(FeatureSource) If you're the parent of a three- to six-year-old, you're probably already hearing, "How many days left until Christmas?" Help shorten the wait for your preschooler with these Christmas crafts from The Preschooler's Busy Book (Meadowbrook Press, $9.95; www.meadowbrookpress.com) by Trish Kuffner.
Christmas Place Mats
Cut up old greeting cards, glue the artwork onto a piece of construction paper or light cardboard, and cover it with clear contact paper. You can also have your child cut his or her gift wishes from a catalog or magazine and glue them onto paper to make a wish-list place mat.
Pour glitter into a shallow dish. Spread glue evenly over a Styrofoam ball and roll it in glitter. Let the ball dry and attach a thread for hanging it on the Christmas tree.
Christmas Tree Picture
Cut out a Christmas tree from green construction paper. Use a paper hole punch to punch out dots from various colors of construction paper. Glue the dots to the tree for decoration and add sequins or glitter and a star at the top.
Paper Plate Wreath
Cut a hole in the center of a green paper plate. Cut or tear red and green tissue paper into small pieces. Have your child twist or crumple the paper into small balls and glue them onto the plate. Add a ribbon bow.
The Preschooler's Busy Book contains 365 activities for three- to six-year-olds, using things found around the home. It shows parents and day-care providers how to prevent boredom and keep preschoolers occupied. It can be found in bookstores everywhere.
Author: FeatureSource Staff
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