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You don’t want to miss these simple Santa crafts for toddlers! They’re perfect for little ones to create and display throughout the holiday season.
These crafts will make great holiday decorations. Some make great gifts for grandparents. Others are just plain in-the-moment Christmas holiday fun!
Which Santa craft will you and your preschoolers make first?
Not only is crafting with toddlers a great way to spend time together while making memories, but it’s also a great time to work on important skills like cutting, glueing, and expressing creativity.
Santa crafts for toddlers
Most of these Santa crafts for kids will require a little set up from mom or teacher. But, the bulk of the crafting is done by the toddler.
This Santa hat paint chip craft is perfect for little ones. If they can use scissors, let them. If not, precut the paint chips and let them do all the glueing. You can tie a string on them and hang them on the tree, or you can string them together to make a garland. The Simple Parent
This paper roll Christmas craft involves some painting and some glueing. It’s super simple and cute as can be. Non-Toy Gifts
Hit the Goodwill to purchase a few wooden spoons. It’s really easy for toddlers to turn them into Santa and Rudolph puppets. Messy Little Monster
I love the process used to make the beard on this simple paper Santa craft. Buggy and Buddy
Your kids will work on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as they stack wooden cubes to make this easy Santa craft. Teaching Ideas
This paper cone Santa craft is simple to make, and it’ll look cute on display all season long. Glue Sticks Blog
There are so many fun materials you can use to create Santa’s hat and beard on this Santa handprint craft. The Best Ideas for Kids
Santa stars are quick and easy to make. Kids can make a bunch to string together as a garland or to hang on the tree. Red Ted Art
Kids can use tissue paper squares, cotton balls, and pom poms to create their very own Santa collage this holiday season. Rainy Day Mum
One paper plate can be turned into Santa and his elves in no time. This simple paper plate Santa is easy for even your toddlers to make. Glued to My Crafts Blog
Crafting doesn’t get much easier than this easy paper plate Santa hat craft. If you don’t want to mess with paint, you could purchase red plates. The Simple Parent
Mix up a batch of homemade salt dough to make these Santa handprint ornaments. They’ll make great keepsake ornaments. Messy Little Monster
Toilet paper rolls are the foundation for this Father Christmas craft for toddlers. Nurture Store
This Santa Christmas paper plate craft for kids is the perfect frugal holiday craft for little ones. A Cultivated Nest
Turn a paper plate into a Santa mask your kids will love including in their imaginative playtime! Susan Weinroth
Print the free template, and your kids can wear this Santa beard craft while they play this holiday season. East Coast Mommy
Painting and glueing are fun activities that toddlers can do to make a craft stick Santa ornament. Happy Hooligans
I love this unique idea to use popcorn for the beard on this popcorn Santa craft for kids. The Inspiration Edit
Put a magnet on the back of these adorable Santa Claus clothespin crafts, and use them to pin up notes, recipes, or lists this season. Masshole Mommy
This paper plate Santa belly craft is super easy to make with just paint, a plate, and some paper. Glued to My Crafts
Colored velcro dots and pom poms make this color matching Santa hat a fun craft and learning tool. Our Kid Things
Precutting the pieces for this simple Santa shape craft makes it easier for toddlers to create them on their own. There’s Just One Mommy
Tearing paper is a great activity that helps build fine motor hand muscles. Kids can tear paper for this torn paper Santa art project. A Blog from the Pond
Craft sticks and cotton balls are all you need to make these Santa hat Christmas ornaments. Buggy and Buddy
Must Have Resources:
When completing these Santa craft ideas, I find that the following resources are very helpful to have on hand.
BOOKS ABOUT SANTA
Fill your book basket with a great collection of preschool Santa books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
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Cookies for Santa: The Story of How Santa’s Favorite Cookie Saved Christmas – The Kringle family cookbook has gone missing, and Santa can’t remember the recipe for the special cookies he makes every year. But where can he turn for help?
Where’s Santa Claus? – Five beautifully illustrated spreads show a series of friendly Christmassy creatures hiding behind bright felt flaps. With gold foil on the cover and a mirror on the final page, this is a perfect book to share with very little ones.
Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein – Rachel Rosenstein is determined to celebrate Christmas this year—and the fact that her family is Jewish is not going to stop her. In a series of hilarious and heartwarming mishaps, Rachel writes a letter to Santa explaining her cause, pays him a visit at the mall, and covertly decorates her house on Christmas Eve (right down to latkes for Santa and his reindeer).
Round Out Your Santa Unit with These Activities:
Whether you’re traveling to visit family or you’re looking for a quiet time activity for your little ones, these holiday-themed reusable puffy sticker sets are just what you need to entertain your tots and preschoolers.
‘Tis the season to play Happy Holidays 4×4 Bingo! These printable PDFs contain everything you need to play Bingo.
Fill your holiday book basket with these precious Christmas books for preschoolers. You’ll find a mix of classics and new favorites kids will love.