Complete the Xmas Characters: Santa, Reindeer and Snowman (Christmas Craft Activity for Kids)

Snowman Craft using different materials to complete the picture #christmas #craft #kids

 

A winter arts and craft activity where kids have to use different materials to complete the pictures of three famous characters: Santa Claus, Rudolph, and a Snowman!
Free printable included (link at the bottom of the post).

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Craft using different materials to complete the pictures of three popular Christmas characters: Santa Claus, Rudolph, and a Snowman! #christmas #craft #kids
Complete the Christmas characters

(Video) Incomplete Xmas Characters

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DIY Christmas Elf on the shelf for Preschool kids.

How to play:

Print the incomplete drawings of the Christmas characters (link to free printable included at the bottom of this post) and gather different materials to craft the rest of the pictures.

Can you find something that resembles Santa’s fluffy beard?

Santa Claus Craft using different materials to complete the picture #christmas #craft #kids #santaclaus

Rudolph needs some antlers and a big red nose to guide the way for the other reindeer!

Raindeer Craft using different materials to complete the picture #christmas #craft #kids #raindeer

That snowman (or snow-woman) is getting cold! Do you mind making a nice warm scarf for him/her to wear? (and a nose, mouth and couple of buttons would be nice too, thank you!)

Snowman Craft using different materials to complete the picture #christmas #craft #kids

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Incomplete illustrations of these characters: Santa Claus, Rudolph, and a Snow-person

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More ways to play:

Go natural: Go outside and find resources in nature that you can use for this activity. Sticks for the reindeer’s antlers? YES!

Go green: Use only recycled trash to craft your Christmas characters. I reckon Mr. Snowman would fancy a really nice scarf made out of candy wrappers 🙂

 

* This activity was inspired by the guest activity “Complete the Animals” done in collaboration with the fantastic blog The Best Ideas for Kids – Check it out!

 

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Instructions to Download:

1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

 

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The Author: Rodrigo Macias is a bilingual Early Childhood Teacher mixing his experience working in Childcare and Design to come up with imaginative & educational printables and activities for kids.

Bugs and Nature Simple Stamping Art Activity with Apples (printable included)

Red Stamped Ladybugs for Bugs and Nature Simple Stamping Art activity for Preschool Kids using Apples. #preschool #crafts #apples #stamped

Make awesome stamp-art pictures of bugs and nature using paint and apples with this fun Arts and Crafts game idea!

(Video) Bugs and Nature Stamping Art Activity with Apples

Here’s a quick video of how to play this apple stamping game.

Instructions:

1. Download the Free Printable from the link at the bottom of this page.

2. Cut a bunch of apples in half and add paint to them using a paintbrush (if you don’t mind using more paint, you can use paper plates as paint-trays).

3. Complete each picture stamping the half-apples with the color(s) of your choice.

(Optional) Use crayons to color in the rest of the picture.

 

 

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PDF with incomplete drawings of Ladybugs, Tree, Butterflies, Flower, Caterpillar (or Worm) and Campfire.

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Finished Examples:

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Instructions to Download:

1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

 

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About the author: Rodrigo Macias (Roy) is a qualified Early Childhood Teacher full of creative ideas. More about Roy here.

Modern DIY Father’s Day Card Idea that Suits All Kinds of Dads (even single moms)

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Because not all Dads look the same.

I’ve seen many ideas for Father’s Day cards that are based on the traditional father figure, but in my opinion, these kinds of old school fathers are not what all kids are seeing in their homes today.

I thought it could be nice for those kids to give them the option to make a gift that resembles more the father figure that they see every day in their lives. Whatever that is (or isn’t).

I was raised by both my Mom and my Dad, so I can’t imagine how awkward it is for, let’s say, kids of single Moms that never see their Dad, to be encouraged at school to make a card that says “I love you Daddy” and features some kind of “cartoony mustache” or a men’s shirt with a tie.

This idea was designed to suit all kinds of different father figures that exist nowadays. No matter how diverse!

Let’s celebrate an inclusive Father’s day! 🙂

 

(Video) Modern Father’s Day Card

Here’s a super-speed video of only a couple of examples of the many different combinations that could be done with this idea:

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How to Make the Card:

1. Download the Free Printable from the link at the bottom of this page (it comes in English and Spanish)

The PDF has “adult and baby” illustrations of these animals: Seahorse, Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish and Sheep.

2. Let the kids choose and cut out one Adult animal that for them feels more like their father figure, then let them choose and cut out two copies of the Kid animal that they feel could represent themselves.

* IMPORTANT * It doesn’t necessarily have to be the same kind of animal for the adult and the kid in the card. Adoptive parents and Dads that acquired parenthood by love and commitment are also legitimate father figures, even if they don’t physically look like their children.

3. Fold a sheet of paper in half and in the outside paste one copy of the baby animal. Then paste the adult animal and the other baby animal in the inside part of the card.

