I thought it would be fun to let my son decorate his own small tree this season. Rather than buying ornaments, we created some using small dinosaur toys, glitter, and pipe cleaners. Our inspiration was a store-made ornament a friend of mine spotted last year. Unlike that one, ours aren't fragile and they kept my son entertained for quite some time as we created them.
Gather your supplies. You can use any small toy for the ornaments. We chose dinosaurs because my son loves them and we had some on hand. Parents: Use the thread to add a "hanger" to the toy. Cut a length of thread about 5 inches long. Fold in half and tie about 1 to 1.5 inches from the fold to create a loop. Then tie to the toy body and trim ends.
My three-year-old son had more fun squeezing on a lot of glitter glue! The joy of an art project: Everyone has their own idea and special creation. Once you have finished adding glitter, set the toys aside to let dry.
Let the child select a color of pipe cleaner to decorate their dinosaur. Adults only: Cut small 1 to 2 inch sections from the pipe cleaners using a wire cutter or needle nose pliers. Use the pliers to pinch the cut tips to prevent little fingers from getting poked.