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Easy toilet paper roll crafts for toddlers & preschoolers

Easy toilet paper roll crafts for toddlers & preschoolers

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Easy Winter Sensory Bottle (with Snowflakes!)

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Paper Straw Christmas Tree Craft for Preschoolers

Paper Straw Christmas Tree Craft for Preschoolers

This is an easy Christmas craft that perschoolers could do (probably with a little assistance), but that looks nice enough that it doesn’t scream “a little kid made this!”

It can obviously be used as a tree ornament … but you can also skip the last step of gluing on the twine and instead glue your straw tree to a folded piece of cardstock, making a pretty cool Christmas card.

(Although it probably wouldn’t go too well in the mail. It’d have to be one of those Christmas cards that you drop in your co-worker’s mail slot or attach to a gift.)

Because this craft is so simple, it’s easy to customize, either for the sake of variety or just to make it a better match with the materials you already have on hand:

  • Change the color and design of the straws, or even make your own. (See the videos below.)
  • Instead of using a craft stick, glue two straws together.
  • Use different stickers for the tree’s topper. Or, if you’re like me and have a bunch of scrapbooking supplies stuffed in a Thirty-One Gifts somewhere in the back of a closet, you can dig out the bag and see if you have a star punch and some silver or gold cardstock. You can also play around with using ribbon to make a topper.

 

Before we get the directions, let’s talk about how you can make your own paper straws.

How do you make homemade paper straws?

Now if you’re really feeling creative (or think that pre-made paper straw are too expensive or want to be more environmentally friendly), there are at least two ways to make your own.

This is a particularly smart option if you’re “mass producing” these Christmas tree crafts, like in a preschool classroom setting … or if you like to have plenty of paper straws on hand for future crafts.

 

Paper Straws Made From Chopsticks and Scrapbooking Paper

 

How to Make Paper Straws from Newspaper

 

Materials for Christmas Tree Craft

Supplies for Straw Christmas tree craft

 

Christmas Tree Craft Directions

  1. Place the large wooden craft stick on the paper plate.

    Craft stick on plate

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  3. Use a paint brush to paint the craft stick with red paint. (We painted two coats to make sure I had full coverage) Let dry completely before moving to the next step.

    Painting craft stick red

     

    Craft stick painted red

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  5. Remove the backing from the snowflake sticker and place it at the top of the red craft stick.

    Putting snowflake on red craft stick

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  7. Cut a piece of one paper straw slightly wider than the width of the craft stick. Glue the piece right below the snowflake sticker.

    Straw glued on craft stick

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    Repeat this process with different color paper straws, cutting each straw slightly wider than the previous one, and then gluing to the craft stick.

    Second straw glued on stick

     

    Third straw glued on

     

  9. Continue until the last straw is approximately 1” above the bottom of the craft stick. Let dry completely.

    Pressing down final straw

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  11. Cut a piece of red jute twine approximately 10” long.

    Cutting red twine

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  13. Fold the twine in half, and then tie a knot at the bottom.

    Red string with knot tied

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  15. Flip the craft stick over, and glue the knotted end of the jute twine to the top of the stick (on the opposite side of the snowflake sticker).

    Glue twine to top of stick

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  17. Once dry, your Christmas Tree is ready to be hung!

 

Paper Straw Christmas Tree Ornament

Paper Straw Christmas Tree Ornament

Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Materials

  • Jumbo craft stick
  • Red Acrylic Paint
  • Red craft jute twine
  • Snowflake sticker
  • Red, white, & gold paper straws

Tools

  • Scissors
  • White School Glue
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. Place the large wooden craft stick on the paper plate and paint the it with red paint.
  2. Wait for the paint to dry, paint a second coat, then let it dry again.
  3. Remove the backing from the snowflake sticker and place it at the top of the red craft stick.
  4. Cut a piece of one paper straw slightly wider than the width of the craft stick. Glue the piece right below the snowflake sticker
  5. Repeat this process with different color paper straws, cutting each straw slightly wider than the previous one, and then gluing to the craft stick.
  6. Cut a piece of red jute twine approximately 10” long. Fold in half, and then tie a knot at the bottom.
  7. Flip the craft stick over, and glue the knotted end of the jute twine to the top of the stick (on the opposite side of the snowflake sticker).
  8. Let dry and then hang up!

Notes

See video instructions on the post if you'd like to make your own paper straws.

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Dinosaur Nail & Wood Craft (Easy String Art for Kids)

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Free Printable Halloween Word Searches

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Free Printable Penguin (and Penguicorn) Coloring Pages

Free Printable Penguin (and Penguicorn) Coloring Pages

 

Penguins are sooo cute.

