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6 Simple Holiday Crafts for Students

Celebrating the season doesn't mean just focusing on Christmas.

You can create inclusive crafts that all of your students will love to make.

Here are six suggestions for fun art projects that are open ended enough to relate to Christmas, Diwali, Kwanza, New Years or just the first snowfall!

#1 - SNOWFLAKES

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Snow is magical for children, so celebrate the season by exploring snow! Teachers can integrate the science of weather while exploring the mathematical concept of symmetry. Kids can learn how different temperatures produce different kinds of snowflakes.

Paper snowflakes are a great object lesson in symmetry. Using special papers makes the project interesting. Students can colour them with watercolour paint or markers for stunning results.

For a beautiful window decoration, try creating metallic snowflakes cut from high quality foil cardstock. Flip them over and glue on tissue paper. Light will shine through the snowflakes and cast off wonderful colours! (Editor’s Note: Roylco's Snowflake Stained Glass Frames 24 Pack is sold at Scholar’s Choice here.)

 

#2 - DIORAMAS

Explore holiday traditions with dioramas! Children can create dioramas on any subject as they explore Christmas traditions in other cultures.

Alternatively, they can make a diorama focusing on their own holiday traditions whether that's taking a ski holiday, celebrating Kwanza, Hanukah or Ramadan.

Provide some direction by putting out a mix of decorative elements such as craft buttons, coloured noodles, pompoms, fabric scraps, craft paper and modelling clay. Don't forget to include magazines and catalogues along with scissors and glue. Children can flip through the pages, cut out pictures and glue them into their scenes.

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#3 - SCROLLSholiday scrolls-Roylco

You can incorporate literacy/writing into your festive activities by creating family heirloom scrolls. Have your students write the story of Christmas or any religious holiday onto a sacred scroll. Alternatively, children can write their own stories in a creative writing exercise.

These stories can make marvellous gifts. The author of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Clement Clarke Moore, originally wrote his poem as a Christmas gift for his family. It has become a tradition in many families to reread the poem on Christmas Eve.

After children have composed their poem or story, have them practice their penmanship. When they are ready, use a sheet of parchment paper cut in strips and have the students rewrite their poem or story. Roll up the scroll students can take it home for theholidays to share or give as a gift.

 

#4 - PAPER CHAINS

Decorate your classroom with a friendship paper chain! Traditionally, paper chains were used to decorate homes and Christmas trees. Now you can use them to celebrate your students.

Cut strips of craft paper 2-3 cm wide and have each child write his or her name on the paper strip. One student starts by looping their paper link together and taping it closed. He or she then hands the link over to the next child who threads his or her strip through the loop and tapes it closed. Go all the way around the class once or twice to create wonderfully long chains and use them to decorate your classroom for a festive yet personal touch.

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#5 - GIFT WRAP

Prepare for gift giving by making gorgeous wrapping paper. Start with large sheets of white tissue paper, some sponges, paint, glue and glitter. With older students, take this opportunity to discuss print making and create simple stamps out of apples and potatoes. The artists can then dip their stamp in some paint and create a pattern on the paper.

Use sponges to lightly blot paint on the paper and create beautiful designs. You could mix it up and use white glue instead of paint. Dip the sponge into a shallow puddle of glue and press onto paper. Repeat a few more times and sprinkle the wet glue with glitter. Let dry and shake off the excess. Add details with marker or glue on fabric scraps.

#6 - THANK YOUs

End your seasonal celebrations with thank you notes. You can integrate writing skills and etiquette with art. Teach your students the essentials of letter-writing and have them practice composing notes of gratitude.

In art class, creativity is the only limitation on producing stunning hand-made cards. Supply your students with blank cards with envelopes and a variety of crafting materials. Rubber stamps, paint, markers, scrapbook supplies and ribbon all make for beautiful cards. Older students might even attempt creating a pop-up card.

It's important to acknowledge and celebrate the season in the classroom, however, your celebrations don't need to be limited to Christmas. Ask your students how they celebrate the season and explore everyone's uniqueness through pictures, art and stories.

As a teacher, what are your favourite holiday crafts to do with your students? Share them below.

14
Dec
Posted by Peter Nosalik in Teacher, General ← Previous Post Next Post →

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