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10 Preschool Christmas Crafts

Christmas is just around the corner and kids are getting so excited! Help channel that excitement into some fun Christmas crafts. We rounded up our favorite 10 preschool Christmas crafts to share with you.

preschool Christmas Crafts
Preschool Christmas Crafts

10 Preschool Christmas Crafts:

Decoupage Santa Hat: make a Santa hat out of craft sticks and red tissue paper.

Christmas Owl Craft: adorable owls made from empty toilet paper rolls and construction paper.

Paper Plate Peppermint: a cute, winter handprint craft to make with your preschooler.

Christmas Cookie Cutter Coloring: a fun way to use cookie cutters without the calories!

Candy Cane Craft: quick and easy candy cane craft out of construction paper and cotton balls.

Mosaic Gingerbread Man: use pieces of construction paper to make a cute gingerbread man craft.

Christmas Fireplace: make a festive Christmas fireplace for your toys!

Christmas Wreath: cute little wreath out of a paper plate that combines painting and coloring for lots of fun.

Candy Cane Reindeer: make a cute and yummy candy reindeer by adding pipe cleaner antlers, googly eyes, and a pom pom nose!

Fingerprint Snowy Tree: draw a barren tree with a marker and then your preschooler can paint on the snow with their fingerprints.

Craft Supplies:

I try to make crafts with supplies I already have at home because I hate having to put a project on hold to run to the store and get supplies. So if anytime you don’t have one of the things I mentioned, feel free to substitute it with something you have at home — there’s no wrong way to craft!

My go-to supplies are: construction paper, craft sticks (popsicle sticks), tissue paper, pom poms, Crayola glitter glue, paper plate, crayons, water color and Crayola Washable Paints, white school glue, and a glue stick. I’ve joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to help cover the costs of my site. So if you click on a product that I have on my site and buy something on Amazon, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for support! I don’t ever recommend anything that I have not personally used and loved ๐Ÿ™‚

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Christmas Fizz STEM Activity

 Looking to incorporate more STEM education into your preschoolerโ€™s activities? Then try this fun Christmas fizz preschool STEM activity! To make this Christmas themed, we used red and green food coloring and we added red and green glitter for sparkly fun. We had a blast watching it bubble up and we loved seeing the red and green glitter sparkle in the bubbles! Play some Christmas music in the background and enjoy this holiday STEM activity together.

Christmas Fizz S.T.E.M. Activity

CHRISTMAS FIZZ

Supplies Needed:

Fizz STEM activity supplies
supplies for Christmas Fizz STEM Activity
  • bowl or foil tray 
  • 1 box of baking soda 
  • red and green glitter
  • white vinegar
  • 2 paint cups ( we reused plastic fruit cups)
  • red and green food coloring
  • Teaspoon (for spooning the vinegar into the tray) or eyedroppers/pipettes

Prepare the Tray:

  • Pour baking soda inside the tray so that the entire bottom is covered
  • Sprinkle the red and green glitter around the tray on top of the baking soda
add baking soda and glitter to tray to make the FIZZ
add baking soda and glitter

Prepare the Paint Cups:

  • pour vinegar in each cup
  • add a drop of red food coloring to one cup and a drop of green food coloring to the other cup
  • stir the food coloring until it is well mixed with the vinegar

Making the Christmas Fizz

add some vinegar to the baking soda
Christmas Fizz
Christmas Fizz STEM activity
Christmas Fizz
  • To make the fizz, spoon some of the colored vinegar into the tray. Watch as the vinegar bubbles up when it touches the baking soda! The glitter looks awesome as the bubbles rise up ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Keep spooning vinegar* into the tray until all of the baking soda is covered in red and green.

*the larger amount of vinegar that you dump into the tray at a time, the larger your fizz will be!

