Do you have a list as long as Santa’s of things that need to be done?
This time of year it’s easy to be busy as elves buying gifts, wrapping, baking, cleaning, visiting, and so on!
To keep your kids occupied and engaged during this busy season, we have a fun holiday craft for them! You can create with them, or do something on your list right alongside them as they have fun crafting.
Your little ones will love to create their own elf tissue paper craft this Christmas! With just a few basic and inexpensive supplies, they’ll have their own boy or girl elf (or both) to display when they’re done proudly.
This cute tissue paper craft is a festive decoration that helps kids refine their fine motor skills when they tear and glue the tissue paper. They’ll also work on following instructions and creativity when they create their elf.
Our stocking is filled with lots of festive elf activities for kids to make. Be sure to save some or all of our favorites to create with your kids this holiday season.
Elf Christmas Craft
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Tissue paper squares
- Elf template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)
Download the elf template, print it out, and cut out the pieces you need.
Begin by placing some glue along a portion of the elf outline.
Take the specified tissue paper color and place it on the glue portion of the outline. Repeat until the entire elf is completed.
Create the mouth by gluing the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. Take the completed mouth and glue it to the middle and bottom of the elf’s head.
Next, take the nose and glue it in the middle of the elf’s head, just above the mouth.
Place the eyes slightly above and on both sides of the nose and glue them in place.
That’s it! Now your kids can display their very own elf they created! Check out our other Christmas crafts too, we’re sure your kids will love creating even more festive crafts.
Christmas Ideas For Kids
Christmas is the perfect time to create, so we gathered some of our favorite Christmas ideas that your kids will love doing.
This is a fun time of year to get kids engaged and learning with crafts and activities. Keep reading below to choose projects and activities that will get the kids in the holiday spirit!
Christmas Books For Kids
Reading to your kids this Christmas season is good for them because it’s a great way to get them excited about all the holiday festivities!
When you read holiday-themed books together, they’ll start to understand and anticipate all the fun they’ll have. Plus, they’ll learn about the different traditions that people celebrate during this time of year.
And who knows – you might even find yourself getting into the spirit of the season while you’re reading to them! So make sure to set aside some time to read together this Christmas season – your kids will love it, and you might too!
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!
Christmas Crafts For Kids
Crafting helps kids learn a variety of skills like using scissors, following directions, fine motor skills, and so much more. It’s a great confidence boost for kids when they complete a project.
They’re proud of what they created, and it’s a way for them to express their creativity. Add in some more opportunities for your kids to craft this holiday season with some of our favorite projects below:
Handprint Reindeer Card – Have the kids spread some Christmas cheer with these sweet handprint cards. It’s a great personalized craft that the kids will have fun making, and put a smile on the recipient’s face. There are templates for at-home and classroom use to make putting this craft together a cinch.
Santa Headband Craft – Get the kids excited for Christmas with this fun headband craft. There are two versions of the template to use. There’s a craft version to make out of colored paper or a black-and-white one for the kids to color in!
Paper Plate Elf Craft – Santa’s helpers love being the inspiration for this craft. The kids will transform an everyday paper plate into an adorable elf decoration. Grab the craft supplies and spend some time with the kids having some holiday fun.
Grogu Gingerbread Man Craft – If your kids love Baby Yoda aka Grogu, then they’ll love this craft that disguises a gingerbread man as one of their favorite Star Wars characters. The gingerbread man will stay safe from being eaten this Christmas with this awesome disguise!
Christmas Activities For Kids
If your kids love pattern blocks, then you’ll definitely want to print out these Christmas pattern block mats. They’ll get into the holiday spirit when playing with their pattern blocks on the holiday-themed scenes. These block mats are a great way to introduce kids to math skills and concepts like patterns, symmetry, fractions, and more!
Join in on the reindeer games with this printable roll a reindeer game. It’s a great game for kids ages 3-7, but really everyone will love to join in on the fun. It’s easy to prepare since all you have to do is print the reindeer, gather some dice, the pom poms, and the players!
Grab these free printable Grinch worksheets for the kids to have some fun while learning about the letter G. They’ll practice handwriting, fine motor skills, letter recognition, and scissor skill with one of their favorite Christmas characters!
Straight from the North Pole are these jolly Santa coloring pages. These free printable coloring pages are perfect for those days when you need a no-prep activity the kids will love. Just print them out, grab the crayons or markers, and you will have a fun and festive activity in minutes.
- Have Santa accidentally drop his sleigh driver’s license for some festive magic!
- These reindeer candy cane sleeves are a great small gift for the classroom or friends.
- Grab your kids one of these cute personalized drink tumblers.
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More Christmas Ideas For Kids
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Tissue paper squares
- Elf template
- Download the elf template, print it out, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin by placing some glue along a portion of the elf outline.
- Take the specified tissue paper color and place it on the glue portion of the outline. Repeat until the entire elf is completed.
- Create the mouth by gluing the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. Take the completed mouth and glue it to the middle and bottom of the elf's head.
- Next, take the nose and glue it in the middle of the elf's head, just above the mouth.
- Place the eyes slightly above and on both sides of the nose and glue them in place.