Creative, age-appropriate Christmas crafts are crowd-pleasers in religious education classes leading up to the holidays.
The right Christmas craft for first- and second-graders is something they can do by themselves without becoming frustrated, and with little help from their teacher. Children feel so proud to take something home that they created themselves.
The following easy Christmas crafts for primary grades are easy to set up, take less than one class period, and are fairly quick and easy to clean up. They can all be done by first- and second-graders with minimal supervision from a teacher.
Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes
Each child gets three pipe cleaners or chenille sticks in metallic silver, white, sparkly blue or other snowflake type. Gathering the three sticks together, twist and bend at the middle and fan out the ends to form a snowflake design.
Thread on silver and white beads and crimp the ends closed. Hang on the Christmas tree with a ribbon tied to the center or top.
Christmas Card Ornament Craft
Everybody loves Christmas crafts made from old Christmas cards. They put to good use all those old Christmas cards with beautiful pictures. Using cookie cutters, trace and cut out Christmas card pictures in circle, star, bell and other holiday shapes. Cut the same shapes out of craft foam sheets. Glue the foam shape onto the back of the Christmas card shape. Poke a hole in the top and hang by a ribbon. These ornaments can be rimmed with glitter pen, paint pen or other borders.
Homemade Christmas Place Mats
To make homemade Christmas place mats, supplies needed are:
- Paper place mats (sold in packs of 10 or more, with kitchen paper products)
- Clear Contac paper
- Christmas wrapping paper
- Christmas cards
- Stickers and other decorations
Children can decorate a paper place mat using designs cut out of Christmas wrapping paper and Christmas cards, stickers, glitter, marker and crayon. Cover with clear Contac paper.
Pine Cone Bird Feeder
First- and second-graders love this messy but fun craft that will draw birds to their very own backyards.
To make a pine cone bird feeder, supplies needed are:
- Pine cones
- Peanut butter
- Bird seed
- Craft wire
Children first cover the pine cone in peanut butter, using a spoon, plastic knife, paint brush or simply by rolling it around onto peanut butter that’s been spread onto wax paper. When thoroughly coated with peanut butter, roll the pine cone in bird seed until it’s covered. Tie a section of wire around the pine cone and hang from a tree.
To make a star ornament, supplies needed are:
- 5 popsicle sticks
- Rhinestones, beads and other decorations
Glue together 5 popsicle sticks to form a star. Glue on rhinestones, beads and other decorations. Hang from a ribbon looped through the top section.