Friday, December 21, 2012

"Colors of Faith" Christmas Tree Craft

We read so many Christmas books this month. You can see several titles listed in my Book Tree Countdown post. We read a handful of books that focused on Christmas trees. I remembered that last year I purchased "Colors of Faith" Christmas Tree Craft Kits from Oriental Trading for a Christmas gathering with my daughter's friends. We never did get to complete the craft last year, because I planned too many activities for that day. If you purchase a set of these trees, then I recommend getting together with friends or else you will have leftover tree kits.

The first book on the list below mentions having faith. We discussed always having faith in God. We talked about how having faith in God ... all things are possible. Several books spark different conversations about good christian character traits and other books are just about Christmas trees.   

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" Hebrews 11:1 KJV 

Christmas Tree Books We Read So Far
Rocky, The Rockefeller Christmas Tree (Amazon Prime Customers Can Borrowed for Free)
Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect by Richard H. Schneider
The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
The Apple Tree Chrsitmas by Trinka Hakes Noble
The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs

Other Christmas Tree Books
The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree (Little Golden Book) by Amye Rosenberg
The Beautiful Christmas Tree by Charlotte Zolotow
The Family Christmas Tree by Tomie dePaola
The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Pat Matuszak, Rick Osborne, and Bill Dodge
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

If you can't find these books at the library or in stores, please check out my Christmas Tree Story and Movie Pinterest board to hear a few Christmas tree books read aloud or viewed on You Tube. I would be honored if you followed me on Pinterest.

We used a hole punch to attach the red hanging string to the tree. It worked very well but is NOT required. This was an extremely easy craft to complete. All of the materials have adhesive on the back. The child peels off the paper and can stick the item on the tree. The tiny gems for the star topper may serve as a challenge to younger children, but it is great way to practice fine motor skills as long as it doesn't frustrate the child. Here are a few shots of her working on the craft project.
Love the bright colors! Some text may be difficult to see.
She thinks the gems are so pretty!
Alyssa said, "This craft was really fun." She liked adding the gems and foam circle stickers to the tree. She also said that the craft is important to her because it is about Jesus and God.

Alternate Tree Crafts - Easily Replicate the "Colors of Faith" Craft
Beaded Christmas Colors of Faith Tree - Discontinued
Ready Set Read
Homespun Inspirations
Clubhouse Jr. Polka Dot Christmas Tree
Detail-Oriented Diva Funprint Christmas Tree
No Time for Flashcards Button and Nail Christmas Tree
The Idea Attic Cute as a Button Christmas Tree Craft
Spoonful's Pipecleaner Tree
House of Baby Piranha Christmas Tree Playdough
Kaboose Pom-Pom Christmas Tree or Praying for Parker's Tree Craft
Meaningful Mama Popsicle Stick Tree Craft or WolfPac Trees
Passion for Savings Gumdrop Tree Craft

There are so many ways that you can replicate this Christmas tree craft to save money. You can use buttons, felt, pom pom, gems, Playdough balls, paint daubers, or some other material to represent the colors of faith. Your tree can be created with paper, felt, fabric, styrofoam, food, wire, or whatever you have on hand. Use your imagination and make sure you check out the links above for inspiration. Then, choose and gather the appropriate materials. I believe this craft is worth trying with your children! You can add your own "colors of faith" tag that states what each color represents. Hopefully, I have shown you several ways you could adapt the craft activity for your little ones.

Do you know a Christmas tree book that would work well with this craft? Do you have a link to a story that is read aloud or can be viewed online?

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1 comment:

  1. What a lovely post, so many choices! Great photos! So much fun! Thank you for linking up to the Montessori Moms Holiday Hop!