can cut out paper poinsettias out of red construction paper with yellow
rounds for centers (cut from yellow construction paper with hole punch!)
Attach green pipe cleaners for stems, and tie together. Then attach
stems to plastic berry baskets. Provide tissue paper for the children
to stuff in their berry baskets around the stems.
can lend a 'hand' to help with this display project. Have the children
tracae th eoutline of each of their hands onto three shades of green construciton
paper and cut out. Starting at the top, work your way down the tree,
stapling one additional hand cutout in each row. After the greenery
is in place, add a brown paper trunk and child-made ornaments. A
child will need a small milk carton and an assortment of colorful candies
to decorate. Wash the cartons; then staple the spouts shut.
To make the houses, "glue" graham cracker walls to the sides of the milk
cartons using Royal Icing (see recipe). Attach
the candy to the walls using a bit of icing as well. The royal
icing will hardin within an hour so children can take their houses home
to use as holiday centerpieces.
Icing: Mix 1 cup confectioners sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar,
and 1 egg white. Stir in 1/3 cup boiling water. Beat ah high
speed for 10 minutes. Keep covered with a damp t-towel if not using
right away. (This makes enough to build 4 houses)
& Holiday Candles
each child paint a bathroom tissue tube red. When dry, spray the
tube with adhesive and sprinkle on clear glitter. Add construction
paper or tissue paper flames. Pre-cut (for younger fingers) holly
sprigs...glue around the bottom edge of candle. Add small red pompoms
those styrofoam meat trays! Give each child a meat tray on which
to draw a picture with a dull pencil. Pour a little tempura paint
into an aluminum pan. With a brush or roller, each child covers his
picture with paint. Take a piece of construction paper, folded in
half, and press it against the painted meat tray. Turn it over for
a few seconds. Flip the tray back over and carefully remove the paper.
The picture will be printed on it. Repeat the process to make as
many prints as desired. This makes wonderful invitations, or holiday
window displays..let the sun light up the trees.
will need: 1/2 shets of 9X12" black construction paper; scissors,
small pieces of assorted colors of tissue paper, hole punchers, glue, glitter,
yellow construction paper (star).
black paper in half lengthwise. Cut along open edge to resemble one
side of a Christmas tree. Leave paper tree folded in half and punch
numerous holes all over tree. Unfold tree. On one side, glue
assorted colors of tissue paper over holes. Turn tree over.
Finish decorating with glue and glitter to make garland scallops.
Add a yellow construction paper star on top.
make great party favors....Cut a section from a pressed cardboard egg carton
and shape it to look like the body of an old sleigh. Paint the cup
red...and glue on pipe cleaner runners. Add several pieces of wrapped
candy inside. Decorate the outside of the sleigh with holly leaves
and berries (green and red construction paper).
old burned out light bulbs into colorful tree ornaments. Have children
ring in old bulbs over the year so you will have a variety of shapes and
sizes by Christmas. Make a batch of paper-mache paste (See Recipes
for Crafts). Give each child a bulb and newspaper strips.
(place bulbs in egg cartons so they won't roll)...Be sure each child attached
a yarn or ribbon loop for hanging while applying paper to the ornament.
Let them dry in the egg cartons, then have the children paint them with
bright colors of tempera.
a simple star (or other design) on paper and tape the paper to the table.
Lay wax paper over top of the star. Have the children spread glue
over the outline of the design and then sprinkle on the glitter.
Dry overnight and then peel from the wax paper. Add a ribbon to hang
on the Christmas Tree.
a simple stocking outline on white construction paper. Give the children
an assortment of collage items to decorate it with. After decorating,
have them cut out the stocking.
the children thread pipe cleaners with tri-colored beads so that they nest
together. Bend and shape the pipe cleaners to make a wreath, candy
cane, star.....tie on a ribbon loop to hang!
Pine Cone Christmas Tree
together 2 cups ivory soap and 1/2 cup water. Beat with an egg beater
so the snow is nice and fluffy. Have the children put their pine
cone on a small paper plate using some of the "snow" as glue. Children
can then decorate their pine cones with more of the whipped snow and add
sparkles, sequins, colored beads, or cut up glitter pipe cleaners to make
the Christmas tree more festive.
Stick Star Tree Decorations
glue popsicle sticks in a star shape using white craft glue. When
dry they can paint their stars with glue and sprinkle on glitter.
