Preschool Christmas Arts and Crafts



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Jingle bell painting
What You Need:
  • Construction paper (white)
  • Medium sized bells
  • Cup of red and green paint
What You Do:
  • Place a piece of construction paper in a box lid. Drop jingle bells into cups of paint. Scoop the bells out of the cups with a spoon. Drop the bells into the box and have your children shake the box. The bells will roll to create a pretty Christmas picture and make music.
Evergreen painting
What You Need:
  • Construction paper
  • Paper plates with paint
  • Small Christmas tree branches (between 6 and 12 inches)
What You Do:
  • Tape a couple of Christmas tree branches together at the bottom. Have your children hold onto the taped part and dip onto the paint plate. The branches make great paintbrushes and a unique design

Shredded Wheat wreaths
What You Need:
  • Shredded wheat cereal
  • Glue
  • Green food coloring
  • Cardboard circles
  • Pictures of your children
  • Red bow
What You Do:
  • Crush the shredded wheat a place in a large bowl, mix in glue and green food coloring. Continue adding glue until the mixture is thick and green. Take out a handful of the dough and shape into a wreath the size of your cardboard circles. Let dry overnight. Place the child's picture onto the cardboard circle and the glue the wreath onto the circle. Attach a red box to the bottom of your wreath. You can also attach a ribbon to the back to make it into an ornament.

Candy cane ornaments
What You Need:
  • Four sided white and red beads
  • Pipe cleaners
What You Do:
  • Have your children string the beads onto the pipe cleaners (red, white, red…) when the child is about half way through fold into the shape of a candy cane. Twist both ends to keep the beads from falling off

Reindeer Door mats
What You Need:
  • Carpet squares (Home Depot will often give you extras for free)
  • Fabric paint (brown, black, and red)
What You Do:
  • Paint your child foot brown and stamp onto the middle of the carpet square. Paint both hands brown and stamp onto the top sides of the footprint (by the toes). Once the foot and handprints are dry you can use black paint to make eyes and red for a shiny red nose. The foot is the reindeers face and the hands are the antlers.
Snowman Magnets
What You Need:
  • Large tongue depressors
  • White paint
  • Thin tip markers
  • Magnet strips
What You Do:
  • Paint the tongue depressor white. After the paint is dry, use the markers to draw snowman features onto the stick (hat, boots, scarf, eyes, nose, mouth…). Place a magnet strip onto the back of the tongue depressor

Handprint Christmas trees
What You Need:
  • Green paint
  • Cardstock
What You Do:
  • At the top of the paper stamp your child's hand (fingers pointing downward) on the next layer stamp two hands, next layer three…Continue doing this until you reach the bottom of the page. The hands and fingers will look like a Christmas tree.
Hands Wreath
Submitted by Hollie
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Paper Plate
What You Do:
  • Give each of your children construction paper (Red and Green) Have them cut out their hand prints from the paper. Then have them exchange hand cut outs and make a christmas mult-color wreath (by gluing hands on paper plate).
Plaster of Paris Ornaments
Submitted By Celest
What You Need:
  • Candy Molds
  • Paper Clips
  • Plaster of Paris
What You Do:
  • These are so cute. you will use candy molds and paper clips to create cute ornaments for your class to paint. Mix and pour plaster into a standard candy molds (from a craft store). Allow this to dry overnight. The kids can then paint the fresh white ornaments and hang them on a tree.
Shiny Ornament
Submitted by Wendy
What You Need:
  • Plastic Spoons
  • Aluminum foil
  • Food Coloring
  • Cardboard
  • Corn Syrup
What You Do:
  • Pre cut out an ornament shape out of cardboard. Wrap alluminum foil around it. Allow your children to paint on aluminum foil with a mixture of food coloring and corn syrup. Lay it flat and you have shinny paintings. They can even see a reflection of themselves in the painting
My Me Ornament
Submitted by Sarah
What You Need:
  • Construction Paper
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Glue
  • Cardboard
What You Do:
  • Have the children bring in a picture (be shure to tell the parents that they will not get the picture back) and have the children cut the picture into pieces. Then have them make a mosaic ornament by gluing the pieces to the cardboard cutout.
Pocket of Kisses
Submitted by Cindy
What You Need:
  • Pocket
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Paint
  • Fabric Glue
  • Ribbon or Lace
  • Tissue Paper
  • Misc Art Supplies
What You Do:
  • Ask parents to bring an item of clothing that their children have outgrown and has a pocket (jeans, flannel shirt, dress, etc.) Cut the full pocket around the seam. cut the remaining in strips or squares for future art projects. Set out a variety of beads, lace, sequins, silk flowers, etc. Encourage children to decorate their pocket the way they desire. Help children attach a ribbon or lace to the two top corners of their pocket. I suggest fabric glue, so it will be stationery. Set a bowl of hershey kisses out and have children fill the pockets. Provide tissue paper, ribbons and bows and assist children in wrapping their gifts for their mother. Give the child a choice if they want to attach a homemade card.
Sand Art Cookies
Submitted By Cindy
What You Need:
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
What You Do:
  1. In a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, layer the ingredients in the order given.
  2. Lightly pack down the jar after each addition.
  3. Attach a card with the following instructions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet. Empty the entire contents of the jar into a medium bowl. Add 1 large egg and 1/2 cup of margarine melted; mix well. Form dough into 1 inch balls and bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

    Encourage children to decorate the jar and give it as a gift for Christmas.

Christmas: Pine Decorations
Submitted by Cindy

Tie a ribbon around the top of the pine cone. Encourage the children apply glitter glue, segins, etc. to them. Use them on a tree for decoration.

Hand Wreath
Submitted by Cindy
What You Need:
  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Paper Plates
  • Holly
What You Do:
  • Trace each child's hands several times onto a piece of green paper. Encourage the children to cut out these hand shapes. Supply each child with a paper plate and show them how to cut out the center of the plate. Encourage the children glue their green hands shapes onto the plate to make a wreath. You could also have them use a paper hole punch on red paper and glue the holes on for holly.
Jingle Bell Painting
Submitted by BrensMom
Place a piece of white construction paper in the lid of a box (copy paper boxes are great). Have your children drop jingle bells into cups of red and green paint and then scoop then out with a spoon and drop them onto their paper. Shake the box around to hear jingle bells and create a beautiful bright Christmas painting