Christmas Decoration Creation Station

Nov 24, 2013

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After seeing how much, Maddie (4) enjoyed her Valentines Creation Station, I had been looking forward to creating a Christmas Decoration Creation Station all year long. Finally the time has arrived!

I love this sort of open-ended creativity. Provide your child with an invitation to create simply by setting out a range of enticing materials that can be used in a variety of different ways individually and together, and then sit back as they get stuck in. After your child is used to being presented with invitations to play, they will need very little instruction, (if any) before they start. Children experiencing this sort of provocation for the first time may be hesitant to start without instruction. If they ask what they should do, try asking them,  "What do you think you could do?", and go from there.



By an open window I set out a variety of different materials to decorate Christmas ornaments with.


These materials included:
  • Plain Christmas baubles (I bought a cheap pack of 6 for $2)


  • Sequins
  • 3D paint
  • glitter paint
  • mini plastic beads
  • White craft glue (PVA glue) with cotton bud for application

  • Cut out cardboard Christmas shapes (with holes punched at the top)
  • Glitter (in shakers)
  • Patterned paper tape
  • Stickers (letter stickers and little crystals)
  • Broken Christmas embellishment

I laid them all out so that they were easily visible and accessible and gave it an extra Christmas-y feel with a strand of tinsel around the table. I provided something for the ornaments to hang from as that is the best way to dry them without smudging anything.


I'm not sure she knew where to start. I could see her processing all the materials and all the different ways she could use them. And off she went.


She was so focused and she had a completely different plan for each and every ornament.


It really was too tempting. I had to make some with her as well. Sitting side by side creating with my daughter is one of the most glorious, wonderful feelings in the world. This is the time to talk, learn and share together. (I love the simple spots with the 3D paint. I want to make a whole set of them in different colours!)


I loved seeing that pincer-grip and concentration as she manipulated and stuck small and fiddly materials.




We can't wait to do this activity again next year. We just loved it! It'll be so fun to create our entire range over the years. I'm going back and adding dates onto these ones so that we remember.


Handy Tips


Simplify this activity for younger children by providing them with things like foam stickers that are easy for them to peel and stick and pre-cut pieces of patterned tape. You can leave out some of the more fiddly items like sequins and mini beads (although they can be fabulous for practicing fine motor skills).

Extend this activity by:
  • Encouraging children to spell out Christmas words and names using letter stickers, stamps and paint.
  • Encourage your child to think about patterns, colours and spacing
  • Have children paint plain decorations first before adding embellishments

Mix it up with different shapes and sizes of ornaments

- Use descriptive language that goes with this experience to help develop your child's vocabulary. Eg "pattern, design, stick, peel, paste, control" etc.

- Having a damp cloth on the side of the table is handy for attending to spills and cleaning fingers along the way.

Happy playing,
Debs :)





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32 comments:

  1. Oooooh my goodness this is awesome!!!!!! I so want to do this! I LOVE her beautiful ornaments!

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    1. Thanks Asia! I wasn't sure how things were going to turn out but I too am impressed with what we ended up with. Can't wait to hang them on the tree :)

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  2. Debs I love this!! This is amazing! Pinning and sharing :)

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  3. This is terrific! My daughters would have so much fun with this space. We'll have to get something put together for them. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  4. Gasp! I want to come to this table! Oh the possibilities! I applaud Mommies who let creativity go wild!!

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    1. Thank you :D I too couldn't just photograph, I had to join in! haha

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  5. They look absolutely fabulous!! Love it Debs!! :)

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  6. they are beautiful & I love the decorating station, I could get into that myself :)

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  7. Love this station Deb and have already pinned a few times...I really want to sit right down there myself with Maddie!! Fantastic Christmas fun!!

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    1. Thanks for your comment and pinning, Jode! It certainly got the creative juices flowing :)

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  8. Loved that they can hand their baubles to create them... makes it so much easier! Fabulous idea!

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    1. I've tried lots of different ways of trying to sit ornaments while they dry without smudging anything and I've had issues every time, haha. The only problem would be if you're doing a lot of ornaments at once. You'll have to get creative with where you hang them all, haha. Thanks Kate :)

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  9. Debs...what a brilliant write up!!! This is the best Christmas project I have seen and I think this is the best project for my daughter too. I am glad to come across to your post and got this inspiration. Thanks for sharing such beautiful post.

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    1. Thanks Carol. So pleased that you like it. We had a fabulous time and hopefully you guys will as well. Feel free to share some pics of the baubles your daughter creates on our fb page. :)

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  10. This is fantastic! I want to get my hands on all the beautiful items you included. And I agree with you about how wonderful it is to create, side-by-side with your child. :)

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  11. This is right up Cammy's alley, and I bet we've got all the materials we need without having to go to the shops. Might be a good activity for Saturday, while i frantically prepare for little brother's first birthday. :)

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  12. Oh I LOVE everything about this. Seriously awesome, and we have everything we need on hand. R is going to love it. Thanks!

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  13. Love how creative this is! Great idea.

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  14. Oh wow, they made such beautiful decorations from all those pieces! Great idea and set up, my girls would adore this activity I'm sure.

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  15. I came back to re-read this because I love it so much!

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  16. They look so pretty. I love how you set up the space too.

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  17. This is delightful. By chance, so you know where to get that type of ornament stand?

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  18. This is such a great idea, so much easier to get into the creative mood when you have everything organised and laid out and ready to go :)

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