Our Christmas Tree Game for toddlers and preschoolers is a fun and fast-paced learning game. We’ve used it for helping our children learn their shapes and colours. It can also be adapted for primary aged kids for other subjects. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.
What supplies will you need for the Christmas Tree Game?
- Green construction paper or card stock
- scrap bits of paper in various colours
- scissors and/or craft punches
- laminator or clear sticky-backed plastic
How to assemble the Christmas Tree Game.
I cut out the shape of a Christmas tree from a piece of green construction paper and laminated it.
The first year Tristan and I played this he was learning about colours and shapes. I cut out many shapes from various colours of paper. some I cut free-hand and others I used a paper punch for. I laminated and cut out the little shape decorations.
I used some fun-tak to hold the trees up on the window (thus they double as window decorations when not in use). However, I wouldn’t advise having them on a window for the game itself. We have a small home so I’ve used the window as a demonstration as our hall is too small to take photos in (and in case of an accident during the photos our glass is toughened to industry standard for childminding).
There was a little bit of fun-tak on the back of each shape decoratoion. We put them on the back on our 10 Little Snowman Cards and placed them across the room from the trees.
How we play the Christmas Tree Game.
The kids stood behind the cards on the floor and I called out a shape or a colour and they raced to pick up the correct item from their card and ran to put it on their tree.
The first one to get their item on the tree won that round. Or you can mix up the decorations and play until one player has an empty card.
This game will grow with your children as you can write numbers, letters, or words on the decorations. And when they’re a bit older yet, they could pick up the answer to math questions: 19-4 (6) for example.
If you have only one child, you can race against them yourself or use a timer to see how full they can make the tree before their time is up.
If you’re looking to sneak in a little Christmas learning fun, we also have these ideas: