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Trim a Tree

This preschooler-friendly project is made with humble, familiar craft sticks. Help your child make the basic tree shape, then let her decorate it however she likes.


  • Strong scissors
  • Craft sticks (including 1 wide craft stick)
  • Tacky glue
  • Green and brown acrylic paint
  • Sequins
  • Small wooden star or other tree-topping ornament
  • String


1. Use strong scissors to trim several craft sticks to lengths ranging from around 1 1/2 to 3 3/4 inches (a parent's job).

2. Have your child choose six pieces, including one full-sized stick, and help her arrange them from shortest to longest on a wide craft stick. Adhere the pieces with tacky glue, then let the stick tree dry.

Trim a Tree Step 3

3. Have your child paint the tree green and brown with acrylic paints. After the paint is dry, she can add sequin ornaments with glue. Our tree's topper is a small wooden star from a craft store, painted yellow. Tie a loop of string around the top of the tree for hanging.