We love making fizz and incorporating it into our learning themes! We’ve made superhero fizz, rainbow fizz, pumpkin fizz, and winter fizz too! Just change the food coloring colors and use different glitter to make any kind of fizz you want ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out more fun STEM activities: https://imaginationsrunningwild.com/stem/

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Elf Picture Books

Elf Picture Books
Elf Picture Books

There are lots of books about Santa, but what about his helpers? Elves get overlooked in books, but we know how important they are! Here are 4 elf picture books to celebrate Santa’s helpers. Check your library for these and other great Christmas books!

Elf Picture Books:

There's an Elf in Your Book

1. There’s an Elf in Your Book by Tom Fletcher–

One of Santa’s elves is here to administer the Nice List test with the readers. In this fun, interactive books, kids will blow Christmas kisses, name a reindeer, and pass other cute tests. But look out, this elf has a few trick questions! DO NOT fall for the trick questions. This book has a sprinkling of potty humor that makes son giggle. After passing of all of the tests, the reader is awarded with an official Nice List certificate ๐Ÿ™‚

How to Catch an elf

2. How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace–

My son loves Adam Wallace’s “How to Catch a. . .” series! In this Christmas book, Santa’s helper elf is target by the children. They set all sorts of traps, but with Santa on his side, no one catch this elf! Better luck next Christmas! Kids will giggle at the silliness and enjoy the bright, engaging pictures.

The Littlest Elf

3. The Littlest Elf by Brandi Dougherty and Kirsten Richards–

Oliver is a cute little elf with a big heart! He wants to help Santa get ready for Christmas, but every time Oliver tries to help, he ends up causing more problems. Young kids can relate to Oliver and the struggle to help when you are little. Oliver meets a small reindeer and they become friends. Together they realize that they can help in their own way.

Elf picture books: North Pole Ninjas: Mission Christmas!

4. North Pole Ninjas: MISSION: Christmas! by Tyler Knott Gregson–

This is book is awesome and inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚ Santa has an elite team of elves to carry out goodwill missions! I try to impart the message of do kind things for others to my son and this book is a great way for kids to understand that message. The book encourages its readers to also carry out kindness missions with examples of kind, thoughtful acts that kids can do.

Santa Picture Books:

Looking for books staring Santa, check out my list of 7 Santa stories: https://imaginationsrunningwild.com/2021/12/02/santa-books/ . We found all of these are our library and ended buying a few of them ๐Ÿ™‚

I joined Amazonโ€™s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. So if you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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Christmas Owl Craft

Christmas Owl Craft made from a toilet paper roll
Christmas Owl Craft

Using toilet paper rolls, make this cute Christmas owl craft! This craft is relatively quick and easy. It is definitely a team-work project and my son and I enjoyed enjoyed making our owls together ๐Ÿ™‚

Supplies Needed:

toilet paper roll owl craft supplies
  • empty toilet paper roll
  • red, green, and orange construction paper
  • googly eyes
  • glitter glue
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • stapler or tape (optional)

How To:

Measure your toilet paper roll by laying it on a red or green piece of construction paper and marking how tall your toilet paper roll is. Then wrap the paper around to see the width. Cut your paper out. This is a good opportunity for preschoolers to practice cutting straight lines. I cut our a small diamond shape out of orange paper for the beak. Then I cut two ovals out the third color of construction paper for the wings.

Once your paper is cut, it is time to decorate the wings. We used Crayola Washable Glitter Glue Pens to add sparkle to our wings. I really like this brand because it is easy to wipe up as we tend to be messy when crafting in our house. Let your wings dry. The wait time is the longest part of the craft.

While the wings are drying, glue on the large piece of construction paper. If that paper is not staying down, you can staple it onto the toilet paper roll or tape it.

Turn the front side toward you so that the seam is in the back. Squish the top of the toilet roll down by pinching the front and back and pushing them down toward the opening of the tube. This will make it look like your owl has 2 ears sticking up. Add your googly eyes and glue on your beak. To make the beak on our red owl, we folded the diamond in half so that it looked like the beak was open. On the green owl, we glued on a triangle for a beak.

