One of my favourite things about Christmas is the opportunity for crafting. I’m always on the lookout for fun Christmas crafts for preschoolers to make.
I love the tradition of displaying the beautiful things my children have made in previous years. We still bring out my eldest’s paper-plate angel, even though it’s pretty fragile after sixteen years.
The thing about Christmas is that carers of preschoolers are usually also in charge of Making Christmas Happen generally.
Christmas Crafts Don’t Need To Be Overwhelming
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you look at Pinterest and see all the wonderful Christmas crafts for preschoolers that others share.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of making your own enormous list of must-try preschool crafts and then racing to tick them all off before December 25th.
That’s not fun for anyone.
The best crafting experiences (and this applies not just to preschoolers but to everyone, I think) are the ones where you can combine fun and a big chance of a successful outcome.
To me, that means low-stress, low-pressure crafting.
Golden Rules For Christmas Crafting With Kids
When I’m choosing Christmas crafts for preschoolers I try to keep a few things in mind:
- Inexpensive supplies so that you don’t need to worry too much about waste. (Although, really, is it a waste when you pour a whole tub of glitter onto a single ornament? Your preschooler would almost certainly say not).
- Materials that are easy to get hold of, preferably without having to leave the house at all.
- Simple crafts that promise a near 100% success rate.
So, I’ve compiled a list of some of the crafts on my shortlist this year.
It’s not a long list, because I know you don’t have time to sift through pages and pages looking for the ‘perfect’ craft to try.
They’re mostly not fancy, elaborate crafts, they’re just good, simple fun that can be enjoyed by anyone.
So, put some Christmas music on, gather your favourite festive snacks (lebkuchen and hot chocolate with marshmallows please), and get crafting.
Also, make some of these gorgeous paper lanterns to add an extra something special to an afternoon of hygge and crafting.
These little wreath ornaments are just so pretty.
I love the Scandi-themed colours shown, but you could definitely adapt it to suit your chosen colour scheme for Christmas decor this year.
These work so well for little ones because the pattern and detail comes from the design on the straws. The threading also provides great fine motor practice.
I love these little air-drying clay tree ornaments.
The fingerprint fairy lights make them into an extra-special keepsake, and something just a little bit different from the norm.
Last year I wrapped family gifts with an air-drying clay ornament as a gift tag, and I'd love to use these in the same way.
We used these letter stamps to add people's names to the tags.
These yarn-wrapped ornaments tick all my boxes.
I've got all the supplies around the house.
They'll work just as well for a three-year-old as a ten-year-old.
The end result will be pretty, regardless of who makes them.
All that makes them a pretty perfect Christmas craft in my book.
We like to have a Crafternoon each year with a mixture of the children's friends, and a whole heap of craft supplies set out. These are definitely going on my list ... probably with the addition of PVA and glitter!
Some of my favourite Christmas decorations that I made when I was little, were stained-glass type decorations made with tissue paper.
We made different versions of them most years in primary school, and they've continued to be a go-to Christmas craft for my own children.
There's actually a village near us where people decorate their whole front windows with elaborate tissue-paper stained glass creations each year. It looks so beautiful.
This version uses contact paper, which makes it a whole lot less messy than other versions I've tried (which invariably end in puddles of PVA-soaked tissue paper everywhere!).
These thumbprint art Christmas trees are the perfect way to make Christmas cards or gift tags with your preschoolers.
The masked-off template helps to guarantee a pleasing result (i.e. a tree that actually looks like a tree ... this stuff is more important to some preschoolers than to others).
It also lets them focus just on the process, so it doesn't matter what skill level your child has, or if they just end up spreading paint everywhere rather than making defined fingerprints, it will still look amazing when you peel off the mask.
Of course, the sky's the limit when it comes to choosing a shape, and there are any number of festive templates you could use.
I love these!
Never mind preschoolers, I want to make a whole forest of them by myself, with Christmassy washi tape to decorate them.
Once again, these fall into the super simple category, and they'll work well for the finger-painting baby, and for you with your immaculate washi-taping ways, and for everyone in between!
When you're crafting with a mixed-age group, process art activities are one of the best ways to keep everyone engaged and happy creating art on their own level.
This Christmas tree craft is easy to make, and looks great.
I like that it can be spread out over a few days. The different techniques create a beautifully rich piece of artwork. It also gives you three days' worth of Christmas crafting for the price of one!
I'm going to be honest and say that I'm not sure I could cope with a classroom full of preschoolers making jingle bell art! Talk about auditory overload!!
At home, though, I think it would be wonderful.
One of my favourite art activities from home ed group a few years ago was marble painting (rolling marbles through paint in a shallow paper-lined box). I think this festive process art activity would be a similar hit.
I really like the little tip in the post for children who don't like handling the paint-covered bells - the best Christmas crafts for preschoolers are the ones that someone else has already tried and figured out all the tips and tricks ahead of time!
This is giving me slight flashbacks to the time when I thought it would be a good idea to gather my own children, assorted other children, and make sock cats with them one afternoon in the last week before Christmas.
This craft is not like that! This is the craft I wish I'd seen before deciding that hand-sewn sock cats was the way to go!
It's definitely something your preschooler will need some help with, but it's still a very simple craft with no sewing skills needed.
The instructions in the post are super-detailed too, so that you can literally follow along with the pictures.
So which of these Christmas crafts for preschoolers are you planning to try?
Whatever you pick, make it an occasion with yummy snacks and festive music.
Crafting With Your Children
My other top tip is to actually sit down and make the crafts alongside your children. Don’t just be the helper.
Of course, you need to be on hand to help out, but your kids will enjoy the crafting experience much more if they can see you enjoying it too. That means seeing you actually making the same things that they’re making.
It also gives you a chance to verbalise your own design decisions (even if you’re convinced that you’ve never made a design decision in your life!)
“I really like how this white glitter looks on top of this red paper.”
“I love how the washi tape makes it easy to make stripes.”
When you’re working alongside your children, and talking with them, you’ll naturally be modelling the thought processes that will help them become competent, confident creators.
Also … you know you’ve got a vision in your head for how you want those little cardboard trees to look. Don’t spoil your kids’ crafting by trying to take charge of the colours they use, or the amount of glue. Give yourself the gift of your very own cardboard tree to do with as you wish.
And, as always, pin this post if you liked it so that others can find it and like it too!