Christmas Eve is tomorrow and I still have so much to do. Please tell me I am not alone…because this to do list is daunting! With a house full of…love…and a million little helpers, reaching that last item on the to do list is going to be quite the challenge. This simple Holiday Felt Busy Tray is a fun way to keep little hands busy (and helping) while giving you a break from the chaos.
My kids had a absolute blast with this invitation to create. Each busy tray took me about 15 minutes to throw together (I made two) and held the kids attention long enough for me to get a couple of gifts wrapped and lunch made…what can I say, I am a procrastinator 😉
It was super neat to watch my kids create stories about the little elves that were decorating the tree, work on creating patterns and sorting (color, size, shape). They did counting and experimented with different techniques such as what would happen if they twisted a color strand. But most importantly, they had fun.
Craft Items Needed for a Holiday Felt Busy Tray
When I made these I used six sheets of felt, one for each color of the rainbow. On two of those sheets I cut out our main shapes – one Christmas tree and one Christmas ornament. Then with the remaining felt I cut out a variety of shapes. Older kids could definitely help out with the cutting if you wanted.
To present the busy tray to the kids to play with I simply set it up on their table. I didn’t make a big deal out of it at all. By the fourth time I had walked by their table every single kid in the house was sitting their playing with this. It was AMAZING.
I tried to snap some photos of them playing. With how dark it has been outside they came out slightly blurry. The Christmas tree was by far the favorite.