Decorating for Christmas is the best way to kick off the season! It’s a time when families come together to display memories and turn their homes into festive wonderlands.
Kids love to help bring cheer to their homes during the holiday season, too. Crafting is a great opportunity for them to decorate with their hand made creations, so give this reindeer gnome craft a try!
If you’re in the mood for more reindeer games, be sure to explore our other reindeer activities that’ll keep the holiday spirit alive all season long.
Gnome Christmas Craft
This cute gnome has dressed up like a reindeer and is ready to hang up his red ornament. In this whimsical craft, kids get to create their own festive friend with some colored paper, scissors, glue, and our free template.
Our step-by-step instructions will help make this reindeer gnome a breeze. You can choose from two templates depending on your child’s skill level.The color, cut and paste version is suited for younger children since it has less steps.
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Gnome template (enter your email in the form at the end of the post to get the template)
Download the gnome template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Begin by gluing the face to the top and middle of the beard piece.
Take the eyes and glue them on the face, almost near the bottom. Glue the nose in between the eyes and the mouth, in the middle.
Glue the antlers in the middle of the hat, about 1″ from the bottom of the hat.
Next, glue the hat band to the bottom of the hat. Use a dark brown marker to draw spots on the top of the hat.
Create the ears by gluing the inner ear to the middle of the outer ears. Then glue the completed ears to back of the hat, so there is one on each side.
Place the completed hat on top of the gnome’s head and glue it in place.
Position the gnome’s body on the back of the gnome’s head and glue it down.
Next, glue the feet to the bottom of the body.
Take the ornament and glue it in the middle of the body. Use a marker to draw on the top of the ornament.
Finish up by gluing the hands to each side of the ornament, so it looks like the gnome is holding the ornament.
We have lots more fun Christmas crafts for kids to make! Be sure to check them out.
Christmas Themed Ideas For Kids
Discover more festive fun for kids to do with our Christmas themed ideas! We’ve gathered a sleigh load of crafts and activities that will get your little ones excited for the upcoming holiday while also learning and staying engaged.
There’s something for everyone with festive crafts, merry games, and educational activities. So read on below to see some of our ideas and don’t forget to save your favorites for a season filled with joy!
Children’s Christmas Books
Reading books to your kids has numerous benefits for children’s development. It helps with speech, language, and cognitive skills, as well as emotional intelligence and empathy.
Plus, reading to your kids regularly can instill a lifelong love of books and learning. So gather your little ones and cozy up for a storytime adventure – you won’t regret it!
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 Paper Crafts
Embrace the holiday spirit by crafting with your kiddos! It’s a wonderful activity that ignites creativity and nurtures essential skills in children. From fine motor coordination to imaginative thinking, crafting offers loads of developmental benefits.
Plus, it’s a fantastic way to bond with family and create cherished memories. We’ve listed some Christmas crafts below we think your little elves will be delighted to make.
Grinch Headband Craft – Let’s make a headband that will make everyone’s hearts grow three sizes with joy! Kids can spread some holiday cheer with their new Grinch headband and pretend to be this mischievous character!
Reindeer Paper Bag Craft – Ready for a little reindeer magic? Kids can pretend to be on Santa’s crew and create any of the reindeer or even Rudolph with his bright red nose! With a dash of creativity and a sprinkle of imagination, kids will create fun stories with their reindeer puppets!
Christmas Tree Name Craft – Kids will decorate their Christmas trees with their own name with letter ornaments. This cute, personalized craft is a great way for them to practice spelling their name, and showing off their awesome scissor skills.
Elf on the Shelf Paper Bag Puppet – With the help of their Elf on the Shelf puppet, kids can spread Christmas cheer! They’ll take a simple paper bag and deck it out to become the mischievous little scout elf.
Christmas Activities For Preschool
Blend learning and fun this holiday with these Grinch worksheets! They’re ideal for using in classrooms or even on a holiday break to keep kids engaged.
These free printables will enhance handwriting, fine motor skills, letter recognition, and scissor skills. They’ll make their way through the G maze, label a Grinch, and a handwriting practice sheet for the letter G.
Tis the season for gingerbread man cookies! For your cookie loving kiddos, we have these gingerbread man worksheets. These engaging sheets will help kids improve their handwriting and letter recognition for the letter G! They’re easy to prepare since all you have to do is print.
Looking for a quick and easy holiday activity for the kids to do? Just grab these reindeer coloring pages and the trusty crayons. Kids will adore adding life to these adorable reindeer illustrations.
They’re perfect for quiet time, or turn up the festivity by playing some cheerful Christmas tunes as they color!
These Santa graphing worksheets are perfect for adding holiday cheer to math centers! Kids will complete the find and count page first by counting all the different Christmas themed images.
They’ll then learn to graph on the second page by filling in the boxes up to the number found of each illustration. These pages are a fun way for preschoolers to develop visual discrimination and counting skills with Santa!
- 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
- Gnome template
- Download the gnome template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin by gluing the face to the top and middle of the beard piece.
- Take the eyes and glue them on the face, almost near the bottom. Glue the nose in between the eyes and the mouth, in the middle.
- Glue the antlers in the middle of the hat, about 1" from the bottom of the hat.
- Next, glue the hat band to the bottom of the hat. Use a dark brown marker to draw spots on the top of the hat.
- Create the ears by gluing the inner ear to the middle of the outer ears. Then glue the completed ears to back of the hat, so there is one on each side.
- Place the completed hat on top of the gnome's head and glue it in place.
- Position the gnome's body on the back of the gnome's head and glue it down.
- Next, glue the feet to the bottom of the body.
- Take the ornament and glue it in the middle of the body. Use a marker to draw on the top of the ornament.
- Finish up by gluing the hands to each side of the ornament, so it looks like the gnome is holding the ornament.