Here’s a really easy way to turn your’ child’s art into Christmas cards.
It may be simple but the cards look gorgeous and make a wonderful keepsake.
Turning your child’s art into a Christmas card – or any-time-of-year card – is a lovely way to share their creativity with someone else they love.
This art card idea makes a great alternative to more ‘craft’-style cards, especially if you prefer child-led art rather than follow-the-steps creations.
QUICK RESOURCE >> Download your ready-made Nativity Unit here
Turn your child’s art into Christmas cards
If your family is anything like ours you’ll have a constant, overflowing supply of child’s art.
My daughters’ love to paint, draw, stick, colour…. which of course means we have lots and lots of their art collecting on walls, doors, fridges, everywhere.
As much as I love their art work, sometimes we need to bid some a fond farewell (only to make room for more, newer pieces!).
If you somehow don’t happen to have an archive of their art to use, then of course they could paint a masterpiece especially for the cards.
Whichever way you source your starting art, turning it into a lovely card couldn’t be easier.
Take a piece of card and fold it in half.
Your child can then pick a section of their art to turn into a picture of a present to go on the front.
Cut out a square or rectangle from their picture to make the present, and stick it onto the front of the greetings card with glue.
Cut up some ribbon and glue that on to, crossing it over the painted present and adding a bow on top.
You can show your child how to take a pair of scissors or a ruler and pull it along the length of ribbon to make it twist into pretty curls.
Add some lovely writing on the front to finish the card and you’ve got a gorgeous keepsake card which captures a piece of your child’s art and a snapshot of their handwriting at this age.
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!