How to Create a Christmas Tree Painting With a Toddler

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If you are looking for an interesting, keepsake craft, painting a Christmas tree with your toddler is the perfect idea. Christmas time is a time to share memories and enjoy family. Doing this craft with your toddler will give you that parent to child connection and leave you with a precious keepsake you will always cherish.

Things You'll Need

  • High chair or booster seat or toddler table Washable finger paints White finger paint paper Paint smock Wet wipes or paper towels Markers
  • Clean a work space and organize the materials. If you are using the kitchen or dining room table, use a high chair or booster seat so the toddler can reach the table comfortably.

  • Tie the paint smock on your toddler and place a piece of white finger paint paper on the table in front of them. Make sure the paper is put down portrait style so you will have enough room to make the Christmas tree.

  • Evenly spread green finger paint on your toddler's hand and carefully place her hand near the bottom of the paper. Lift up her hand and take a look at the print. It doesn't have to be perfect, but you should be able to see that it is a hand print.

  • Spread the green paint on your toddler's hand again. This time, right above the hand print you just made, make two more that overlap each other and the first hand print. You should now have three overlapping green hand prints, in a triangle formation. They will be stacked on top of each other with one on bottom and the other two on top. You should not have three hand prints side by side, your goal is to make a larger triangle every time you add another row.

  • Continue overlapping hand prints moving up the paper as you go. Each row needs to add one more hand print. For example, row one should have one print, row two needs two prints, row three needs three prints, and so on until you are satisfied with your tree. You will be making the tree upside down for the hand print part. Once you are done with the hand prints, let it dry, then turn it right side up to decorate it with ornaments and tinsel using finger paints or markers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Allow plenty of time for the painting to dry before adding detail and decoration to the Christmas tree.
  • Make sure to buy washable finger paints. Do not leave toddler unsupervised.

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