He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice – Santa Claus is coming to town! And what better way to prepare for Santa’s arrival than making this build a Santa craft?
This simple activity is great for developing your child’s cutting and sticking skills, and an awesome chance to practice some pencil control and fine motor skills as well!
These cute Santa templates are great for preschoolers to use because they’re so simple for them to put together!
And there’s a color and a plain template – so your little ones can choose the colors and decorate their own Santas as they wish – old school green suit – no worries! How about a rainbow sparkle Santa? – Go for it! Or traditional red and white – why not?
It could also make a lovely activity for anyone having a Christmas party or an easy craft for the classroom!
Here’s some more Christmas and winter themed printable activities you may want to check out:
- Christmas Phonics Game
- Build A Snowman
- Snowman Craft Templates
- Penguin Letter Matching Game
- Build A Rudolph
- Build An Elf
I’ve created quite a lot more Christmas printables which I will be uploading soon – so be sure to check back regularly.
What Skills Can Your Children Learn And Practice?
When using this build a Santa template, your children will have the chance to practice and develop some skills such as:
- Cutting Skills – if you feel they’re ready, you can let them have a go at cutting out the pieces all by themselves – they’ll need to be careful and have good scissor control if they want to cut out the pieces neatly
- Fine Motor Skills – when they’re sticking and picking up and moving the parts and placing them where they need to go
- Pencil Control – if you print off the black and white version they can practice their pencil control and develop hand strength through coloring.
This simple Christmas craft will also give them a chance to practice their concentration and perseverance skills as they may find it tricky to place the pieces exactly where they want them to go.
How To Prepare This Build a Santa Craft
First you’re going to want to download the Santa templates by clicking on the download box at the bottom of the page – I’ve made a color and a black and white version!
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Other materials you’ll need:
- Safety scissors
- Card stock or Craft paper
- Some good glue
- Some coloring pencils or pens
Once you’ve downloaded the templates, you’ll need to print them off onto paper or card.
Then, you can cut them out. Or if you’d like your children to get some cutting practice, you can let them have a go.
Then you can stick all the pieces together to build your Santa Claus.
It can be really nice to let you’re kids have a bit of free rein here and see if they can work it out – kind of like a puzzle.
If they’re struggling, the order I’d do it in is:
- Stick the hat to the head
- Stick the head on the body
- Stick the belt on the body
- Stick the arms on the body
- Stick the boots on the body
(I expect you could have worked that out but I do like to be thorough…)
The finished one should look something like this:
What a cute little Santa – ho ho ho!
If you want to, you could always laminate the pieces before putting them together and use them as a puzzle. That way the different parts would be kept nice and they can use them again and again.
A few more ‘build-a-‘ characters you may want to check out:
- Build-A-Unicorn Printable
- Build-A-Leprechaun Printable
- Build-A-Pirate Printable
- Build-A-Fairy Printable
After that you’re all done!
Let your kids practice their cutting and sticking skills in a simple and fun way!
But Wait… There’s Also A Black And White Build A Santa Craft Template!
I’ve also made a black and white version which would be an awesome way for your little ones to practice their coloring skills and personalize their Santa in their own way!
So why not crack out the pens, crayons, paints or collage (or all of them if you’re feeling adventurous) and let your kids get creative!
Cotton wool for the beard and googly eyes could be good here!
I’d love to see what they create!