These fun, free printable Christmas tree pattern mats make a great fine motor activity for preschoolers.
Use them with loose parts, playdough, collage, or pencils to work on lots of important fine motor and pre-writing skills.
These no-prep, print and go, Christmas fine motor mats are a great way to work on those small muscle skills this Christmas!
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If you are celebrating Christmas, or perhaps your kids are learning trees or the forest, these Christmas tree pattern tracing printables (scroll to the end of the post to get the printables) can be used in so many fun and creative ways for lots of hands on learning.
These Christmas pattern tracing mats are a fun and easy fine motor activity for the holiday season. They are a quick and easy activity that will encourage kids to work on fine motor skills in a fun, hands-on, way.
You can also incorporate math concepts such as patterns and counting while using these Christmas fine motor mats, and they a fun way to be creative too!
There are so many fun and easy ways to use these Christmas tree pattern mats to build fine motor skills. We’ve shared some of our favourite ideas, and a few extras that you might like to try too.
However you use these Christmas pattern mats, your kids will love being creative and building their fine motor skills while they play.
If your kids love this fun fine motor activity, you might like to try one of these easy activities to practice fine motor skills.
Christmas Tree Pattern Mats and Loose Parts
Decorate your trees with some loose parts play.
Loose parts play is easy and so much fun and a creative way to work on fine motor skills! Simply collect a variety of loose parts small enough to line up along the patterns, or use the blank Christmas tree and some small treasures to decorate it any way you like.
We used wooden shapes, beads, pipe cleaners, mini craft sticks, sequins and more to decorate our Christmas trees with loose parts.
Christmas Tree Fine Motor Pattern Mats and Playdough
These Christmas tree pattern mats also make a great playdough activity!
Grab playdough, or make a fresh batch of our easy microwave playdough recipe, and use the dough to follow the patterns on the Christmas tree tracing mats.
Rolling out long sausages of dough to follow the lines of the patterns is a great workout for the small muscles in a child’s hands, building control and skill for later writing.
Try adding some loose parts or natural materials along with the playdough to make your trees even more fabulous!
If your kids love using playdough with these egg pattern mats they might also like this Christmas playdough mat set.
Christmas Tree Fine Motor Mats and Natural Materials
Using natural materials is a fun way to decorare these Christmas tree fine motor mats.
Simply collect some natural materials such as leaves, flowers, sticks, grass, seed pods, gum nuts etc. and use them to follow the patterns on the Christmas trees to make some beautiful designs.
You could even glue the items down if you wanted to make a collage.
More Ideas for Using the Christmas Tree Pattern Mats.
There are so many fun ways to use these Christmas tree pattern mats!
Using pencils, markers or highlighters and tracing along the lines on each tree is a great way to practice pre-writing skills. Once you have traced all the lines you might like to colour in the trees too.
You could also put the pages into a plastic pocket and use a dry erase marker so you can trace them again and again.
Use cotton buds (q-tips) and try some cotton bud painting along the lines to really give those small hand muscles a workout. Or grab some dot markers for some low-mess painting fun that is perfect for toddlers
Collect some collage materials and a glue stick have fun sticking items along the lines.
You can also use these pattern mats to work on scissor skills by cutting along the dotted lines. For beginners with scissors it will be helpful to cut out the tree first and offer the easiest patterns to cut.
Use counters or loose parts and include some maths learning while using the Christmas tree pattern mats. Roll a dice and count out that number of items to add to the pattern mats, or start a repeating pattern and get your child to complete it following the lines.
You are only limited by your imagination!
Download the Free Printable Christmas Tree Pattern Mats
There are ten different patterned trees in this set, plus one blank tree so you can make your own designs if you wish.
The free printable pattern mats are ready to print and use, no other preparation required.
This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. It will fit to print on US ‘letter sized’ paper, just be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options to allow for printer margins.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
More Fun Christmas Tree Printables and Activities for Kids
If you are in the holiday mood you can find all our fabulous free Christmas printables here, or try one of these fun Christmas tree activities: