Christmas Decorations for Preschool
Nature Centerpiece for
In your classroom you
probably have a table that is used for the extras. It just sets there to
collect books, papers, backpacks or anything that might just need a place to
be. Why not make this your Christmas table for the month. Let your
preschooler’s help you create a nature centerpiece that will adorn the middle
of your table and set it off just for the Christmas season.
Take your preschoolers on
a nature walk. Look for pine and oak trees close by. Have them collect pine
sprigs, acorns, pine cones and various types of leaves to take back and make
their centerpiece from.
Once you have collected
all the things nature has to offer for a beautiful centerpiece you will need
to determine how you want your centerpiece to look. A large candle or a
Christmas basket filled with candy will adorn the middle of your centerpiece.
Whatever you decide to do be sure the children know this is what their
centerpiece will go around and be the center of the attraction.
Have the children help
you arrange the pine sprigs around your center item. Show them how far out
you want their centerpiece to go by making a circle around the center item
with tape or a string. This will help guide the children from going too far
out on the table and using up all your available space.
Once the sprigs are
placed around the center item then the kids can start decorating. Help them
to place glitter glue on the tips of pinecones to liven them up and add color
to their centerpiece. They can place acorns around the springs and use the
leaves to fill in empty areas. Fall leaves will also give the centerpiece
If you have some bows or
small ornaments that the children could place around in the sprigs this would
help to give the centerpiece a more festive look. Use spray snow for the
Now the children have
their very own winter table to place Christmas cookies, candies and other
wonderful goodies on.
Decorate Candles for
Everyone loves the smell
of a Christmas candle. There are so many different scents available.
Unfortunately it’s hard to have Christmas candles in a classroom due to safety
reasons. Here is a way your preschoolers can decorate candles to place in
your room and still have the scents of Christmas around them without having to
Start by purchasing
enough candles for each child to have one to decorate. You can find pretty
inexpensive candles at craft shops, department stores or even your local
dollar store. These candles do need to be free standing. Be sure to purchase
different shapes and scents for your candles. Most Christmas candles no matter
what the scent can also be found in red and green colors. This will help
create different looks and smells all through your classroom. Be sure to snip
the wick all the way down to the top of candle to ensure no one can actually
light the candle.
For the children to
decorate you will need Christmas stickers or pictures. Christmas tags can be
great for this type of project. Just cutout the actual Christmas picture for
the children to attach to the candle. You will also need red, green, silver
and gold ric rac, bright colored sequins, snow glitter and a glue stick.
Now for the fun part,
decorating their candle. Let the children attach any or all of the items
completely around the candle. They can glue ric rac around the top and bottom
of their candle. Pictures or stickers can be glued all the way around the
candle and glitter can be applied for the finishing touch. Just place a
little glue on the item to be attached and on the candle. This will insure
whatever is glued to the candle will stay secure.
Use red and green
construction paper to make the base for the candle. Place the candle on the
piece of paper and trace around the bottom of the candle about 2 inches out.
Cut out the base and glue it to the bottom of the candle. Let the kids
decorate the base also with stickers, colored pencils or glitter.
Now you have Christmas
candles you can decorate your classroom with and not have the worry of burning
candles that won’t be safe. The kids will love the decorations and everyone
will want to stop in to smell the wonderful Christmas scents your preschoolers
have created in their classroom.
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Decorate With a Candy
One of children’s greatest highlights at Christmas is
the Christmas train. Watching the train go around and around with the lights
and cars filled with packages will fill a child’s heart with delight. If
you’ve got very little space in your classroom to place a Christmas train,
it’s still easy if you make a candy train. Your preschoolers can help you
make your train and you can place the train in your classroom for everyone to
Making the train is easy
to accomplish and all you need are a few different types of candy. Rolls of
life savers, individual candies such as peppermints, cinnamon disks or
butterscotch candy, individually wrapped caramels, Hershey Kisses, red hots,
lemon drops, regular and peanut M&M’s and pieces of red licorice can make the
best candy trains. You will also need some glue.
Start with a roll of
lifesavers. This will be the actual train car. Next have your preschoolers
glue on the wheels. Individually wrapped peppermints, cinnamon disks or
butterscotch candies make the best wheels. Glue these onto the front and back
of both sides of the lifesaver roll.
Next glue a Hershey’s
kiss to the top of an individually wrapped caramel. Attach this to the front
of the train car with glue. Have the children place red hots, M&M’s and lemon
drops to the top of the life saver roll for items that are being carried by
the train car.
Once the glue on the
train has completely dried you can attach each car together to make your full
train. Tearing the licorice into strips can accomplish this part. Attach one
strip to the back of each train car, except for the very last car, with
glue. Now attach another strip of licorice to the front of each train
piece. Now your train is connected together. Place the train in your
classroom for all to see. If you have a short string of white or blue
Christmas lights you can place them around the train as well to add a bit more
glow and festivity to the scene. Oh yea and let the children have a fun time
eating any candy that is left over.
Most classrooms have a traditional Christmas tree in
the corner decorated with wonderful ornaments and lights and surrounded by
packages. How about other places in your classroom where you have decorated
but feel like a very small tree would just set it off perfectly? How about a
tree completely made by your preschoolers? It’s fun and easy to do.
Start with a large piece
of green construction paper. Make a slit in the bottom to about the middle of
the paper. Now fold it into a cone shape and glue the sides together. Place
the cone on a piece of brown or black construction paper and trace around the
bottom of the cone. Cut out the base and glue it to the bottom of the cone.
Take a piece of garland
that will fit the cone from the top to the bottom. Wrap it around the cone.
Be sure to glue the garland to the cone in many different spots to insure it
will stay in place.
Now you will need more
construction paper, crayons, colored pencils, Christmas stickers, glitter
pens, small red bows, glue, scissors, dark green thread and a small hole
punch. With all of this your preschoolers can make paper ornaments to place
on the garland tree.
Have them cut out
different shapes in the construction paper. Then decorate the shapes with any
of the craft items to make the Christmas ornaments. They can apply stickers,
add glitter or just draw and color pictures on their ornaments. Make them
fancy by adding bows and glitter snow. They can even make snowflakes with
Once the ornaments are
completed, help the children place a small hole at the top of the ornament
with a hole punch. Place the thread through the hole and tie it off. Now
they can place their homemade ornament on the Garland tree with an ornament
hook, preferably plastic hooks instead of metal. Before you know it they have
created their own Christmas tree, decorations and all with the very own little
hands and huge imaginations.