Even though I missed the first day of December (well, I didn’t miss it, but I didn’t set aside time do do this craft like I had intended), I decided to start the countdown to Christmas with a preschool Christmas craft today. I had looked around online a few days ago, and I found some great Santa cutouts. (You can do a Google search and find a lot: This one happens to be from childcareland.com). I printed it out, and then explained to The Younger how the concept worked.
I didn’t want a ‘plain’ black and white Santa, but I am not in any way a good drawer! I decided to cut out the different parts of the Santa and go from there
I got the supplies ready, which were easy since they consisted of only glue (which I watered down), a paint brush, cotton balls, and a piece of red construction paper. I also got some red felt for Santa’s nose and some yellow felt for the star on his hat, but those are not remotely necessary for this activity.
I glued the eyes/beard of Santa onto the colored construction paper for The Younger, but from there I let her do the rest.
I had her start out by putting glue on Santa’s mustache and eyebrows, then had her place some separated cotton balls on the glued areas. Then I had her glue the bottom part of Santa’s hat and put more cotton balls on that. I traced the star on some felt and cut it our for her, and then she glued that on the paper as well.
Oh yeah, I did trace the top of Santa’s hat for her as well, but she glued the area for the pom-pom at the tip of the hat and added the cotton balls herself.
Once she was done with the gluing of Santa’s hat/face, we discussed the calendar and the number of days in December. We then found Day 1, 2, 3… all the way to today, the 6th. For each number found, we glued a cotton ball onto the number.
She is so proud! She can’t wait until the beard is all filled in and see how it comes out. Neither can I!