Holiday Crafts for Preschoolers

I can’t begin to tell you how many holiday arts and crafts projects I have created over the years as a nanny. Although I spend countless hours throughout the year helping small hands make timeless artwork, there’s something special about the holiday projects. Kids can create a special gift for Mom or Dad or create an ornament that will hang on the branches of their Christmas tree for years to come.

Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments

One of my personal favorites, while not necessarily a holiday project, makes a wonderful keepsake for little ones to give to their parents. Create lasting memories of childhood with these easy-to-make dough handprints and capture the beauty of tiny hands forever. You can even make this into an ornament to hang on the tree!

Need a recipe for the dough? Check out Then gently take the child’s hand with fingers spread wide and press it into the dough. Bake at 325 degrees until hard (about an hour), cool and then decorate with paint, glitter or other art supplies.

For other fun holiday ideas, check out our Pinterest board: Winter/Christmas Ideas.



What’s your favorite holiday craft to make with your kids?

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8 Responses to “Holiday Crafts for Preschoolers”

  1. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I like making pictures or crafts using my dd’s hand prints. I am going to try this weekend (If I can find everything I need) to make a reindeer using her hands as the antlers on a tshirt. I saw them today on some of the elementary kids and they were adorable!

  2. Gloria Wilson says:

    We love to make paper snowflakes (and then color them) and hang them on the tree.

  3. Twila claycomb says:

    Paper chains to put on the Christmas tree

  4. Evelyn Wilson says:

    We like to make a big gingerbread house.

  5. Earl Claycomb says:

    If making snowmen qualifies as a craft, that would be it. We do decorate them.

  6. Jade says:

    making paper chains for the tree

  7. Beth says:

    We always make a gingerbread house and put all the gumdrops and candy canes and other goodies on it.

  8. Brittany says:

    I love doing gingerbread houses, but my little one is too small so we’ll be making salt dough handprints before we put the decorations away. :)

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