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3 Simple Symbolic Christmas Crafts for Kindergarten

written by: Tania Cowling • edited by: Tricia Goss • updated: 11/11/2016

These homemade art projects seem to embody the spirit of the season and evoke wonderful holiday memories each year they are displayed. Each project involves a symbolic part of Christmas and is easy and fun to make in the classroom.

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    Lunch Bag Santa

    Lunch Bag Santa 

    Santa Claus has many names including Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and just plain Santa. Legend says that he was a generous and kind monk who would bring presents to children and needy people on December 24 (Christmas Eve).

    This lunch bag craft serves two purposes other than just a decoration. If you seat Santa’s face with the bag opening at the top, it can be filled with small toys and goodies for the child. Decorating the bag with the opening at the bottom will make a nice puppet for the children to dramatize with.

    You will need:

    • Lunch bag
    • White yarn
    • Red felt
    • Black marker (googly eyes are optional)
    • Cotton ball
    • Ruler
    • Heavy-duty glue
    • Safety scissors

    Directions:

    1. Direct your students to cut a large triangle (hat) from red felt. You will also need a circle for the nose and a smaller circle for his mouth.
    2. Glue the shapes to the front side of the lunch bag.
    3. Draw eyes with a black marker or glue on googly eyes.
    4. Use a ruler to measure three-inch lengths of yarn. Cut many to make Santa’s beard. Cut and glue these to the Santa face.

    Flip over Santa’s red felt hat and glue a white cotton ball at the tip.

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    Clothespin Christmas Tree

    Clothespin Christmas Tree 

    The evergreen tree was decorated by pagan people at the feast of the winter solstice and was a sign that winter would end and warmth would resume. Christians said that lights on the tree represent Christ as being the “Light of the World” and also represent stars. Candles were first used for lights. Today colored lights and ornaments adorn our trees.

    What you need:

    • Cardboard
    • Safety scissors
    • Tree template
    • Green poster paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Spring-type clothespin
    • Heavy-duty glue or low temperature glue gun
    • Ornaments (buttons, sequins, etc.)

    Directions:

    1. Using a tree template, draw a Christmas tree onto cardboard. Carefully cut this out using safety scissors.
    2. Paint the tree green and let dry thoroughly.
    3. Adhere a clothespin to the back of the tree with heavy-duty glue or a glue gun. An adult will need to help the children with this step.
    4. Invite the children to decorate the Christmas tree with assorted baubles, gluing the pieces randomly on the tree.

    Clip this tree ornament onto a branch of the Christmas tree or it can be clipped onto clothing to wear as décor.

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    Styrofoam Wreath

    Styrofoam Wreath 

    The wreath with its circular shape symbolizes eternity with no beginning or no end. Most are made from evergreen branches that mean growth and everlasting life. This craft is made from Styrofoam packing pieces, which is a good way to recycle this common material, found in packing boxes.

    You will need:

    • Large green pipe cleaner
    • Red pipe cleaner
    • Styrofoam pieces
    • Heavy-duty glue
    • Glitter glue pens

    Directions:

    1. Take the green pipe clear and shape it into a circle.
    2. Thread the Styrofoam pieces onto the circle. When finished twist and close the end.
    3. Using a piece of the red pipe cleaner, form a bow. Glue this onto the bottom of the wreath.
    4. Let the children use glitter glue pens to decorate the Styrofoam pieces. Be gentle as Styrofoam can break easily.

References

  • Symbolic references in Channels to Children by Carol Beckman, Roberta Simmons, and Nancy Thomas; copyright 1982, page 61
  • Personal experience as an early childhood educator
  • Clothespin Tree; Crafts for All Seasons, A Hands-on Celebration of Seasonal Craft Activities by Tania Kourempis-Cowling; Fearon Teacher Aids, 1997
  • Photos by Tania Cowling, all rights reserved

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