Christmas Crafts for Kids: Shape Christmas Tree Sponge Painting

Here’s an easy Christmas craft for kids that also incorporates some math learning~ Shape Christmas Tree Sponge Painting! Grab your sponges and paints, and let’s get stamping! 

Christmas Crafts for Kids: Shape Christmas Tree Sponge Painting~


This Shape Christmas Tree is such a simple way to combine creativity and math into a beautiful Christmas decoration It involves stamping with sponges (which both my kids go CRAZY for) and allows for all kinds of creativity. (This post contains affiliate links to Amazon.)

Shape Christmas Tree Sponge Painting

Materials for Christmas Tree Craft


Cut your sponges into various shapes. I cut out a circle, triangle, square, rectangle and star. My shapes were about 1.5-2 inches tall. 

For sponge painting, I usually use paper plates. Squirt your green paint onto one plate, and your yellow and brown paint onto a second plate. 

Setting up sponge painting

Place your white construction paper vertically onto the table. 

You’re ready to begin!  (It might help your child if you create along with them. When stamping the tree, I would do the step before Lucy and verbalize what I was doing.)


1. Help your child decide which shape they’d like to use to create their tree. (The square and circle are a bit easier than the triangle.)

2. Begin stamping your Christmas tree starting at the bottom of the paper. (Be sure to leave room for your trunk!) We were able to fit five stamps across the bottom.

3. For the next row I showed Lucy how we’d stamp right above the spaces between the shapes stamped in the first row. Continue this for each row ending with one shape at the top. (Lucy loved that she could figure out how many shapes would be in each upcoming row!)

Shape Christmas Tree Sponge Painting~ Buggy and Buddy

4. Now it’s time to add the star and trunk. Use your rectangular sponge shape to stamp a brown tree trunk.

Shape Christmas Tree Sponge Painting~ Buggy and BuddyUse your star shaped sponge to stamp a yellow star on top.

Shape Christmas Tree Sponge Painting~ Buggy and Buddy

5. Optional: After it dries you can even decorate your tree! We punched out circles from different colors of paper and glued them onto our tree as ornaments. There’s so many possibilities! You could draw or paint presents below the tree, glue sequins, little balls of tissue paper, or pom poms onto the tree. 

Shape Christmas Tree Sponge Painting~ Buggy and Buddy


  • Don’t leave the little siblings out. Creating rows of shapes is a bit too challenging for Theo, but he loved stamping shapes all over his paper! He would ask Lucy to pass him each sponge~ great practice in identifying shapes!

Shape Christmas Tree Sponge Painting~ Buggy and Buddy

  • Try experimenting with all the different shapes to see what kinds of trees you can come up with. We made a few fun ones using the triangles!

Shape Christmas Tree Sponge Painting~ Buggy and Buddy

Shape Christmas Tree Sponge Painting~ Buggy and Buddy

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  1. Perfect. Love it

  2. Love all the learning you can incorporate with this simple sponge stamping activity! Pinning now and hopefully doing it later!
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  3. I don’t think we can get these lovely patterns, Aarya goes all about abstract when given paint and sponges :) but I am sure I want to do this, looks so cute :)
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  4. This is such a great idea. I have to say the triangle ones are my favorite. Heading to the store to get some sponges now :)

  5. Simply delightful!!! I am so glad you stopped by our FB Playful Preschool Share Day and have selected this post to be linked up to our Reindeer Unit Preschool Post today! I hope that it inspires other parents to make one!
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  6. These are so pretty! I am going to pin this for next year. Thanks for linking up with After School!


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