50 Christmas crafts for preschoolers – fun, cute and mostly VERY simple

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If you’re looking for fun, simple Christmas crafts for preschoolers to do, a cute and festive keepsake craft, an ornament for the Christmas tree or just anything Christmassy and crafty for your 3, 4 or even 5-year-old – you’ve come to the right place.   

If you have a 2-year-old or are just looking for even more Christmas craft ideas for your preschooler, check out out these 55 cute Christmas crafts for toddlers & preschoolers, 2-4 years old.

Now, because crafting with little ones can often be…mmm, how to describe it…  Challenging?  Chaotic? Messy? All of the above?  The keeping-it-simple part is essential.

It’s Christmas.  You don’t want to add to the stress.

Hopefully, in this list of Christmas crafts for little ones 3 to 5 years old, aka “preschoolers”, you’ll find plenty of easy stress-free and FUN things to do.  When I say “fun” I’m thinking of you.  Your little kid is pre-programmed to have fun no matter what the task – which is why crafting can get so out of hand!

In my mind, a “fun” craft is one that keeps my preschoolers (aged 3 and 4 right now) busy and entertained, is fairly straightforward to set-up and prep and isn’t conducive to a huuuuuuuge cleanup.

And before getting into the meat of this post, I’ll share a few things I’ve learnt along the way while doing crafts and activities with toddlers and preschoolers.

But, but, but… there some super cute preschooler Christmas crafts out there which are almost impossible to resist, despite their trickier nature and the potential for more mess.  So I’ve included these, but separated them out.

So I’ve divided this list of Christmas crafts for preschoolers, firstly by type of craft (Christmas cards, ornaments and other crafts) and then also by difficulty/mess potential:

SIMPLER, MINIMAL MESS Christmas crafts for preschoolers

Simple to prep and shouldn’t get too out of hand when it comes to mess and clean up. 

TRICKIER, POTENTIALLY STICKIER ones

A bit harder to prep, finish off or much bigger mess potential

So let’s get to it – loads of simple Christmas crafts for preschoolers plus some trickier, stickier and messier ones.  Pick, chose, enjoy! Merry Christmas.

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Tips for doing Christmas crafts with preschoolers (or any craft for that matter)

1 – Pick crafts based on your time frame (and sanity!)

Simple wins every time, as I’ve already alluded to.  This is ESPECIALLY true when you’re short on time or sanity…

KEEP IT SIMPLE

2 – The process of creation is more important, than the end result

It’s nice if the craft is worth keeping at the end of it all, but to a preschooler they’re just having fun, exploring, creating and experimenting…

From a learning and development point of view, the process is much more important than the finished article.  Just knowing that has really helped me sit back and not be too directive. 

I’m now happy if only 10% of the crafts we do are fridge or mantle-piece worthy.

3 – Prep beforehand if you can and out of sight if necessary

It’s not just preschoolers that can’t help but touch, pick up and start to play with anything new and different in sight…. Prepping ahead of time and out of sight really helps.  

4 – Make the craft alongside your preschooler

This helps them to see what it is they’re trying to achieve. Of course, they may well have zero intention of achieving the same thing as you, but, as per #2 above, that’s ok.

Crafting together is also a nice way to spend time together – while my son loves to “build” with me and make all sorts of odd-looking buildings, trucks and other random vehicles out of toilet rolls, egg boxes, juice cartons and so on, my daughter loves to sit down and paint and scribble with me.  We often just do said craft together – I will glue and she will stick.

Preschooler Christmas crafts: Christmas cards & ‘”artwork”

As long as your preschooler’s creations, aka “artwork” is not enormous, you can cut it out and stick on a card or just start with the card.  Or take one of these card ideas as a starting point for your little one to get creative.

So these two Christmas crafts for preschoolers are grouped together. 

SIMPLER, MINIMAL MESS ones

learning.through.play Christmas cards and craft for preschoolers
Rudolf faces Christmas cards from @learning.through.play

#1 Rudolf faces Christmas card

These Christmas cards definitely need the abstract handiwork of a preschooler or slightly older kid to produce something as cute as the ones above.  They’d be easy to do on a large scale and you could simplify further by using a large round hole-punch for the eyes and nose.

