Recycled Christmas Tree

I love this craft, I have done it over the years with kids ranging from 3 – 13 and although he needed help and skipped the star my son (who is 2)loved it too. This is a great project when you have a wide range of abilities because it’s easily adjusted. For older kids have them add on ornaments or a Christmas message cut from the catalog’s text.

  1. You will need a brown grocery bag, some catalogs you are trying not to order things from, scissors, glue and a marker.
  2. Start looking through the catalog for green things, you want them to vary, it’s what makes the collage so cool. Cut them out. I have done this with 4&5 year olds and I would rip out pages that had green on them before starting the activity, and they would cut out the actual picture. Older kids can search for the pages themselves. Toddlers will may get very frustrated very fast, so do this step for them, or be prepared to do it with them.
  3. Draw or have your child draw the outline of a Christmas tree.
  4. Have your child color the tree- skip this step with kids that will be able to cover the whole tree, this fills in the gaps well with the little guys though, and they have fun!
  5. Grab that glue, no need to be exact !
  6. Start putting the cut out green pieces on the tree. Show little ones that you want the green side facing out, but if they object, I would let it be. If you are using this as a color lesson just label the color that is showing saying something like ” Oh wow your tree is purple”.
  7. Keep adding glue,and pieces of catalog. Don’t worry if all the corners are glued down, they will roll up and give the tree some texture. If you have a toddler help them with this step, once my son saw that I was popping the catalog cut pieces on anywhere he started adding one after another.Also the lines are just guides , if your collage goes over it that’s fine , you will cut it out in a later step. Let dry.
  8. These next steps I did myself, at this point my son has had enough and was off to play. Draw a star in the corner.Find gold and yellow pictures in your catalog and cut out.Glue onto the star shape. Let dry
  9. Cut both the tree and the star out .
  10. Glue the star on the top of the tree and voila!

Coffee Filter Angel Craft For Kids

 

angel craft

Since getting a Little People Manger for his birthday my son has been very into angels, so we made a sweet little angel craft for kids with a coffee filter for the wings! To make it even more celestial you can add some gold foil stars to the black paper!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 full pieces of construction paper( one white, other any color), a pipe cleaner, sparkle paint, 2 coffee filters, 2 scrap pieces of blue and red paper, a marker, and glue.
  2. Start by drawing a key hole shape on the white construction paper.
  3. Using the sparkle paint , paint the angel’s body, let dry.
  4. Paint the coffee filters.
  5. While your child is painting cut out a small red mouth and 2 eyes, I drew closed eyes with lashes, but googly eyes would work too.
  6. Glue the eyes and mouth on.
  7. While your child is gluing make a halo out of the pipe cleaner.
  8. Glue the wings to the 2nd piece of paper
  9. Tape the pipe cleaner to the 2nd piece of construction paper.
  10. Cut out the dry angel body and glue it to the paper over the pipe cleaner.

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Gift Tag Ornaments – Christmas Crafts For Kids

gift tage ornament for kidsHere is another craft to add to our Christmas crafts for kids list. Before my son came along I used to make all my own gift tags with nice card stock, ribbon etc… this year 90% of my tags have Lighting McQueen or Cinderella on them and I did not make them. However I thought I would make a few picture frame ones for our family far away! Oh and I swear this is the last sparkly foam craft til next Christmas, or at least Valentine’s Day !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some foam, sticky back works but you can use regular , or even card stock, some wallet size photos, glue, a marker, scissors and sparkly pipe cleaners!
  2. Start by cutting out your picture, and using it as a guide for how big a piece of foam you will need for the frame. 
  3. Cut out.
  4. Cut out a larger piece for the back.
  5. Glue your picture to the larger piece
  6. Cut some small pieces or shapes and have your child glue or stick them onto the frame.
  7. Place the frame over it, glue it down.
  8. Poke a small hole at the top and thread a pipe cleaner through.
  9. Write your message on the back with a marker!
  10. Add them to your gifts or tree !

Candy Cane Craft For Toddlers

candy cane craft I am always trying to sneak in different textures and use different tools during art time , this craft does both. Using things you have around the house you can make a delightful little candy cane !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard ( like an old cereal box), some red paint, a marker, glue , cotton balls and something to paint with. We are using a dish scrubber because it’s been a while since we’ve painted with it but anything will do, finger painting is a great option too!
  2. Start by drawing a candy cane on the cardboard.
  3. Paint it red and let it dry.
  4. Add some stripes of glue.
  5. Pop on some cotton balls and Let dry.
  6. When it’s all dry cut it out and you have a sweet , soft and fluffy treat!

 

Books!

” Not Until Christmas Walter!”by Eileen Christelow is a cute book that captures the relationship between a girl and her four legged best friend! Walter the dog is eager to get at his present before the big day, when he opens it before Christmas he ends up in the doghouse! It takes a few events to earn his position as a best friend back but he finds a way! The book is broken into 3 chapters and would be a great book for children in the gap between picture books and chapter books.

” Merry Christmas Ollie” by Olivier Dunrea captures the feelings of children leading up to the holidays…wait…wait…wait… I remember those feelings well. Patience is a hard thing to learn for big people, but it’s almost impossible to be patient when you are waiting for something as magical as Christmas when you are little. This book is a great vehicle for talking about being patient, and the little geese will enchant you!

” Mooseltoe” by Margie Palantini is a funny holiday story with the characters from Moosestash , this time Moose is set on making Christmas perfectly perfect, only ooops he forgot the tree! Luckily he offers up himself and doesn’t do too bad a job as a Christmas tree! This book was to long for my toddler but older preschoolers and even school age kids will love the humor and fun illustrations.

Naptime Creation

Bedroom Door
Wreath

When I was a little girl I felt so grown up when I got to decorate my bedroom door for Christmas. This wreath uses craft basics and a dollar store garland to make a wreath the perfect size for a bedroom door!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, cheap dollar store garland, pom poms, a small bit of ribbon and a hot glue gun.
  2. Cut the middle out of your paper plate.
  3. Start by putting half the garland through the hole. Then start wrapping on end of the garland in and around your paper plate. Don’t glue anything yet.When you get to the end ( all the plate is covered cut.
  4. Add hot glue to your plate and glue down both ends.
  5. Add some pom poms and ribbon with the hot glue.
  6. Time to put this adorable, fast and cheap wreath up for all to see!