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Christmas Craft Ideas for the Classroom

Christmas is fast approaching! School nativities are being rehearsed, twinkly fairy lights are being switched on in the community and the Christmas cheer and goodwill is quickly spreading. I feel that everyone is getting festive earlier this year, I’m not sure why, but I’m not complaining! This is really my favourite time of the year, and with that in mind, I’ve searched the internet for some Christmas craft classroom ideas for KS1.

Festive Handprints
Cue my favourite website of all time, “thebestideasforkids.com.” I use this website so much at home for craft ideas for my own children. I love a handprint craft idea as they are just so easy.

You will need:

  • Coloured card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pom pom’s
  • Cotton wool
  • Googly eyes
  • Felt tips

Step-by-Step:
1. Draw around a pupil’s hand or ask the child to draw around their own hand on their desired coloured card.
2. Take care cutting the handprint out.
3. Use the ideas below to design and decorate the festive characters.
(Source and photo credit: thebestideasforkids.com. To visit their website Click Here)

Christmas Tree Fairy Light Card

I’ve found this beautiful Christmas card idea for the classroom. It’s fun, colourful and so easy to do that you can produce many cards in a short space of time.

You will need:

  • Coloured A4 card
  • Plain white A5 paper
  • Black felt tip or black string
  • Different coloured paint (and a container to put the paint into)

Step-by-Step:
1. Fold the A4 coloured card in half to make the base for the card. Put this to one side.
2. On the plain white A5 paper, simply draw out the string of fairy lights. (Make it as wild and wonderful as you can!)
3. Ask the children to then dip their finger/thumb into different coloured paints and press their fingerprint around the string to look like multicoloured fairy lights. Leave the paint to dry on the drying rack.
4. Once the paint has completely dried, add further detail, e.g. gluing black string to the line that has been drawn for a 3D effect.

Once you are happy with your fairy lights, mount the picture onto the card!

(Photo credit: ahandfulofbuttons.co.uk, To visit their website Click Here)

Paper Plate Christmas Tree

Would you like to create a beautiful Christmas tree that the children’s parents will adore for years to come? Then look no further!

You will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Green paint
  • Brown coloured paper/card rectangle (for the trunk)
  • Other crafty bits for decorating

Step-by-Step
1. Paint the paper plate green. You can simply paint the plate in one colour, or you can use your finger to make different coloured green dots or add different textures by using a variety of green sequins or glitter etc. Allow the paint to completely dry before moving on to the next steps.
2. Carefully cut the paper plate into three segments. Layer them on top of one another as per the picture below and stick them together using glue.
3. Glue the brown paper/card rectangle to the bottom to create the tree trunk.
4. Decorate the Christmas tree in any way that you like, using any craft items that are available.

(Photo credit: iheartcraftythings.com, To visit their website Click Here

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