Craft idea’s for toddlers & preschoolers
1 - Fork painting. We make Christmas Trees by painting with forks. It gives the illusion of needles.....well it is supposed to. I cut out a shape of a tree before hand and gave the kids green paint and a fork. After it dried we decorated the tree with stickers and pom poms. I glued it to a toilet paper roll and they went on our hutch :)
2 - Felt Christmas tree and ornaments. I got a large piece of green felt and cut it into a tree shape and cut out ornaments out of other felt. This was the tree the kids could decorate over and over again. I just used painter’s tape to attach it to the wall.
3 - Snowman. I drew a snowman shape on a piece of cardstock and got the kids to fill it in with cotton balls. I cut out pieces for the face and got the kids to put them on. This one is a free for all when it comes to the little ones. If you are looking for a snowman with its face all in the right place, this might now be a toddler activity :) Oh and it is messy with the glue and cotton balls....but the kids had so much fun!
4 - Stars. I hot glued popsicle sticks in a star shape. I let the preschoolers spread the glue on themselves and for the toddlers I put it on prior to giving it to them. Then I let them go to town with glitter! I have trays that they do their crafts on so most of the glitter stays contained to the tray. After they are dry I mod podge them so there isn’t glitter everywhere once they are on the tree.
5 - Felt boards. There are so many different things you can do with felt boards. We have a snowman right now. This is more geared towards preschoolers but Little Princess likes to take it all apart and put it all back on the board.
6 - Hand and foot print reindeer. Trace hands for antlers and a foot for the face. Add eye’s and a nose.
7 - Foot print angels. Paint the bottom of a foot white and stamp onto black paper. Once dry cut out and attach a cut doily as wings. Add a face and halo if you would like :)
8 - Salt dough prints - This one can be done in so many ways. Hands and feet on their own, or made into something else. Such a great way to see how much your kids have grown over the years!
9 - Cookies. This is one of my favourites and the kids love doing it. We bake sugar cookies and then decorate them! We do it after supper on a night that daddy can participate.
10 - I See.... pages. I make these up often. I just type up I See _________ looking at me, 4 or 5 times on a page. I print it out put stickers into the blank spots and photocopy it and we match.
11 - Christmas activity cards. We have a lot of different themed ones. They are a great way to let off steam on those days you are stuck inside. They are also a good reminder to get on the floor with little ones and have fun :)
12 - Books. We read a lot of books. I keep the Christmas ones put away until Christmas so they are new and exciting. We have about 25 just Christmas themed ones so I love when they come out and I have something different to read. We usually get the kids a new one every year ( or a grandparent does). We have a few snowman ones and I use those with our felt board. We build a snowman along with the book.
13 - Songs! We sing songs about everything! We finally got some new Christmas music cd’s for the kids so I am excited to bring those out.
14 - Snowflake. I used painters tape to make a snowflake shape on a piece of cardstock and then let the kids go to town with paint. Once it dried I took the tape off.