This easy Christmas threading activity is a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to make a fun Christmas decoration, while working on fine motor skills.
Christmas always seems to creep up on me! One minute it’s mid November and we are celebrating our twins’ birthdays, the next it is suddenly only a few weeks until Christmas!
My kids love to do Christmas crafts and activities, but when there is so much I still have to organise for Christmas, the idea of doing a Christmas craft seems overwhelming! But sometimes it’s worth it to set aside my Christmas to do list, and do a quick Christmas activity. And Christmas crafts don’t always have to be difficult or time consuming!
This Christmas threading activity is perfect for little hands, it’s low-mess, easy to set up, and it works on those fine motor skills. And when you are done you have a gorgeous Christmas decoration to hang!
How to Make a Christmas Threading Decoration
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You only need a handful items to make these cute Christmas threading decorations, and you might even have them all in your kitchen!
To do some Christmas threading you’ll need:
We had a multi coloured pack of cupcake liners and just chose the Christmassy colours, and did the same with our stash of recycled drinking straws (save and wash any plastic straws you happen to get as they are great for crafts). You can also use paper drinking straws which also come in all kinds of fun Christmas designs.
We use plastic craft string as it is stiff enough to make it easy to thread without a needle. You can also use wool or other string and tape a large section at one end to make it stiff and easy to thread with.
To make the cupcake liners into star shapes, just fold a stack of patty pans in half (I did about four at a time) and cut triangles out of the curved edge. Then unfold them, punch a hole in the middle and they are ready to thread.
Cut the straws into short lengths to make them easy to thread – if they are too long and it is trickier to get your string through them and out the other end.
Tie a piece of straw to one end of the string so that your threaded items don’t fall of, and you are ready to thread!
This simple activity is great for toddlers and preschoolers. There is lots of opportunity to practice fine motor skills and the finish product looks gorgeous hung in the window or on the Christmas tree.
If you have older kids you might like to make one very long Christmas threading to use as a garland or Christmas tree decoration!
If you need some more easy, low-mess. Christmas activities do you with your kids, you might like these: