Preschoolers love the excitement of the holiday season and love to share the fun with their friends at school. One way we have celebrated all month is by incorporating a classroom Christmas tree into our dramatic play area. Sometimes at home, some holiday decorations are too delicate for young children to handle, so we created a tree that could be touched and decorated with no fear of destruction.
Since space in the classroom can be limited, a contact paper Christmas tree was the way to go. First, we adhered a constructionpaper tree to the wall, then covered it in contact paper. During our Invitation to Play time, we offered the students decorations of all sorts: sequins, rhinestones, stickers, yarn, popsicle sticks, and more. Each day, the tree looked different as the students added and subtracted decorations. They sometimes worked individually, and sometimes as a group.
Our classroom tree was a festive way to learn about cooperation and social interaction and work on their fine motor skills.