If your little learners just can’t wait for Christmas, then they’ll love to create their own festive scene with these printable Christmas crafts!
There’s 5 Christmas characters to make and they are:
- Mrs Claus
- A boy elf
- A girl elf
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Most of these are reasonably easy to make but some require more precise scissor control than others – so there’s a good chance you’ll need to help younger children – but they don’t need to be perfect do they?
And for each craft there’s a color template and a black and white one.
If your little ones want to use the black and white Christmas templates, then they can choose the colors and add some more details if they wish!
After more printable crafts? Then you may want to check out these simple cut and paste crafts as well!
What Skills Can Your Children Learn And Practice?
When making these paper Christmas crafts, 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.
These crafts 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 These Printable Christmas Crafts
First you’re going to want to download the festive templates by clicking on the download button at the bottom of the page – I’ve made a color and a black and white version for each craft.
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Other materials you’ll need:
- Safety scissors
- Card stock or Craft paper
- Some good glue
- Some coloring pencils or pens or other artsy materials
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.
For the characters, they all follow the same basic steps:
- Fold along the line above the feet and bend them upwards
- Apply some glue to the white tab on the body part
- Curl the body part around to make a tube and use the white tab to hold it together
- Apply glue to the neck
- Stick the head onto the neck
- Stick the arms onto the side of the body
Rudolph is a more advanced craft and will require greater scissor control and a few more steps.
The Paper Rudolph Craft
Rudolph has 4 legs (obvs) and his feet don’t need to be folded like the other characters.
- Place some glue on the white tab and stick the antlers to the back of the head
- Stick his red nose on his head (where would he be without it?)
- Stick the bell to the body
- Fold the tail along the black line and stick the folded part to the inside of the body.
The Paper Christmas Tree Craft
- Fold the Christmas tree into a cone and stick it together using the white tab
- Stick the star onto the top
The Paper Christmas Presents
The smaller of these can be quite fiddly but they’re really cute so probably worth it!
- Fold along all black lines
- Add glue to all the white tabs
- Fold it into a cube shape, pushing the tabs to the inside of the present as you go.
For the cute teddy bear, just stick the two sides together.
After that you’re all done!
Let your kids practice their cutting and sticking skills in a fun and festive way.
And when they’re done, they’ll have some crafty Christmas toys to play with!
And Don’t Forget… There’s Also Black And White Christmas Character Templates!
I’ve also made black and white versions of each printable Christmas craft which would be an awesome way for your little ones to practice their coloring skills and personalize their creations 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!
I’d love to hear how they get on!