Whenever I’m asked to prepare a group craft, I run the list of possible projects in my head against these important criteria.
Is it inexpensive?
Is it easy to explain?
Will it be used?
Can it be done in less than 20 minutes? (Preferably much less)
These three have been classroom tested and child approved.
Ice Skate Ornaments
I did this project with my daughters 2nd grade class last year, and all twenty kids went home with a nice pair of skates to hang on the tree.
These would also make a cute gift for teachers if you want to do them at home instead.
* Cut out 4 boot shapes for each child. (it’s best to just have this part done)
* Use a hole punch to punch a border of holes around the edges.
* Sew two skates together.
* Decorate with crayons
* Slip paper clips in the bottom for the skate blades. Demonstrate this clearly, the second graders had a little trouble with this concept. All you need to do is show how to slide the paper clip at the bottom and squeeze it to keep it tight.
* Do this with both skates and then string together so they can hang over a Christmas tree branch.
With a few inexpensive supplies, the kids and create pretty poinsettia’s to clip to your tree or modify for a lapel flower to give to their favorite adult. Because of the paint involved, this project is best done when you have time to do it in steps and not all at once.
1 wooden clothespin, spring type
red acrylic paint,
red glitter glue
1 green pipe cleaner
½ of yellow pipe cleaner
white craft glue
* Place a coffee filter on a paper plate
* Paint the coffee filter with the red paint, set aside to dry
* Use red marker to color the clothespin (or let them paint it too)
* When coffee filter is dry use red glitter along the edge
* Twist the yellow and green pipe cleaners together.
* Poke the yellow pipe cleaner through the filter, then twist the filter and secure with the pipe cleaner.
* Wrap the pipe cleaner around the red clothespin, being sure it can still open and close.
* Add a dab of glue if necessary
The clothespins could be spray painted ahead of time and the coffee filters could be colored with red markers, for a little less mess.
This simple craft is great for elementary school parties. It takes little instruction and can be done as fancy or as plain as the child wants. (or has the attention for)
Felt in any color
Stickers, glitter, glitter paint, ribbon and any other decorations
* Cut two mitten shapes out of the felt
* Punch a hole in the top corner of each
* Decorate the mittens with stickers, glitter glue and tiny ribbon bows.
* Add ribbon to attach the two mittens and make it into a book mark
* Let the kids wrap them up in class and have them ready to give as a gift before they leave.