Christmas Elves

Christmas Elves

Get in the spirit of Christmas by celebrating Santa’s favorite helpers, the elves! This adorable project will allow your little one to practice distinguishing left from right and up from down using handprint painting. The final product will make a festive addition to any wall.

What You Need:

  • Tempera paint (green and peach)
  • White paper
  • Large paintbrush
  • Markers
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue stick
  • 2 medium poms

What You Do:

  1. Ask your child if they remember which hand is their right hand and which is their left hand. Help them out to remember the difference between the two by having them hold up their left hand and showing them the “L” shape their first finger and thumb make.
  2. Have him show you where the top half of his hand is located (from the base of the fingers up), and where the lower half of his hand is located (from the base of the fingers to the base of his palm).
  3. Help him paint the four fingers of the upper half of his left hand with green paint, and the bottom half of the same hand with peach-colored paint.
  4. Have him stamp his hand on the left side of the paper, gently pressing his hand down to get a good print.
  5. Encourage him to paint his left thumb with the peach-colored paint and have him press it down on the left side of the handprint, near the bottom of the green paint, to create an elf ear. Now let him paint his thumb again and press it on the right side to finish his elf’s ears.
  6. Repeat the entire process for the second elf on the right side of the paper. Let the paint dry completely.
  7. Ask him to outline the elves’ hats in marker and glue a pom on the end of each hat.
  8. Glue some googly eyes in place to help the elves come to life.
  9. Have him draw smiles on the elves to show their Christmas cheer.

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How to Make a Paper Reindeer

How to Make a Paper Reindeer

Who knew reindeer could come in such fun and functional shapes? Let your child celebrate the season with this recycled craft that turns paper tubes into sweet reindeer ready to be filled with holiday goodies. Your child can give them out as gifts or keep them for himself!

What You Need:

  • Recycled paper tubes
  • Red pom pom
  • 2 brown pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Tissue paper
  • Candy, chocolates and other treats!

What You Do:

  1. Have your child create her reindeer’s nose by gluing a pom pom in the center of the cardboard tube.
  2. Let her glue two wiggle eyes above the pom pom to complete the reindeer’s face.
  3. Next, have her use scissors to cut two pipe cleaners in half.
  4. To make the antlers, help your child staple two pipe cleaners vertically onto the cardboard tube. The pipe cleaner antlers should be at least a finger’s width above the wiggle eyes.
  5. Have your child wrap a short length of pipe cleaner around each stapled antler.
  6. Help her gently stuff a sheet of red tissue paper into the paper roll. This will make a small basket for her treats.
  7. Let her fill the construction tube reindeer with all her yummy chocolates and candies. She’s ready to dig in — or gift her craft to a friend!
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