Welcome to Part 3 of our three part series of Handmade Kid Christmas cards. Part 1, the kids made a Christmas Tree card, using glue and scissors. This helped to focus on their fine motor skills. Part 2 was Ornament Cards. The kids used their creativity to make one of a kind cards. Today’s Pop-Up Tree Card involves critical thinking skills.
Pop Up Tree Card
1 8½ x11 card stock white paper
1 8½ x11 card stock color paper
1 small sheet of green paper
Markers or Crayons
I am sure your kids have all seen a pop up card before but did you ever take the time to explain how it works? I know I didn’t. Constructing this card does take a little bit of prep, maybe 5 minutes.
For this particular project I like to create a demonstration card before I sit the kids down. This way the kids can visualize the task at hand. Also it allows us as parents to pose the question, how does this tree pop out of the card?
Lets break out the crayons and get to work. First, on the small sheet of green paper draw about a 4 inch high Christmas tree and cut, while you are prepping the next part have your child draw decorations on the Christmas tree.
Next you will need to fold in half one white sheet and one colored sheet of 8½ x11 card stock paper. Open the white sheet of paper and create your scene on the inside of the fold. Remember the very center will be cut to create pop up card. I am going to have the pop up a Christmas tree so on the white paper I drew presents. Ask your kids what they are drawing around their Christmas tree.
Once they are done coloring, refold the white sheet of paper and cut 2, 1 inch slits into the paper, 1 inch apart. Explain that cutting the paper will allow for the tree to pop out of the card when they open it.
Glue the white paper to the color paper but be careful to not glue down the area center where they cut it. Take a minute to let it dry. My kids want to do everything themselves, so I usually explain that they can not add glue to the center of the paper or their tree will not pop out.
Once dry, carefully pull the center tab out so it sits like a little table when the card is open. Glue the tree to the little table and let dry.
After it has dried let the kids explore their creation and watch the tree pop out at them.
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