Children 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
Everyone 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 "Hand-some" Tree!
Each 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.
Royal 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)
Holly & Holiday
Have 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 as berries!
Save 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 greeting cards!
For window displays..let the sun light up the
You 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).
Fold 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
These 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
Light Bulb Ornaments
Turn 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.
Trace 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.
Draw 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.
Pipe Cleaner Ornaments
Have 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
Pine Cone Christmas Tree
Mix 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
Children 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.
Provide 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.
Precut 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 tree.
Have 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.
Make a batch of regular play dough (recipe)
and add the following for some holiday fun!
Glitter Dough: Sprinkle glitter on a tabletop.
Work the glitter into the dough.
Spicy Dough: Add ground cinnamon or nutmeg
to the dough.
Peppermint Dough: Add a few drops of
peppermint extract to the dough.
Collect 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.
A great gift for mom and dad.....look good
enough to eat!
Glue 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.
Cut 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
On 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 the shapes.
Begin 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 Rhymes
I am A Little Christmas Tree
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,
Each little candle twinkles bright. (hold
up both hands, wiggle fingers)
We are the elves. We work all
To make the toys so children can play.
(Elves pounding toys)
We are the reindeer, around we go
Prancing, prancing through the snow.
(use hands on head for antlers)
Here is Santa, delivering the toys,
He has something for good girls and boys.
(pick child to be Santa)
We are the children on Christmas Day.
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 16 cups.
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.