This is a simple pattern wreath craft that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. It develops fine motor skills and teaches children how to make patterns.
This paper plate wreath craft is simple enough for toddlers to do and the end result is something you will actually love to have hanging in your home. It is a great way to work on fine motor skills, but also reinforces math concepts by including a patterning element. Students will use pretty Christmas stickers to make patterns on the wreath. It also love that it is low mess and only requires a few materials you can get at the dollar store.
Evan really enjoyed making this. He really wanted to make it his way and was very excited with the way it came out. I have to say, I was too. It is now proudly hanging on one of our doors inside the house.
Green tissue paper
Christmas stickers – I got mine at the dollar store and also have some from the $1 Spot at Target
1. Cut a bunch of squares/rectangles from the tissue paper. I only used about half of one sheet and that was too much. I cut it into a bunch of strips that were about an inch wide, stacked the strips on top of each other and then cut across the stack of strips to get squares.
2. Cut the inner circle of the paper plate out so that you have a wreath shape.
I gave Evan a glue stick, the tissue paper squares and the paper plate wreath. I showed him how to put a smear of glue and then add a tissue paper square. After that, he had no problem adding tissue paper all over the paper plate.
Once the paper plate was covered in green tissue paper, I brought out the stickers and told him we were going to make a pattern on the wreath. I asked him which stickers he wanted to use to make his pattern. There were 5 different sticker designs and he decided to use them all. So we started by putting one of each sticker in order going down the wreath. Then I asked him which sticker we should add next. At first he wanted to add a sticker that was not in line with our pattern, but I went back over our pattern saying “snowflake, present, bow, Christmas tree, reindeer” then I said which sticker was first in our pattern? He said snowflake and then added that one. Then I asked which sticker came after snowflake and he said “present.” I continued in this manner until he really got a hang of the pattern and was able to do the remaining wreath with little help from me. I did have to help him along a few times when he was stuck with which sticker to do next.
This would have been a bit easier if the pattern were limited to about three stickers instead of five, but he was adamant about using all five stickers. I do think it gave him a good challenge though. Three stickers probably would have been a bit too easy for him. This is where you will have to decide what is best for the kids in your life. Young toddlers may do best with two sticker designs that are just repeated and 4 or 5 year olds may be able to do more stickers or more complicated patterns.
The end product turned out great! My husband was even surprised by how nice it looked hanging up in our house. I love that we were able to add some math practice to a Christmas craft!
Here are some more playful Christmas learning activities!