What you will need: various coloured Christmas papers, glitter, egg carton, bark, scissors, a rounded pencil, glue stick, PVA /craft glue, a small canvas board, paint in your favourite Christmas colour (green, red, silver or gold look great), glitter glue pens, sparkly stars/shapes, glitter paint, yellow star sticker, newspaper/plastic table cloth to cover surfaces.
Step 1 – Get all the items you will need organised and ready to go then cover your working area with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth.
Step 2 – Paint your canvas using non-toxic paint in one of your favourite Christmas colours such as red, green, silver and gold.
Step 3 – When your paint is dry, cut a piece of the bark (Palm tree bark works well) into a trunk and stick it on the lower centre of your canvas board using PVA/craft glue. Then cut a basket out of your egg carton and stick this on the bottom centre of your board, just covering the lower part of your bark trunk.
Step 4 – Cut a variety of Christmas papers into rectangles of about 10cm by 10cm. Then use a rounded pencil/twist crayon to roll your paper rolls, beginning at one end and rolling the paper around the pencil until about 3cm from the end. To finish off your paper roll, place glue using your glue stick near the end section of your paper and then keep rolling until your paper roll is complete.
Step 5 – Continue rolling different pieces of paper until you have about 8 or 9 paper rolls then cut each down to size. Begin with one that is about 1-2cm shorter than the canvas board on each side. Then continue cutting each a cm or 2 shorter than the last. The final one should be about a 1cm wide. Rearrange the paper rolls on the canvas board to get them into the right order then move them to the side, keeping the same order.
Step 6 – Squeeze a line of PVA/craft glue onto where the paper rolls join is and then glue the longest one to the top of your bark (centred), then the next longest, and so on and so on until you have the smallest paper roll on top. Continue to cut in order to get your sizing right if necessary.
Step 7 – Cover a yellow sticker star with glue and then sprinkle with glitter. Carefully peel sticker from backing then add a drop of PVA/craft glue to the top roll on your Roly Poly Tree and stick glitter star on.
Step 8 – Use glitter glue pens and metallic sparkly shapes to decorate your tree.
Step 9 – Paint the canvas around your Roly Poly Christmas tree in glitter paint with a brush.
Step 10 – Your Roly Poly Christmas Tree is now complete so place it somewhere where everyone can see it and enjoy this fabulous Christmas season!
This activity is not only lots of fun but also great for comparing, sorting and ordering in relation to length and for developing fine motor, hand-eye coordination, and creativity. So get your darling precious children, cutting, rolling, gluing, painting, and designing!!!
Happy guiding and a peaceful Christmas from,
Darling Precious Children