If you’re like me, you’re constantly on the hunt for cheap toddler entertainment that caters to short attention spans and the desire to take things apart and create messes. I want to share an EASY holiday project you can do with your kiddos for less than $10. Even the least crafty mom can handle this one!
All you need is: Foam Board $3, various colors of felt $6, glue $1, and scissors.
- Fold a large piece of green felt (sold at Michaels in a bag folded up like a tablecloth by all the other felt) in half and trace half a christmas tree along the fold (jagged edges AWAY from the crease) and cut. (you should have a perfectly symmetrical tree when unfolded) OR free hand it- trees are not necessarily symmetrical as we know so you choose: the OCD way or the CREATIVE FREE SPIRIT way.
- Cut out various shapes of ornaments, light bulbs, stars, candy canes, gingerbread men, snowflakes, etc. out of colorful felt. This is where you can get as creative as you want!
- Glue the tree to the foam board. I’ve seen this done where people nail or pin the felt tree to the wall, but I decided with the foam board there is less damage to the house and it can move from room to room depending where I want JZ to play. (#geniusmommoment)
- The felt “ornaments” will naturally stick to the tree.
Tip: The salesperson at Michaels said she did this with her kids and she brings the tree out for every holiday and they make different decorations accordingly (hearts on valentines day, red/white/blue stars for 4th f July, pumpkins and bats for Halloween, etc.)