Preschool Christmas ornaments are perfect for engaging the kids around the holidays. Plus, they make great keepsakes the children can share with their families. Add these ideas to your Christmas activities for preschoolers.
Christmas is such a magical time of year – especially for young children. And one of the best parts is when families get to spend time together decorating the Christmas tree.
When children get to put their very own hand-made Christmas ornaments on the tree, it makes the experience just that much more meaningful.
Preschool Christmas Ornaments
The process of crafting hand-made ornaments can also promote many preschool concepts. From fine motor skills to color identification and creativity, making ornaments is full of learning opportunities.
So of course I had to put together a collection of some fun and unique preschool Christmas ornaments for you!
Below you’ll find for ornaments the kids can make on their own, with only a little adult help. Additionally, I added in some that might require a bit more adult assistance. You know your kids best, so pick the ornaments that best suits them!
Christmas Ornaments for Preschoolers to Make
Every preschool activity requires some kind of prep and assistance from the teacher. But this set of ornaments is perfect for kids to make almost completely independently!
Just give the kids their supplies, a few instructions, and let them create!
Our Favorite Preschool Christmas Ornaments
I’ll start with some of the ornaments that we’ve made here at Fun-A-Day. They are my absolute favorites – probably because I have so many great memories of making them with my son and students over the years.
First up is the super-cute snowman fingerprint ornament. It’s so fun to see the different faces and accessories the children choose for their snowmen.
The popsicle stick snowflake ornaments were such a hit in my classroom. My students always came up with some really cool designs with lots of colors. The setup for this one is pretty easy, too!
Pair the Grinch’s heart homemade Christmas ornament with storybook for a fun Christmas-themed lesson. It’s a great way to talk about sharing time with family and friends during the holidays.
Next up is our series of beaded name ornaments. These preschool Christmas ornaments offer lots of opportunities for learning and practicing preschool concepts, like fine motor skills, letter recognition, shape identification, and patterning, to name a few. And of course, students will be learning to spell and recognize their names!
- The first one is the beaded name wreath! Shape a green pipe cleaner into the shape of a wreath and add a bow for a cute ornament.
- The candy cane ornament craft is a nice twist (pun fully intended) on the beaded name wreath. It is great for learning patterns!
- Another fun beaded name ornament is the pony bead Christmas tree. Instead of a wreath or a candy cane, slide the pony beads onto a pipe cleaner and form it into the shape of a Christmas tree!
Easy Kid-Made Ornaments
I don’t think you could ever do too much art and crafts with kids. And there’s certainly no limit on how many ornaments the kids can make. So, here are some more great preschool Christmas ornaments:
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Students can work on sequencing and visual-motor skills with the Lego ornaments from Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls. Or just give them the Legos and let them come up with their own creations.
Have your students work on fine motor skills with this cute gingerbread Christmas ornament by Preschool Inspirations. It is super easy to modify based on your classroom theme.
Simple activities are often the most fun for kids! The sparkling star Christmas ornament by Preschool Toolkit is a simple craft that kids will love.
I love the simplicity of Teach Preschool’s winter in a bottle ornament. And the best part? You can put all of the materials in a sensory bin for the kids to explore before getting started!
Let your students explore both process art and color theory this Christmas season with the tinfoil Christmas ornaments by Fantastic Fun and Learning.
The classic Rudolph ornament by The Kindergarten Connection can be paired with a story and song for a well-rounded lesson that students will love!
Danya Banya had the great idea of creating pine cone Christmas tree ornaments in bulk as a process art activity. She kept one as a keepsake and then gave the rest of them to community helpers!
Have you ever worked diligently on an entire puzzle, only to realize that you’re missing a piece?! Instead of throwing the whole puzzle out, recycle the pieces for the puzzle piece wreath ornament by Mama Papa Bubba.
Kid-Made Ornaments with Prep-Work
For some preschool Christmas ornament crafts, you just set out supplies and let the kids create. Others might require some prepping or final touches from the teacher.
Here are some of the ornaments that kids can work on independently, but require a little extra help from teachers or parents:
There are some great learning opportunities with the button Christmas tree ornament by Hands on as We Grow.
This kid-made ornament using shrink film from Buggy and Buddy is sure to be cherished for years to come.
Check out the lollipop photo ornament by I Heart Arts N’ Crafts. Parents will appreciation having a snapshot of those sweet little preschool faces.
From ABCs to ACTs has an adorable salt dough ornament. The children will love getting to make their very own handprint Santa ornament.
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Let your students show off each of their unique personalities by striking a pose for a photo. Cut out the photos and use them for Crafty Morning’s laminated photo snowglobe ornaments.
Head over to I Heart Crafty Things to learn how to make a sweet and simple wooden spoon angel Christmas tree ornament.
Bring Mr. Popper’s Penguins to your classroom with the heart shaped penguin ornaments by Artsy Momma.
I adore the ice ornament craft activity by Red Ted Art! Even though the final product isn’t something that will hang on a tree for years to come, there’s still a great lesson to be explored in this fun twist on Christmas tree ornaments.
After all, the purpose of any preschool activity is the learning and exploration they experience, not just the tangible product, right?!
Student and Teacher Cooperative Art Ornaments
While I adore crafts that kids make independently, I also love to work alongside my students to create some special keepsakes.
I like to think of these preschool Christmas ornaments as cooperative art projects between student and teacher. It’s a great time to really connect with the kids during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
Pre-K Pages made the no-bake cinnamon ornaments for preschool super simple by laying the recipe out step by step for classrooms to make together!
Your students will absolutely adore helping make the salt dough and then creating the fingerprint Christmas tree salt dough ornaments by Messy Little Monster.
Test out the icicle ornament by Happy Hooligans with your students. The kids will be fascinated by this science experiment turned Christmas craft!
Learn how to make the best birdseed ornaments by Natural Beach Living. The kids are sure to enjoy the process of making these ornaments and observing the wildlife enjoying their creations!
The lights on the Christmas tree will shine through the colorful beads on the salt dough and melted bead ornament by Where Imagination Grows.
As a preschool teacher and a boy mom, I have a huge appreciation for all things dinosaur. Help your students create a dinosaur ornament craft from Sunshine Whispers.
The melted candy cane ornaments by Crafty Morning is a great opportunity to talk about cause and effect with students!
The milk and vinegar preschool Christmas ornaments by Little Bins for Little Hands are so cute and serve as a great science activity!
There you have it – 30 AMAZING preschool Christmas ornaments! What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below.
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