Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for sights and smells. From the neighborhood lights at night to the smells of cookies baking in the oven. This Preschool Christmas Tree craft idea combines the sense of smell, sight, and touch using dried seasonings such as oregano, dill, rosemary, parsley, and cilantro.
It is an easy to do craft for kids of all ages!
Herb Christmas Tree Sensory Craft for Preschoolers
Lesson Objectives: Create an Evergreen Tree symbol with a variety of sensory materials.
Materials Needed for Evergreen Tree Craft Ideas
- Dried herbs
Directions for Evergreen Tree Craft
- Print or draw the outline of a Christmas tree.
- Cover the inside of the tree with glue. Use a paintbrush to get a consistent thin coating.
- Encourage the child to decorate the tree with dried green herbs. The trunk can be decorated with a brown hued
- Discuss the colors, textures, and smells of each spice as the child adds them to the tree.
This Evergreen Tree sensory craft activity would also work well at different times of the year. Have the child cut their sensory tree out and add it to a winter scene for a craft activity in January or February. Encourage them to draw forest animals to create a woodland habitat, bringing science into the creative exploration project as well.
Contain messes by doing this Evergreen Tree Craft idea in a shallow bin or Tupperware container.
Make a sensory tree and play-dough creativity station
Learn alphabet names and sounds & numbers
Explore evergreen trees
Read Christmas books and search for tree pictures.
Download all the 7 Christmas Tree Activities and printables here:
For More Preschool Tree Themed Activities from the PLAYful Preschool Team:
Egg Carton Christmas Tree Math Puzzle by Still Playing School
Evergreen Tree Sensory Craft by The Educators’ Spin On It
Evergreen Tree Math Activity by Mom Inspired Life
Preschool Songs: Down by the Tree Farm by Growing Book by Book
Collaborative Pine Tree Process Art by Fun-A-Day
An Evergreen Nature Hunt by Rainy Day Mumm
Devany LeDrew says
I bet that smells GREAT!
Theresa A says
Our kids would love to make a sensory tree and take in the wonderful scent. We have one who is especially oriented to his sense of smell and often determines what he likes and doesn't like by the scent.
Danielle Buckley says
This is such a neat idea!
Growing Book by Book says
What a great way to use herbs that have been on the shelf too long. We also have a ton we dried from our garden over the summer.
Kim Staten says
This looks amazing! I bet it smells great too!
Cerys Parker says
Fantastic – I love it as a "natural glitter". My kids would love to do this and great tip about using a tray
Thanks so much for this very green idea!! i “gave up” glitter this year (I’m the science teacher at my school, so I feel like I should set an eco-conscious example). This is a fun way to make a sensory Christmas tree!!