It’s the holiday season and that means it’s time for Christmas crafting. Christmas crafts for toddlers are a great way to teach fine motor skills, following directions, and they are a lot of fun. They also teach patience, but that’s more of a lesson for the parents!
These 40 Christmas crafts for toddlers (primarily 2-3 year olds, but there are also fun ideas for older kids too!) are straightforward and simple but allow your two and three-year-olds the opportunity to be creative and get a little messy. Most of these craft projects use basic supplies you probably have on hand so they are perfect for preschool classrooms, homeschool groups or a bit of weekend fun on a cold winter day.
We have a list of some of the best ideas for making holiday decorations, Christmas tree ornaments, and of course great gifts that your little kids will have so much fun creating!
Plan to make extras because these toddler Christmas crafts are perfect for gifting to the whole family – aunts and uncles, cousins, and especially grandparents. Don’t forget to make some DIY gifts for the teachers too! Everyone is going to love these 40 Christmas crafts for toddlers.
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Tips For Making Christmas Crafts with Toddlers
Crafting with toddlers is a lot of fun and can be very rewarding for both the child and the caregiver. Here are a few tips to help make the experience tons of fun for everyone.
Plan Ahead – Decide in advance which craft you will complete and make sure you have all the supplies on hand.
Do The Prep Work – Depending on your child’s age and abilities you may need to do some prep work in advance. Precut and pre-measure supplies. When possible, have a finished example on hand so your child understands what he is making.
Be Prepared for Messes – Even “clean” crafts can get messy when toddlers are involved. Work in an area that’s going to be easy to clean, cover tables with plastic or newspaper and have plenty of baby wipes and paper towels nearby for wiping messy little hands.
Don’t Be a Perfectionist – Part of the appeal of toddler crafts is that they look like they were made by a toddler. Let your child experiment with the materials and don’t fret if the finished product is nothing like you expected.
Be Proud – Your child is going to be very proud of their work and you should be too! Be ready to display their handmade ornaments front and center on the Christmas tree.
Supplies for Fun Christmas Crafts
You don’t even need a tutorial to make some really basic Christmas decorations or handmade Christmas cards for family members. The important thing when crafting with toddlers is to keep your project pretty simple so they don’t get overwhelmed or frustrated. It’s also a good idea to use supplies that are going to be easily handled by little fingers (because you know they want to do it all themselves!)
Each of the beautiful Christmas crafts below has its own list of supplies, but here are a few that you may have on hand:
construction paper, colored cardstock paper, or scrapbook paper
tissue paper (dig through your spare holiday wrapping supplies!)
popsicle sticks / craft sticks
cookie cutter (for gingerbread ornaments or to use as a stencil)
toilet paper rolls
glitter glue (way easier than working with actual glitter!!)
mini pom poms
hot glue gun (for adults to use only, of course!)
Gather up your little bins of craft supplies and get ready to make the best Christmas crafts you’ve ever seen. You may even want to pull in some natural elements like pine cones – because “free” craft supplies are the best ones, am I right?
Don’t forget to turn on a little Christmas music so you can sing along while you craft!
Threading buttons onto wire is a great fine-motor activity for toddlers. Turn a learning activity into a fun craft and make a cute button candy cane ornament made with Christmas-colored buttons and floral wire.
Crayola Model Magic is amazing. Aside from just wanting to squish it endlessly, it’s a modeling compound that is soft and squishy, doesn’t stick to your hands yet sticks very well to itself. Your little crafter can make these mini Christmas trees to give as gifts or to hang on your own Christmas tree.
Help your child practice her fine motor skills with this fun Santa cotton ball craft.
We hope you and your little one have lots of fun with these preschool Christmas crafts! What better way to pass the time on a cold day than with some easy projects, right? Enjoy your time creating together, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!