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Welcome to our second annual 12 Days of Christmas series. You can read all the post in this series on the 12 Days of Christmas 2017 page.


Making ornaments are a Christmas must! I love creating seasonal art with my daughter! This is a fun process art project that toddlers and preschoolers will love! They are able to explore and experiment with different painting techniques and make decisions about the colors and design of their ornament.

Christmas paper plate ornament craft, activities for toddlers and preschoolers, process art projects for kids

Materials

  • Paper plates
  • Washable paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Straws
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Pencils
  • Craft poms
  • Clothespins
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

Process

Set up the materials for the kiddos. Use a paper plate to be the “palette” and ask the kiddos what colors they want to use. Give them a lot of different materials to experiment with. Use household items that aren’t typical painting utensils. The materials list above isn’t an exhaustive list. You could provide all of those objects or completely different ones. I just recommend providing some unusual painting utensils because it makes the experience more fun.

Explain to the kiddos that they will be painting a paper plate that will be made into an ornament. Answer any questions they have about the project, but ensure that they know they can paint it however they like. One of my kiddos wanted to know what she was supposed to paint. I explained a couple times that she was able to paint whatever she wanted.

Christmas paper plate ornament craft, activities for toddlers and preschoolers, process art projects for kids

Let the kiddos paint their paper plates. Ask them to tell you about what they are painting. You’ll get some really interesting explanations from preschoolers. Suggest different painting techniques if they seem confused or stumped with what to create. A favorite technique was stamping the plate with a craft pom clipped into a clothespin.

Christmas paper plate ornament craft, activities for toddlers and preschoolers, process art projects for kids

Give the kiddos as much time as they like to complete their project. If they get distracted or want to go do something else, let them, but encourage them to come back if they would like. One of my kiddos started her project, stopped to eat a piece of pizza, and them came back to the project. How fun is that?!

When finished, allow the plate to dry and have the kiddos help clean up. I like to have them assist in the clean up because it fosters a sense of responsibility. My 16 month old LOVES cleaning up and wiping the table with a washcloth.

After everything is cleaned up, have your artists choose what color they would like their ornament cap to be, draw a trapezoid for them, and have them cut it out. If you’re doing this project with toddlers, use a hand-over-hand technique for cutting or just cut it out for them.

Christmas paper plate ornament craft, activities for toddlers and preschoolers, process art projects for kids

The kiddos also need to select the ribbon color they’d like and cut a strip about 5-6 inches long.

The adult can then use hot glue to attach the ornament cap to the plate and the ribbon to the ornament cap. If you don’t plan to hang the ornaments, you can skip the ribbon, altogether.

Christmas paper plate ornament craft, activities for toddlers and preschoolers, process art projects for kids

I mean, how cute are these?! I love them and the kiddos that created them are really proud of their work.

Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone! Thank you for reading!

About the Author

Hi, there! I’m Allie from Live Love Mess! I’m a preschool teacher and mom to a super fun 16 month old daughter. I am passionate about helping mamas and their families by providing parenting tips and tricks, fun activities for kids and families, and printables on my blog. My goal is to help mamas learn to love the messes that life throws at them. I’d love for you to check out my blog! Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest and Facebook!

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