If any of you are Pinterest addicts (guilty!), then you’ve probably seen this brilliant idea. If you haven’t seen it yet, go check it out! It’s a christmas tree cut out of felt and put up on the wall. Then she cut out little christmas ornaments out of felt as well and let her kids ‘decorate their own tree’. Well, when I saw that, I knew that would be something right up Judah’s alley. Especially since we have been working hard on not touching the tree. And let me just add, he has done incredibly well so far. I thought for sure this was going to be the month from you-know-where because I would be telling Judah every spare second of the day not to touch the tree.
But..adorable side story…
So, I do this thing with Judah if he gets frustrated or upset or out of control where I tell him to fold his hands. And we both will fold our hands and take a couple deep breaths and he’s pretty much just come to the realization that it means to relax – amazingly, it works! (he also does this when we pray). I don’t remember where I heard that from (some parenting book a while back) but it’s supposed to be a great tactic for self-control. I would 100% agree.
So, fast forward to the morning Judah woke up and saw the Christmas Tree.
I know – call me a horrible parent – we did not decorate the tree with Judah this year. Why? Well, if you know my kid, you probably wouldn’t be asking that question. But since you did (like how I’m putting words in your mouth), my child can be a little bit, um…NUTS! If you were to ask my mom she would tell you he’s perfect, but the truth is, he is BUSSSSSSYYY!!! And I just knew that decorating the tree with tons of sparkly, breakable objects at his disposal wasn’t the best idea. Next year he will definitely be a part of the decorating process.
In the morning when we came down stairs and he saw the tree for the first time, he was mesmerized. So, we spent some time looking at all of the ornaments, and discussing what they looked like, and I just kept reminding him that he could only look and not touch.
When I finally put him down, I stepped away to watch and see what he would do. He stood a few feet away for a couple seconds, his brain going a million miles an hour about ready to explode out of his head at the thought of touching that sparkly tree of goodies. But instead, he did something that melted my heart, and still does just at the thought of it.
He slowly folded his hands, like we have practiced so diligently, and quietly tip-toed towards the tree staring longingly at the glittery christmas ornaments, all the while whispering to himself “no touch”.
gaaaahhh – he’s so delicious!!!
Wow, if that wasn’t a rabbit trail, I don’t know what is!
Back to our awesome Pinterest inspiration…
I wanted to make an advent calendar for Judah this year so we could spend some time discussing Christmas and working on our counting. And when I saw the little felt tree, I knew it would be perfect.
So, I free handed a felt tree out of dark green felt that I already had in the fabric stash. Then, I grabbed a few of those little 8×10 pieces of felt in the kids craft section at Joanns. Using Picasa (if you don’t have that installed on your computer yet, run NOW and get it! It’s awesome!) and some free downloaded dingbats from dafont, I made a couple pages of christmas ornament outlines and printed them out on my printer. I cut those babies out, traced them on different colored felt and cut them all out. I made more than 24 because I didn’t want Judah to have to wait multiple days before he had a decent amount of ornaments to play with. I think I made about 32 and put the extras on the tree.
Once my ornaments were cut out, I numbered them with puffy paint 1-24 and voila! The final project:
So far, it was a hit. We’ll see how much of a hit it is in 23 more days! ha!
I plan on making it into a lesson each day and working on our counting.
And if anyone is curious, I used those velcro command strips that you find in Walmart next to the wall hooks to keep the tree on the wall. The felt sticks to the velcro perfectly. Unfortunately, I put this tree up with Judah around so he knows the secret and has been taking the tree down and putting it back up all day! Oh well!
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