My kids love to make crafts, especially for Christmas. I have been looking for easy Christmas crafts for kids that can be made out of wood because they tend to last longer and make a great keepsake, or gift. Also, since I teach art to young kids, I am always looking for new ideas that are easy enough for 3-6 year olds. My kids came up with these Christmas trees and I just love them! We decided to use different shades of green for the trees. They painted 35 small wooden cubes green, and then one yellow one for the star.
Once they were painted, they glued them in rows into the shape of a tree. (This was a great problem solving and math activity!) We used tacky glue, but white glue or hot glue would work too. Once everything was dry, they decorated their trees.
My kids used puffy paint for some of the details and then added some beads to look like ornaments.
The trees can be put together as either a 2-D tree or it can be 3-D. We later added a string so that it could be used as an ornament.
I like the fact that they are kid made. They can be put together and then decorated in many different ways. They also make a great gift from kids!