Here is a simple Christmas Santa beard craft that your kids, especially young preschoolers, will love to make. Using only a few basic materials, your children will love engaging in imaginary play and you’ll do doubt hear them call, “Ho, ho, ho”.
Before you roll your eyes for me already getting into the swing of Christmas crafts and activities, I’ll point out that we are already into November. November! How did that even happen? The end of year is approaching and, I don’t know about you, but my calendar is filling up quickly.
So with Christmas only a few weeks away, children are really starting to get excited. This simple Christmas Santa craft is perfect for young children to do as it’s easy to set up at home or in a preschool classroom environment.
Recommended age: 2.5 years+
(Active supervision is required at all times)
To make a simple Santa beard have your child fold a basic paper plate in half. Talk about what it means when something is halved as this is a great start for children understanding basic fractions. Cut the paper plate in half. This is a wonderful visual representation of a whole being made up of two equal halves. An adult will need to cut the space for the mouth, as shown above.
Children love the soft texture of cotton balls and so this becomes a wonderfully sensory rich activity for them as they stick them to the paper plate using a glue stick. The cotton balls also make Santa’s bead look lovely and soft when completed.
It seems very simple but when children are doing this type of activity they are making a conscious decision on where to place each cotton ball and paying special attention to the surface area they have to cover.
It isn’t essential to the craft, however, you might like your child to secure a paddle pop stick (or lolly stick) to the back of the paper plate as a handle for them to hold using sticky tape.
What do you love about Christmas?