Snowman card or preschooler craft for Christmas
Snowman card or craft from Busy Blooming Joy

#2 Simple snowman card or craft

These snowmen cards are easy enough for littler ones.  I did most of the cutting for my toddler and preschooler last year and they did all the sticking. They turned out rather cute, if I do say so myself!

 

claire_hayton Thumbprint Christmas craft
Thumbprint Christmas lights card from @claire_hayton

#3 Thumbprint Christmas lights card

A string of finger print Christmas lights makes for a very simple and effective card and Christmas craft for preschoolers. At 3 and 4, my two aren’t at the writing stage yet so I’ll be helping with any text – no doubt I’ll have it dictated it to me by my eldest.

Cupcake liner snowflake craft for preschoolers
Cupcake liner snowflake craft from Lil Tigers

#4 Cupcake liner snowflake craft

Classic fold and cut snowflake art, but for this one you use a cupcake liner.  Perfect for a preschooler with good scissor control and bound to delight when the snowflake is revealed at the end.  A sprinkle of glitter and it’s ready to be stuck onto the front of a Christmas card.

cristynsharkey robin breast Christmas craft
Thumbprint robin breast Christmas cards from @cristynsharkey

#5 Thumbprint robin breast Christmas cards

I love the clean and fresh look of these simple robin cards.  While little ones are probably only able to help with the red thumbprint, older preschoolers or first-graders could have a go at the drawing part too.  

claire_hayton snowmen Christmas card for preschoolers
Button and washi tape snowmen cards from @claire_hayton

#6 Button and washi tape snowmen cards

These snowmen cards mainly require a bit of cutting and sticking which will be right up my two preschooler’s street.  A simple scribble mouth completes this easy Christmas craft for preschoolers.

TRICKIER, POTENTIALLY STICKIER ones

nauczycielka_zabawy Christmas craft
Snowmen handprint Christmas craft or card from @nauczycielka_zabawy

#7 Snowmen handprint Christmas craft or card

This Christmas craft for preschoolers is a bit more challenging, perfect for budding little artists that can have fun drawing their snowmen faces and clothing onto their white handprint artwork.

Marbled Christmas card an craft for preschoolers
Marbled Christmas card from The Ladybird Adventures

#8 Marbled Christmas card

Paper marbling is not for tiny tots of 1 and 2 – trust me, I’ve tried.  Let’s just say there was more shaving foam paint over my 2-year-old than on the paper.  But now at 3 and 4 I reckon I’m willing to give this a go again.  A fun Christmas craft for preschoolers? Watch this space, but I reckon so!

Snowman Christmas card and craft from Red Ted Art
Puffy paint Snowman snowglobe card from Red Ted Art

#9 Puffy paint snowman snowglobe card

This puffy paint Christmas craft is a good test of fine motor for a preschooler and even an older child and aren’t these ones turn just so cute?

Painted noodle Christmas craft for preschoolers
Painted noodle Christmas craft from Cendu Param

#10 Painted noodle Christmas craft

A list of Christmas crafts for preschoolers wouldn’t be complete without some dried painted pasta would it?  Young kids will definitely have fun painting and then designing their colorful Christmas trees with this one.

Hand & footprint Rudolf card or craft for preschoolers
Hand & footprint Rudolf card or craft from @beau.sissy.andme

#11 Hand & footprint Rudolf card or craft

Brown paint and a preschooler who can restrain themselves from smooshing their painted hand or foot all over the paper for a few seconds is all you need for this one.  How hard can it be?  Luckily I’ve found with my two that by age 3 and 4 these hand and footprint crafts come a lot easier.

Christmas tree ornaments to make with preschoolers

Making Christmas tree ornaments is a fun craft for kids of all ages and already a family Christmas tradition we all enjoy.  They can also make great keepsakes and gifts for family and friends (note the operative word, “can” – they may not all turn out as pictured and remember, that’s ok!)

