The best part of the year is December—the month filled with trees, presents, elves, and Santa Claus! But there’s a lot more to the holiday season than just gifts and parties. It’s also a time for family traditions like baking cookies, caroling, and making crafts together. And to make your holidays even better, we’ve compiled 35 preschool Christmas crafts that are sure to bring joy into your house this holiday season.
Preschool Christmas Crafts
You’ll have so much fun making them, and they will be so proud to display their creations. Get out some construction paper, scissors, glue sticks, and googly eyes, and let’s get crafting!
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Easy Preschool Christmas Crafts
Here are some of our favorite holiday crafts for preschoolers from us at Natural Beach Living. Your little ones will love watching for Santa with their special binoculars, playing in the sensory bin, or making playdough for an afternoon of creating.
Make an adorable set of Santa binoculars with your kids, or make them for them and leave them out as a surprise from the elf one morning. They’ll have so many adventures looking toward the skies with their special Santa binoculars to see if they can spot jolly old St. Nick.
You can never have enough playdough! This Christmas variation is a lovely green and is super easy to make. Work on fine motor skills and creativity by shaping the dough into beautiful green trees to decorate with sequins or beads. They’ll love playing with this dough all December long.
Color matching is an essential skill for preschoolers. Practice this skill in a fun and festive way with our color match tree. You’ll need some velcro dots to color according to the colors of your pom-poms. Kids can then decorate the tree, pull the ornaments off, and do it all again.
Sensory bins are great for fine motor skills like grasping, scooping, pouring, and more. Let your kids explore this bin full of split peas, beans, jingle bells, ornaments, and other Christmas accessories.
Paper plate Christmas trees are easy, inexpensive, and so fun to make! Your preschooler will have a blast painting the plate, shaping the tree, and decorating it with lots of colorful pom-poms.
Settle in for a fun movie night watching Christmas films together as a family. These reindeer water bottles and snowman popcorn bowls are sure to make the occasion more festive and fun.
The Grinch is one of our favorite holiday characters, and he inspires this squishy green playdough recipe. You’ll need the red batch as well. After all, his heart did grow three times that day.
If there’s no snow outside, you can at least build a cute snowman indoors with our soft snow play dough. Provide loose parts to decorate the snowman, such as pipe cleaners, googly eyes, buttons, pom-poms, and sequins. You can even dye a batch of the playdough black for your child to make a hat, coal eyes, etc.
Not only is this candy cane playdough fun to twist together, red and white, into candy canes, but it smells incredible, too. This playdough recipe will get your preschooler excited about the holiday season.
Make this gingerbread playdough for a wintery afternoon of sensory play. Read a gingerbread man book while your child is creating. It’ll be great inspiration for their gingerbread man designs!
Want to make a cute ornament for the tree? Popsicle sticks are perfect crafting materials for preschoolers, so grab a handful to make this cute little reindeer ornament. You’ll also need jingle bells, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and a few other simple materials.
Easy Christmas Crafts for Preschoolers
Here are even more preschool Christmas crafts that are sure to entertain your kiddos during the holidays.
Baby Jesus Manger Painting Craft from myjoyfilledlife.com: Share the story of Jesus’s birth while making a simple and fun manger craft. The fork-painted bundle underneath baby Jesus really does look like hay.
Craft Stick Christmas Ornaments from kidsactivitiesblog.com: Who knew you could turn a single craft stick into so many fun designs? Let your preschooler do a lot of the painting for these holiday figures, though they may need a little help with the small details like the faces, belts, etc.
Cupcake Liner Christmas Tree Ornament from abcsofliteracy.com: Grab some Christmasy cupcake liners to make a quick and easy tree ornament. These cupcake liners with Santa are just perfect, but even plain green ones would work, too. Your child could decorate the tree after.
Handprint Christmas Tree from craftsbyria.com: This handprint tree would make a great collaborative project for siblings or in a small classroom. Don’t those little handprints look darling?
Puffy Paint Ornaments from thecraftathomefamily.com: Puffy paint is so much fun to work with and is a nice change of pace from regular paint. It’s easy to make with glue, shaving cream, and a bit of your chosen paint colors.
Christmas Crafts for Kids
Handprint Reindeer from simpleeverydaymom.com: This paper reindeer is a fantastic craft for the preschool classroom or at home. They’ll look so cute hung up around the room or put in the windows. They’re so easy to make using the printable template and your preschooler’s traced handprints.
