Christmas Art for Kids - Simple, Easy and Fun!

Every year without fail, when the Christmas season starts to roll in, we make sure that the kids in our preschool get the chance to make homemade Christmas decorations.

We then joyfully hang their work in the classrooms and allow them to bring their projects home before Christmas break starts. This work of art can also be used as personalized greeting card or a gift for grandpa or grandma or their favorite aunt, uncle, cousin or friend.

Here are some of our favorite Christmas art for preschoolers.

After presenting the kids with their tree templates...

"This is fun!" Our three year old student is engrossed in sprinkling the glitters.
"This is fun!" Our three year old student is engrossed in sprinkling the glitters.

Paper Christmas Trees

Materials needed:

  • Green cartolinas
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitters or colored dust (various colors)
  • String or yarn :Optional

Procedure:

  1. Place glue on the christmas tree.
  2. Sprinkle glitters all over it.
  3. When the glue is dry, put the tree in an upright position and allow the extra glitters to fall down.

Note: Make sure the extra glitters fall on a paper. These can still be used.

Let's decorate our Christmas stocking...

"Hmmm...I wonder. Should I put more glitter here?"
"Hmmm...I wonder. Should I put more glitter here?"

Paper Christmas Stockings

Materials needed:

  • Red Cartolinas
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cotton
  • Glitters or colored dust (various colors)
  • String or yarn: (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Stick cotton on the topmost part of the stocking.
  2. Add glue on the spots where you want the decorations to be.
  3. Sprinkle glitters.
  4. When the glue is dry, let the stocking stand in an upright position to shake off the extra glitters.

More Christmas Trees

Another Christmas Tree!

Important Reminder:

Paper Christmas tree and stocking can be used as a wall or door decoration. Your child can also write a simple greeting and let him/her give it to someone special.

For younger kids who still can't use the scissors properly, we usually make the template (Christmas tree or stockings or bells) beforehand. The older kids can work with less supervision.

Variations of this project:

  • Christmas Bells
  • Snowflakes
  • Stars
  • Snowman
  • Santa's Face

The kids at Dynamic Minds with their Paper Christmas Trees

And yet another one...

"Teacher, I've finished with my empty can!"
"Teacher, I've finished with my empty can!"
"This looks like a grass skirt."
"This looks like a grass skirt."
"One more circle over here.  This is looking great"
"One more circle over here. This is looking great"

Table Top Christmas Tree

Materials needed:

  • Empty round can
  • Green cartolinas
  • Green crepe papers (various green shades)
  • Colored papers (various colors)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Transparent tape (as needed)

Procedure:

  1. Wrap the empty can with brown colored paper.
  2. Cut the green cartolina to make a cone shape figure but don't secure it yet.

  3. Fold strips of crepe papers. Cut into strips but leaving the edge uncut (so you have something to secure it into place). Then glue the crepe papers in the cartolina. After you can now proceed to pasting the edges of the cartolina together to form into a cone.
  4. Put the empty can on the table and slid the christmas tree into place.

  5. Cut different shapes (circles, triangles) using colored papers to represent your decorations. Then paste this on the christmas tree.

Angels coming up..

"I finished the head and the golden hair."
"I finished the head and the golden hair."
"Is my design okay?"
"Is my design okay?"

Cone Angels

Materials needed:

  • White cartolinas
  • Gold glitters
  • Gold foil
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Transparent tape (as needed)

Procedure:

  1. For the face: draw a shape of the face (making sure that the cartolina is folded so that it is thicker.) Let the kids cut the shape of the face. After let them draw the face using glitter glue.
  2. For the hair: Using the gold foil, let them cut the squarish foil into strips but making sure leaving the top uncut.
  3. For the body: Cut the cartolina and shaped it into a cone. But don't secure it yet. Allow the kids to decorate it with glitter glue.
  4. For the wings: Let the kids cut two wings and decorate again with glitter glue.
  5. Secure all the pieces together.

Proudly presenting our finished project!

"We are as cute as these angels, aren't we? tee hee."
"We are as cute as these angels, aren't we? tee hee."

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In a Nutshell

We enjoy arts and crafts time esp. during Christmas because it's wonderful seeing the kids at work. Their joy is contagious and I have been able to open my eyes and heart and just appreciate the simple things in life--even those made out of paper.

