Ever since my LO’s were very little, we would go on nature walks daily.
My oldest loved collecting sticks, rocks and flowers only to bring them to the front grassy area of the apartment we used to live in.
She would call her treasures and finds her collection.
Each time she would bring more and more items from our nature walks and add them to her collection.
Sticks was a big one and there was a new stick or two in there each day.
As I’ve grown as a mom I’ve learned to treasure this memory.
It is one I hold dearly in my heart and I love it so much.
We later learned that we can bring some of the sticks indoors and use them for a fun arts and crafts idea.
Because it is Christmas time, we painting some of our stick finds and made this sort of tree puzzle with sticks.
I’ll be sharing below how easy this stick Christmas tree is to put together and how you can maybe try it out too!
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Sticks from your outdoors nature walk (we made sure to pick up the cleanest ones that have maybe fallen from a tree)
This is all you will need to put together this simple Christmas tree sticks puzzle/activity.
How do you make a Christmas Tree out of Sticks?
There is not much to it, really. 🙂
We made sure to have on hand:
3 larger sticks
3 smaller sticks
Well, because in order to put together a simple stick tree we had to create a triangular shape for the tree and 3 smaller sticks to close out the bottom half of the trees trunk.
These mathematical numbers are also great for learning about early years math!
Preschoolers can learn that it takes 3 larger sticks to create a triangle and 3 smaller sticks to create the trunk.
They are learning big from small with the sticks laying next to each other.
You can also try creating a pattern with the sticks before you paint them: big, small, big, small, big, small.
Kindergarteners can also practice adding 3 + 3 = 6.
Isn’t that neat how a simple activity can work for a differentiated set of ages?
I think that is so neat!
How do you make a twig Christmas Tree?
Let’s get into the steps we took to put together this simple Christmas stick craft/puzzle:
Set aside your 3 larger sticks on one side and your 3 smaller sticks on another side.
Then, add a bit of washable kids paint in the colors green and brown onto a plate or plastic cup.
Use a paint brush to paint the large sticks in the color green; paint the smaller sticks in the color brown.
Voila! You’re halfway there.
Set the sticks aside to dry.
Once the sticks are completely dry, create a tree with them! 🙂
These decoration sticks are so easy for a fun DIY twig Christmas tree made of twigs.
That was a tongue twister. 😀
Another fun idea is to use popsicle sticks!
Popsicle stick Christmas tree crafts are also a really fun alternative to twigs and although we have not tried it, we may in the future!
If you create a simple popsicle stick tree or if you’ve made one before, please share below how it went.
I’d love to learn and maybe we can try it out too!