Below is a selection of ornaments, most suitable for preschoolers aged 3-5 years old.  For even more homemade ornaments, check out: 39 adorable Christmas ornaments for kids of all ages to make or help with

SIMPLER, MINIMAL MESS ones

Snowflake pipe cleaner ornaments and craft for preschoolers
Snowflake pipe cleaner ornaments from Cendu Param

#12 Snowflake pipe cleaner ornaments

A mess-free Christmas craft and decoration for preschoolers but still quite a test for little fingers to twist into a snowflake shape.  Let’s see how far we get with this one.

diycraftymama snowman craft for preschoolers

#13 Fill & stick snowman Christmas tree ornaments

Styrofoam balls, snowman stickers and clear plastic bauble make for a fun Christmas activity and craft for preschoolers.  (Just be careful of little ones still keen on stuffing small things into their mouth.)

pipecleaner tree ornaments preschooler Christmas craft
Pipe cleaner Christmas tree ornaments from Red Ted Art

#14 Pipe cleaner Christmas tree ornaments

A simple and effective Christmas ornament and craft for preschoolers with some threading practice; my daughter is going to love this one.

snowflake christmas ornaments craft for preschoolers
Popsicle-stick snowflake ornaments from The Best Ideas For Kids

15. Popsicle-stick snowflake ornaments

These ones are just so pretty! A fun and festive preschooler Christmas craft for little ones that love a bit of sparkle.  So that’s all of them, right? 

Paper straw Christmas ornament for preschoolers
Paper straw Christmas ornament and craft from @thekeeperofthecheerios

#16 Paper straw Christmas ornament and craft

A simple and cute Christmas craft for preschoolers which incorporates an element of learning; to cut festive straws, of decreasing length. So this will involve a bit of measuring – my 4-year-old wannabe builder’s favorite thing at the moment.  Buy some of these pre-painted craft sticks if you want to skip the painting part.

TRICKIER, POTENTIALLY STICKIER ones

Craft stick Christmas tree craft for preschoolers
Craft stick Christmas tree craft & ornament from Little Bins For Little Hands

#17 Craft stick Christmas tree craft & ornament

I love this sweet Christmas tree craft for preschoolers.  A little bit of learning and skill involved in the yarn wrapping and then some pompom sticking to finish.

#18 Decoupaged star ornaments

Some polystyrene stars, modge podge, tissue paper and glitter are the starting ingredient for these homemade Christmas ornaments. One for an older kid to do alone or a little one to help you with. 

Finished decorated salt dough Christmas tree ornaments an craft for preschoolers
Salt dough Christmas ornaments from Busy Blooming Joy

 

#19 Salt dough Christmas ornaments

My pick of all the Christmas ornaments we did last year.  Fun to make and so easy to decorate – just stick-on stars, modge podge and glitter.  Not only did my two loved making these, they also loved giving them as gifts; they were so proud of their creations!

Glitter star Christmas preschooler craft
Glitter star craft from Crafts by Amanda

#20 Glitter star craft

Got a glitter loving preschooler at home?  Me too.  This “Sparkle Station” from Crayola is new to me and now another fun craft sitting in my Amazon shopping basket.  My daughter is going to love it.  As will her older cousins… (Quickly adds another 2 to the basket.)

Follow the tutorial here to see how you can use the sparkle station to make the star decoration pictured.

clay pot snowman ornament craft for preschoolers
Clay pot snowman ornament from Intelliegent Domestications

#21 Clay pot snowman ornament

Preschoolers are going to love dressing this snowman up, how cute is he?  

Chalkboard Christmas tree ornament for preschoolers to make
Chalkboard Christmas tree ornament from Fireflies & Mudpies

 

#22 Chalkboard Christmas tree ornament 

Possibly for the older preschooler or first grader who is able to draw something that resembles something. But even a squiggle with the date and your little one’s name would be a sweet keepsake.   

Other Toddler Christmas crafts & decor

Paper plate crafts, Santa crafts, Rudolf crafts, all hopefully cute enough to decorate your home, this chunk of Christmas crafts for preschoolers has a bit of everything.

SIMPLER, MINIMAL MESS ones

Nativity scene craft for preschoolers at Christmas
Nativity scene craft from Messy Little Monster

#23 Nativity scene craft

A sweet Christmas craft that can help teach your preschooler the story of the birth of Jesus and remind them that Christmas isn’t just about presents!  Worth a try anyway.  For the free printable click the link above.

