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Christmas Tree Ball Painting {Visual Sensory Activity}

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Christmas Tree Ball Painting is a creative, visual sensory activity where children can use their hand and eye coordination and motor skills to create a festive art project.  This hands-on activity helps children develop their fine motor skills too.

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How to Make a Christmas Tree Ball Painting:

To get into the Christmas Spirit, be sure to crank up some Christmas Favorites while you and your child(ren) are making this craft!


  • Green Construction Paper
  • Paint (We used red, blue, and yellow)
  • Yellow Construction Paper or Foam
  • Brown Construction Paper or Foam
  • Baking Dish
  • Ping Pong Ball
  • Paper Plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue


1.  Fold the green piece of construction paper in half and place it in a small glass baking dish (8 in. by 11 in.) For older children, you can use the full sheet of construction paper and a larger dish.


2.  Dip a ball (about the size of a ping pong ball) into the yellow paint.


3.  Place the ball in the dish and have your children move the dish round to “paint” on the paper.


4.  Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each color of paint.


5.  Let the paint dry.


6.  Cut a triangle out of the paper.


7.  Add a star and tree trunk to the painting to make a Christmas tree.

 Cost to Make a Christmas Tree Ball Painting:

  •  Green Construction Paper: 1¢
  • Yellow Construction Paper: 1¢
  • Brown Construction Paper: 1¢
  • Paint: 25¢
  • Paper Plate: 1¢
  • Glue: 1¢

Total: Only 30¢ to make this festive holiday craft!

Teachable Moment:

Every activity for kids should have a Teachable Moment!  What is a Teachable Moment?  It is a time during every craft or project when you can teach your child something about the activity.

1.  Read books about Christmas trees such as A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe or The Littlest Christmas Tree by R. A. Herman

2.  While painting, explore mixing two different colors to make a new color.

Other than using a paint brush, what ways do your children like to paint?

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Michelle Westbrook

Tuesday 18th of November 2014

My sister's children love to use finger paints. They often end up painting their entire bodies. They are too funny. I love how you take a craft and turn it into a teachable moment. I would think almost any activity can become a teachable moment if we want them to be.

The kids are coming to visit for a whole week next week! I am going to pin this so we can give it a try.