Children love the holidays and these crafts are adaptable to suit three different holidays. Surprise your group with a fun holiday craft this month. These crafts can be multicultural by just changing the colors. Be it red & green for Christmas, blue & white for Hanukkah, or red, green & black for Kwanzaa—adapt these crafts for your holiday!
Multicultural Children Garlands:
These garlands can be strung along a wall or across a doorway. Use brown grocery bags that you have stored from shopping. Dress the children cutouts in the colors of your holiday.
These are simple paper-doll instructions. Start by cutting a 5-by-4-inch strip from a grocery bag. Next, fold the strip of paper, accordion-style, about four times. On the top layer, draw a child shape. You can draw this freehand or trace around a child or gingerbread cookie cutter. The hands and feet you draw must extend out to the folded edges. Cut through all layers of the paper, making sure not to cut where the arms touch the fold. Young children may need help with this task. The decorating is the fun. Cut clothing from gift-wrap or construction paper. Draw in shoes, hair, faces, and any extras with markers, puffy paints, or gel pens. For texture you can glue on pom-poms, buttons, or pieces of fur. Let your child’s imagination run wild.
Use your child's hands to make this holiday wreath. From a piece of cardboard, cut a 12-inch circle (a pizza box lid or carton works well). Again cut another 3-inch circle in the center to complete the wreath. A craft knife is useful to make the cuts but only by an adult. Invite your child to paint the entire cardboard wreath with poster paint in the color of your holiday. After the paint dries, have the child make handprints on the wreath. Brush the child’s hand with a different color paint and press the hand down on the board. Continue to print handprints around the wreath in a circular fashion.
For another option, trace hands on complementary-colored stiff construction paper, cut out, decorate the hands if you wish, and glue them around the circle.
Make a bow from fabric, crepe paper, large ribbons or construction paper to decorate the bottom. Make sure to write the date on the back of this memorable project.
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