Foil art Christmas trees craft for preschoolers
Foil art Christmas trees from DIY Thought

#24 Foil art Christmas trees

I never knew foil art existed until I came across this pretty Christmas tree craft; ideal for preschoolers that love to get creative will coloring.  Simply grab some cardboard, cut to your desired shape, wrap in tin foil and let your little one go to town with sharpies.

Santa's binoculars Christmas craft for preschoolers
Santa’s binoculars Christmas craft from Mommyhood Life

#25 Santa’s binoculars Christmas craft

Something else that seems to fascinate toddlers and preschoolers alike is looking through cardboard tubes. Along with singing or shouting down them.  So these Santa binoculars are sure to be a winner. Combine this with a festive scavenger hunt (check this list of Christmas activities for some free printables) and there’s hours of entertainment to be had.

Button Christmas tree craft for preschoolers
Button Christmas tree craft from Simple Everyday Mom

#26 Button Christmas tree craft

Old buttons at the ready….(or if you don’t have, pick up some of these cheap crafting buttons)  Here’s a dead easy button Christmas tree to add to the simple section of this list of Christmas crafts for preschoolers. 

Folder paper reindeer craft for preschoolers
Folder paper reindeer craft from @youngschoolartwithmr.g

#27 Folder paper reindeer craft

Another reindeer Christmas craft, this one could officially be called origami.  Fear not, the paper folding really is very simple.  Such a cute Christmas craft for preschoolers that could also be turned into a gift tag or tree ornament

Paper plate Santa face and mask and Christmas craft for preschoolers
Paper plate Santa face and mask from @mindful.educator

#28 Paper plate Santa face and mask

My preschoolers will love pretending to be Santa with this Christmas craft.  The simplest props can send them into far off make-believe land for several hours…mmm, time for a coffee or 5…

Easy leaf Christmas trees preschooler craft
Easy leaf Christmas trees from Take Them Outside

#29 Easy leaf Christmas trees

Another rustic Christmas craft for more subtle festive decor, decorating these leaf trees will be a good test of fine motor control for a preschooler.

Toilet paper roll Grinch craft for preschoolers this Christmas
Toilet paper roll Grinch craft from Simple Everyday Mom

#30 Toilet paper roll Grinch craft

Look at that cheeky Grinch face!  For the free printable and instructions, click on the link above.

Paper plate Christmas tree craft for preschoolers
Paper plate Christmas tree craft from I Heart Crafty Things

#31 Paper plate Christmas tree craft

I think this is my favorite Christmas tree craft for preschoolers so far – simple, cute and a few different parts to the process with lots of learning involved.

Paper plate Christmas wreath craft for preschoolers
Paper plate Christmas wreath craft from Two Pink Peonies

#32 Paper plate Christmas wreath craft

A simple cutting and coloring exercise in this easy Christmas wreath craft. Gotta love a mess-free craft too.

Mistletoes artwork Christmas preschooler craft
Mistletoes artwork from @jennifer_straub

#33 Mistletoes artwork

These mistletoes will make a beautifully festive keepsake.  A Christmas craft that is definitely more for mom and dad than said preschooler.

Santa hat and mask and Christmas craft for preschoolers
Santa hat and mask from @make_like_mimi

#34 Santa hat and mask

I’m sure we’re all sick of hearing about masks, buying masks, washing masks and of course remembering to take them everywhere…. But this is a fun Santa mask and hat!  It’s one of 8 activities in the Christmas craft pack – click through to place your order (not an affiliate link).

Christmas tree paper craft for preschoolers
Christmas tree paper craft from Katherine Rosman

#35 Christmas tree paper craft

A quick and easy Christmas craft for preschoolers that could also work well as a festive pencil topper.  Simply cut, fold, punch and thread.

Craft stick Santa craft
Craft stick Santa craft from @gluedtomycrafts

#36 Craft stick Santa craft

An easy craft stick Santa Christmas craft that preschoolers are sure to love.  I can see this one on the mantlepiece this Christmas.

Pipe cleaner Christmas trees preschooler craft
Pipe cleaner Christmas trees from Two Kids And A Coupon

#37 Pipe cleaner Christmas trees

I reckon these little pipe cleaner trees would look very festive on the table over Christmas.  It’s a case of wrapping green pipe cleaners around a simple carboard cone (could be tricky for a preschooler but I reckon worth a try), then removing the cone and sticking on pompoms.

