This Christmas tree decorating center has been a staple in my preschool classroom for many years. I introduce it every year in place of setting up a large Christmas tree. The center is effortless to put up, and the supplies store in one tub. During the festive holiday season, decorations on the tree get put up and taken down by little learners on a regular basis.
In preparation for this tactile center I purchased a variety of small Christmas trees one year just after Christmas Day. They were deeply discounted…around $5.00 Canadian per tree. Now every December I place them on a table covered with a soft white tablecloth and add child-friendly decorations.
Setting Up The Christmas Tree Decorating Center
After arranging the branches on the Christmas trees, I gather small baskets and fill them with non-breakable Christmas decorations.
Making the cut are:
- red, silver, and gold bells
- Scandinavian bells
- bell garland
- pine cones
- gold and red apples
- foam hearts
- metal toys
- elves and Santas
- metallic glitter flower clip ons
- angel craft tree toppers
You might notice that there are lots of bells on the list. I love including opportunities for musical exploration.
A string of lights on the table adds ambiance.
A rich, thick garland embellishes this red tree.
To see a closeup of all the trees view this Christmas Tree Decorating Center video.
Most people already have their trees up and decorating completed by now. But sale shopping opportunities are just around the corner. Keep a lookout for economical mini trees and child-friendly decorations to set up a Christmas tree decorating center dazzling with your own flair.
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© Annette Kaminsky December 23, 2020
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