Santa’s coming! Santa’s coming!
The jolliest, happiest time of the year is finally here, and what better way to celebrate than by making this adorable Santa handprint craft out of paper?
No paint is needed just some paper, glue, scissors, and the printable template.
This Santa Claus craft is so easy and fun, that even the littlest elves will want to make one. It would also make a beautiful Christmas gift for someone special! So gather up your supplies and let’s get started!
Read on below to see how simple it is to make this adorable Christmas handprint keepsake. And be sure to check out all of our fun Santa activities for even more ideas!
Hand Print Santa Craft For Kids
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One of our favorite things about making handprint crafts is how easy and cheap they are to make. For this craft, all you’ll need are a few common household craft supplies and our free template!
Santa Craft Supplies
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Glue stick
- Red or pink pom pom (optional)
- Santa handprint template (click the “click here to get your freebie” image at the end of the post)
Santa Handprint Art Directions
Download the Santa template, print, and cut out the pieces you need. Trace your child’s handprint two times onto white cardstock and cut them out.
Begin to create Santa’s hat by gluing the pom to the pointed end of his hat.
Take the hat fluff piece and glue it to the bottom of Santa’s hat.
Place Santa’s eyebrows above each of the eyes (or near the top of the head if using the face without printed eyes) and glue them in place.
Next, glue Santa’s beard to the bottom of his face.
Glue his hat to the top of his head.
Position the handprints, one on each side, with the fingers pointing downward and at a slight angle outward, and glue them just below his eyes.
Glue on the pom pom or paper nose on top of the Christmas handprints, in the middle of Santa’s face.
Now sit back and admire your adorable hand print Santa craft! Don’t you just love this handprint craft?
Kids of all ages will love making this adorable keepsake! They could even add a special message to the back and transform this cute craft into a Christmas card. Then, they can gift it to friends or family members – they’ll love the personal touch!
Looking for some more fun Christmas activities to keep the kids busy? We’ve got you covered with this Christmas printables bundle! There are color by numbers, pattern block mats, do a dot printables, letters from Santa and so much more. No more hours of screen time – these activities will keep them engaged and happy!
Adapting This Craft For Multiple Kids
If you’re doing this craft with several kids, like in a daycare or classroom setting we have a few tips that may help the whole craft go more smoothly.
First, think about the age and skill level of your children. Some questions to think about are:
- Are your children able to cut by themselves?
- Do they know how to draw basic shapes?
- Can they use glue without close supervision?
If you can’t answer yes to all the steps listed above, we have a few suggestions for you.
One tip is to have all the pieces cut or punched out ahead of time. This will likely be the most difficult part of the entire craft and if it’s already done before any small children arrive, all they’ll need to do is trace and cut their handprints and glue everything in place.
Older kids may be able to handle the cutting on their own handprints, but having everything prepped beforehand makes it easier for everyone.
Another tip is to swap out glue bottles for glue sticks. Young kids tend to go wild with glue, so glue sticks are incredibly helpful in reigning back over eager squeezers!
Finally, if you’re in a large setting we suggest trying to get a few parents or helpers to help out. Although this isn’t always possible, it really helps to give kids more instruction while you’re in the middle of crafting!
We’re certain your kids will love making this handprint Santa so be sure to save this idea for later! It really is a fun way to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
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Christmas Unit For Kids
Want to extend this activity into a mini (or full length) Christmas unit study for kids? If so, we’ve got some great ideas to get you started! Read on below for our top picks.
First up, are books! Books are a great way to introduce a new theme and Christmas books are even more fun to read!
Below are some of the top Christmas books to read to your kids!
Dasher: This wonderfully illustrated Christmas book for kids gives you the back story on one of Santa’s favorite reindeer, Dasher! Girls will especially love to read this since Dasher is a girl.
Construction Site On Christmas Night: Fans of the fun characters of the construction site books have to add this Christmas-themed story to their collection. See how the trucks get ready for Christmas!
How To Catch An Elf: Kids everywhere love the silliness of this Christmas story. The rhymes and the illustrations will draw the kids in as well. This is a Christmas book kids will want to read every year!
Kids’ Christmas Crafts
We like doing lots of crafts and the holiday season is the perfect time to make them! Kids can get crafty and create some cute Christmas tree ornaments, festive decorations, or even a gift for someone special! Here are some of our top picks if you’re looking for a fun Christmas craft:
- Elf On The Shelf Photo Craft
- Handprint Reindeer Craft
- Gingerbread Man Paper Bag Puppet Craft
- Grinch Headband Craft
Kids’ Christmas Activities
For a quick and easy learning activity, use the free printable reindeer worksheets. They’ll help kids with handwriting, fine motor skills, letter recognition, and more!
If you have pattern blocks lying around and want another fun activity for them, print out these Christmas pattern block mats. They’re the best way for kids to work on shapes, colors, and fine motor skills!
Kids who love coloring will want to use these free Christmas coloring pages which also have a little spot to practice handwriting. These Christmas printables are always a great time!
Get some hands-on sensory play going with this Christmas playdough kit that has lots of Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer characters and 3 Christmasy playdough colors.
Print out these Christmas do a dot printables that can help kids work on letter recognition, counting, visual discrimination, patterns, and more. If you don’t have any dot markers, try cotton balls, pom poms, or even acrylic paint to complete each page!
More Christmas Fun
- Don’t have a chimney in your home? Then get this Santa’s magic key to show your kids how Santa will visit!
- This snowman playdough kit is an inexpensive and adorable sensory play activity.
- Have Santa “accidentally” drop his sleigh driver’s license for kids to discover on Christmas day!
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More Christmas Ideas For Kids
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Glue stick
- Pom pom (optional)
- Santa template
- Download the Santa template, print, and cut out the pieces you need. Trace your child’s hand two times onto white cardstock and cut them out.
- Begin to create Santa's hat by gluing the pom to the pointed end of his hat.
- Take the hat fluff piece and glue it to the bottom of Santa's hat.
- Place Santa's eyebrows above each of the eyes (or near the top of the head if using the face without printed eyes) and glue them in place.
- Next, glue Santa's beard to the bottom of his face.
- Glue his hat to the top of his head.
- Position the handprints, one on each side, with the fingers pointing downward and at a slight angle outward, and glue them just below his eyes.
- Glue on the pom pom or paper nose on top of the handprints, in the middle of Santa's face.