I remember when our family went to the Gatlinburg Aquarium years ago, the penguin exhibit was our favorite part.

aquarium penguins

 

Here are two penguin coloring pages, plus one with a penguicorn (penguin unicorn).

I’ve also included some penguin books and toys to get you and your family totally immersed in the penguin mood.

 

Penguin Books for Preschoolers

If your kids are interested in coloring penguins, they’d probably also like to read about them. Below are some penguin-themed picture books to read with little ones.

If your kids are a little older (say, first or second grade), Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a fun read-aloud that my kids enjoyed at that age.

(I would recommend NOT seeing the movie version with Jim Carey.

Well, actually, if you have little kids they’ll probably think it’s hilarious, so maybe you should it … but only if you realize going into it that a) it’s really stupid; and b) it’s nothing — absolutely nothing — like the book.)

 

How Do Penguins Play?How Do Penguins Play?How Do Penguins Play?And Tango Makes Three (Classic Board Books)And Tango Makes Three (Classic Board Books)And Tango Makes Three (Classic Board Books)If You Were a PenguinIf You Were a PenguinIf You Were a PenguinPenguin and Pinecone A friendship storyPenguin and Pinecone A friendship storyPenguin and Pinecone A friendship storyBe Brave, Little PenguinBe Brave, Little PenguinBe Brave, Little PenguinPenguins Love ColorsPenguins Love ColorsPenguins Love Colors

 

 


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Penguins & Balloon Coloring Page

 

Penguin & Balloon coloring page

 

Penguin Love Coloring Page

Penguin love coloring page

 

Penguicorn & Rainbow Coloring Page

Penguicorn and rainbow coloring pages

 


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Penguin Toys for Kids

EpicKids Penguin Plush - Stuffed Animal ToyEpicKids Penguin Plush – Stuffed Animal ToyEpicKids Penguin Plush - Stuffed Animal ToyPLAYMOBIL Penguin Building SetPLAYMOBIL Penguin Building SetPLAYMOBIL Penguin Building SetMelissa & Doug Giant PenguinMelissa & Doug Giant PenguinMelissa & Doug Giant PenguinBuckle Toys - Blizzard PenguinBuckle Toys – Blizzard PenguinBuckle Toys - Blizzard PenguinGlowing Stuffed PenguinGlowing Stuffed PenguinGlowing Stuffed PenguinBearington Wiggles and Wobbles Plush Stuffed Animal Penguin with BabyBearington Wiggles and Wobbles Plush Stuffed Animal Penguin with BabyBearington Wiggles and Wobbles Plush Stuffed Animal Penguin with Baby

 

 

More Free Printable Coloring Pages

 

free printable penguin coloring pages

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6 Free Printable Gingerbread Man Templates (small & large)

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Free Printable Halloween Coloring Pages for Preschoolers

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Here are 3 Halloween coloring pages that are perfect for preschoolers, kindergarten and elementary ages.

These are great for parties, playdates, classrooms, and even passing out to trick or treaters.

 

Check out these Halloween crafts for Preschoolers

 


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Halloween Monsters Coloring Page

Halloween Monsters coloring page

 

Halloween Candy Coloring Page

Halloween candy coloring page

 

Ghost Coloring Page

Ghost coloring page for Halloween

 


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Halloween Themed Books for Preschoolers

Why not combine these coloring pages with a great Halloween book for kids?

Here are a few ideas:

The Itsy Bitsy PumpkinThe Itsy Bitsy PumpkinThe Itsy Bitsy PumpkinTen Timid GhostsTen Timid GhostsTen Timid GhostsThe Spooky Wheels on the BusThe Spooky Wheels on the BusThe Spooky Wheels on the BusThe Berenstain Bears and the Prize PumpkinThe Berenstain Bears and the Prize PumpkinThe Berenstain Bears and the Prize PumpkinPete the Cat: Five Little PumpkinsPete the Cat: Five Little PumpkinsPete the Cat: Five Little PumpkinsLet's Play.... I Spy Halloween!: A Fun Guessing Game BookLet’s Play…. I Spy Halloween!: A Fun Guessing Game BookLet's Play.... I Spy Halloween!: A Fun Guessing Game BookScary, Scary Halloween Gift EditionScary, Scary Halloween Gift EditionScary, Scary Halloween Gift EditionIt's Pumpkin Day, Mouse!It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse!

 

 

Panda Bear Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids

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