3 Homemade Christmas Crafts for Preschoolers

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3 Homemade Christmas Crafts for Preschoolers

October 31, 2022
posted by Kate Fahrenbach

Christmas is a magical time of watching, wondering, and waiting. Waiting is often the tricky part!

Young children enjoy preparing and getting ready for Christmas almost as much as they enjoy Christmas day itself. When children are as busy as elves, time flies. With some crafty planning and a few simple activities, parents can create a magical Christmas world within their own homes. This is the year to create more magic than ever! 

Stock up on a few materials, roll up your sleeves, and have a blast with these 3 homemade Christmas crafts for preschoolers. Remember, the process is often as important as the product in children’s art. Use these creations to decorate the house or as homemade Christmas gifts from 3 to 5 year olds to parents or grandparents! Either way, your little ones are sure to enjoy counting down to Christmas with these crafts.

 

Handprint Christmas Tree

          

This is a fun family project that also makes a great decoration you can add to throughout the Christmas season.

 

Materials

  • Heavy white construction paper
  • Green tempera paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors

Directions

1. Make a handprint of both hands of each person in the family. If you have a small family, make multiple prints. To create a homemade Christmas gift from preschoolers to grandparents, just use handprints from your little ones for an extra special surprise for grandparents!

2. To make prints, brush green paint to cover each hand and press firmly down on paper. Work on one hand at a time.

3. When paint is dry, cut out hands along the general outline of the hand and fingers.

4. Arrange them into the shape of a Christmas tree, and tape or glue them up in a fun spot in the house.

5. Add a star on top and brightly colored ornaments all around as you count the days to Christmas.

 

Name in Lights

 

This is a fun project for children who are learning to write their names.

 

Materials

  • Brightly colored construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Marker - dark colored
  • Scissors
  • Glue - small elmer's glue bottle
  • Hole puncher
  • String
  • Glitter

Directions

1. Draw with a marker the shape of colored Christmas bulbs on construction paper. Think of colors you would see on a string of lights. Make enough bulbs for each letter in the child’s name.

2. Cut the bulbs out.

3. Spell out the child’s name by writing each letter of the name (in pencil) on a different colored bulb.

4. Have the child trace each letter in glue (one at a time so glue does not dry).

5. Sprinkle each letter with glitter. Doing the glitter in a box or on a tray will keep things neat and somewhat under control.

6. Working one at a time, do each letter in glue and glitter.

7. Let the letters dry.

8. When dry, punch two holes at the top of each bulb and string them together. This is a fun and festive way to decorate each child’s bedroom door!

 

Build Your Own Snowman

          

You will need strong hand muscles for this homemade craft. We are going to build a snowman by using our hands to rip paper instead of cutting it with scissors to work on our fine motor skills.

 

Materials

  • Large white construction paper
  • Black construction paper for hat, buttons, and mouth
  • Orange construction paper
  • Brown construction paper for stick arms
  • Bright construction paper for scarf, mittens, etc.
  • Scissors

Directions

1. Draw and cut out a snowman shape for his body. Use scissors for this part only.

2. Rip the black paper into pieces to make his eyes, mouth, and buttons. They will look like lumps of coal.

3. Rip orange paper into a carrot shape for a nose.

4. Rip the brown paper to make arms.

5. Using the other bright colors, make a scarf, bow tie, mittens, or any other accessories you like.

6. Glue the pieces onto your snowman’s body.

7. Give him a name!

8. Showcase your new friend up on the fridge or wrap up under the tree for a homemade Christmas gift from 3 to 5 year olds to grandparents. As a bonus activity, grandkids and grandparents can read the fun story “The Most Perfect Snowman” by Chris Britt together afterwards.

 

These craft ideas are sure to keep children as busy as elves during the fun and exciting days of the Christmas Season.

Have a fun and Merry Christmas!