4. Add your own message or use the one included in the printable (available in Spanish and English).

Printable Preview:

Available in English and Spanish 🙂

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Idea twists:

Extra customization: Add to the drawing any extra features that will make the animal look even more like your father figure. Freckles? Earring? a Tattoo maybe? (if someone did this for me, I bet they would add rabbit teeth and thick eyebrows to the animal, haha!)

Pop-up effect: To easily make any part of the drawing pop-up when the card is opened, do the following:

  1. Cut a small rectangle out of paper (about 10cm x 3cm should be fine).
  2. Bend it back and forward in a zig-zag shape, like a little accordion.
  3. Tape or glue one end of the accordion to the card. Then fold it and on the other end paste the part of the drawing that you want to stand out. That’s it!

Finished Examples:

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Instructions to Download:

1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

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Incomplete Animals – Coloring Pages for Arts and Crafts Game

Art supplies and cat from Complete The Animals Game - Fun idea for an Arts and Crafts game where kids exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills by coming up with different ways to complete the bodies of different animals. Free PDF has the base drawings for printable for the following animals: Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish, Butterfly and Sheep.

A fun Arts and Crafts game idea where kids exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills by coming up with different ways to finish the incomplete bodies of different animals.

Complete The Animals Game - Fun idea for an Arts and Crafts game where kids exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills by coming up with different ways to complete the bodies of different animals. Free PDF has the base drawings for printable for the following animals: Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish, Butterfly and Sheep.

 

(Video) Crafting Animals at High Speed

Here’s a video of my super-speedy hands making the examples for this game:

Instructions:

1. Download the Free Printable from the link at the bottom of this page (it comes in English and Spanish)

2. Complete each animal in a crafty way by playing with your creativity and any random materials that you find around.

Unleash your creativity!

Experiment with odd materials that don’t look like art supplies at all. That brings a richer experience for the player because it gives more satisfaction to them knowing they “discovered” a new way of using something. Who doesn’t love that feeling?

Printable Preview:

Incomplete illustrations of these animals: Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish, Butterfly and Sheep. Available in English and Spanish 🙂

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Idea twists:

Recycling Mode: Play an eco-friendly version of this game by using mostly materials that would otherwise be thrown away (clean trash).

Animal Breeds: Print many copies of the same animal and craft them in different breeds.

Teaching Art Styles: Ask the kids to complete each animal using techniques related to different art movements like Impressionism, Minimalism, and my absolute favorite, Surrealism.

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Note: This idea was created in collaboration with The Best Ideas For Kids blog (I love their Facebook Page and you might too!). You can see my post as a guest over there.

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Intructions to Download:

1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

 

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Colors and Creativity: A Preschool Game Idea to Practice Color Names in Any Language

Colors and Creativity: A Preschool Game Idea to Practice Color Names in Any Language - Free printables of colour names in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and a BLANK version to add more languages.

Inside: Preschool game where the children come up with ideas of round-shaped things that have a specific color. Includes free color names template in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

If you are teaching names of colors to kids (in any language) you should try this idea.

Your kids will use their creativity to come up with things that include a circle shape as a base and have a specific color.

Video:

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The colors included are: red, blue, green, yellow, pink, orange, purple, gray, black, brown and white.

To keep it multilingual, the PDF is available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish as well as a BLANK version so you can add the names of the colors yourself in any other language(s).

Need more languages? Add them to the BLANK version.

 

2. Using the circle shape as a base, the kids should come up with a drawing of something that is mainly of the color named at the top of each page. This will help to exercise their creativity as well as their color identification skills.

 

3. Now it’s time to add color with crayons, paint, use it as a playdough mat, or do whatever the kids decide with whatever materials are available to them.

 

You might also like: Animal Numbers 1-10 Printable for Kindergarten (multilingual)

1-10 Animal Numbers

 

 

Idea twist:

  • Practice with many combinations of shapes and colors. Use a black marker to draw different non-circle shapes that the kids can use as a base for their designs. Can you think of something yellow and triangular that is not an Angry Bird? ?

 

A few examples:

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Here are a few samples of the printables that you get with your download (the images below have mixed languages for display purposes only, in your download all the printables are nicely organized by individual language):

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Download instructions:

1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

 

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Kids DIY Christmas Card Idea: Coloring, Cut and Paste (Free Multilingual Printable)

A simple and creative idea for a DIY chrismas card made by your kids. Includes free multilingual template :)

A simple and creative idea for a DIY Christmas card made by your kids. Grandparents will flip out if they get this.

Video Tutorial:

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Instructions:

1. Download the PDF by clicking the Download link at the bottom of this page. Then print it 🙂

2. Select the elements that you want to include in your card’s design. For the “Merry Xmas” banners, since they come in these 69 different languages, please print only the page with the language(s) that you need or the ghost of a Xmas tree will hunt you down from tonight until new year’s eve.

* DISCLAIMER * The greetings listed in the multilingual Christmas banners correspond to translations made by regular parents (not all professional lingüists) who presumibly speak / know the language, nevertheless we can’t garantee that the spelling of each word or translation is official and legit.

