Quick, easy preschool Christmas crafts
Preschool Christmas crafts can be difficult to find. Sometimes the people who write so-called easy Christmas crafts forget that small children have limited hand-eye coordination. Tasks that are long, drawn out, or overly complicated not only frustrate preschoolers, but — if they are using scissors, for example — create the possibility of them getting hurt.
That’s why I was so happy to find these simple preschool Christmas crafts. You can personalize them as much as you want to (or as little!). You can adjust them to make them harder or easier, depending on how many older helpers you have around. And when you’re done, you have fun, easy Christmas crafts your preschoolers will be proud of.
How to make Christmas bookmarks
-Craft sticks (either plain or red and green)
-Red and green paint or markers (if not using precolored sticks)
-Christmas stickers or clipart
-Crayons or markers (if not using colored clipart or stickers)
-Optional embellishments for decorating, such as glitter and more stickers
What to do:
If you don’t want to use stickers, you can print out clipart from the Internet, which is what I did. I used a color printer, but if you want your craft to take a bit longer, you can have the kids color in black and white clipart themselves.
1. If necessary, paint the craft sticks. Since you will need to paint both sides, it’s a good idea to have lots of helpers for this stage of the activity. Also, be sure to build in another activity while the craft sticks are drying.
2. Once the sticks dry, cut out clip art or have the kids select stickers. If you don’t have much help, you may want to presort the stickers or cut out clipart in advance. Bigger works better here — tiny stars and decorations won’t do the trick, although you can save them for more decoration later.
3. Have the kids glue their sticker or clip art to the top of their craft stick. Make sure you use glue even if you’re using stickers: otherwise, the sticker tends to come loose and fall off. If you want to, you can put another sticker on the reverse so the bookmark is double sided.
4. If desired, decorate the bookmark further with glitter, sequins, stickers, markers, etc. Do keep in mind, though, that if you’re actually going to use it as a bookmark, you won’t want to use things that will keep the book from closing or rub off between the pages. Alternatively, poke a hole in the top of the decoration and put a string through it so you can hang it on the tree.
These are very simple but very fun and cute Christmas crafts. Young ones love to make them and older kids love to be helpers. You can’t go wrong with such easy preschool Christmas crafts!