Hand-made Christmas cards bring a smile to anyone’s face, and kid-made Christmas cards are even more special. Even if you don’t usually send cards, it’s nice to have a few Christmas card ideas up your sleeve ready to be made for the special people in your preschooler’s life.
Like most of my crafting suggestions, these handmade Christmas are all lovely and simple to make.
You’ve got more than enough to do already, trying to make sure that gifts are bought and wrapped, food is prepared, and Christmas plays and parties are all on the calendar. There’s no time for elaborate Christmas card ideas that require you to stand over the children scrutinising their every move and striving for the perfect card.
So, I’ve chosen my favourite Christmas card ideas.
You’ll need to gather some basic supplies, but hopefully, you’ll be able to get hold of everything pretty easily.
I’d recommend that you go in with low expectations, both for the finished product and for the number of cards produced. You might have a production-line preschooler who happily churns out dozens of cards one rainy afternoon, or you might have a perfectionist who spends that whole afternoon producing one exquisite card that he’s still not happy with.
I’ve had both of those children.
Either approach is fine.
Don’t plan on sending out 200 kid-made Christmas cards to everyone you know.
Don’t plan on the finished product looking exactly like the Pinterest picture.
If you keep things realistic, then everyone’s going to have much more fun.
Christmas Card Ideas For Preschoolers
Christmas card ideas to make with your toddlers and preschoolers.
Simple Christmas cards to make for the special people in your life.
Everyone loves receiving a handmade Christmas card, and ones that have been handmade by your favourite little ones are even more special.
All of the cards in this list are quick and easy to make, but the end products are really beautiful.
Simple shaving-foam marbling (which is such fun - if you haven't tried it, you definitely should, even if you don't want to make the Christmas cards), with pre-cut shapes added.
If you make a lot of free-form process-style art with your kids, then you've probably accumulated a healthy supply of art that could be used as backgrounds. These cards would be a great way to use some of them up.
This might be the sweetest footprint craft I've ever seen!
(And I've seen a LOT of footprint crafts while hunting down preschool Christmas card ideas!)
Christmas cards with hand or footprints on them will be treasured keepsakes, brought out year after year as you marvel at how tiny they used to be.
Printing with hands and feet is always a big hit in our house. I'd suggest getting your pretty Christmas cards done and dusted early in the session, and then letting them loose on big paper to create some chaotic, messy footprint art afterwards.
Washi tape! Everyone always has time for a quick bit of washi-tape crafting.
The patterns on the tape are irresistible, and the act of cutting or tearing and sticking is something most little ones really enjoy.
(One of my children, aged three, had a pack of masking tape and a notebook that she called her 'sticking book'. She spent hours tearing off bits of tape, sticking them into the book, and then drawing on them. Making her own washi tape in a funny kind of way.)
Washi tape is brilliant for little fingers because it tears so easily.
This is a high-satisfaction, low-mess craft, and that makes it a winner for me.
If the many small piles of tiny paper snippings I keep finding are any indication, then any kind of Christmas crafting that uses scissor skills is going to be a hit for my youngest this year.
That's why this one made the cut.
Simple Christmas tree card, with snipped fringing on each layer.
What’s even more fun than having your preschooler try out some of these cute Christmas card ideas?
Making a family occasion of it.
The best way to encourage your little ones to enjoy making things is for them to see you enjoying making things.
Maybe fingerprint Christmas lights aren’t your thing, but that needn’t stop you. When you’re buying supplies for your kids’ creative projects, treat yourself to some as well.
Hit up Pinterest for some grown-up Christmas card ideas, and join in with your children’s making session. Yes, they’ll probably want to steal your fancy paper and use your hot glue gun, but that’s okay.
Creating together is one of the best ways to make happy memories.
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