 

Making a DIY Christmas card for kids using a templateLayed out pieces of a coloring template for a DIY Christmas card

3. Color your selections with markers, color pencils, watercolours, or whatever you like.

* Optional: Color the background of your Christmas scene on the piece of paper where you want to paste your design.

4. Cut out your illustrations and paste them on a piece of cardstock (or any paper, really). An adult’s help might be useful for this step.

5. Your personalized design is done! Now write something nice for the person that will receive the card.

 

You might also like this activity: Complete the Animals with Crafts

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Idea twists:

You can also draw more elements on your card to make it even more personalized! Purple flames in the fireplace? It’s Christmas, anything goes! 😀

Finished cards samples:

Finished examples of a DIY Christmas card project for kids

Here’s another Christmas ideas for Preschoolers:

#Christmas DIY Elf on the Shelf toilet tube #craft for teachers of #preschool kids

DIY Christmas Elf on the shelf for Preschool kids.

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Download instructions:

1. Click on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

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DIY Coloring Learning Game: Upper / Lower Case Vowels Match

Coloring learning activity for Preschool level kids- blank flash cards for upper case letters and lower case vowels. They can add their own drawings to the cards using words that are already familiar to them (like their family members’ names). Cut in half to make a puzzle or memory game :) To see more detailed ideas of games that you can do using this printable, visit: http://boxofideas.uk/vowels

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A fun coloring activity and game ideas to teach uppercase and lowercase vowels to preschool level kids.

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Directions

01. Print a copy of printable A.

02. Ask your kid what is their favorite word with each vowel. You can help them by reminding them about the names of animals, cartoon characters, family members/friends that you already know that they like and that they are used to hear/say them often.

03. Ask the kid to draw and color a picture in each letter’s flashcard representing the words that they have chosen, trying to make the picture big enough so when you cut the cards in half there is enough “chunk” of their picture in both parts.

*IMPORTANT* Before the kid starts drawing the pictures, explain to them that after they finish making them, the cards will be cut in half so they can play with a puzzle that they’ve made themselves. Failing to do this might result in the kid resenting you for “destroying” their art without their permission and maybe they won’t even want to play anymore ☹️.

04. After your kid decides that the pictures are ready, cut them out of the page and then cut each in half.

05. Play matching those pics, which can be done in different ways depending on each child’s likes and skills, you can either:

  • Hide all the pieces around the room to make it a scavenger hunt / puzzle game.
  • Scramble all the pictures on the floor/table and let the kid find their own way to match them.
  • Put either the uppercase or lowercase parts in the right order (a-e-i-o-u) and let the kid find their match.

Game twists

  • Glue a magnet in the back of their designs so they can play on a metallic surface like the fridge.
  • Mount the pictures on cardboard and use them to play an alternative version of the classic memory game, where instead of looking to match two pictures of the same kind, they have to find the letter’s uppercase/lowercase match.

To download the flashcards, go here.

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Free Printable Multilingual Flashcards: Upper-Lower Case Match Vowels

Preschool level kids that speak either English, Spanish or French can use these as a fun learning practice for upper and lower case alphabet vowels. If your kid is bilingual, then you might find them ultra useful :) by kids activities designer Rodrigo Macias

Preschool level kids that speak either English, Spanish, French, Italian or/and Portuguese can use these free flash cards as a learning practice for upper case letters and lower case vowels. If you are raising bilingual or multilingual kids, well that’s a bonus!

See the entire Multilingual Alphabet

Game ideas for these flashcards:

  • Use the blank flashcards as a playdough mat to fill in the letters with dough (Idea submitted by user from Australia).

Printable preview:

The download also includes a blank version so the kids (or yourself) can add their own drawings to the cards with words that are more familiar to them.

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2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

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Free coloring activity: Animal Mandalas (EN/ES/FR vocabulary of animal names)

Coloring activity of animal mandalas that can be used as a coloring language activity so children can practice vocabulary of animal names in English, French and Spanish, by matching those names with the animal body parts that form each design. By kids activities designer Rodrigo Macias

What’s cool about the Animal Mandalas:

  • Use them as a creative learning activity so children can practice vocabulary of animal names in English, French and Spanish, by matching those names with the animal body parts that form each mandala.
  • Download only their simple/clean version with no added text if you just want the mandala illustration to color-in.
  • Mandalas can become your best friends when boredom gets to your children (and/or spouse) during long flights.

Mandalas preview:

  • If you want to see a colored example, I posted the process of water-coloring the one with tentacles as photo comments in this Facebook post.

 

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Download instructions:

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3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

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Free Coloring Pages: Kids Characters by rmacias

These are coloring pages of the characters I want to use one day in my children stories - by Kids Activities Designer Rodrigo Macias

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These are coloring pages of the characters I want to use one day in my children stories ?.

To read their wiki pages, just click on their face:

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