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Use a mix of recycled cardboard and other paper type materials for this fun Santa Clause collage craft. Join in the fun and create one along side your little artist!

Start with:

  • Cardboard, plain and textured
  • Paper Plates, Cardstock and Other Recycled Papers
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 1 Inch Paper Punch
  • Single Paper Punch

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a circle from cardboard. Paint it the color you would like for Santa's face and allow it to dry.

Step 2: For Santa's hat, we used the same steps as we used for our Paper Plate Apple Collage and cut it into the shape of a hat. Click here for tutorial.

Step 3: After gluing Santa's hat to the top of the cardboard circle, add facial features from cardstock or paint them! We used a 1 inch paper punch for Santa's eyes and a regular single paper punch for the pupils.

Step 4: Paint textured cardboard white and allow it to dry. Once dry, cut and punch circles. These will be used for Santa's beard and hat details.

Step 5: Glue one circle to the top of Santa's hat.

Step 6: Glue circles of various sizes along the bottom border of Santa's hat.

Step 7: Glue circles to the lower portion of Santa's face for his beard.

Put on some Christmas music, gather the materials and get set for a Christmas crafting session!

Do you have a preschooler working on number recognition and counting? Make your own Christmas Trees for a fun counting activity for the season!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Mini Pom Poms

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a piece of cardboard green and allow it to dry.

Step 2: Cut the cardboard into triangles for your Christmas tree counters.

Step 3: Cut small rectangles from textured cardboard for the tree trunks

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Step 4: Glue the textured cardboard rectangles to the green cardboard triangles to form the Christmas trees.

Step 5: Add the pom poms to count!

Season specific learning activities are a wonderful way to keep things fresh and fun for little learners! And, with just a few supplies, these Christmas trees make a delightful activity to work on together.

Although we do like to make cookies at Christmas time, we also like decorating this fun cardboard version of gingerbread people - and it makes the perfect festive garland!

Start with:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard Cereal Box (we used a large family sized one)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: We started by cutting a gingerbread person template from a piece of paper and then tracing it to the cardboard box - making sure the hands and feet touched the next one to form the garland.

Step 2: Cut out the gingerbread people. The cardboard is a bit thick so this part is best done by an adult.

Step 3: Paint a white border around the edges of of the gingerbread people bodies. 

Step 4: While the paint dries, cut clothes and accessories from cardstock.

Step 5: Glue the outfits and other details. For the eyes, we used a single hole punch and a 1 inch paper punch.

A single family sized cereal box should make four gingerbread people. Add another cereal box or two to make the garland even longer!

Holly is such a pretty and classic Christmas decoration. We used it for inspiration for our Cardboard Christmas Holly Crown!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stapler

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a strip of cardboard for the crown band.

Step 2: Secure the ends of cardboard together with a stapler to create the crown band.

Step 3: Cut out holly leaves from cardboard and paint green. Allow to dry.

 

Step 4: Cut out circles from cardboard for the holly berries. Paint red and allow them to dry.

Step 5: Glue the holly leaves together.

Step 6: Add the holly berries to the center of the holly leaves.

Step 7: Glue the holly to the crown band to complete.

Fun for a Christmas tea or for a festive dress up option!