It’s after Thanksgiving, dreary and cold outside, and you need something to do with your kids over the winter break. There just happens to be some leftover paper plates from the big meal.
What’s a mom to do?
How about making this cute and fun paper plate Santa craft for kids?!
It’s the perfect way to keep your kids entertained and get excited for the holiday season! Paper plate crafts are always a hit with children and this one is no exception.
Read on below to see how easy it is to make with your kids. We’ve even included some step-by-step photos to guide you along the way. Also, be sure to check out all of our cute Santa activities for even more ideas!
Easy Santa Craft For Kids
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- Paper plate
- Colored card stock
- Glue stick
- Black marker
- Santa plate craft template (click the “click here to get your freebie” image at the end of this post)
Download the free Santa Claus craft template, print, and cut out the pieces.
Glue the bottom of Santa’s hat to the red base.
Glue the hat puff to the tip of the hat.
Place the cream face piece at the top of the center circle of the paper plate and glue it in place.
Put the tongue piece on the bottom of the black mouth and glue it down. Cut off any excess.
Position the mouth towards the bottom of the inner circle of the paper plate and glue.
Glue the eyebrows towards the top of the cream face piece.
Place the white paper mustache on the paper plate so it covers the bottom of the cream face and glue it in place.
Use a circle punch or scissors to cut out a small pink nose for Santa. Glue in the middle of the mustache, where it dips in the center.
Use the black marker to draw eyes on Santa’s face.
Use the scissors to cut a few slits on the top of the paper plate. This is to help flatten the plate and make it easier to secure the hat.
Place the hat shape on the top, then flip the plate over (holding the hat in place) and secure it with tape on the back of the paper plate.
You’re finished! Wasn’t making this adorable paper plate Santa face so much fun?! It’s a great craft to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and is guaranteed to get young and older kids in the holiday spirit.
Plus, it’s a fun craft for kids to customize! They could add some googly eyes, rosy cheeks, or stick on some cotton wool or pom poms to make Santa’s beard extra fluffy. Or how about adding a large popsicle stick to the back of the plate for a fun and easy puppet?
And did you know there are so many wonderful benefits to crafting with your children? Check out some of the best ones below.
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!
Simple Christmas Ideas For Kids
There’s so much fun to be had during the Christmas season! Whether you’re creating some holiday magic for your kids or planning activities for a group, we’ve got you covered.
Here are some simple Christmas ideas your kids will love!
Kids Christmas Crafts
Elf Yourself Craft – Don’t let the elves have all the fun this season! With our free printable template, your kids can create an elf version of themselves. They’ll love their festive mini-me – and you’ll love the quiet time as they work on this engaging activity.
Grinch Name Craft – We all know and love the Grinch! He’s the perfect character to inspire creativity and learning. With this cute craft, younger kids can work on their spelling and letter recognition to create a cute piece of holiday decor. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit!
Moving Santa Craft – Get ready to ‘rock’ around the Christmas tree with our moving Santa craft! Kids can create this rockin’ Santa using some simple craft supplies. It’s a fun and easy way to celebrate the holiday season while working on fine motor skills.
Torn Paper Reindeer Craft – Get ready for a hands-on craft perfect for the holiday season! This torn paper reindeer is super fun for young and older children alike. By tearing and pasting the colorful paper, they’ll work on hand-eye coordination and dexterity while creating a cute reindeer masterpiece!
Fun Christmas Activities
Keep the learning going all season long with our festive Grinch worksheets! We’ve included fun activities, including a letter maze, handwriting practice, and a label the Grinch. These worksheets are perfect for helping young children develop important skills while enjoying some holiday-themed fun.
Storytime is always a favorite for kids, and we love book companion printables to bring the story to life! These How to Catch Santa worksheets are full of fun puzzles and activities that go along with the popular children’s book. They’re a fun way to practice reading comprehension, critical thinking, and fine motor skills!
Our gingerbread man dot to dot pages are the cutest way to practice number recognition and problem-solving skills! Little kids will love counting and connecting the dots to reveal each gingerbread man illustration. Just print and let the fun begin!
Want to add some holiday cheer to your kid’s coloring time? Check out these Christmas coloring pages for a no-prep activity for kids of all ages! From Santa and reindeer to Christmas trees and snowmen, you really can’t get any more festive than this!
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More Christmas Ideas For Kids
- Paper plate
- Colored card stock
- Glue stick
- Black marker
- Santa craft template
- Download the free Santa Claus craft template, print, and cut out the pieces.
- Glue the bottom of Santa's hat to the red base.
- Glue the hat puff to the tip of the hat.
- Place the cream face piece at the top of the center circle of the paper plate and glue it in place.
- Put the tongue piece on the bottom of the black mouth and glue it down. Cut off any excess.
- Position the mouth towards the bottom of the inner circle of the paper plate and glue.
- Glue the eyebrows towards the top of the cream face piece.
- Place the white mustache on the paper plate so it covers the bottom of the cream face and glue in place.
- Use a circle punch or scissors to cut out a small pink nose for Santa. Glue in the middle of the mustache, where it dips in the center.
- Use the black marker to draw in Santa's eyes.
- Use the scissors to cut a few slits in the top of the paper plate. This is to help flatten the plate and make it easier to secure the hat.
- Place the hat on the top of the paper plate, then flip the plate over (holding the hat in place) and secure it in place with tape.