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Moving Santa Craft For Kids [Free Template]

Christmas is coming and that means lots of time for fun holiday crafts!

Create this moving Santa craft with your kids or students to celebrate the upcoming holiday. The kids will love making their own rockin’ Santa out of paper.

It’s fun and easy to do, plus it comes with a free printable template!

This craft also doubles as an awesome classroom decoration!

You can give kids templates so they can make one themselves too. Your little ones will have fun crafting while keeping the holiday season festive.

Best of all, kids can make a whole city’s worth of Santa in no time at! Read on below to see exactly how to make this Santa.

Also, check out all of our Santa activities for kids for more ideas.

Rocking Santa Craft

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Supplies

  • Colored cardstock,
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Santa template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the Santa template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

hand holding moving Santa craft templat e

Begin to make the Santa by folding the half-circle body piece symmetrically in half. Put a small line of glue at the end and glue just the ends of the paper together. It’s important not to glue too much of the edges together or the Santa will have a hard time standing and rocking.

hand folding red paper in half

Arrange Santa’s body so the point is the top. Place the belt in the middle of Santa’s body and glue it in place. Cut off any excess paper that hangs off the side. Glue the outer buckle to the middle of the band. Next, place the inner buckle in the middle of the outer buckle.

hands gluing belt to moving Santa craft
hand gluing outer buckle to rocking Santa craft
hand gluing inner buckle to rocking Santa craft

If you’re using the big-eyed Santa, glue the eyes on.

hand gluing eye to rocking Santa craft

Next, move to create Santa’s head by gluing the beard to the outside of Santa’s head.

hand gluing beard to rocking Santa craft

Place the mustache in the middle of the head, just above the mouth, and glue it in place.

hand gluing mustache to rocking Santa craft

Create Santa’s hat by gluing the hat fluff to the bottom of the hat, then glue the pom to the top of the hat.

hand gluing hat fluff to rocking Santa craft
hand gluing hat pom to moving Santa craft

Position Santa’s hat to the top of his head and glue it in place.

hand gluing hat to rocking Santa craft

Glue Santa’s head to the top of his body.

hands gluing head to moving Santa craft

Now make Santa’s arm by gluing the sleeve puff onto the place of the arms when the hand and arm meet.

hands gluing arm fluff to moving Santa craft

Take the completed arms and glue them angled upward and outward to the top and back of Santa’s body.

hands gluing arm to moving Santa craft

Isn’t this such a cute Christmas craft for kids?! Kids will love that it’s able to rock back and forth! Set it on your mantle or the table for a festive decoration!

hand holding rocking Santa craft

Christmas Unit For Kids

Keep the festive fun and learning going by creating a Christmas unit study for kids. Read on below for some of our favorite ideas.

We always like to begin with books whenever introducing a new theme. Reading aloud is a great way to help kids develop a love of reading, improve their vocabulary, and help them with listening skills!

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!

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Add in even more crafts to help kids with fine motor skills, following directions, creativity, and more. We’ve selected a few of our favorite Christmas crafts:

This Roll a Reindeer game is perfect for kids! The goal of the game is to fill up all of your reindeer’s spaces with pom poms. This game will help your kids learn to take turns, identify colors and work on their fine motor skills.

moving Santa craft

These Christmas do a dot printables are the perfect activity for kids at Christmas time! These are easy to make and will keep your little ones entertained. The best part about these activities, aside from them being fun for kids, is that they help them learn too!

These free printable elf worksheets are a great way to keep your kids entertained during the holidays. They’re perfect for preschool and kindergarten children and they help with fine motor skills, scissor skills, and letter recognition! Download them and use them this December!

2 moving Santa crafts

Are you looking for a great activity for your kids to do during the holidays? These Christmas pattern block mats are perfect! Print, cut, and laminate mats. Then use them with pattern blocks as an engaging quiet time activity. Your kids will love it!

Share With Us

Did you make this craft with your kids or students? We’d love to feature them on our social media!

For a chance to have your child’s craft featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!

More Christmas Ideas For Kids

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Moving Santa Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This rocking Santa is a fun Christmas craft that kids will love to create and play with!

Materials

  • Colored cardstock,
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Santa template

Instructions

  1. Download the Santa template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Begin to make the Santa by folding the half-circle body piece symmetrically in half. Put a small line of glue at the end and glue just the ends of the paper together. It's important not to glue too much of the edges together or the Santa will have a hard time standing and rocking.
  3. Arrange Santa's body so the point is the top. Place the belt in the middle of Santa's body and glue it in place. Cut off any excess paper that hangs off the side. Glue the outer buckle to the middle of the band. Next, place the inner buckle in the middle of the outer buckle.
  4. If using the big-eyed Santa, glue the eyes on.
  5. Next, move to create Santa's head by gluing the beard to the outside of Santa's head.
  6. Place the mustache in the middle of the head, just above the mouth, and glue it in place.
  7. Create Santa's hat by gluing the hat fluff to the bottom of the hat, then glue the pom to the top of the hat.
  8. Position Santa's hat to the top of his head and glue it in place.
  9. Glue Santa's head to the top of his body.
  10. Now make Santa's arm by gluing the sleeve puff onto the place of the arms when the hand and arm meet.
  11. Take the completed arms and glue them angled upward and outward to the top and back of Santa's body.

Free Santa Template

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