Fun Holiday Crafts for the Classroom

Fun Holiday Crafts for the Classroom

 

Doing crafts is an excellent way to bring up the spirits in the stormy holiday months. The holiday season is a great opportunity to for kids to use their hands and their imaginations to honor the many different ways people celebrate the season.

Kwanzaa Mkeka Mat

These woven mats are colorful and easy to make.

Stuff You Need:

  • Black, red, and green 8 1/2- by 11-inch construction paper, one sheet of each color per student
  • Scissors

What to Do:

  • Cut vertical strips from the green and red construction paper.
  • Fold black paper in half vertically. With fold facing you and open edges facing away from you, cut horizontal slits through fold a little more than halfway to open edges.
  • Open black paper up and weave colored strips in and out of slits, alternating colors until mat is finished.

 

Like-Crystal Hanukkah Star Craft

Science and art combine to make these beautiful stars to hang in a window.

Stuff You Need:

  • Blue pipe cleaners, two per student
  • Blue thread
  • White string
  • Pencils, one per student
  • Plastic tub
  • Boiling water
  • Borax

What to Do:

  • Form two pipe cleaners into two separate, equally sized triangles.
  • Place one triangle in front of you, with a point facing away and the opposing flat edge towards you. Place the second triangle on top of the first facing the opposite direction.
  • Hold the triangles in place and form the star. Tie them together at intersecting points using thread.
  • Tie a piece of string to the top of each star, then tie the loose end of the string to a pencil.
  • Fill a deep, narrow plastic tub with boiling water, then add Borax – one tablespoon at a time – to the water while stirring. For every cup of water, add 3 tablespoons of Borax.
  • Hang pipe cleaner stars in the tub so that the pencils rest across the top of the tub. The stars should be completely submerged, but hanging freely without touching the bottom of the tub.
  • Allow the tub of stars to sit overnight, undisturbed.
  • Dry, then display your crystallized star!

 

Button-Trimmed Christmas Tree

Just a few classroom supplies and a donation of a loose-button box make these adorable decorations.

Stuff You Need:

  • Scissors
  • Construction paper in green, brown, and blue
  • Glue
  • Buttons in various colors
  • White cotton balls for snow

What You Do:

  • Cut one large triangle from the green construction paper and one small rectangle from the brown construction paper.
  • Place a piece of blue construction paper vertically in front of you.
  • Glue the brown rectangle vertically at the bottom center of the blue paper to represent the tree trunk. Glue the green triangle at the top of the brown rectangle, to complete the shape of a Christmas tree.
  • Glue colored buttons onto the tree, however you like, for tree lights and ornaments. Add one at the top of the tree to represent the star.
  • If you like, glue cotton balls around the tree like falling snow.

 

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