If you have never tried a squishy bag, you must!! My first ones were the turkey squishy bag and the snowman squishy bag and I kind of am addicted now!! They are so much fun and they work on so many skills! After having so much fun with my Thanksgiving bag, I knew I had to brainstorm some winter bags for my kiddos! I ended up creating a bag for each major holiday! But, for now we will just focus on the Winter ones!!! Stay tuned for more squishy bag ideas to come! Be sure to watch the video below to see these squishy bags in action!
What You Will Need For The Christmas Tree Squishy Bags
- Hair Gel (Dollar Tree has the the best deal)
- Gallon Sized Ziploc Bags (try to find the ones without a label printed on the bag … again DT these can sometimes be thin, so might want to hunt for a thick bag)
- Holiday Squishy Bag Pack (TPT)
- Packing Tape
- Glue Stick
- Orange, Blue, Green, Purple, Yellow and Red Pony Beans OR Foam circles
- A Yellow Foam Star
The best part about squishy bags?? EASY set up!!!
First, print off the Christmas Tree squishy bag template (found here). There are several versions. You can let your kiddos free decorate, match colors, count, or practice addition!
You can add all kinds of decorations in your bag and have kids decorate the plain tree.
You can print the counting tree and use the supplies mentioned above, and have kids work on their number recognition and counting skills.
OR you can print the color matching Christmas Tree!!
The TPT Pack includes addition with in 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s.
What To Do
Measure a piece of cardboard to be a little smaller than the Ziploc bag. Trim the Christmas tree template to fit on your cardboard, then glue the printout on.
Lay cardboard, Christmas tree side down, onto Ziploc bag and tape all sides of cardboard to the OUTSIDE of the bag.
Open up Ziploc and fill with about half a bottle of hair gel, then throw in pony beads, be sure to count how many you need based on what activity you chose! Or other supplies if you are just decorating!!
Spread out the gel, evenly, in the bag and making sure all the air gets out. Seal up your Ziploc. If you do not trust your little, you might put packing tape over the zip part of the bag, just to make sure you do not have a mess on your hands!
Try to move the pieces around, if it seems a little too hard, add more gel.
Have your kiddos work those fine motor muscles and build their trees!!!
Be on the look out for more Holiday squishy bag printouts and ideas to come!!! (These will be added to the Month to Month Squishy Bags Pack at no extra cost, once they are undated you will be able to download a new version for free!) So get it now while it is cheap!!!
Watch It In Action!
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