I recently came across the following picture and I instantly wanted to try making one!
I think it’d be even cooler with holiday themed shapes like hearts, clovers, snowflakes, etc. So I played around on my computer and came up with this. If you teach a lower grade class, maybe have your students color a section with a single color rather than trying to add the complexity of coming up with a pattern for that sections. Feel free to try it and let me know how it goes!
This is quick and easy paper Christmas/holiday craft was submitted by a lower grade teacher! She loves doing this with all ages. I love how simple it is. It would be perfect to do after you read Tomie dePaola’s book, The Legend of the Poinsettia The book tells a Mexican legend of how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl’s unselfish gift to the Christ Child. It’s perfect for a Christmas around the world unit! Anyway, here are the directions for the paper poinsettia craft:
1 red square 9″ x 9″
1 yellow square 2″ x 2″
3 green strips 2″ x 9″
1. Fold red paper in half. Then open it open and fold it in half the other way.
2. Round corners of yellow square.
3. Glue yellow square in center of red square.
4. Cut along the fold line until you get to the yellow. Don’t cut into the yellow.
5. Curl the poinsettia ends with a pencil.
6. Cut the ends of the green strips into a point.
7. Glue the green strips to the back of the poinsettia.
What are your favorite Christmas crafts for kids? Let me know in the comments below! Merry Christmas!
I’ve been working with my friends over at the Roylco Little Fingers, Big Art blog to put together something special for you! This week, I’ll be launching my Christmas giveway with a special prize for one lucky winner! Check back this week for a chance to enter!
Sometimes I don’t get my act together in time to pull off the fabulous crafts that other teachers do. So here’s a collection of easy last-minute Thanksgiving crafts you can do with your class (or any kids):
A friend of mine recently did a recipe writing project with her second graders. (Other teachers do a sequence writing piece about making a sandwich.) She asked me to make a simple printable that they could use to “publish” their writing projects. Here’s what I came up with:
The kids each drew their own face on the printable and then cut it out. Afterwards, they traced and cut out their hands so it would look like the paper chef was holding their writing project. This made for an ADORABLE project!