Christmas Crafts for Preschoolers and Toddlers

Holiday Projects for Young Kids

Young girl making Christmas crafts
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Are you looking for easy Christmas crafts for preschoolers and toddlers? You can keep your child busy and exercise her creativity to produce whimsical decorations as well as useful holiday items. While your preschooler should enjoy making all of these Christmas crafts, many would also work well for toddlers and other ages.

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    Sock Snowman

    Sock snowman craft

    If you have some old white tube socks that have lost their mates, you can turn them into sock snowmen. It's a fun way to upcycle them. If you have a variety of sizes, your child can make a whole snowman family.

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    Advent Calendar Crafts

    DIY Advent Calendar

    An advent calendar is a fun way to build towards the magic and excitement of Christmas. You can involve your child in making an Advent calendar craft. Many designs can be reused from year to year, so you will have created your own family tradition.

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    Graham Cracker Houses

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    Looking for a way to make easy gingerbread houses? Follow these directions for a house that uses graham crackers instead of gingerbread. Megan Cooley

    You may have to help the younger kids apply the frosting "glue" to the graham crackers, but they can decorate the tiny houses all by themselves.

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    Pine Cone Tree Ornaments

    Pine cone ornament in Christmas tree
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    Kids will keep busy for quite some time if you give them a plain pine cone and a collection of small items they can use to adorn it. This can include simple glitter to bedazzle the pine cones.

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    Candy Cane Reindeer

    Candy Cane Reindeer
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    Your toddler or preschooler will have fun doing most of the work involved with making ​a reindeer decoration with candy canes and pipe cleaners. You can use them as tree ornaments or gift toppers.

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    Advent Collage

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    A range of art supplies for collage facilitates creative action. H South

    Help your kids make a collage using pictures of items they would like to receive as Christmas gifts. Instead of cutting out pictures, younger kids can rip them out.

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    CD Photo Ornament

    Re-Purpose Old Cd's.

    You can make a shiny ornament by upcycling a CD. Have your child select a photo or picture and provide some construction paper, scissors, and glue. Then have fun cutting out the shape, framing it in the paper, and gluing it to the shiny CD. These ornaments are easy to make and can be created using just about anything you have laying around your home.

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    Festive Pringles Containers

    Candy Cane Vase
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    Give your kids an empty potato chip container and a variety of supplies such as paint and stickers, and let them go to town crafting. They can make pencil holders, vases, or even candy can holders.

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    Gingerbread Cookies and Ornaments

    Gingerbread Cookies. Linda Larsen

    Your child will enjoy helping bake and decorate gingerbread cookies that can be used as ornaments. Besides making gingerbread men, think of stars, hearts, snowflakes, and other fun cookie shapes. Get a variety of frosting and decorations to embellish them. You can also use those cookie cutters for making clay ornaments if you want some that will last from year to year.

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    Pine Cone Animals

    With some pipe cleaners, paint, glitter, and other supplies you can turn pine cones into animals, Santa, and more.

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    Light Bulb Penguin

    Light Bulb Penguin Paper Mache Craft
    Light Bulb Penguin Craft. Sherri Osborn

    As the old light bulbs burn out, recycle them into fun ornaments and decorations such as a light bulb penguin or snowman. You can also turn it upside down and make it into a reindeer, or even into Santa.