December 07, 2010

Preschool Christmas Crafts - Part 1

There are so many wonderful Christmas crafts for preschoolers to do that I'm sure we'll end up with more than one page on this blog. Here are the first few crafts.

Christmas Tree Count-Up Calendar

Counting down from 25 is tough for preschool kids, so this year we made a count-UP calendar. On December 1, the children colored and cut out a Christmas tree and glued it onto construction paper. They got a sheet of paper with the numbers from 1 to 24 on ball-shaped ornaments and a star for 25. We sent them home with the trees and numbers with the instructions to put another ornament on the tree each day through December 24, then on Christmas day to put the star on top of the tree. It's good counting practice for kids and their parents. Children realize that as the tree fills with number, Christmas is getting nearer and nearer. I got the template from a website that I can't remember right now, but it would be easy enough to make at home.

Christmas Stocking Lacing Craft

The children made some nice decorations for the classroom while practicing writing their names and working on fine-motor skills with cutting and lacing. They liked decorating with stamps. (I smudged out the names for privacy.)

"Stained Glass" Christmas Bells

This was a coloring project. We gave the children outlines of stained-glass Christmas bells and let them color in the panes with markers. We encouraged them to think about what colors would look nice next to each other and they did a great job. One of the most exciting parts for the kids was using permanent markers.

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