Create a Christmas Tree Pop-Up Card
The pop-up tree in the middle of this special holiday greeting gives it a surprising extra touch! Lead your child through a three dimensional art activity that encourages her to think about structure and form, explore shape and color, and jump start her own creativity. The final product will be a beautiful and unique card fit for a favorite friend or relative!
What You Need:
- Construction paper (green and any other color)
- Sequins or glitter (optional)
What to Do:
- Fold the green construction paper in half. Have your child cut a Christmas tree-shaped triangle from the paper, with the fold running vertically through the long side. When it is opened, the fold will appear as a crease down the center of the triangle.
- Ask your child to fold the bottom inch of the base of the triangle up, forming a flap.
- Fold the second piece of construction paper (in you child's color of choice) in half to form the structure of the card.
- Ask your child to decorate her Christmas tree! She can use markers to create lights, or ornaments on the tree. Sequins, glitter, and glue is another option for creating sparkly embellishments.
- Have your child create the front of the card, encouraging her to get creative and choose her own greeting! An idea is to write a message, such as "Happy Holidays" with markers. She can also draw small pictures such as trees, Santa Claus, or snowmen.
- Open up the card to create the pop-up pine tree! Help your child place a line of glue on the bottom of the tree flap and firmly press the glued flap to the middle of the open card. The tree should be standing up. Set the card aside to dry. If needed, add a small piece of tape to the flap.
- Ask your child to write a message on the inside of the card, surrounding the tree.
- Fold the tree back on the flap, and then close the card. Open the card up again to watch the tree pop up!
Remember: This activity is a fun project that produces a unique holiday card, but it is also educational! Your child will practice her spelling and writing skills, but also consider discussing some basic math concepts, such as shape (the tree triangle) and symmetry (the folded triangle).