SAVE YOUR BULBS | make a felt Christmas tree decoy
Finally, after hours of work, your Christmas tree is up, the house is decorated and everything looks stunning. With a satisfied smile, you turn out the lights and head off for some much needed sleep.
But you have forgotten that you have a toddler.
This year you can’t have glass ornaments. They aren’t safe. Heck, you can’t even have plastic ones because they look exactly like the balls your toddler like to toss around the house. And they’re so tempting with all that glitter and shine. Just sitting there, within arm’s reach, prime for picking.
Welcome Mommy, to the year of the half-naked Christmas tree.
Fortunately, I have a way for you to distract your little one with a toddler-friendly decoy tree. It doesn’t take up much space, won’t cost too much money and, most importantly, it has that alluring glitter and shine.
After all, redirection will only work if you have something to redirect them to.
- 1/2 yard of green felt
- felt sheets in various colors
- Christmas shape patterns
- shiny gift wrap scraps
- fabric paint
- spray adhesive (optional)
- 3” circle paper punch (optional)
I’m sure you can figure out what to do here, but I just want to urge you to let your toddler help decorate. I set aside a couple ornaments of each type and let my son go to town on them while I worked on the others.
Granted, they took years to dry because they had giant globs of glue on them, but they were adorable in their own way.
I also want to say that you don’t need to use the hole punch, but since I already had one, I figured it would make things quicker for me. I also used the spray adhesive to stick them on, for the same reason. Of course, you could decorate however you want, with whatever you have.
This is a fun project and your child will enjoy decorating their own tree, but you could also turn it into a learning tool.
NUMBERS | SHAPES | LETTERS
- Write numbers, shapes or letters on both ornaments and tree for matching.
- Write uppercase letters on the ornaments and match to lowercase on the tree.
- Divide tree into numbered sections and use felt candy canes to count out correct amount for each number.
- Sew buttons on tree and have child button on the ornaments
- Hang ribbon or string across tree and child can use clothespins to pace on ornaments.
- Turn into sensory activity by adding different textures to ornaments.
- Write words on tree and corresponding letters on ornaments for child to place in correct order.
Now that you have your decoy, the next time you see your child reaching for one of your pretty bulbs, you can introduce them to their very own Christmas tree.
Cue the smile of satisfaction.
There are plenty more ideas to come that will help you entertain, educate and enjoy your children. I look forward to sharing them all with you, so go ahead and enter your email so I can send them your way.