We gently folded the oval wings vertically in half. Glue one side of the oval to the toilet paper roll body, leaving the other side unattached. This makes it look like the wings are sticking out from the body.

More Crafts!

To make them Christmas owls, we went with a red and green color scheme. By changing the colors of construction paper you use, you can make this owl craft for any occasion. My son already wants us to make a blue owl!

For more Christmas crafts, check out my Winter Crafts Page! There is a toilet paper roll snowman, as well as a sparkly snowflake, Santa hat, fuzzy candy cane, and more.

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Candy Cane Craft

candy cane craft
Candy Cane Craft

This candy cane craft is cute and easy for toddlers and preschoolers to make. I loved that I had all of the supplies we needed at home already. Plus, my kiddo loves using glue, so he was excited to make this craft! All-in-all, this craft was a great Christmassy way to fun with my son.

Supplies Needed:

You don’t need very many supplies so you can dive right into crafting! You will need:

-Red construction paper

-Scissors

-Cotton balls (ours were a small size)

-Glue stick

OPTIONAL: my son added googly eyes and drew on a smile with a pen

How To:

Step 1: First cut out a candy cane shape. Mine was nearly as tall as my paper and about 1 1/2 inches wide. You can make yours whatever size you want. I think the wider the candy cane craft is, the easier is is for kids to glue on the cotton balls.

Step 2: Put a line of glue across the candy cane to make your first cotton ball stripe. For younger kiddos, just glue on cotton balls; for older kiddos, stretch the cotton balls out to make the craft more interactive.

Step 3: Repeat step 2 until you have enough white stripes along your candy cane!

Step 4: Optional–add googly eyes and draw on a mouth. My son says adding googly eyes make every craft more fun!

Step 5: Let your candy cane dry before showing it off ๐Ÿ˜€

More Crafts!

Paper Plate Peppermint: a cute and festive, winter handprint craft to make with your preschooler.

Christmas Cookie Cutter Coloring: a fun way to use cookie cutters without the calories! Trace your cookie cutters like stencils to design paper cookies.

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Cookie Stories-

six cookie stories for preschoolers
Cookie Stories

Every year I get really excited about baking and decorating Christmas cookies! My love of Christmas cookies has extended into cookie crafts and now, cookie stories:) Check your library for these six books.

How to Catch a Gingerbread Man by Adam Wallace–

In this storybook-themed adventure in the “How to Catch” series, author, Adam Wallace, brings us a rhyming story of the Gingerbread Man. One day during story time, the Gingerbread Man leaps off the page of his book and takes off through the book store. The kids make a whole bunch of traps to catch him, but the Gingerbread Man’s storybook friends come to his rescue! The Gingerbread Man escapes all of the traps, but notices that the kids are sad that they can’t finish the book. The cookie leaps back onto the page so that everyone can finish the story. Grown-ups will enjoy seeing their childhood book friends come to the Gingerbread Man’s aid.

Tough Cookie: a Christmas Story by Edward Hemingway–

This book is so funny! Get ready to laugh your way through this updated gingerbread man story, featuring a tough cookie. Cookie claims to be a delicious sugar cookie, but he isn’t sweet and cookie isn’t fast. Cookie taunts Fox, who immediately catches Cookie. Fox tries to take a bite, but hurts his tooth! What a tough cookie! An unlikely friendship forms between the two and Fox sets out to help Cookie be his best cookie-self in this hilarious picture book.

The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett–

I absolutely love Jan Brett’s books! Her illustrations are fantastic and the gingerbread baby is so cute. In this twist on the classic folktale, a family makes a gingerbread baby who jumps out of the oven and runs through town. One after another, the people and the animals give chase. The boy, however, has a plan. He bakes a gingerbread house and the cookie, looking for a place to hide from everyone, runs inside. Now the gingerbread baby lives safely inside his gingerbread house.

