Quick and Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

A great way to spend time with children this December is to get them into the holiday spirit by creating crafts. Our quick and easy holiday crafts for kids are adaptable for children from toddler to school age. Parental/caregiver assistance and supervision is always necessary, but of course when making crafts with a child, things do not need to look perfect – thus, the beauty of creativity. We’ve listed local craft stores as well that parents can visit when searching for craft supplies.


Handprint Santa

Supplies needed:

  • Green, red, black, pink and white construction paper or card stock
  • Glue stick
  • White tempera paint
  • Paper plate

How to make it:

  1. Fold paper in half to make a card. Pour white tempera paint onto paper plate. Coat child’s hand with paint to stamp white handprint beard onto green paper.
  2. Cut a Santa shaped hat from red paper and glue onto paper, being sure to leave a space between palm of handprint and bottom of hat.
  3. Cut small white circles for Santa’s eyes and glue on. Then, cut a small circle of black paper and glue on to white circle to complete the eyes.
  4. Cut small pink circles for Santa’s rosy cheeks and glue on.
  5. Cut a small red circle for Santa’s nose and glue on.
  6. Cut a tiny black circle to make Santa’s mouth.
  7. Cut white circles for the pom pom at the end of Santa’s hat and trim for edge.

Handprint Reindeer
Supplies needed:

  • Pencil
  • Brown craft foam or card stock
  • Black marker
  • Red glitter
  • Glue
  • Brown or black pipe cleaner
  • Optional: Gold glitter

How to make it:

  1. Use a pencil to trace your child’s hand onto a piece of brown craft foam or card stock.
  2. Cut out the shape and add black marker hooves to the fingertips (not to the thumb)
  3. Make an eye with the black marker on the thumb
  4. Put glue on for a collar and then add red glitter (Optional: when dry, add dots of glue and gold glitter for bells)
  5. Put glue on for a nose and add red glitter
  6. Cut out a tail from the brown craft foam or card stock and glue on.
  7. For the reindeer’s antlers, cut two small pieces of brown or black pipe cleaner. Slightly curl the ends and glue at the top of the reindeer’s head.

Popsicle Stick Star of David
Supplies Needed:

  • Popsicle sticks (natural or pre-colored)
  • Glue
  • Crayons/markers
  • Optional: glitter

How to make it:

  1. Apply glue to the end of three popsicle sticks and form them into a triangle.  Make a second identical triangle.
  2. When the glue is dry, lay one on top of another in opposite directions and glue together.
  3. When the glue is dry color with crayons or markers if using uncolored popsicle sticks. If desired, decorate with glitter as well.

Handprint Menorah:
Supplies needed:

  • White or light blue construction paper or card stock
  • Light blue or dark blue tempera paint (depending on what color construction paper or card stock is used)
  • Paper plate
  • Glue
  • Gold Glitter
  • Optional: markers or crayons

How to make it:

  1. Pour the tempera paint onto paper plate. Coat child’s hands with paint to stamp handprints onto the construction paper or card stock being sure to have child’s thumbs overlap slightly so they make the nine candles of the menorah.
  2. At the tops of the finger tips place glue drops and add gold glitter to make the “flames.”
  3. Optionally, use crayons or markers to further decorate or create a menorah base.

Popsicle Stick Menorah for Hanukkah/Kinara for Kwanzaa:
Supplies Needed:

  • Popsicle Sticks (Natural or pre-colored)
  • Glue
  • Yellow or orange construction paper, card stock or craft foam
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Optional: Glitter

How to make it:

  • Glue three popsicle sticks together by overlapping slightly at the ends. The center stick should be below the ones on either end.
  • When the glue is dry, glue one stick perpendicular to the others in the center. On the end of that stick, glue one so it is parallel to the original three. This will become your menorah (or Kinara)
  • Glue a center stick as well as four more sticks on either side for your candles (for a Kinara, only three sticks on either side of the center one will be needed)
  • When the glue is dry, cut out nine flames for the tops of the candles and glue  (or seven for a Kinara)
  • Color with crayons or markers if using uncolored popsicle sticks.  If desired, decorate with glitter as well.

Kwanzaa Placemat
Supplies needed:

  • Black, red, and green construction paper
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Clear contact paper (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Take a sheet of black construction paper and fold it in half lengthwise.  Have open edge on top.
  2. Using chalk, draw vertical one-inch lines from the fold to within one inch of edge.
  3. With the paper folded in half, cut on these lines, but be sure not to cut all the way to the edge.
  4. Next, cut several one-inch wide, horizontal strips of red and green construction paper.
  5. Weave these strips through the black piece of construction paper, alternating the two colors.
  6. For added durability and easy clean up, the placemat may be covered with clear contact paper.

Local Resources for Supplies
AC Moore Arts & Crafts

Where: Locations in Levittown, Carle Place, Hauppauge, and Holbrook
Contact Info: Multiple locations, please visit website for details
www.acmoore.com/e-acm.StoreLocator.aspx
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Ace Handicraft
Where:
314 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead, NY
Contact Info:
516-292-1478
acehandicraft.com

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Blick Art Materials
Where:
168 B Glen Cove Road, Carle Place, NY
Contact Info:
516-248-1555
www.dickblick.com/stores/newyork/carleplace

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Island School and Art Supply
Where:
Locations in Medford, Oakdale, St. James and Seaford, NY
Contact Info:
Please see website for individual locations’ addresses
www.educationalmaterial.com/html/locations.html

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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Where: Locations in Westbury, West Babylon, Holbrook, and Centereach
Contact Info: Multiple locations, please visit website for addresses
hosted.where2getit.com/joann/

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Lakeshore Learning Materials
Where: 2079 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park
Contact Info: (516) 616-9360
www.lakeshorelearning.com/home/home.jsp

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Michaels Craft Store
Where: Locations in Levittown, Westbury, Massapequa, Huntington Station, Oceanside, Manhasset, Commack, and Bay Shore
Contact Info: Multiple locations, please visit website for addresses
hosted.where2getit.com/michaels

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Utrecht Art Supplies
Where:
211 Glen Cove Road, Carle Place, NY
Contact Info:
516-741-1805
www.utrechtart.com/stores/detail/14

 

By Pamela Boccia

 

 

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