What You Need:
- Construction paper in holiday colors (red, green, etc.)
- Pencil or crayon
- Craft glue
- Cotton balls
What You Do:
- Create shape templates for your child. Include a circle for Santa’s head, a square for his body, a triangle for his hat, and thin rectangles for his arms and legs. Before beginning this art activity, help your child identify each shape by name.
- Ask your child to trace your shapes onto her own paper using a pencil or crayon.
- Help your child cut the shapes out using children’s scissors.
- Invite her to arrange the shapes onto a separate sheet of paper in the form of Santa’s body. Explain that this part of the project is similar to putting together a puzzle; she will need to mix and match the different shapes together to create his body!
- When she has the body parts arranged correctly, she can gently lift up each shape and glue it to the paper.
- Invite your child to use markers to create eyes, a nose, a mouth, and buttons for Santa’s suit. Have her glue cotton balls onto Santa’s face for the beard and on top of his hat.
After completing this activity, encourage your child to continue building her shape recognition skills! Introduce more shapes such as ovals and octagons, and challenge her to create new and different collages with them.