Preschool Or Daycare Teacher Ideas: Christmas Crafts Children Can Make

If you own your own preschool or run a daycare center, below are some crafts the children can make during the Christmas season.  These crafts are not difficult, but they will likely need your help, such as with the cutting. Most of these items you can find at a craft store, and some you may already have on hand.

Craft Sticks Christmas Trees

For this activity, you need:

  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Glue
  • Paint brush
  • Green paint

Paint the wooden craft sticks green. Glue three sticks together in the shape of a V for each Christmas tree, and let them completely dry. Decorate the trees with pompoms, foam stickers, glitter, etc.

Christmas Marble Painting

For this activity, you will need:

  • White printer paper
  • Red and green liquid watercolor paint
  • Plastic spoon
  • Marbles
  • Shallow cardboard box

Place the piece of paper in the box, and then spoon the paint on different areas inside the box using the red and green paint. Place four marbles in the box. Have the children shake the box back and forth to roll the marbles around over their paper until it looks the way they want.

When finished, let the paint completely dry. If the children prefer, you can help them draw and cut out candy cane shapes on their paper, or other Christmas shapes, such as a tree, star, etc.

Christmas Crackle Drawing

For the children to make Christmas crackle you need:

  • Paint brushes
  • White paper, such as printer paper
  • Crayons
  • Liquid watercolor paint
  • Enough newspaper to cover table
  • White school glue
  • Water and containers

Spread newspaper out over the table to protect it. Have the children make a drawing on their piece of paper using crayons, such as a star, snowflake, Christmas tree, candle, etc. When they are finished, tell them to crumple up their paper, and then lay it out on the table.

Use a dark paint color and the paintbrush to cover their entire drawing with color. Let the paint completely dry, and they will then see small cracks that formed when they crumpled up their paper. Use a paintbrush to cover the picture with white glue. It will dry clear and give their picture a shiny finish.

Christmas Wish List Collage

Bring in some sales papers and Christmas catalogs for the children to look out. Tell them to find the toys they want for Christmas, and then cut them out. When they are finished, have them glue the pictures onto a piece of white paper in a collage to take home with them.

You can put a variety of things on a table, such as crayons, construction paper, stickers, markers, glitter, pipe cleaners, pompoms, and much more, and let the children create their own craft projects. Preschool is about learning skills; these crafts can help improve motor skills as kids work with different materials, all in the name of fun. 

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