Michelle Simtoco

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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Ripplemaker you always make me smile when you share the joy of empowering kids and the kids at heart. I can sense you smiling from ear to ear while making this hub. The kids look so involved and happy being able to accomplish their respective work. May angelic educators like you abound in this world. Godbless:)


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi dayzeebee, gasp! Do you have a magic crystal ball? LOL Yes, browsing through the kids photos actually calmed me today...and yes happy too. Some of these students are already big now. :) I'm sure their respective teachers in our school miss them.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

First off may I congratulate you for finally writing a new hub :). This one is great and I really love the craft ideas. I even remember doing similar things back in the days when I went to elementary school. Thanks for sharing and I am sure that your hub will get some search engine traffic from teachers too!


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Hi Ripplemaker,

I love all your Christmas art ideas for your kids.   I also love how you kept this art project age appropriate.  For the last 5 years I've worked with this age group and know how the simplest of tasks can turn into a big huge mess especially with the little boy angels.:)  Ya just gotta love'm anywayz! lol  

 

 


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Sweetie Pie, LOL yes, finally! Thanks for the continued encouragement and support. :) Traffic would be a wonderful thing too.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Dottie, it's a challenge esp. if you have more than one child in your hands. Hahaha By planning and preparing the materials beforehand, we can now have an enjoyable arts and crafts session. Still a bit messy but loads of fun! Do you still teach?


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Cindy Lietz 7 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

What creative ideas! I especially like the tree that starts out looking like a hula skirt. It reminds me so much of what we made in the 70's! Very nostalgic!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Cindy :) Some of the kids voiced out that it looked like a skirt -- which made us laugh. They are just so adorable. Hula in the 70's. That is nostalgia in the making. Thanks for dropping by!


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Ripplemaker.....I did volunteer work for a mom's connection group.  I'm not a teacher per se but I am a teacher of kids at heart.  I love to help kids solve problems so they can achieve the things I see them wanting to do.  These groups were structured, well thought out and a plan in place as was necessary to make it all worthwhile for the children, the mom's and the care givers too.  Arts and crafts were always a fun for all part of this program.  I did that for 5 years and this is the first year not.  I think of those kids often.  We brought each other much joy!  I helped them and they certainly helped me too!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Dottie. Well that sounds like a teacher to me... (chuckles) It's great to know more about you and that you loved being surrounded by kids... and that you enjoyed teaching kids as well as helping them grow! Indeed structured, well planned activities is necessary esp. for the young children. :) Thanks for sharing.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Hi Michelle....just curious to know if you are the photographer of the picures in this hub. The pictures of these little kids are priceless. Look at those little girls proudly holding up their Christmas trees. The little boy using his fingers to spread his glitter and the little boy angels are soo adorable. That little boy angel on the left looks more like a King. I can spot him a mile away!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hmmm...well, photos we have in school are usually taken by Hubber Susan Ng or me (whoever is available). I think some of these are hers and some are mine. Hehehe You are right Dottie, these photos are priceless as all the kids are in our lives. :)


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gjcody 7 years ago

ripplemaker ..thank you so much for the beautiful hub. I can't wait to do this with my grandchildren ..they are 2, 4, and 6 and they love crafts. I wanted to do something for Christmas as I will be watching them all next week. They will have so much fun I am sure. I will let you know how the craft hours go. The tree is priceless. It can be a lot of fun ...I bet they will love it. Thank you again ...My best to you!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi gjcody, that would be wonderful. This made my sharing more meaningful knowing it can be of use to someone out there. :) Have fun.


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darlkay52 7 years ago

Great ideas! I love doing crafts with my grandkids and they always expect to make something when they come to my house! Thanks for the ideas!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi darlkay, it's nice of you to drop by and leave a comment. Hope your grandchildren have fun with these crafts. :)


Hannah 5 years ago

These crafts are so helpful! Thanks! Now I can have many ideas for teaching! Thanks again!:)


sammi 4 years ago

hi i will enjoy doing these arts for christmas wiyh my little brother so thanks heaps ps i am only 11


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

sammi, that is so wonderful to hear! Enjoy making these arts... Have a wonderful Christmas season! Love to you and your brother.


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sarah84 3 years ago from vietnam

thank you, i put this on http://my.opera.com/nguyenthimaiduong/blog/show.dm...

i will translate it in my nationality language when i have freetime, ofcourse before christmast day

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