Your child will have a blast using Santa's beard as a countdown to Christmas Day.
There are few fictional characters more beloved by children than Santa Claus. This season, make a fun Santa craft by turning jolly old Saint Nick into an advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas. Your little one will love gluing a cotton ball on Santa’s beard every morning as the anticipation for the big day grows with the jolly guy’s beard. As an added bonus, you won’t constantly be answering the question “How many days until Christmas?” as your kiddo can just check Santa’s beard!
1Give your tot a white paper plate and help her draw Santa’s face on the back of the plate using crayons or markers. If you don’t have any plates handy, cut a circle out of white construction paper.
2Help your tot cut a red triangle out of construction paper to form Santa’s hat; glue the base of the triangle on the top of Santa’s head. Fold the top of the triangle down to the side so the tip of the triangle is near the base to give the appearance that Santa’s hat is flopped over to the side.
3Let your kiddo decorate Santa’s hat by gluing a cotton ball to the tip of the triangle to make a pom-pom. Help her stretch out several cotton balls, pulling carefully so they don’t tear, to make a length of cotton. Use three to five cotton balls depending on how thick your little one wants the trim and how big the hat is. Glue the stretched out cotton balls on the seam between Santa’s hat and his face to form the trim.
4Assist your tot in tracing a quarter 24 times on a piece of white paper, keeping in mind the shape of Santa’s beard.
5Help your tot draw a beard shape around the circles, making sure to stay near the circles so there won't be a lot of excess paper showing outside the cotton balls.
6Practice counting aloud with your little one while you number the circles 1 to 24.
7Have your youngster cut out the beard and glue it to the bottom of the paper plate.
8Let your toddler glue one cotton ball on Santa’s beard every day as a countdown to Christmas, starting on the first of December. She will be delighted on Christmas Eve when the final cotton ball finishes Santa’s beard!
- When creating the beard, drawing four rows of six quarters each makes a nice even shape to the beard; help your tot trace the quarters close together so there are no gaps in his beard.Your little one can also add a cotton ball mustache above the beard by stretching out and gluing more cotton balls on the paper plate.
Things You'll Need
- White paper plate
- Red construction paper
- White construction paper
- Child-friendly scissors
- 1 quarter
- 30 cotton balls