December is my favorite month of the year in the classroom! The reason is: I embrace the holiday craziness! I’ve got a fun spin on doing classroom Christmas crafts, and an educational way to incorporate them into your lessons!
In December, my classroom becomes a North Pole workshop as I teach my students basic economics! My Holiday Economics unit covers many social studies topics, including goods vs. services, wants vs. needs, producers & consumers, supply & demand, taxes, and much more!
The best part? Our unit ends with a fun day of “shopping” our Christmas crafts with our earnings from the unit! These make for perfect Christmas gifts for students to take home to their families!
Today, I’m going to share with you some EASY crafts you can incorporate into your classroom businesses.
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Here are Some Fun and Easy Classroom Christmas Crafts
Students link together strips of red, green, and white paper to make a Christmas chain. A non-holiday idea is to do blue and white strips to make a snowy Christmas chain.
Teacher tip: Precut some strips so students know the size they should be (or precut all of the strips for younger students.) Tell students how many links should be in a chain. Store completed chains in a cardboard box or a tub so they don’t get crushed.
Candy Cane Ornaments
Students will put red (or green) and white beads on a white pipe cleaner to create a candy cane ornament. A non-holiday idea is to do blue and white beads to create a circle snowflake. I like these beads and these pipe cleaners.
Teacher tip: Precut the pipe cleaners and have an example completed for students. Show them how to secure the ends so the beads don’t fall off.
This is a really easy craft to incorporate in your classroom! Just have an assortment of blue and white paper and model for students how to create various snowflakes.
Teacher tip: Have paper precut into squares for easy folding.
Christmas or Holiday Cards
Students can create greeting cards using any materials you have available.
Teacher tip: Precut some construction paper into the ideal size for student cards. You may also choose to use cardstock instead if you have any available. Encourage students not to use too much glue. Have frequent holiday greetings written down on a piece of paper so students can reference it for spelling accuracy.
I like to buy these clearanced from Target at the end of the holiday season, but you can also find Christmas foam crafts on Amazon. Kits usually include peel off foam stickers that students can use to create different crafts. I like these because they usually have everything you need included. There are so many varieties to choose from so this could work for several businesses in your classroom. You can get Christmas trees, snowmen, reindeer, gingerbread houses, etc…
You can print Christmas coloring pages off the internet and give them to students to color and then glue to a larger piece of construction paper. A non-holiday version is to print off snowy scene coloring pages.
Teacher tip: Before your unit is over, run these through your school laminator for cleanable placemats students can use at their holiday table.
Other Christmas Craft Ideas:
- Christmas/holiday/winter poem written and decorated on cardstock
- Holiday jokes written and decorated on cardstock
- Holiday gift bags decorated (brown paper bags)
- Holiday/winter paintings (recommend using cardstock)
- Popsicle stick ornaments
- Christmas trees (made from construction paper)