Christmas Paper Crafts For Kids

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Christmas paper crafts to work on kids' fine motor and visual motor skills

Christmas paper crafts for kids can give your child lots of practice with cutting, tearing, pasting and folding paper. Great for working on fine motor, coordination and planning skills!

Here are some ideas to try:

Make A Collage Background

Christmas paper crafts for kids
nativity scene collage paper craft

Have your child tear or snip paper strips into small pieces and then use the pieces to collage the background of a regular coloring picture.

In the image above, we printed a standard nativity scene picture at 80% of the size (use the preview function on your printer to see what it would look like). Then we built a stable outline with popsicle sticks and pasted our snipped paper all around the picture. Looks stunning!

Strips of Paper
kids christmas paper crafts tearing paperTearing Paper
Snipping Paper

Why is this a good activity?

  • tearing paper with the tripod fingers helps your child to isolate the use of the fingers that are needed for pencil control. Show your child how to position the thumbs together on the paper (as above) to make tearing easy.
  • snipping paper can help a young child learn to master the art of opening and closing scissors. If your child struggles with this, try some of my scissor cutting tips and techniques.
  • your child is using bilateral coordination when both hands are working together to tear or snip. Eye-hand coordination is used to paste the paper collage.


  • Cut the paper strips ahead of time to make it easier for your child, or have an older sibling cut the strips.

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Tracing Shapes and Outlines

Make a cardboard template from a cereal carton or thick cardstock and have  your child trace around it onto various papers. Wrapping paper and sheet music can make a pretty addition to regular colored cardstock.

Layered decorations are perfect Christmas paper crafts for kids! We used different sizes of stars and circles to make these cute layered paper crafts. We pasted them onto Christmas cards and used them for gift tags and tree decorations.

paper craft tracing activityTracing Around A Star Template
Cutting Out
Piles of Stars
Gift Tags and Cards

Why is this a good activity?

  • Tracing around a template or stencil requires your child to use both hands together in a coordinated way. One hand is doing most of the work, while the other is assisting. This is an important component of writing skills in the classroom.
  • Tracing around a template requires your child's eyes to guide the hand in staying on the outline of the template. This is called visual-motor coordination, which is very important in handwriting.
  • Getting all the way around the template will require your child to plan how to move the hands without bumping the template, and may also involve some crossing of the midline.


  • Use simple shapes (circles and squares) for younger kids
  • Thicker templates can be easier to work with
  • Regular paper is more forgiving than thin wrapping paper
  • Tracing on the back of the patterned paper means the pencil "skid" marks won't show on the finished product
  • If you like the idea, but your child struggles with the tracing aspect, print out this free star template onto regular colored cardstock and just have your child cut the shapes out.

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Christmas Scissor Cutting Crafts

If the stars suggested above are too tricky for your child to cut out, try some of these simpler, scissor cutting Christmas paper crafts for kids!

Straight lines are easiest for kids to start with, then they can progress to simple shapes like circles and triangles. Click on each image below to get instructions and free templates for each activity!

Why is scissor cutting a good activity?

  • Cutting out with scissors can strengthen your child's hands. If your child holds the scissors correctly, then cutting can also help get the tripod fingers working well together for better pencil control
  • Scissor cutting requires that both hands work together in a coordinated way to keep the scissors cutting on the line and around the corners. If your child struggles with this, read my page on bilateral coordination for some info and tips.
  • Your child will also be using some visual-motor coordination skills as the eyes guide the hands to stay on the lines.
  • Wide lines are easier for kids to stay on than narrow ones
  • Use scissors that are the right size for your child's hands, and if your child is a leftie, the scissors should be special left-handed ones.
  • Read more scissor cutting tips!
  • If your child's fine motor skills are poor, then try some of these fine motor Christmas activity ideas

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Kirigami Christmas Paper Crafts for Kids

Kirigami is the art of folding and cutting paper. We have probably all made zillions of paper snowflakes in our childhood :-)

This awesome webpage about Kirigami for Kids has some lovely folding and cutting ideas that would make great Christmas paper crafts for kids.

Why is Kirigami a good activity?

  • Folding requires eye hand coordination, careful planning and following instructions.
  • Children also need to use just the right amount of force to create folds and manipulate the paper without tearing.
  • Gives additional scissor cutting practice with a lovely end product!

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Christmas Cutting Practice Printables!

Do you want to give your child more scissor cutting practice using a Christmas theme? Are you struggling to find good scissor cutting templates?

OT Mom’s nativity-themed Christmas cutting templates will give your child lots of cutting practice with lovely end products to build your child’s confidence!

There are 17 different scissor cutting crafts, all with photographed instructions and a variety of templates - over 40 templates in all!

cutting skills printable templates for Christmas

Suitable for a range of skills - from preschoolers who are just learning to use scissors, all the way to early elementary kids who need more practice with their scissor skills.

Starting with simple snipping activities, the templates will enable your child to learn to cut on straight lines and then to cut out shapes.

All the activities are photographed so you and your child can see what you are working towards!

View my Christmas Scissor Cutting Printables now!

I truly hope you and your child have fun with these easy Christmas paper crafts for kids! For more Christmas inspiration, check out my other pages...

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Truth in the Tinsel

Truth in the Tinsel - an advent e-book

If you are looking for a daily advent lesson and simple Christmas craft activity you can do with your preschooler, then I really recommend Truth in the Tinsel. My kids thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and hands-on activities in this advent e-book when they were younger.

Truth in the Tinsel includes links to Scriptures, simple craft tutorials, step-by-step talking points, and craft templates to walk your preschool kids through the entire Christmas story. The countdown begins with the prophecies in Isaiah, through the stories in the Gospels, all the way to Jesus’ ultimate goal for coming to earth.

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