Digital Build A Christmas Tree Art Project
Do you need a creative and engaging Christmas activity that will work for both your virtual and in-person students? This Google Slides art project requires no prep and includes a writing component to tie literacy into art. Your students will feel successful in designing their own digital build a Christmas tree. It’s as simple as copy and paste! Additionally, it pairs well with the book, The Littlest Christmas Tree.”
Digital Christmas Tree Craft Preview
Overview of Digital How To Build a Christmas Tree
First, your students will pick a background of a room to place all their decorations onto. Then, they’ll select a Christmas tree amongst 7 different options. Next, they’ll overlap a tree skirt at the bottom. To decorate the tree, they’ll add lights, tinsel, beaded garland, bulbs, etc. as well a tree topper. To complete the look, they’ll include presents and other background elements such as a fireplace, windows, drapes, and candles.
And, if you’d like to take it a step further, have students take a picture of where in their home they would place their tree and have them insert it into the background instead. Use it as an opportunity to teach students about composition and lighting. This art project is also a great exercise in teaching about space and overlapping as well as order of operations (first, second, third, and so on).
These build a Christmas tree templates include 207 moveable graphics for your students to decorate their own tree. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the Google Slides document to teach students how to flip an image and change the order of images to bring something forward or backward.
A Note About Christmas Activities
While some students celebrate Christmas, others don’t. This resource is intentionally Christmas-based and should only be used in lessons where you know all of your students celebrate this holiday.
The download contains a two-page PDF with directions on how to access the templates. And this document comes ready to go in Google Drive, so don’t worry about trying to figure out how to import it into your Drive!
I’ve included directions for some basics like copy/pasting, rotating, ordering, and adjusting the size of images.
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF – Basic overview of the craftivity included.
- Google Drive Access Link – A link to download the digital build a Christmas tree templates located on page 2 and 3 of the PDF.)
- 13 Student Directions Slides – These slides explain how to use some of the basic features of Google Slides including how to copy/paste, rotate, scale up/down, and change the order of objects in a layout.
- 7 Student Useable Background Slides – These include images of a room. This is where students will place their Christmas tree parts onto. Any background slide a student is not using can be deleted once they have selected which one they want to work with
- 207 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the background slides mentioned above. They will use these items to decorate their Christmas tree. (DISCLAIMER: the graphics used in this file may not be used to create commercial resources).
- 2 Writing Prompts – These prompts are designed to work for students in first through fifth grades.
- 4 Teacher Examples – The last four slides of the deck can be used to demonstrate on and show students a completed version of the project. Do not include these when you send a copy of the art project to your students.
- Each template page is designed on 8.5×11″ slides and can be printed if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions for Digital Build A Christmas Tree Project
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Google Slides can be shared with students. You’re just using those LMS’s to assign things.
- Do students need their own Google account to use this? Yes, they will need access to Slides to work in Slides, However, you can download the file in PowerPoint and have students use that instead. Keep reading to learn more.
- Can I use these digital build a Christmas tree templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Google Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file in Slides. Then, go to FILE >> DOWNLOAD >> MICROSOFT POWERPOINT.
- Can students add their own background to the scene? Yes! This is such a great way to incorporate photography into your lessons. Have students take a picture and upload it to their Drive. Once in there, they can import it into the slide.
- How do I get the build a Christmas tree templates to show up in my school Google account if I accidentally opened it in my personal account? Very easy. First, log out of your personal account. Then, log into your school Google account. Lastly, click on the link in the PDF and it will show up in your Drive.
- Do I need to buy a download for each student? No. But you do need to purchase a license for each adult who will use it in your school.
- I downloaded your PDF, but I can’t figure out where to access the Google Slides document. Very easy! Check the bottom of page 2 and the middle of page 3.
It was a nice activity for my distance learners. It helped them feel included. – Angela S.
We are normally in class 4 days of virtual every Friday. However, we have now gone virtual for a period of time, including the few days before Christmas Break. I had lots of fun activities planned for in class but had to re-plan for virtual! I found this and used it Monday afternoon with my students. They loved it. The instructional slides are clear and are a great reference. The choices of decorations are extensive! I even compiled our trees for a class tree parade to show off each student’s tree! I love this and will plan on using it each year – virtual or not! 🙂 Thank you! – Beth V.
Loved this activity and used before Winter break. I was able to get my students to ask for specific items to complete the task. They seemed quite engaged – Denise W.