Here are a few Christmas craft ideas, including a classic - the paper plate angel. I’ve found it to be a good choice for kids of various ages. The possibilities for making the angel into a work of art are countless: spray paint her silver or gold, add yarn hair, use colored pencils for a detailed face, glue feathers on her wings, or just let preschoolers go crazy with a box of crayons. It’s a cute, inexpensive, eco-friendly gift for parents, a nice centerpiece for Christmas dinner, and of course it helps to tell the nativity story.
Speaking of nativities, kids love making their own sets. All too often, the nativity sets in their homes or churches – although beautiful – are tainted by warning that they are for “looking, NOT touching.” But when kids make their own paper or clay pot nativities, they can move the figures around and interact with the story of Jesus’ birth in a tactile way. This easy preschool/kindergartner-friendly nativity craft has templates and a Bible lesson. This one could be used for older kids – and using mini terra cotta pots or paper cups (like the ones that hang beside water coolers) would be more earth-friendly than using Styrofoam cups.
What are your favorite Advent and Christmas craft ideas?