In this non-holiday cookie picture book, an adorable cookie recalls its struggles in school and just not feeling smart. Sometimes we all get distracted, mixed up, and frustrated, even cookies! One day, Cookie gets a school assignment to create something. It could be anything! What should Cookie make? Finally, inspiration strikes and Cookie writes a poem. The class takes turns showing what they created. Each one has a different talent. It is Cookie’s turn to share. All of the other foods love the completely original, Cookie-created poem! Cookie realizes that everyone is good at different things, and just because you aren’t good at something, doesn’t mean that you aren’t a smart cookie.

Cookie stories: 'The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas" by Laura Murray

The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray–

Lisa Murray’s Gingerbread Man has a whole series of adventures! In this rhyming Christmas book, the Gingerbread Man learns about the spirit of giving. The kids make cards, sing songs, and bake treats for their community. The Gingerbread Man knows just who he wants to make a card for and he sets out with his class to give their gifts. The Gingerbread Man gets separated from his class and his little cookie legs get hurt in the snow. He doesn’t give up and he hobbles up to the shop with his card to give out. Read this book to find out who the Gingerbread Man’s special card is for!

Cookie stories: 'The Gingerbread Pirates" by Kristin Kladstrup

The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup–

Cookies and pirates together in one sweet Christmas story! A boy and his mom make gingerbread pirate cookies for Santa. The boy’s favorite is Captain Cookie and he takes the captain to his room. After the boy falls asleep, Captain Cookie goes in search of his cookie crew, who he needs to save from being eaten by Santa! Along the way, the cookie discovers Christmas wonders and finally meets Santa himself. Captain Cookie challenges Santa in a daring attempt to save crew. Santa promises not to eat the gingerbread pirates before delivering a bit of his Christmas magic to the cookies. Pirate-obsessed and imaginative kids will enjoy this book and its magical ending!

Visit your library and checkout these cookie stories and other great cookie-themed picture books! Iโ€™ve joined Amazonโ€™s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. So if you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Find the Differences: My son loves “find the differences” activities and he asked if he could design one. He made this cute gingerbread themed Find the Differences (free downloadable PDF) worksheet. Can you find all 5 differences?

Cookie Cutter Craft: We turned some of our cookie cutters into stencils and made paper Christmas cookies!

Mosaic gingerbread man craft

Mosaic Gingerbread Man Craft: make a cute gingerbread man out of construction paper.

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Christmas Wreath Craft

preschool Christmas wreath craft
Christmas Wreath Craft

My kiddo who was anti-coloring for so long, now wants to color! And all of the time, too. So we made this fun little Christmas wreath craft together that is perfect for kids of all ages. Toddlers can scribble to their hearts’ content; preschoolers can carefully choose their colors for each pictures; and older kiddos can add glitter and sequins.

Craft Supplies Needed:

  • white paper plate
  • Christmas pictures template (free PDF)
  • green paint — we used water colors
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • ribbon
  • hole punch (optional)

How To:

1. Cut out the center of your paper plate to make your wreath.

2. Paint your wreath green. We used water color paints, but any green paint will work. Iย like to useย Crayola Washable Paints, but we couldn’t find them in our messy craft cabinet (grrr), so we opted for water colors.

3. While your wreath is drying, print out the Christmas pictures template (free PDF) and color them.

4. Cut out your Christmas pictures. They were a little too complicated for my kiddo to cut out, so I did it. As you can see, I left a little bit of a white border around them.

5. Once your wreath is dry, arrange the pictures how you like them on your wreath and then glue them on.

6. Finish your preschool Christmas wreath craft by tying a ribbon on so that your kiddo can hang their project! I used a hole punch, but you can also just loop your ribbon through the wreath and hang it that way.

