Easy Christmas and Winter Crafts for Kids

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Inexpensive Crafts for Kids

As a teacher and a mother of two young children, I am always looking for and thinking about easy and cheap crafts for my children and students to do. I also love in particular the kind of project that also lends itself to become a keepsake. So here are three easy and cheap crafts for your young child to do. Some involve more guidance than others, but all are great fun!

Pictures of the Hand Christmas Wreath

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Coloring the outer circle of the plate.Carefully trace your hand on green construction paper.Cut out the hands carefully so that the fingers don't get cut off.Put the final touches of the holiday wish, ribbon, and berries on the wreath.A finished wreath, complete with a holiday wish!
Coloring the outer circle of the plate.
Coloring the outer circle of the plate. | Source
Carefully trace your hand on green construction paper.
Carefully trace your hand on green construction paper. | Source
Cut out the hands carefully so that the fingers don't get cut off.
Cut out the hands carefully so that the fingers don't get cut off. | Source
Put the final touches of the holiday wish, ribbon, and berries on the wreath.
Put the final touches of the holiday wish, ribbon, and berries on the wreath. | Source
A finished wreath, complete with a holiday wish!
A finished wreath, complete with a holiday wish! | Source

Christmas Hand Wreath Directions

This hand wreath was made by my first grade students. Although they are not "perfect," the beauty lies within the idea that it was something made with their hands, and will become a Christmas keepsake for their parents. If you did this project with younger students, you would need to do the cutting for them. If you do this with older children, the cutting and piecing together of the project will be much neater.

Materials Needed:

  • paper plates
  • crayons, colored pencils, or markers
  • glue sticks
  • green construction paper (different shades add to the uniqueness of this project)
  • scissors
  • red construction paper for a bow (I drew ours and then copied it on red construction paper for each child.)
  • a paper circle that is the size of the center of the paper plate (This will be used to write the holiday wish.)

Directions:

  1. Have students color the outer ring of the paper plate green. This ensures that there will not be any white space on your wreath even if the hands don't quite cover the entire wreath.
  2. Next, have students trace and cut out eight hand prints.
  3. Glue the bottom part of each hand around the plate so that the entire circumference is covered. Let the fingers hang off of the edge of the plate.
  4. Then, have students write their holiday wish on the circle. Once they have written it, have them cut out the circle and glue it to the center of the plate.
  5. After that, cut out the ribbon and glue it to the bottom of the plate. You can then use the "extra" red paper to cut out berries to add.

Snowman Foot Print Pictures

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An up close picture of a finished snowman foot print.The variety of decorations on the snowmen made for a beautiful wall display.
An up close picture of a finished snowman foot print.
An up close picture of a finished snowman foot print. | Source
The variety of decorations on the snowmen made for a beautiful wall display.
The variety of decorations on the snowmen made for a beautiful wall display. | Source

Snowman Foot Print Craft

This project was done by my daughter in her preschool class. There was a lot of guidance from her teachers to complete this craft.

Materials Needed:

  • blue construction paper
  • white tempra paint
  • sequins, beads, foam stickers, ribbon and any other adornments
  • glue

Directions:

  1. Paint the bottom of the child's foot with white paint.
  2. Allow the paint to dry and then carefully cut out the foot.
  3. Depending on the age of the child, have pre-cut blue hats available for him to glue to the top of the snowman. The top of the snowman is actually the heel of the foot.
  4. Allow the child to decorate the snowman with a variety of materials. He can make a face, add buttons, a scarf or any other decorations.

Cute winter penguin craft.
Cute winter penguin craft. | Source

Penguin Craft for Kids

This project is very easy to make and doesn't take much money to put together. Younger children will need more guidance, yet older children can do more of the cutting and piecing of the project together.

Materials Needed:

  • black, white, and orange construction paper
  • googly eyes or hole punch reinforcement stickers
  • beads, stickers, sequins, feathers, colored noodles, anything that you can think of
  • glue

Directions:

  1. Cut out a rounded rectangular shape for the body and two smaller rounded rectangular shapes for the arms out of black paper.
  2. Cut out a rounded square half the size of the penguin's body for its stomach from white paper.
  3. Cut out an orange triangle and two small, orange rounded rectangles for the feet.
  4. Have children glue the pieces together to make the penguin.
  5. Then allow them to "decorate" the belly of the penguin. This would also be a great opportunity to reinforce patterns for older children.

I hope that these craft ideas make a winter day a little more bearable and help to brighten your Christmas holidays!

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging hub packed with creative ideas for small kids. Your craft ideas are cute. The photos are nice and the instructions are clear. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up


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ChitrangadaSharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very useful and creative hub....nice tips to follow for kids and grown ups alike. Nicely explained and illustrated hub. Thanks for sharing.


Tina Truelove 4 years ago

Nice ideas for winter crafts! Thanks!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The snowmen are too cute! Thanks for the great ideas.


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

How fun! Great ideas.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Very cute ideas. The snowman foot is funny! Thanks for sharing. :)


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City

This was such a cool crafty hub for the Christmas holidays, I did one myself this year as well, and I like yours much better because its something kids can enjoy, and you supplied us all with a wide variety of options to choose from here too.

Lovely hub thumbs up and out & Merry Christmas!


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Your Cousins 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love the Snowman Footprint craft. That would be a clever design on a Christmas stocking. Thumbs up and have an artsy holiday!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

I loved making Christmas crafts with my children and grandchildren. It's something that they remember forever, and we all still enjoy hanging those ornaments from long ago on our Christmas tree. These ideas are great for young children, nice photos and instructions! Voted up and I'll link to my hub, Christmas Crafts for Kids.


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

the pengiun craft looks cute and easy. Book mark this page for christmas. Voted up

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