Sweet and simple Christmas card craft ideas, using a potato printing technique.
Christmas card crafts
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Potato printing is a classic kids’ art technique and it’s so easy to set up.
A simple triangle makes a perfect Christmas tree, so it’s very easy (for an adult) to use a knife to cut out your stamp.
To make it easier for your children to use the potatoes to print, you can cut out a little handle for them, or stick in a fork for them to hold.
Set out some plates of paint in various shades of green and then invite your children to try out some stamping.
I find everyone wants to do lots and lots of prints as it’s so fun, so you might like to make a forest design rather than trying to make everyone hold back and only print one tree.
You could also roll out a big sheet of paper and go stamp-happy, making some homemade gift wrap.
You can use glitter glue or paint to add some decorations to your trees, using a cotton bud or finger prints to add baubles. A top tip I picked up from Jackie at Happy Hooligans is to have a hairdryer on hand so you can speed up the drying time of your paint, which means you can print trees and decorate them in one session.
You can decorate one tree, or all of them, and add some glitter glue beneath the trees to make a snowy forest floor.
To add even more sensory appeal you could use Christmas scented paint for your artwork.
Download your ready-made Nativity Unit
Download the Play Academy’s ready-made Nativity Unit and you’ll have everything you need to lead a set of activities to introduce your children to the Nativity story.
This Unit includes artist-drawn puppets/colour-in nativity scene characters and printable Bible verse cards, that your children can use year after year.
In this Nativity teaching unit your children can:
:: learn about the Nativity and create their own Nativity book or small world scene using colour-in puppet / nativity scene characters
:: learn about Mary and Joseph’s journey, and explore junk modelling
:: learn about the shepherds role, and explore loose parts
:: learn about Jesus’ birth
:: learn about the three wise men, and complete their book / re-tell the story in their small world
Bonus Nativity thematic unit printables
The Play Academy’s thematic units come with practical printables that make the lessons more engaging for your children and easier for you to teach.
No need to go searching for printables to accompany your lessons, they’re all included when you download your chosen unit.
In this Nativity Unit you’ll receive these bonus printables:
:: My Nativity Story book to write, colour and complete to tell the Nativity story
:: a set of artist-drawn My Nativity Puppets to colour, cut out and use to re-cap and act out the Nativity story
:: Nativity Vocabulary Cards to recap and consolidate learning
:: Nativity Bible Verse Cards to read, narrate your own acting out of the story, and perhaps to memorise
How to download this Nativity thematic unit
You can download this unit along with over 50 more from NurtureStore’s Play Academy.
If you are already of the Play Academy, you can download this unit straight away from our Library here.
If you are not yet a member, find out more and choose your first unit here. Your teaching is about to get a whole lot easier!