Squish Art Christmas Trees from messylittlemonster.com: Has your preschooler ever made squish art? It’s an art process technique that teaches them about mirror images and symmetry. Plus, it’s just plain fun! Use the art made for a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree card for a special friend or relative.
Reindeer Clay Pot Ornament from darcyandbrian.com: These charming clay pot reindeer ornaments will make fantastic kid-made DIY gifts for the family. They’re super simple, requiring only the pots, brown paint, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and button noses.
Spiral Tree Ornaments from kidscraftroom.com: These spiral ornaments are great for scissor practice and look so cool on the tree! Use the printable template to color and cut a few spiral ornaments this year for your own Christmas tree. Decorate them with pom-poms or stickers—whatever you’d like.
Dot Sticker Christmas Tree Craft from activelittles.com: This craft is really easy for kids to make and takes less than a minute to set up. All you need is a green Christmas tree cutout and dot stickers. Boom! You’re ready to craft.
Salt Dough Christmas Tree from intheplayroom.co.uk: These salt dough tree ornaments are cute and vintage-looking ornaments that are easy enough for the kids to make. You’ll treasure them for years to come.
Pine Cone Trees from growingfamily.co.uk: These pine cone trees are one of our favorite projects on the list. You can create an entire forest of green, silver, or white trees to put on your table or mantles. The kids will love showing off their tiny Christmas tree farms!
Christmas Canvas Art from glitteronadime.com: It’s time to get merry and bright! This festive and colorful canvas idea is so fun. Put any holiday message you’d like on it—Joy, Merry, Peace, Noel, etc., are all great options, as are the choices shown in the pictures.
Stained Glass Ornaments from gluesticksgumdrops.com: These stained glass ornaments are way easier than you’d think. They’re made with torn tissue paper and black construction paper silhouettes of an angel, reindeer, and candle. Your preschooler will likely need some help cutting the shapes, but the rest is easy as pie.
Paper Straw Wreaths from projectswithkids.com: Cut up some paper straws and string them together with some beads to make lovely wreath ornaments. Go with traditional green and red colors, or try something wild and wacky instead.
Easy Christmas Crafts
Jingle Bell Necklace from pinkstripeysocks.com: A string, beads, and a jingle bell are all you need to make a fun jingle bell necklace that the kids can wear to school or holiday parties. It would make a fun classroom project (but on the last day before Christmas break, of course, because it can get noisy!).
Block Ornaments from teachingideas.ca: Turn wooden cubes into fun block ornaments to display on your tables or add a string to hang them on the tree. You’ll find ideas for a snowman, Christmas tree, reindeer, and Santa here.
Popsicle Stick Snowman from artsycraftsymom.com: Make some snowman puppets to go along with your favorite snowman-themed books or movies. We love their cute pipe cleaner scarves that look like they’re blowing in the wind.
Grinch’s Heart Craft from nontoygifts.com: Here’s a fun craft to make after watching The Grinch together as a family. If your kids are a little afraid of the Grinch, this is a great project to warm them up to him. It’s cute and easy since you only need paper, scissors, and glue.
Christmas Crafts for 3 year olds
Glitter Snowflake Sensory Bag from hellowonderful.co: Preschoolers can squish the glitter around in this sparkly snowflake to their hearts’ delight. This easy craft is totally mess-free and very relaxing for the kiddos.
Pipe Cleaner Christmas Trees from bluebearwood.co.uk: Fluffy green pipe cleaners make gorgeous Christmas trees, especially with tiny, colorful pom-poms peeping from between each spiral.
Christmas Light Suncatchers from andnextcomesl.com: Decorate your windows with some big, beautiful Christmas lights. Don’t worry; no electricity is needed for these lights. They’re colorful suncatchers made with contact paper and tissue paper.
Christmas Lights Fingerprint Frame from fun-a-day.com: This is a cute keepsake and tree decoration in one. Kids can pop their picture into this fingerprint frame for an excellent gift for parents or grandparents.
Shredded Paper Christmas Tree from artsymomma.com: Shredded paper used in packaging gifts makes excellent crafting material if you don’t mind a little mess. Grab some of the green stuff to make a shredded paper Christmas tree. The colorful button ornaments really pop.
Christmas Keepsake Crafts for Preschoolers
We hope you enjoyed this list of 35 preschool Christmas crafts! What are your favorite things to do with kids around the holidays? We’d love to know in the comments. And don’t forget, if you want some more ideas for Christmas fun, be sure to check out our other holiday posts.