Mom-spiration Monday & Our Learning Tree

Happy Mom-spiration Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families. We spent the weekend in McKinney and for the first time, we were able to enjoy the McKinney Home for the Holiday’s festival in their downtown square. Put this on your calendar for next year because it was such a cute event. It was 35 degrees out and raining but we still managed to have a great time, plus the crowds were much less than normal due to the weather!

Cruising in Santa's Sleigh

Cruising in Santa’s Sleigh

 

Hanging with The Grinch

Hanging with The Grinch

 

For mom-spiration Monday I wanted to give you a crafting idea. I struggle in this area which is amusing because my dad is an artist and my mother is extremely crafty, apparently I just missed this trait completely. However, now that I am Little J’s momma, I have tried to amp up my crafty side as much as I can. Last week my friend Reena hosted a wonderful playdate for our play group. She had cut out these beautiful felt trees (free handed to boot) and gave all the kids felt decorations to decorate their trees.   I think the mommas were really into it and the kids just loved to dance around playing with the decorations but either way it was a hit. When I took our craft tree home I came up with an idea to make our felt tree into a learning activity.

 

First I purchased colored felt pieces from Michaels. Each sheet was 39 cents and I purchased two of each color just in case.

Felt colors- Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Green & Red

Felt colors- Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Green & Red

 

I chose my shapes- Square, Triangle and Circles and traced each one on the colored felt sheets. I had six different colored sheets so that would give me 30 squares, 30 triangles and 30 circles- 5 of each color.

5 triangles, squares and circles for each colored felt sheet.

5 triangles, squares and circles for each colored felt sheet.

 

I cut out each shape and made a pile. On some of the shapes I also wrote down the numbers 1-5.

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Using Velcro, I attached my tree to the wall in our living room (You know Big J just loved that)  and let Little J have some fun.

The stars were stickers from our original play date project, I left them on since they qualify as a shape!

The stars were stickers from our original play date project, I left them on since they qualify as a shape!

 

This was such a fun activity. We played a few different games, finding all the squares, then finding all the red shapes and then counting 1-5 using the shapes that had numbers.

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Searching for red circles!

Searching for red circles!

Little J really loved this craft project. The entire project took about 45 minutes of prep time. Luckily I already had my tree from our play group but I would add an additional 10 minutes or so to cut out your big felt green tree. You can use whatever shapes, colors and numbers that you would like. I decided to place our tree next to our Christmas tree. My hope is that our felt tree will distract Little J from playing with the ornaments on our actual tree!

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Have you tried this or something similar?  I hope this post momspires your crafty side, give this a try and let me know how it went!

 

Happy Crafting!

E

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