Craft stick Rudolfs for preschoolers this Christmas
Craft stick Rudolfs from @play.and.learn.with.karen

#38 Craft stick Rudolfs

This time it’s reindeer faces made from craft sticks. A cute and simple Christmas craft for preschoolers to get stuck into.

TRICKIER, POTENTIALLY STICKIER ones

Santa handprint craft for preschoolers at Christmas
Santa handprint craft from Simple Everyday Mom

#39 Santa handprint craft

Cutting out your preschoolers’ handprints to use as Santa’s beard is the trickiest part to this one.  Check the post for a free printable of the other components you need for this sweet preschooler Christmas craft.

Fluffy snowman craft for preschoolers
Fluffy snowman craft from Crafted With Bliss

#40 Fluffy snowman craft

Paper cups make up the body of this cute fluffy snowman.  For the nose, eyes, hat and mittens etc, click through for the free printable. 

Fork painted Christmas tree craft for preschoolers
Fork painted Christmas tree craft from A Dab Of Glue Will Do

#41 Fork painted Christmas tree craft

Using a fork to paint with makes for a very effective fir tree.  Then it’s just a case of decorating with sequins and a star for the top.  Sweet Christmas tree craft for the paint-loving preschooler. 

snowmen preschooler Christmas craft
Rustic snowmen from @kiyaweening

#42 Rustic snowman craft

I love the rustic nature of this snowman Christmas craft; very festive, I nice change from the typical Christmas bling. 

Puffy paint snowman artwork
Puffy paint snowman artwork from @art2artsalonica

#43 Puffy paint snowman artwork

More puffy paint, this time on a much larger scale.  This Christmas craft for preschoolers should definitely be fridge-worthy! Totally love it.

Penguin painting preschooler Christmas craft
Penguin painting from @paintpodcreations

#44 Penguin painting

This Christmas craft is for the older preschooler or first-grader who’s handy with a paintbrush.  I think it’s a bit beyond either of my two but maybe one for next year.

handmade Christmas gift box for preschoolers to make
Homemade Christmas gift box from Busy Blooming Joy

#45 Help make & decorate a Christmas gift box

These gift boxes are incredibly simple to make – taking less than 10 minutes from start to finish.  Little ones can get involved either stamping or printing the cardboard before constructing the box or by decorating once the box is complete.  For more decorating ideas, check out 15 Simple And Stunning Gift Box Decoration Ideas.

Snowman snow globe
Snowman snow globe from Fireflies And Mudpies

#46 Snowman snow globe

This Christmas craft is sure to be a hit with preschoolers; it’s effectively a toy at the end of the crafting process. So although it’s one of the more time-consuming crafts, it should be well worth it.  Another, “watch this space”!

Paper plate Christmas tree craft for preschoolers
Paper plate Christmas tree craft

#47 Paper plate Christmas tree craft

A slightly more complicated paper plate Christmas tree craft for preschoolers which turns into this 3d gem.  Your little one will probably need help to start off on this one.

Handprint snowman saltdough preschooler christmas craft
Handprint snowman saltdough craft

#48 Handprint snowmen saltdough craft

Another handprint snowmen craft idea, this time in salt dough.   You may need to help with the decorating and finishing off, but wouldn’t this make the perfect odds and ends plate?

Miniature Christmas village craft for preschoolers to make
Miniature Christmas village from Whats Up Fagans

#49 Miniature Christmas village

Festive craft paper and old Christmas cards are the basis for this craft – perfect for the preschooler that loves to build, it’ll suit my 4 year old to a tee.

No-sew sock snowman preschooler Christmas craft
No-sew sock snowman from Down Red Bud Drive

#50 No-sew sock snowman

A cute snowman decoration or perhaps even a festive doorstop. A fun Christmas craft for my 3 year old for sure – only problem is, she’s going to want several.  Thank goodness they’re no-sew!

Wrapping up

Phew, what a list.  Any favorites?  Let me know in the comments.  Happy Christmas crafting! 

For more Christmas craft and activities ideas, don’t forget to check out:

55 Cute Christmas crafts for toddlers & preschoolers (including lots of stress-free, minimal mess ones)

43 easy-peasy Christmas activities for toddlers & preschoolers (minimal prep, minimal mess)

 

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