Glue or tape on string to hang on tree.
paper plates with the centers cut out. Children can decorate their
wreath with colored macaroni (recipe)
or fruit loop circles and bright colored yarn or ribbon for bows.
star shapes out of heavy poster paper, two identical shapes for each child.
Punch holes around the edges and have children "sew" their stars together
with ribbon or yarn. Decorate with sparkle glue and glitter.
A clothespin glued onto the back clips the star to the top of a Christmas
the children (preschool age or older) cover an entire orange with whole
cloves. Decorate the finished orange with a bright ribbon looped
around the orange for hanging as a closet pomander.
a batch of regular play dough (recipe)
and add the following for some holiday fun!
Sprinkle glitter on a tabletop. Work the glitter into the dough.
Spicy Dough: Add
ground cinnamon or nutmeg to the dough.
Add a few drops of peppermint extract to the dough.
Greeting Card Art
a variety of greeting cards with pictures of nature scenes. In a
bowl mix one part Epsom salt with one part water. Pour the mixture
into small cups or bowls. Give each child a cup of the mixture and
a paint brush. Let the children brush the Epsom salt mixture all
over their cards to create frosty scenes.
great gift for mom and dad.....look good enough to eat!
five small heart shaped pretzels together in a circle. glue on a
second layer overlapping the first and spray with shellac. Weave
a ribbon, tiw with a bow, and attach a hanger. Cut a tagboard circle
a little larger that the inside of the wreath and cover with metallic paper.
Glue a child's photo to the cut-out circle; then glue behind the wreath.
Makes a great ornament, too.
out a circle shape from the cardboard. Then cut out the center to make
a wreath form. If you don't have cardboard, you can use an empty cereal
box. Spread the glue over the wreath form. Then have the children
place the candies all around the wreath. You have the option of leaving
the wrappers on the candies, or taking them off. Make a bow with the ribbon
and glue to the top center. Let dry. Then depending on the size of the
wreath, you can place a magnet on the back to hang on the fridge, or you
can tie a ribbon hanger around the top to put on the tree or display.
Activities & Games
Christmas Cookie Cutter
Match Up Table Game
white poster paper, trace around 5 to 10 Christmas cookie cutter shapes
with a felt tip marker. Cover the poster paper with clear contact
paper (mactac) to protect ~ the game will last longer! Provide the cookie
cutter shapes along with the "game board" and have the children match all
playing Christmas music, everyone moves and dances until the music stops
then they must "freeze" in whatever position they
happen to be in.
Songs, Fingerplays, Nursery
I am A Little Christmas
I am a little Christmas
Tree, (make a triangle shape above head)
As straight and tall as
I can be. (stand straight and tall)
At the very top is a shiny
light, (point up)
Each little candle twinkles
bright. (hold up both hands, wiggle fingers)
We are the elves.
We work all day.
To make the toys so children
can play. (Elves pounding toys)
We are the reindeer, around
Prancing, prancing through
the snow. (use hands on head for antlers)
Here is Santa, delivering
He has something for good
girls and boys. (pick child to be Santa)
We are the children on
We rub our eyes - and then
we say, "Merry Christmas!".
Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1 bar (3 oz) white chocolate
16 pretzel rods
In a small microwave safe
bowl, microwave chocolate morsels on medium for 3 minutes. Stir.
Let stand about one minute, then stir until smooth. Repeat procedure
to melt white chocolate. Place wire rack over sheet of waxed paper.
Dunk pretzels into one chocolate mixture. Let set briefly, then use
spoon to drizzle other chocolate over the first. Immediately sprinkle
decorations onto pretzels. Let dry on wire rack until chocolate is
set. Wrap pretzel rods in clear cellophane, tie with ribbon to make
a big bow!
3 cups peanuts
1/32 cup butter
1/3 cup corn syrup
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. vanilla
12 cups popped corn
Spread nuts in a large
roasting pan. Bake at 350*F for 10 minutes. In saucepan, melt
butter, add corn syrup, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring
until sugar dissolves. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat
and stir in vanilla. Mix popcorn with nuts in roasting pan.
Drizzle with syrup mixture. Bake at 350*F for 15 minutes. Makes
Note: Makes a great
gift for parents. Fill a small jar with Poppycock. Attach lid,
then glue on a holly sprig or bright colored ribbon on the top.