Not every Christmas tree needs to be full of pine needles and sap. Help your first grader create special 3D paper Christmas trees that he can use to decorate the home or give to friends.
What You Do:
- Help your child cut two matching rectangles out of the cardboard.
- Have him glue the wrappping paper to the front and back of each rectangle.
- Christmas trees are easy to cut out. Show him how to start cutting a triangle out of one of the cardboard rectangles. Make sure the triangle fills up most of the cardboard.
- Have him finish cutting the cardboard until he one triangle from each rectangle.
- Time to make the tree 3D! Help your child Help your child use a pencil to draw a line halfway up the first tree base. This line should be as much in the middle of the tree as possible.
- Next, have him draw a similar line from the top of the second tree down to the halfway point.
- Let him use scissors to cut both of these penciled lines.
- Help him slot the first tree over the second tree until each triangle is fit snugly into place. His 3D Christmas tree is complete!
Make trees in several sizes and use different paper patterns for a fun and varied effect as you create a Christmas tree forest to decorate your mantel or give as a Christmas gift.