25 Days of Christmas Activity Calendar

25 Days of Christmas Activity Calendar

Look, I'm not an over the top holiday gal.  I just never will be.  I decorate a little, we do a tree, and a wreath, sometimes we get the lights up on the house. There is some holiday baking, and cards, Santa visits, and gifts of course.  I'm not saying I don't enjoy the holiday - I definitely do!  But I'm not going all out decorating my house with garlands and centerpieces and changing out all my table decor. It's just not me. I'm somewhat of a minimalist, and I enjoy the holidays more when I'm not working my butt off the whole time.  But when you have little kids who get excited about such things, it's impossible to avoid adding on a little extra holiday festivity and activity.  And really the best thing about Christmas is enjoying it through the eyes of a child. 

So what could I do that's easy for me, and exciting for them?  Last year I think I came up with the perfect thing.  Browsing ideas on Pinterest of course - it can make your head spin.  But I took the basics of several different things I saw, and made it my own.  And I kinda loved it. 

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Easy little felt Christmas tree activity

If you're like me, you see all this amazing crafty holiday stuff all over your favorite pages and maybe let out a little groan.  That's nice for people that have that kind of time.  But I've got four little kids and not a lot of spare time to prep for elaborate Christmas crafts or activities.  So here's one for you that I know you can pull off. Because if I can manage it, anybody can!  It takes no artistic talent, you just need to know how to use scissors.  And the supplies are very minimal.

Can you cut a triangle?  Ok, then you're good.  

All you need is a couple pieces of felt.  I happened to have a stack of random felt from a project a few years ago, so I was happy to find a use for it.  The only part of this that requires a tiny bit of precision is cutting out the tree.  I used a ruler and a pencil to get my lines somewhat straight.  After that, just randomly cut out shapes.  I managed to get a few that look a little like stars, some diamonds, some circles.  I cut a few pieces in long wavy shapes for a look of a garland on the tree, and then a lot of just random little snips of a few different colors.  That's all.

I got the idea from seeing a bigger, wall sized thing in a catalog.  But I wanted to do something smaller.  So these are made from just small pieces of felt - the size of a piece of paper.  The whole thing folds up and stows nicely in a quart sized ziploc bag - perfect for sticking in a purse for an activity to take along to a restaurant.  I originally made them last year before we were going on an airplane flight.  I only made two and I should have made four, because my kids of course argued over who got the first turns.