When the Christmas season is upon us so is baking and crafting! Get in the holiday spirit with these Christmas crafts for toddlers!
For whatever reason, everything is just more magical in the month of December and brings out the best in everyone. As you start counting down the sleeps until Santa comes, grab a few supplies and get crafty with your little one!
Enjoy our list of the Best Santa Craft Ideas for Toddlers!
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These festive trees are easy to make and who doesn’t have extra pasta laying around? While you can use natural colored pasta, the tutorial has step-by-step instructions on how to dye the pasta red and green. You can easily use that same method for other pasta crafts in the future.
This handprint craft is super cute and toddlers love when this kind of artwork is displayed on the fridge. If you have an Elf on the Shelf, you can incorporate that story and movie into craft time as well. Toddlers will definitely need some help for the actual handprint painting, but they can use their fingers to make the Christmas lights by themselves.
Making these headbands are super simple and are great when you are looking for a craft that doesn’t take much time. Use the hat template and let the kids color them. Then attach the headband and be sure to take some pictures!
When you don’t want to fool the mess of having paint involved, dot sheets are the way to go. This is also a great craft for classrooms because the supply list is simple, and the kids do not need a ton of guidance.
You may need to make a run to the store to grab jingle bells for this Christmas craft. Outside of that, you will need pipe cleaners and ribbon. To make the wreaths, toddlers just slide the bells on. Once they are finished, you twist the ends and attach the ribbon. While they are making them you can incorporate counting and patterns for a little fun learning.
Use the template and print it out on the appropriate colored paper, or use the template to trace. Once you have cut out all of the pieces, help your little one glue them on the paper. Let them paste on the cotton balls for Santa’s beard. You can also use contact paper instead of glue if that’s easier for them.
These turn out so cute and the tutorial has instructions to make an angel, Christmas tree, and a snowflake. There is some folding involved to make sure the crafts turn out correctly so kids will need help with that. Display them around the house or add a hanger and place them on the tree!
If you have leftover green tissue paper from last year’s Christmas this is a cute way to use it up. You can also use crepe paper or streamers to make the holly leaves. The other supplies you need are a paper plate, glue, and ribbon. Toddlers can easily glue on the leaves and pom poms themselves.
I am in love with how cute the gingerbread people are! All you need is cardstock, lunch bags, glue, and a marker. She provides a super cute template. Once you have the pieces cut out, it’s just a matter of gluing everything on. Make a whole night of gingerbread fun by doing this craft, making cookies, and watching a Christmas movie.
Budget-friendly, festive, and mess-free? I’ll take it! Toddlers will enjoy making Christmas trees out of paper cups. She has a full supply list, but as far as the tree decorations go, you can use what you have on hand instead of buying new supplies. If you don’t have green cups you can paint the white styrofoam ones ahead of time.
These classic Grinch characters made from handprints are so cute and perfect when you pair it with the move! Trace their hands onto cardstock, then use pom poms, bells, and ribbon for embellishments. Write a holiday message on the inside and give these to all of your close family for a keepsake!
Create a Rudolph replica from a paper plate, some paint, and different colored cardstock. Little ones will love gluing the pieces on and will be filled with excitement thinking about Santa! She also gives the reindeer template for free, so cutting out the face and antlers is easy.
This craft may seem a little less traditional, after all, you will be making recycled binoculars. But when you think about it, kids can use these and their imagination to search the sky for Santa and his reindeer. All you need is a couple of toilet paper rolls, paper, ribbon, felt, and faux fur. These would also be really cute and entertaining to make as a preschool craft. If you don’t have actual fur you can stretch apart cotton balls for the same effect.
Ugly sweaters are so festive and have become pretty popular over the last few years through the holiday season. They are especially fun to make because there are no rules and kids can customize them any way they would like. You could also have this as an activity if you were hosting a sweater party. Before guests leave, host a contest for the ugliest sweater crafts. This is actually one for all ages that would be fun!
I cannot wait for you to have the chance to make all of these fun and easy toddler Christmas crafts! For more family fun let the older-aged kids get involved and help their siblings. During this season there are always tons of movies playing where you could have a craft and movie night with the entire family!