Preschool Blog

Christmas Tree Napkin Holders

‘Tis the season for all things Christmassy! Today we made some napkin holders to dress up our table. These are a great way to develop your little one’s fine motor skills.  

Here are the materials that we used:

  • Green construction paper
  • Toilet paper rolls 
  • Scissors 
  • Marker or pencil
  • Small buttons
  • Yellow Pom Pom 
  • Elmer’s glue

First I folded the green paper in half, laid it next to the toilet paper roll, and traced the outline of a tree. 


Next, I cut out the tree.  Olivia then decided where she wanted to put each of the buttons.  I helped her a bit by squeezing out the glue.  Picking up those tiny buttons can be a little tricky for small hands, and this is a great way to practice those fine motor skills! 


After Olivia was happy with the number of buttons she added to the tree, she glued on the yellow Pom Pom as the star. The last steps were to glue the tree to the toilet paper roll, and place the napkin inside. I helped Olivia to fold the napkin accordion style, before putting it into the holder. 


These would be very cute for Christmas dinner, although that would be a lot of work for little hands!   You could also choose other ways to decorate that may be a bit faster. One idea would be to paint ornaments onto the tree using Q-tips. Using multiple Q-tips prevents you from having to wash  paintbrushes in between (so no risk of water spilling)!  Just remember that if you plan to put these on your dinner table don’t use glitter or anything else that can end up in your food to decorate your trees! 

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