It might seem strange that I’m posting such simple projects. I mean, obviously the idea of a paper plate Christmas wreath is not new. But why not share the simple ideas? After all my kids basically completed these projects all on their own at 2-years-old, I think they’re worth being excited about and sharing! Believe it or not this was also a learning experience for me!
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Simple Toddler Christmas Crafts
I set this project up as an invitation. I placed the craft supplies in a muffin pan (which always seems to make things more fun!). I included pom poms, colored buttons, cut up pieces of glitter pipe cleaner and two green crayons. Although the crayons were completely neglected! Oh well! On their trays I put paper plates with a hole pre-cut, a small container with glue and a paint brush.
For some reason I have had this fear or letting my kids use glue. I have let them squirt paint all over each other, yet the thought of having them use glue scared me! Maybe it’s the stickiness. I don’t know! Anyways, after this project I am no longer scared of letting them use glue and I am so glad!
I had to explain to them what to do because they really don’t have a whole lot of crafting experience! They are so used to sensory play that they automatically just start playing with the supplies. As you can see below Baby Bear took all of the pom poms out of the muffin pan and piled them onto her tray!
I had to explain to them many times that the supplies were supposed to be glued onto the wreath and that they are supposed to stay there. So funny! But at this age projects are mostly about the process and not about the product. Baby Bear had placed a fair amount of objects on her wreath (below) and quickly removed them all.
Eventually they placed more objects on and then requested paint. It wasn’t part of my original plans but I’m so glad they asked!
Many of the objects were painted over and that’s all part of the exploration of the materials! I’m glad they had a great time making these wreaths and I’m proud of how they turned out! As I said before, I’m so glad I got over that whole fear of letting the kids use glue, it’s like I’ve opened up a whole new world of crafting for them!
I used red ribbon to tie both of their wreaths together with a bow, and also to hang them both on our front door. I love seeing their adorable wreaths every time we come home!
Be sure to check out more simple toddler Christmas crafts!
Paper Plate Christmas Wreath Toddlers Can Make is part of the Winter Wonder Series. Make sure to check out other articles in the series including Christmas Small World Construction Site, Candy Cane Goo-Bleck, Snow Play Dough from Ivory Soap, and Christmas Fine Motor Skills Activity.
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