We’ve been so busy lately, making our Christmas wreath and keeping busy with other little Christmas activities that we’ve fallen a little behind in our busy bag creation… Oops! Well, today we finally got around to trying out a new one! (This post contains affiliate links)
This Christmas counting, tree decorating busy bag for kids of all ages (okay, your 14 year old might not be THAT into it 🙂 ) is a super easy, quick print option that allows your little one to practice their counting, and also work on some of their fine motor skills. Pulling stickers off the sticker sheet, and placing them onto the dots on the tree offer your child the opportunity to practice their pincer-grip skills and hand-eye co-ordination, and choosing color and design encourage creativity! Print out your copy now, and let your little decorate their very own tree this Christmas!
Creating this busy bag is super simple… Just print out your copy , cut along the lines and laminate (this step is optional, but does mean that you can re-use your Christmas counting tree decorating cards over and over again). Then grab a couple of dry-markers (or coloring pencils or crayons if you chose not to laminate) and a sheet of colored dot stickers and pop it all into a plastic envelope – a quick and easy Christmas busy bag, ready to go in minutes!
Of course, the real fun comes when it’s time to pull that busy bag back out again… To be honest – ours didn’t even make it into the activities drawer. As soon as my little one saw me working with the laminator, she knew! Those little eyes lit up, and i just couldn’t resist!
Now, ideally the tree would get colored first, and then the dots would be stuck on afterwards – but you try telling that to an 18 month old! No worries, though… 🙂 Little Sara loved pulling the stickers off the the sticker sheet and placing them onto the tree, and it didn’t seem to bother her that her tree was white.
After sticking a couple of dots, big sister eventually managed to convince Sara to give the coloring a go too. She’s just getting used to her new markers, so things got a little messy, but that’s half the fun, isn’t it!
We had great fun coloring and sticking, but older children can also work on creating pairs by matching up the number and the tree with the same number of decorations.
To clean your cards when you’ve finished using them, just wipe them down with a cloth or wipe, and then pack away. I like to keep our busy bag activities tidy by storing them all in similar envelopes. This way, i can store them in a drawer and pull one out whenever we need a quick activity.
No Laminator? Why not ask Santa for one this year! A laminator is a fantastic tool to have – great for all those crafting activities, school projects and little jobs around the house. I love mine!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this busy bag activity post. Looking for some more busy bag ideas that your kids are sure to love? Why not check out these fantastic ideas.