There's no need to wait for Christmas Eve to see Santa Claus and his fluffy white beard. Help your child use paper, paint and cotton balls to create the jolly gift-giver. This paper plate craft is simple and adorable -- the perfect holiday activity for kids eager for Christmas celebrations.
What You Need:
- Paper plate
- Tempera paint
- Cotton balls
- White glue
- Red construction paper
- Wiggle eyes
- Pink pom
What You Do:
- Help your child pick a paint color to be Santa's face. If she just has the standard "rainbow" shades, encourage her to mix colors to make a skin tone shade.
- Have her paint the paper plate with this skin tone color.
- While the face dries, let her draw a triangular hat on red construction paper.
- Let her use scissors to cut out the hat.
- Have her glue the base of the hat to the top of the plate.
- Show your child how to use a pencil to make marks on the plate where Santa's eyes, nose and mouth should be.
- Let her glue wiggle eyes on the paper plate.
- Have her glue a pink pom on the plate to represent Santa's nose.
- Help her use paint to add the mouth beneath the eyes and nose.
- Let her spread a thin layer of glue on the paper plate where she wants Santa's beard to go.
- Have her press cotton balls into this glue beard.
- If your child wants to create a mustache, help her add a cotton ball under Santa's nose.
- Don't forget Santa's eyebrows! Show your child how to gently pull apart one of the cotton balls. She can use glue to attach half of a cotton ball above each eye.
- Have her finish her adorable Santa Claus by glueing her last cotton ball on top of the festive holiday hat.