Preschoolers love working on Christmas projects to keep their little hands busy. Christmas projects that involve a lacing craft gives your child fine motor skill practice as well as practice tying knots and bows. Lacing craft projects work with many materials (felt, poster board, or construction paper) and familiar shapes like Christmas stockings, Christmas Trees, stars, and bells. Adults can trace and cut out the shapes or allow the children to cut out their own during the craft project.
Use a paper punch to make holes around each shape (about 1 to 2 inches apart). Provide your child with a length of yarn or ribbon (wrap scotch tape around one end of the yarn, like a shoelace) to make it easier to thread through the holes. Practice tying bows or knots at the end of each craft project. Let your child use stickers, glitter, markers, etc. to finish decorating their Christmas projects.
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Introduce your child to puppet making as a fun way to encourage their imagination. Younger children can begin their introduction to puppet making with simple string puppets such as cup marionettes. Before television string puppets were often used as interactive teaching methods to convey concepts to children.
This craft project is an inexpensive idea that can be used later as a rainy day or play date activity. Visit www.treasureboxkids.com for children’s clothing and ideas. Be sure to look through our archived blog posts for more activities, fun kids crafts, tips and birthday party ideas. Here are the directions to make this simple cup string puppet:
What you need for this craft project:
· 3 cups
· 4 lengths of string or yarn
· Control stick – old ruler, twig from outdoors, curtain rod, etc.
Decorating materials: wiggle eyes, markers, glitter glue, sequins, stickers, pom poms, etc
How to make the string puppet:
1. Head cup: poke holes ¼” from the top edge of a cup. Run one string through the inside of the cup as shown.
2. Feet cups: attach one string to the inside of each of the 2 feet cups as shown.
3. Tie the strings from the head cup to the control stick. Poke 2 holes in the bottom of the head cup to attach the feet cups to.
at you need for this craft project:
·4 lengths of string or yarn
·Control stick – old ruler, twig from outdoors, curtain rod, etc.
Rainy days require a craft project that keeps kids attention for hours. A craft project that consists of making and decorating salt dough, takes kids through mixing dough, creating shapes, cooking the dough and decorating the final product.
Salt dough uses four ingredients: 3 cups of flour, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of salt, and 2 teaspoons of oil to make one batch. Mix ingredients together into a ball and then use a rolling pin to flatten the salt dough. Use cookie cutters to mold the dough crafts and then bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
When the shapes cool the dough crafts can be decorated with paint or markers, glitter, sequins, etc. Add one part white glue to two parts paint to make the paint shiny and tough for the salt dough shapes.
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