by Karen & Grace Morris
Oh, the excitement, the fun, the joy! With preschool Christmas crafts, your child can be part of the season.
Put away the breakables for another year. Your child can help you decorate in a whimsical way.
Your child can make ornaments for the tree and around the house. Cute things that will make you smile using recyclables and easy to find craft supplies.
A baby born in a place for animals started the first Christmas a long time ago.
You want a thin bottle cap from a paper broth or plant-based milk carton. Cut off the plastic points in the center of the cap.
Glue the cap to the top of the clothespin with tacky glue. Place on a paper plate and let dry overnight.
Make a face on the cap with permanent markers.
Cut a 5-inch square of felt. To wrap the baby in the felt, fold the top corner down 1 1/2 inches. Place the clothespin on the fold so that half of the cap is above the fold.
Fold the bottom corner up. It should reach the spring of the clothespin.
Fold the sides over, so the baby is wrapped inside.
Cut off two walls on the egg carton. This will be the manger.
Paint the manger brown and let dry.
Punch holes in the sides of the manger. Add string so that you can place it on the Christmas tree.
Add the baby Jesus to the manger.
Preschool Christmas crafts wouldn't be complete unless you made a Santa.
“He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!”
Well, maybe not this fellow. He is a little thin, possibly a wee bit too skinny. But when he gives his jolly old laugh, how couldn't we give him that last sugar cookie?
Santa's hat looks like a rounded triangle with a hook at one end. If you don't want to draw your own, you can download the FREE PDF and copy the hat pattern. You will want to cut two hats from craft foam.
Fold the pipe cleaner in half and twist to make a circle. Add some tacky glue to the top of the craft stick. Place the pipe cleaner on the glue.
Place one hat piece over the pipe cleaner and glue. Place the other hat piece behind the craft stick. Line everything up so that you only see one hat.
Add a white pompom on the end of the hook on the top hat.
Add eyes and a mouth with a marker.
Pull some cotton from the ball. Glue the cotton under the mouth for a beard.
Line everything up so that you only see one hat. Secure the hat with a paper clip on each side.
Wipe off any excess glue. Let the glue dry.
Three inches from the top of the craft stick make a horizontal line for a belt. From the belt to the bottom of the craft stick, make a vertical line so that it looks like Santa has two legs. Place the skinny Santa ornament on the tree.
Use the next preschool Christmas crafts to make garlands or hang individually on your tree.
Glitter makes everything better. :)
Mix paint with glitter.
Paint the outside of the fruit cup. Let dry.
Make a hole with a nail in the bottom of the cup. This step should be done by and adult.
Fold a pipe cleaner in half. Poke the cut ends into the hole in the cup.
Add a jingle bell and twist the ends together.
A cute little angel that will bless your tree.
Fold the cupcake liner in half. Fold the ends to the center so that they meet.
Cut on the outside fold to the point on each side. You will have a skirt piece and two wing pieces.
Fold the pipe cleaner in half.
Add a pony bead to one end. Fold the end around your finger to make a halo.
Push the other end of the pipe cleaner in the pony bead. Fold the end over the bead.
Add tacky glue to the skirt piece. Put the pipe cleaner on the glue.
Add some glue to the pipe cleaner.
Add the wings to the top of the skirt and pipe cleaner. Use the tip of your scissors to push the wings over the pipe cleaner and into the glue on the skirt. Let dry.
Add a drop of glue under the top skirt.
Hang the angle on the Christmas tree or make a garland.
Preschool Christmas crafts to decorate your window, wall, and table.
Elves help Santa make the toys for every good girls and boys.
To make the ears on the elf, draw a line 4 1/2 inches from the top and bottom of the plate below the rim. See the picture to see where to draw the lines.
Cut a 9 by 5 inch triangle from green construction paper.
Place some glue on the tops of the ears. Add the hat.
Add wiggly eyes, a nose, and a mouth.
You light up my life.
On a black piece of paper, draw an X. If you don't want to try to draw the manger, there is a pattern on the FREE PDF that you can copy and use.
On the top of the X draw a circle for the baby's head. Draw an oval next to the head for the body.
Cut the shape out.
Glue the manger inside the fruit cup.
Cut a 1 1/2 inch by 8 inch piece of tissue paper and a circle that will fit in the bottom of the cup.
Glue the circle to the bottom. Glue the rectangle to the sides.
Cut another 1 1/2 by 8 inch piece of tissue paper. Add to the inside of the second cup. Turn the cup upside down, place the manger cup on the pedestal.
Add a battery light to the cup with the manger.
The next two preschool Christmas crafts are done in a similar way to produce different results.
Place near a window and see the lights on the Christmas tree.
Place lines or dots on a paper towel with washable markers. You will want to cover your towel, but leave some white spaces between the lines and dots.
Add some water to the towel. A spray bottle works nice. You don't want the towel too wet, just damp. The colors should run. Place the paper towel someplace to dry.
On green paper, draw a tree shape and cut out.
With a hole punch, make holes in the tree.
Place the tree on the dry paper towel and glue with a glue stick.
Cut off any of the towel that goes beyond the sides and bottom of the tree.
When you place the sun catcher in a window, the different colors on the towel will shine through the holes. It will look like the tree has Christmas lights.
Make several cards to give to your teacher, grandparents, and friends.
You will make the card like the sun catcher above. So make some marks on the coffee filter. Then get the filter wet. Let it dry.
Fold a piece of card stock in half. Cut a triangle that is the size of the tree on the front.
Cut a small tree shape from green construction paper.
Cut a square from the coffee filter.
With a hole punch, make holes in the tree.
Glue the coffee filter to the inside of the card under the triangle.
Glue the Christmas tree to the front of the card over the coffee filter.
With preschool Christmas crafts, you could even have a decorating party. Invite the neighborhood and create some fun.