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Christmas and Holiday Craft Lessons for Kids by Susan Kramer


1. Christmas Crafts for Kids - Animal Shapes
2. Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make
3. Clove Studded Orange Project
4. Fabric Animal Chains for Christmas Trees
5. Inexpensive Holiday Earth Gifts to Make
6. Make a Hexagon Shape Puzzle
7. Make a Wreath Project
8. Make an Easter Egg Puzzle
9. Make Holiday Paper Chains for Learning Sets
10. Spicy Apples to Hang on the Tree
11. The Story of the Felt Santa Claus - Craft
12. Yarn Tree Ornaments
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12. Yarn Tree Ornaments

This is a fun time of year to make ornaments for your Christmas tree or to hang on wreaths or swags of evergreen boughs.

This project will help develop small motor skills through eye and hand coordination. I recommend laying out several finished ornaments on the table so the kids can see the finished product.

An adult or assistant should give the kids, especially those with learning disabilities, any help they may need to complete the project.

Materials you will need:

At least 3 yards (meters) of yarn in one or two colors
Scissors to cut the yarn

To make the little man or lady ornament:

Wrap the yarn around your hand twenty times to form the head, body and legs, and set aside. In the photo, this is the red yarn.

Wrap the yarn for the arms around 3 fingers 10 times. This forms the shoulders and arms. In the photo it is the pink yarn.

I've used these contrasting yarn colors so you can see the pieces, but you can use all the same colors if you choose.

Following the photo, use 6 inch (15cm) lengths of yarn to make knots at the appropriate locations to form the neck, waist, feet and hands of the man ornament. Notice in the photo that I've used contrasting yarn for knots to demonstrate their positioning.

If you wish to make a lady ornament do not tie knots for feet. Rather, let the lower portion be one section like a dress.

To hang the finished ornament run an 18 inch (45cm) piece of yarn through the top of the head, tie a small knot at the top of the head, and then make another knot and bow near the ends of the yarn. Look at the photo to see how it's done.

Have fun!

Article by Susan Kramer

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