Christmas trees for toddlers
Every year at Christmas time. Putting up the tree is a fun family activity that so many people enjoy. Some people invite extended family and have a decorate the tree party.
Some like to put their tree up December 1st. Others put it up 12 days before Christmas to follow the song ’12 days of Christmas’ and some just can’t wait and its up sometimes before December is here!
For the past two years I have had to find alternatives to putting up a tree because of my youngest who is almost 4.
He still sees trees as carrier of objects created for him to use as projectile missiles.
I never had an issue with my eldest; the tree didn’t excite him enough to want to go near it.
But with my youngest it apparently has some kind of calling beacon telling him to just touch it. When he started wanting to touch things on the tree the play pen was erected and it kept our tree safe for a year. The following year he could just reach the low ornaments; I had lost some lovely baubles that year.
The year after that I had assembled the tree, I knew the play pen was not going to help this year; he was taller and a climber, so the tree was no way safe.
I took the tree down after 5 minutes…
It made me have to think about what I could do which was going to be fun for the boys, looked good and was going to be out of harms way.
I had a tonne of wrapping paper, so I decided to use it to make a big poster of a tree. I quickly ran out and bought Christmas stickers. They had a nice variety of stickers that were in the shape of Christmas baubles and some ribbons to be like tinsel.
I let my eldest decorate and put together. He was truly proud of his efforts and it looked great!
This year we went for a bigger poster.
This time it truly was a family effort.
I filled up water balloons with paint and we all threw them at a blank sheet of thin cardboard. It was messy! But fun!
Once the paint had dried and the family were showered I cut out a tree and had the kids decorate and topped it with one of those light up stars
Not only did I have a pretty tree. I had some great family photos to make Christmas cards out of.
Next year maybe we could make one of those felt trees I have seen floating about on Facebook.
What are your Christmas tree replacement ideas? Share your ideas and stories!