This was one of those activities I did not plan on posting here and also, I did not plan it at all, it was all the kids’ idea! But, these Christmas trees turned out cute and I recognized the importance of process art through this activity.
My daughter(6.5yrs) wanted to paint, so I got the green and red glitter paint out, simply because it is the fullest, and large paper from an old calendar.
She decided to paint a Christmas tree, but then it turned into painting the whole page. My son(almost 4) joined in but painted his whole page red and green.
My daughter still wanted a tree shape, so I drew it on once dry, then she cut it out with patterned scissors. Of course they wanted to add bling to the trees. I have found the easiest way to glue tiny pieces, is with a tiny bit of glue and an earbud in a cupcake liner(throw it both away when done)! I gave them some bits and pieces to use as they wish.
She wanted to make a face in her tree and he just randomly added bling objects. This is a perfect example of an open-ended process art activity where the process is much more important than the product itself. And, there was definitely educational value to this child-initiated activity!