the
child to describe the items, tell you where they are putting the item (more
basic concept words-below, above, next to, to the right of, to the left of, etc).
complete! Wait, I had another
brainstorm…this would make a GREAT picture frame. See below. Trim the photo to fit the frame and glue behind the craft sticks. And who is that
adorable little one? My oldest at the age of five. I was told more than once he
could be a model. Um, NO way….(and sorry for the bragging). He’s
now 24 and an electrical engineer.