Holiday Crafts and Activities for the Classroom

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Holly (Teach Starter)

Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

With Christmas just around the corner, we have put together some of our favorite Christmas crafts and activities to do in your classroom.

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Toilet Roll Elf

Super cute and lots of fun to make. All you need is an empty toilet paper roll, colored paper, pompoms, some googly eyes, and a glue stick.

Christms craft ideas for the classroom


Create an Elfie Selfie

This fun craft activity has students creating their very own ‘Elfie Selfie!’

Using our ‘Elfie Selfie’ Template, you can decide between several different templates to suit your students’ capabilities.

One option is to have them decorate the full elf body and glue their photo in the spot provided. Alternatively, students use body parts to put their elf together. Let your students get creative with buttons, cotton balls, oil pastels, felt pieces, and more to create their elf! I used red paper and made springs for the legs:

Christmas Elfie Selfie template for kids


Here Comes Santa Claus

Santa is coming, and this cute little guy is perfect for some Christmas craft. All you need is some cotton balls, a small red plastic cup, googly eyes, pink and red felt, a black piece of paper, and a yellow button.

Christmas craft ideas for the classroom


I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas!

A cute little snowman is perfect when dreaming of a white Christmas.

While the white paint is drying on an empty toilet paper roll, gather three small buttons, two googly eyes, some felt for the scarf and the carrot nose, a pipe cleaner, and two little pompoms. A hot glue gun works best to stick all of the items on the snowman. Students will need help with this part.

Christmas craft ideas for the classroom


Oh Christmas Tree…

I used the Christmas tree template in our Christmas Picture Templates resource and copied it onto green cardstock. Once I cut out the Christmas tree, I cut two small slits in an empty toilet paper roll to hold the tree and become the tree stump.

Let your students’ imagination run wild when decorating their tree. Provide craft resources such as buttons, pompoms, felt, glitter, etc.

Christmas craft ideas for the classroom


Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer…

Simple yet effective! Paint or color in an empty toilet paper roll gold. Stick some antlers and ears on it. I used round white stickers for the eyes, a red pompom for the nose, and a black felt pen for the mouth.

Christmas craft ideas for the classroom


Starry Starry Night

This is one of my favorites and so easy to do.

Divide an empty toilet paper roll into four equal sections (approx. 1 inch) and cut. I cut up three toilet paper rolls; however, you can do as many as you want to make the star as big or as small as you wish. Arrange the smaller toilet roll sections into a star shape like the photo below. I used a hot glue gun to glue it all together.

I painted mine white, sprinkled silver glitter on the wet paint, and set it aside to dry. However, you can also turn it into a holly bush by painting it green and adding red pompoms.

Christmas craft ideas for the classroom


Funky Reindeer Craft

Your students will love creating this Christmas craft activity! Plus, it will keep them quiet for a while – a bonus for this time of year!

Read all about our Funky Reindeer template.

Funky reindeer template


More Holiday Activities and Resources

We have a huge range of winter holiday classroom activities and resources. Here are some of our most downloaded…

We would love to hear what you do in your classroom during the holiday season… leave us a comment below.

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