At no other time of the year is it so important that children have the opportunity to make crafts than during the Christmas season. The hands on activities allow them to participate in the Christmas story in a concrete way that facilitates their ability to connect with the story and remember the story. Crafts are also a good way to allow the children to make personalized gifts that share the meaning of Christmas. Among the many symbols of Christmas, one of the most popular is that of the Christmas angels. For small children an adorable angel can be made from a single paper plate.
- Lightweight (also known as very cheap) paper plates
- Gold or silver garland OR gold or silver chenille stems
- Pink or flesh toned construction paper
- Stapler or adhesive dots
- Markers or Crayons
- Craft eyes
- Have the children cut a circle from construction paper to be the angel's face. The best size for the angel's face is about 1.5 inches in diameter.
- Have the children draw a face for the angel. They can draw the angel's eyes or they can glue on craft eyes.
- Have the children cut a paper plate in half.
- Roll one half of the paper plate into a cone. Use the stapler or the adhesive dots to hold the cone together.
- Use the stapler or adhesive dots to fix the other half of the paper plate to the cone as wings (see Figure 1).
- Glue the angels face onto the wings, just above the cone.
- Use glue and glitter to decorate the angel's wings and body.
- Use the garland/chenille stems to make a halo.
- Glue or staple the halo on above the angel's head.
Ideas and Suggestions
- Have your children make a whole choir of angels to decorate the tree or to use as a table centerpiece for the holidays.
- Another idea for the angel choir would be to punch holes at the tips of each angel's wings and string them together. The garland could be hung from the ceiling so that you have a choir of heavenly angels floating above the earth.
- A photo of your child's face can be cut out and used in place of the construction paper face. Have your children make these 'personalized' angels as gifts for their grandparents or teachers.
- If your Christmas tree isn't too large, these angels would make excellent tree toppers.