9 Holiday Crafts Your Child Can Make
November 30, 2011
When art and music programs are cut due to funding constraints, classroom teachers are often required to incorporate art into their daily lessons. With so much that is already required of us as educators, art can get pushed aside. I love when the holidays roll around because it gives my students and me the opportunity to be creative while getting into the holiday spirit.
Here are some easy crafting ideas to keep kids busy on cold weekends indoors or over the winter break—so you can sneak away to wrap presents!
Hand Traced Tree or Wreath
Materials: Green construction paper, writing utensil, scissors
Trace around your child's hand (or have them try to trace around the hand they do not hold the pencil with). Do this many times until you have enough hands to make an evergreen tree or wreath. Cut them all out and place them in a large triangle pattern for a tree or a circle for a wreath.
Pattern a Candy Cane
Materials: Pipe cleaners, beads, string
Bend the pipe cleaner in the shape of a candy cane. String beads onto the pipe cleaner—it's that easy!
Materials: Old CDs, construction paper, liquid glue, glitterCover the label-side of the CDs with small pieces of construction paper. Do not cover the center hole because that is how the CD will hang on the tree. On the shiny side write your name and the year using the liquid glue. Then sprinkle it with glitter. The ornament really makes the tree shine.
Materials: Plain white paper, markers or bingo daubers, a writing utensil
Write a wish list to Santa and create a pretty border around the edge of the paper.
Pin-Poke a Winter Scene
Materials: Black construction paper, tack or pin, carpeted floor or rug
Make winter scenes by placing the paper on a soft surface like carpet so the pin can easily poke through. Then, simply poke holes through the paper in a design. This activity helps your child practice fine motor skills and challenges them to create shapes and pictures using only tiny dots. Place in front of a window to let the light come through the dots–how fun!
Materials: Brown construction paper, writing utensil, scissors, liquid glue, glitter, staplerDraw reindeer antlers on the brown paper. Cut them out and decorate them as you please (we added glitter!). Staple it to a strip of paper that will fit around your child's head. Presto! Your very own little reindeer.
Materials: Brown construction paper, writing utensil, glue, scissors (we used googlie eyes and a red pom-pom for the nose, but you can use markers if you don't have those things)
Have your child trace around one of his feet on the brown paper. Then trace each of his two hands. Next, cut out the foot and hands. Glue the hands at the top of the foot to look like antlers. Add decorations to the face to make it look like Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Materials: White paint (preferably tempera paint), red and black construction paper, scissors, cotton balls
Paint one hand with the white paint. Make a hand print by pressing the hand down onto the black paper (turn it upside down and it will be Santa’s beard). Wash the hand with soap and water. While the paint is drying, draw a Santa hat on the red paper and cut it out. Using cotton balls, decorate the hat. Add eyes right above the handprint with markers or googlie eyes if you have them. Lastly, glue the Santa hat on top.
Christmas Tree Decorating
Materials: Green construction paper, bingo daubers or markers/crayons, liquid glue, glitterDraw an evergreen tree on the green paper. Decorate the tree by being as creative as possible.
What crafting ideas can you share with our readers? What traditions does your family do this time of year to get you in the festive spirit?Happy Holidays!~Shelby Moore
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