More Crafts

I love making crafts with my kiddo, and since Christmas crafts are just so cute, we’ve made quite a few together. Check out my Winter Crafts Page for more fun crafts that you and your little one can make together. We’ve traced cookie cutters and made paper cookies, decoupage Santa hats, fluffy candy canes, and more!

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Christmas Cookie Cutter Coloring–

Christmas cookie cutter coloring

Baking and decorating Christmas cookies are one of my favorite holiday traditions! My son loves our cookie cutters and according to him, we just don’t use them enough. Since my waist line can’t handle too many Christmas cookies, I found another way for my kiddo to use cookie cutters: a Christmas cookie cutter coloring craft! He loved this idea ๐Ÿ™‚ He is really into coloring at the moment and of course, Christmas, so this was the perfect idea for him.

Supplies Needed:

-drawing paper

-Christmas cookie cutters

-pencil

-crayons/color pencils

How To:

Pick out your cookie cutters that you want to use as stencils.

Firmly hold the cookie cutter on the paper (you might have to help your kiddo) and trace around the shape with your pencil.

Once you have all of your Christmas cookie cutters traced, color in your shapes. My son got creative and added ornaments and a star to his Christmas tree and a face and buttons to his gingerbread man ๐Ÿ™‚

My son’s Christmas cookie cutter coloring craft turned out super cute and he had a lot of fun doing it! Plus, it helped satisfy his desire to use the cookie cutters. After he colored all of his cookie cutter shapes, he told us a story about them and even pretended to bake them! We love his imagination and proudly have his artwork displayed in our home.

More Crafts:

Check out my Winter Crafts page for more fun craft ideas! There’s a Santa hat, craft stick sparkly snowflake, finger-paint winter tree, and more. Pick some that you and your preschooler can make together ๐Ÿ™‚

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Santa Books

Santa books

My son is so excited for Santa’s Christmas visit! We visited our library and stocked up on Christmas books. My kiddo wanted to read “Santa books” so here are some that we read together and enjoyed!

7 Santa Books:

Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins–

We love the Mother Bruce series and just adore Bruce, the grumpy bear, the clueless geese, and the happy-go-lucky mice. In this Christmas book of mistaken identity, the woodland animals think that Bruce is Santa! The illustrations throughout the book will crack your kids up ๐Ÿ™‚ Since all of the animals think they told Santa their wishes, Bruce, the geese, and the mice set to make sure everyone gets something for Christmas!

The Chicken Who Saved Christmas by Rebecca Elliott–

In this bright, sparkly book, Santa is sick in bed and unable to deliver to toys to children! “Calamity” cries chicken, who rallies the farm animals to save the day. The bright, cheerful illustrations with touches of sparkles will capture your child’s attention as the animals nurse Santa back to good health and get the sleigh ready. With so much happening, Chicken forgets to get the reindeer ready. The reindeer say they can’t fly on empty stomachs, but it’s time to head out and deliver presents! Is Christmas ruined? Not to worry, Santa is feeling better and he uses a bit of Christmas magic to make the farm animals fly and they pull the sleigh full of toys!

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin–

In this sparely worded picture book, Duck attempts to come down Farmer Brown’s chimney but gets stuck! The other animals attempt to unstuck Duck, but get themselves trapped in the chimney too. Now Santa has arrived and needs to get down the chimney. Will he get stuck too? Get ready for giggles as Santa gets everyone successfully down the chimney and soot goes flying everywhere! Pay special attention to Duck’s backpack to find out why he was trying to get down the chimney in the first place.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and Jan Brett–

You just have to read the Clement C. Moore’s poem, The Night Before Christmas, as part of your Christmas stories! In this beautifully illustrated edition by Jan Brett, readers will love seeing Santa and his elves delivering Christmas presents while the children are tucked into bed. Each page’s illustrations are a treasure trove of detail that perfectly compliment the poem.

