This reindeer craft is perfect for preschoolers! Whether you are looking for a quick activity for Christmas Eve or are starting to get into the holiday spirit, crafting is a fun way to celebrate and create precious keepsakes for years to come.
All you need for this simple reindeer craft is a jar lid insert, some googly eyes, glue, and pipe cleaners, and you’re ready to make your own Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer ornament for the Christmas tree! Keep reading to see how we made them.
It’s also one of the 14 adorable Christmas crafts for kids that we’ve made lately!
Supplies: Reindeer ornament craft
December is a great time for crafting. Making ornaments for the tree is a fun way to add a personal touch to your festive decorations (and keep the little ones busy!).
Here are the supplies you will need for this fun activity:
- Lid insert from a mason jar
- Googly eyes
- Red shiny pom pom (regular red pom poms work too)
- Brown pipe cleaners
- Glue (hot glue is best, but make sure they know not to touch the glue gun while they wait for you to help!)
Once the kiddos realize that you’re making a super cute little reindeer, they will be pretty excited! It’s best to get your supplies all ready before starting this craft with the little ones so that you can focus on crafting instead of scrambling to get everything together.
How to make a reindeer ornament craft with preschoolers
This is the perfect craft for when you want to make something cute for the tree or give non-toy gifts to friends. It’s also a fun way to get into the holiday season!
Here are the steps for making this cute little reindeer ornament craft:
- Glue the googly eyes onto the jar lid.
- Glue the red shiny pom pom onto the jar lid to create Rudolf’s nose.
- Bend a brown pipe cleaner in a few places to create the antlers.
- Glue the antlers onto the back of the jar lid.
- Glue a loop of ribbon onto the back of the jar lid.
- Let dry.
There you have it! Now you’ve got a cute reindeer for the tree. I also think this is the perfect project for DIY gifts, too. Since they’re cheap and quick to make, you could have lots of gifts done in one craft time!
Another reason that I love this craft is that it develops your little one’s fine motor skills. As they bend the pipe cleaners and stick the pom poms on to create Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer, their hands are practicing essential skills.
Other reindeer crafts for kids
This is just one of many adorable reindeer crafts that you could create. Depending on what craft supplies you have in the closet, you and your kids could make different variations of this idea!
You could also get the kiddos to make a handprint craft if you don’t have any lids. Have them (or help them – depending on their age) paint their palm brown and press it into thick cardstock paper to make sort of a reindeer template. Once their handprint dries, you can add the eyes, reindeer’s nose, and some pipe cleaner antlers to make a handprint reindeer craft!
You could even do this on a paper plate for a paper plate reindeer craft.
Open craft time
Open craft time is one of my favorite kid’s activities. Little ones have the best ideas, and it’s super fun watching kids be creative as they bring their great ideas to life.
Try heading to the kid’s craft room, gathering some materials, and seeing what you can create. You could make a handprint reindeer, reindeer bookmarks, paper plate reindeer, or a bottle cap reindeer, for example.
We’ve also made fun Christmas-themed cards with child’s handprints as Santa’s reindeer. Some got Rudolph’s nose, others ended up with pink or blue buttons and pom poms… But they were all adorable! Making cards is a fun way to have a crafty morning, plus your little ones will be excited to give away their fun project!
Other materials you could use for reindeer crafts
Don’t have the list of materials above but still want to make reindeer ornaments? Your kid’s craft room probably has a few options! Try getting together some of these and making either a reindeer head or a full reindeer (and share what you make – We’d love to see your ideas!)
- popsicle sticks
- candy canes
- toilet paper rolls
- egg cartons
- paper plates
Did you make this fun reindeer craft with your kids? We’d love to see the result! We hope you’ve found some inspiration from our craft ideas for kids. Preschool-age crafts are typically simple, making for easy prep and quick cleaning, but lots of fun!
Plus, crafts like these are the best ideas for kids as it encourages creativity while developing essential skills. As you make the reindeer crafts, you can also talk to them about shapes and colors (especially Rudolph’s red nose!). This is a simple way to make kid’s crafts educational, too!
Also – We’ve been crafting up a storm this month! Here are some other crafts we’ve made: