Preschool Christmas Crafts Celebrate the Season!

Don’t know how to contain your kid’s Christmas excitement? Create some easy and fun Preschool Christmas Crafts. Creating crafts with your preschooler reinforces the importance of spending time and creating memories with family and friends. And…these preschool Christmas crafts make great decorations around the house or gifts for doting grandparents and other relatives.







Paper Loop Wreaths
Supplies

  • 2 sheets of green construction paper
  • Red marker or crayon
  • Stapler or scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Ribbon or string

Directions

  1. Measure and cut a 1" strip of paper long-ways from one sheet of the green paper
  2. Staple or tape that strip into a circle
  3. Cut 7 equal strips across (short way) the second sheet of paper (each strip will be about 1 1/2" x 8 1/2")
  4. Tape or staple one end of these strips to the circle from step 2 (like in the bottom picture)
  5. Draw "berries" using the red crayon or marker
  6. Loop each strip around the original circle and staple or tape to attach and form a wreath
  7. String with ribbon and hang

Notes

  • This preschool Christmas craft is a great cutting activity! Allow your preschooler (3+) to cut the strips out after you draw the lines.
  • If you use scotch tape, your preschooler can put this together (with some help from you)- especially the final "loops"
  • After I had my 3 year old cut the strips, I assembled (see picture below) and then let her: draw the berries, put scotch tape to the open end of each strip, and loop around to make the final wreath (she also added one of her hair "pretties" for decoration.)


Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
Supplies

  • 3 craft or popsicle sticks
  • Washable paint (we used glitter paint)
  • Paint brush
  • Elmers glue
  • "Jewels" (available in the bead aisle of craft stores)

Directions

  1. To prep: Hot glue or glue the craft sticks together for your preschooler. Allow to dry. Have your preschooler do the remaining steps...
  2. Paint in his choice of colors
  3. Put a dot of Elmers on each end and in the center of sticks
  4. Place choice of jewels on each dot of glue
  5. Attach a ribbon to hang

Notes

  • One of my favorite preschool Christmas crafts- SO EASY and I love how they turn out (I don't think the pictures show how neat they look)
  • Easy Christmas Tree ornament! Just glue a piece of ribbon and hang.
  • Math activity: have your preschooler count how many jewels she will need for each end and the center and then count out the correct number before starting
  • To personalize, have your child cut out and glue a picture of himself in the center


Decorated Christmas Tree
*** EASY Toddler and Preschool Christmas Craft ***
Supplies

  • Green paper
  • Items to “decorate” the tree
    • Bingo daubers
    • Stickers
    • Markers
    • Small cut out shapes in various colors of paper
    • Small pieces of tissue paper

Directions

  1. Draw a Christmas tree on green paper (you can also find a Christmas tree printable to trace)
  2. Cut out or have child cut out the tree shape
  3. Decorate the tree with any (or all) of the above supplies
    • Toddlers will love the independence of “painting” with the bingo dobbers or using stickers
    • Older preschoolers can be more creative by cutting out their own shapes and gluing them on (don’t forget the tree topper!)
    • Glue on tissue paper for a more unique look

Notes

  • One of my preschool Christmas crafts that is great for toddlers!
  • Your toddler will practice her fine motor skills placing stickers on the tree and drawing with markers
  • For older preschoolers, allow them to draw and cut out the tree (talk about "triangles")


Triangle Christmas Tree
Supplies

  • 3 coordinating patterned or solid papers
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper for background

Directions

  1. To prep: Cut out 3 identical triangles from the coordinating papers (for a template, I used a triangle "AutoShape" from MS Word). Put the 3 triangles together and cut them into horizontal strips 1-2" wide.
  2. Have your older preschooler sort the paper shapes by size. Group them for younger preschoolers or toddlers.
  3. For each tree, pick one paper from each size
  4. Line up the pieces from longest to shortest to form a Christmas tree
  5. Glue pieces onto 8.5 x 11 paper leaving a small space between each

Notes

  • This preschool Christmas craft is also a fun learning activity! Discuss shortest and longest, triangles, and patterns.
  • Preschoolers can also practice their cutting skills with this craft
  • Each set will make 3 trees
  • Let your child experiment with which paper to put where. Can she do a pattern?
  • Fun, easy handmade Christmas card!
  • This is a great way to use all of those scrapbook papers you bought, but haven't done anything with (wait maybe that is me talking to myself...)



Reindeer Hand and Footprint Craft
Supplies

  • Light brown and dark brown paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Items to make the reindeer’s face
    • Nose (black or red construction paper circles or pom poms)
    • Eyes (Google-ly eyes or circles of paper)
    • Markers to draw eyes, nose, and/or mouth

Directions

  1. Trace 1 footprint on the dark brown paper
  2. Trace 2 handprints on the light brown paper
  3. Cut out (or have an adult cut out) hand prints and footprint
  4. Glue hands behind footprint for “antlers”
  5. Glue or draw on eyes, nose, and mouth

Notes

  • I made a variation of this last year for my mom. I used felt for the hand and footprints, glued them on to a stiff felt piece, and topped with a ribbon hanger. It is a very cute Christmas hanging.
  • Another great way to use this Christmas craft for preschoolers is to make them into personalized placemats. Glue the finished reindeers (use only markers or construction paper for the face) onto large pieces of red or green paper. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper. Viola! Your preschooler will love to eat off of her very own creation (and may even sit through a meal without complaining!)


Gingerbread Houses
Supplies

  • Graham Crackers
  • Frosting
  • Food items to decorate (candy: M&Ms, licorice, gum drops OR healthy choices: pretzel sticks, dried fruit, cereal)
  • Lots of patience and tolerance for a messy kitchen!

Directions

  1. An adult should “glue” together the sides and roof of the house using frosting (older preschoolers might be able to do this themselves)
  2. Your preschooler or toddler can then frost and decorate until he is either out of candy (or so sick from eating too much candy and frosting!)

Notes

  • We used store bought frosting which was not quite sticky enough to hold the graham crackers together (see the lopsided result!)
  • My son’s preschool class used a confectioners sugar and butter frosting with a very glue-like consistency (much better results!)
  • A delicious, fun, and MESSY preschool holiday craft!
  • Your preschoolers will love eating their preschool Christmas crafts!


Glitter Christmas Ornaments
Supplies

  • Waxed paper
  • Glitter
  • White school glue (like Elmer's)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. On the wax paper, squeeze the glue into desired shape (circles, stars, bells…)
  2. Sprinkle glitter on top of wet glue
  3. Once dry, peel waxed paper off of glue/glitter shape
  4. Cut ribbon to desired length and string through ornament
  5. Hang this pretty preschool Christmas craft on your Christmas tree!


Christmas Bells
*** EASY Toddler Christmas Craft ***
Supplies

  • Clear contact paper
  • Small pieces of tissue paper, wrapping paper, and/or confetti*
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Cut two same sized pieces of contact paper
  2. Before peeling the back off of the contact paper, using the marker trace the Bell Printable on one piece of the contact paper (on the actual contact paper itself, not the back)
  3. Peel the back off of the piece with the bell
  4. Let your preschooler or toddler sprinkle the paper or confetti onto the sticky side of the contact paper
  5. Once your child is done, peel the back off of the second piece of contact paper and stick the pieces together
  6. Cut out the bell shape along your original line

Notes

  • *Shiny or sparkle paper or confetti looks really festive
  • If you are doing this preschool Christmas craft with a toddler, you will have to help with the prep and final product, but let her decide where all of her “sparkles” go (and no moving them afterwards!)
  • To hang this project, punch a hole in the top and tie a ribbon through it
  • Larger bells can decorate door knobs and cabinets. Smaller bells are great Christmas ornaments.
  • Be even more creative and try a different shape- a star, a Christmas tree, a wreath…

Check out Toddler Crafts & Activities for other easy toddler crafts!


Christmas Lists
Supplies

  • Paper
  • Pens, Crayons, or Markers

Directions (Not many are needed for this activity…)

  1. Depending on your preschooler’s age and writing ability, he can write “Santa”, his own name, or the entire list
  2. To encourage my childrens' creativity, I ask them to draw a picture of Santa on the list (it is so amazing to see how this picture changes each year)

Notes

  • This preschool Christmas craft is a great way for your child to enjoy practicing his writing!
  • In our house, we have a 3 item limit with “some surprises”. I got this idea from the book “Santa Bear”- Sister Bear is told that Santa Bear has lots of cubs to give gifts to and each one individually can’t be that greedy…
  • We have another great activity that we do to practice using scissors and so that they can show me ALL of the items that they would love to have. Each year when they start talking about “what I want for Christmas”, I give them each a pocket folder with his/her name on it. When we get new magazines or toy catalogs, they can browse and cut out as many “wish list” items as they want and place them into their folders. When it comes time to narrow down those choices for Santa, they each have a visual of all of their most desired gifts!

Check out more fun and easy preschool writing activities.




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