Keep the fun and learning going during the holidays with pine cone Christmas crafts for kids! They also make great keepsakes the children can share with their families. These are perfect ideas to add to your Christmas activities for preschoolers!
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Pine Cone Christmas Crafts for Kids
Do your students love collecting bits of natural materials when they’re out on the playground?
I know my son and my past students have always enjoyed doing so. I distinctly remember having pounds of acorns and piles of rocks (both in the classroom and at home). And let’s be honest – this has happened multiple times over the years!
So why not take the kids’ love of collecting things and combine it with some holiday crafting? Take your students on a nature hunt and collect some pine cones together.
Get the pine cones cleaned up, and then choose one of the following pine cone Christmas crafts for the kids to make!
Our Favorite Pine Cone Christmas Crafts
I’ve made reindeer ornaments and painted pine cones in the past with my preschoolers.
Both of those activities were huge hits, so I know all of these would be too! Which of these pine cone Christmas crafts would your kiddos enjoy the most?
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Pine Cone Reindeer Ornament| Fireflies and Mud Pies
This adorable ornament actually inspired this whole list! Made with pine cones, felt, twigs, and wiggly eyes, this easy kids pine cone craft looks beautiful tied to gifts or hanging from the Christmas tree.
Pine Cone Christmas Trees | Crafty Morning
A little green paint and some embellishments turn pine cones into adorable mini Christmas trees! These are perfect as a household or classroom Christmas decoration.
Pine Cone Elves | Red Ted Art
Some felt and a wooden bead transforms pine cones into irresistible elf babies! One of the cutest pine cone Christmas crafts for kids.
Pine Cone Angels| Peace . . . But Not Quiet
Using similar materials as the elves, you can make gorgeous pine cone angels! Perfectly described: “so cute that you can give them to people who aren’t related to your children and they’ll still put them out as a decoration.”
Wikki-Stix Pine Cone Christmas Tree| The Preschool Toolbox
There’s no glue needed for this fun ornament that uses Wikki-Stix as pine cone “tree” decorations.
Pine Cone Christmas Learning Activities
Here are some pine cone Christmas crafts for kids that are packed with lots of early learning skills. Fine motor, science exploration, and literacy practice abound.
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Pine Cone Christmas Tree Ornament| The OT Toolbox
This colorful and crafty ornament is also a fine motor skills powerhouse! It helps kids with precision, pincer grasp, in-hand manipulation, and more.
Pom Pom Pine Cone Ornament| Mama Miss
Another adorable kid-made ornament that provides wonderful fine motor practice.
Winter Pine Cone Craft| Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Turn a pinecone into a sparkly winter wonderland! I love the science exploration included with this Christmas craft for kids.
Fine Motor Christmas Trees | The Imagination Tree
Not one, but THREE ways to work fine motor skills while making a pine cone Christmas craft! The results are wonderful decorations, too.
Materials for Your Pine Cone Fun
Admittedly, I have a large stash of art and craft materials. I’m pretty sure that’s from all my years teaching!
So I’m a big fan of trying to use what I already have on-hand for art projects. But I’m also not averse to adding to my stash, either.
If you’re looking for some suggestions on what to grab for these pine cone Christmas crafts, here you go:
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Done-for-You Christmas Preschool Resources
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Originally published December 12, 2014.