The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold by Maureen Fergus–

We’ve all read stories where children start to doubt Santa exists, but in this funny twist, Santa starts to doubt that a little boy named Harold exists. Santa has plenty of good reasons to doubt Harold. For one thing, the handwriting on the letter looks like an adult’s handwriting. And when Harold came to sit on Santa’s lap this year, he looked different than the last time Santa saw him. Seems pretty suspicious. So Santa decides to hide out at Harold’s house this Christmas and see if he really does exist. Kids will love the ending!

Santa’s Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene–

We’ve all been curious about how Santa gets up and down chimneys. In this book, we get an up close view of Santa making his way down the chimney. Before his toy-delivering journey, Santa indulges in too many snacks. Now that he’s trying to make his way down the chimney, his big belly is becoming a problem. Uh-oh, Santa is stuck! Several animals try and help Santa, but to no avail. Finally, a mouse is able to get Santa free and Christmas is saved!

Santa Duck by David Milgrim–

In another book with a case of mistaken identity, Duck puts on warm red clothes before heading out to find Santa Clause. The other animals think that Duck is Santa and they all excitedly tell him their Christmas wishes. Duck doesn’t know what to do! Fortunately , he finds the real Santa and Duck tells him what his friends want for Christmas. Santa is impressed with Duck’s great memory and makes Duck his special Christmas helper! Preschoolers will giggle their way through this story, enjoying the bright, cheery pictures.

Check your library for these Santa books! I’ve joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to try and help cover the costs of this site. So if you buy something through one of my links on Amazon, then I get a small percentage of the sale (no extra cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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Decoupage Santa Hat Craft

Decoupage Santa hat craft
Decoupage Santa Hat Craft

December is here and I am so excited to make Christmas crafts! My son and I each made a cute decoupage Santa hat craft together ๐Ÿ™‚ We had previously made a decoupage Star of David for Hanukah, and had a lot of fun so we decided to decoupage again!

Supplies Needed:

-white glue

-red tissue paper

-3 craft sticks

-small cup

-paint brush

-water

-cotton balls or other decorations

-paper plate (to protect your surface)

How To:

First glue the craft sticks into a triangle shape. Let them dry.

In the small cup, mix a little bit of water with some white glue. Stir until it looks milky.

If your tissue paper is not already in small pieces, cut your tissue into 1-inch squares.

To protect your surface, make this craft on a paper plate. The red color will run once you start to paint the glue/water mixture onto the tissue!!!

Paint the glue/water mixture along the craft sticks. Lay your tissue onto the craft sticks. Begin to layer your tissue paper across the triangle, filling in the entire triangle. As you add a piece of tissue, paint your tissue with the glue/water mixture. It’s okay for the whole piece to be wet. It will dry. Don’t worry if your tissue paper hangs over the sides of the triangle because we will fold it over later. Once your entire triangle is covered in red tissue paper, brush some of the glue/water mixture along the tissue paper’s edges and corners.

Let your triangle dry.

Once your tissue is dry, flip your triangle over. Paint the glue/water mixture along the craft sticks. If any of your tissue paper from the front is sticking out, now is the time to fold it along the craft sticks before layering on more tissue paper. Now repeat the process of layering on tissue and brushing the glue along the edges and corners as you did previously.

Let your project dry completely before adding any decorations.

Once your Santa is dry, you get to add fun decorations. My son used 4 cotton balls to decorate his hat. He glued one to the top of the triangle and 3 cotton balls along the bottom of the triangle. His looked like a traditional Santa hat ๐Ÿ™‚ I used a sparkly pompom and some silver sequins to decorate mine.

ORNAMENT: I think you could turn this into an ornament by taping a loop of red and white baker’s string along the back of your decoupage Santa hat craft.

Read Santa Stories to go along with your craft: check you library for my book recommendations.

More Crafts!

Christmas Cookie Cutter Coloring–use your cookie cutters as stencils and made paper cookies!

Paper Plate Peppermint Craft–make a peppermint out of a paper plate and use your little one’s handprints to be the wrapper.