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
- Colored cardstock
- Glue stick
- Santa template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)
Download the Santa template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
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.
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.
If you’re using the big-eyed Santa, glue the eyes on.
Next, move to create Santa’s head by gluing the beard to the outside of Santa’s head.
Place the mustache in the middle of the head, just above the mouth, and glue it in place.
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.
Position Santa’s hat to the top of his head and glue it in place.
Glue Santa’s head to the top of his body.
Now make Santa’s arm by gluing the sleeve puff onto the place of the arms when the hand and arm meet.
Take the completed arms and glue them angled upward and outward to the top and back of Santa’s body.
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!
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!
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!
Kids’ Christmas Crafts
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:
Elf On The Shelf Photo Craft – Your kids will love this mischievous elf paper craft! Not only is it fun to make, but it’s also funny and simple to make. With just a few supplies, your kids can turn themselves into an elf on the shelf in no time.
Christmas Tree Paper Bag Puppet Craft – Looking for a fun and festive craft to do with the kids this Christmas? look no further than this adorable Christmas tree puppet! It’s also a great way to encourage pretend play.
Gingerbread Man Disguised As Santa Craft – The gingerbread man is on the run, and he’s decided to disguise himself as Santa Claus! With a quick costume change, he’s transformed into everyone’s favorite jolly old elf. His new red suit and white beard are the perfect disguises, and he’s sure that he’ll be able to evade capture for a little while longer. But who knows? Maybe this clever gingerbread man will end up being Santa’s helper after all!
Handprint Manger Craft – This handprint baby Jesus craft is perfect for kids to make for Christmas. It’s easy, fun, and requires minimal supplies. Plus, it’s a great way to teach kids about the true meaning of Christmas.
Christmas Activities For Kids
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.
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!
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!
- If you’re a Disney Christmas family, check out these cute Disney Christmas t-shirts!
- This personalized reindeer ornaments for kids are so adorable!
- Encourage play with this fun snowman building playdough kit.
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More Christmas Ideas For Kids
- Colored cardstock,
- Glue stick
- Santa template
- Download the Santa template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- 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.
- 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.
- If using the big-eyed Santa, glue the eyes on.
- Next, move to create Santa's head by gluing the beard to the outside of Santa's head.
- Place the mustache in the middle of the head, just above the mouth, and glue it in place.
- 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.
- Position Santa's hat to the top of his head and glue it in place.
- Glue Santa's head to the top of his body.
- Now make Santa's arm by gluing the sleeve puff onto the place of the arms when the hand and arm meet.
- Take the completed arms and glue them angled upward and outward to the top and back of Santa's body.