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Age Range: 5-7 | 7-11
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • D & T

Homemade Christmas decoration

Create a handmade decoration this festive season and use your creativity and imagination to make the tree sparkle

Many people look forward to decorating their Christmas tree at the start of the festive period. Your challenge is to make an attractive ornament to hang on your Christmas tree!

This engaging activity is one of a series of accessible STEM resources designed to allow learners to use the theme of the Christmas period to develop their knowledge and skills in Design & Technology, and Engineering.

Activity: Homemade Christmas decoration

In this fun activity for kids, learners can create a personalised Christmas ornament, perfect for adorning their tree during the festive season. As they embark on this creative journey, they will gain valuable insights into what constitutes a sturdy structure and how to ensure it possesses strength and visual appeal. Applying their newfound knowledge, learners will craft their unique ornament, putting their skills to the test.

This activity can serve as a central lesson in teaching the construction of robust structures using relatively weaker materials. It can also seamlessly integrate into a comprehensive learning scheme emphasising practical making and assembly skills within design and technology. Educators seeking to enhance their teaching resources can use this activity alongside the IET Education resource: Winter Mobile.

Download our free activity sheet below, and together, let’s embark on a journey of discovery and craftsmanship!

Tools/resources required

  • 5 sticks of the same length
  • 5 rubber bands
  • String or twine for the hanging loops

The engineering context

Structural engineers must understand how to utilise weaker materials to create more robust structures, such as using rope to make bridges.

Suggested learning outcomes

By the end of this activity, students will understand how to construct a strong structure from weaker materials, and they will be able to make a strong and visually attractive ornament that they can hang from a Christmas tree.

The History of Christmas tree ornaments

The history of Christmas tree ornaments is a fascinating tale that dates back centuries. Historians trace the tradition of decorating trees during the holiday season to ancient civilisations like the Egyptians, Romans, and Vikings, who adorned trees with symbols of prosperity and religious significance. However, the modern concept of hanging ornaments on Christmas trees emerged in Germany during the 16th century. Initially, these ornaments were simple decorations made from fruits, nuts, and candles. Over time, the ornaments evolved, incorporating glass-blown baubles, delicate figurines, and intricate designs. Today, Christmas tree ornaments are cherished keepsakes, reflecting cultural traditions and personal memories and symbolising festive cheer and celebration.

Download the free Homemade Christmas decoration activity sheet below!

All activity sheets and supporting resources are free to download, and all the documents are fully editable so that you can tailor them to your students and your schools’ needs.

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, helpful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Oh ho ho, please share your creations with us @IETeducation! #SantaLovesSTEM.

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