Remember when pipe cleaners became “chenille stems”? I do! It was about 15 years ago, but I stubbornly continue to refer to them as pipe cleaners because, well, I’m stubborn. Regardless of how you refer to these bendy, colorful, wonderful craft supply, you’re going to love this preschool Christmas Pipe Cleaner Wreath craft! It’s an easy craft for kids that doubles as a Christmas ornament and a keepsake.
Pipe cleaners naturally provide the fine motor work all preschoolers need while transforming into an easy to make beaded wreath ornament with pipe cleaners. This craft idea requires only pipe cleaners in a few colors to create a beautiful Christmas craft. However, you can add gold, silver or red beads to glam it up if you like.
How can I nurture my preschooler’s cognitive growth?
Preschool age is amazing. Kids are naturally curious, energetic, and ready to learn and explore. Almost any activity you come up with (perching in front of a TV for hours on end excluded) will benefit young learners.
Here are some ideas to inspire you:
- Seasonal arts and crafts
- Play simple board and card games (Candy Land, Uno, Go Fish!, etc.)
- Read. Anything.
- Tell jokes and riddles
- Simple jigsaw puzzle activities
- Count, sing, dance, get silly
Fun memory games, riddles, and puzzles help expand upon memory, reasoning, and judgment skills. These activities will help encourage better memory and reasoning skills as preschoolers grow and develop as young elementary age children.
Create opportunities for young learners to have meaningful conversations as often as possible. Craft time lends itself to conversation as students talk about the steps in the fun Christmas craft, how they are adding creativity to their work, or why they chose certain colors, beads to add to their pipe cleaner and bead wreath ornament.
While the excitement over any holiday season usually provides LOTS for preschoolers to say, leading questions on the adult’s part can stimulate conversations.
- What is your favorite thing to do on Christmas Eve?
- What does your family eat on Christmas Day?
- What was your favorite gift last year?
- What is one thing you love that your Mommy or Daddy does for you?
- What is your favorite memory from this year?
If you’re looking for a fun, engaging activity to keep your preschoolers occupied before the active holiday season, then read below to find the list of supplies and how to make the Christmas wreath craft for preschool.
How To Make This Pipe Cleaner Wreath
Gather the list of supplies below to make an adorable pipe cleaner Christmas wreath:
- Green chenille stems (I recommend a couple of variations of the color green)
- 2 pink chenille stems or 2 white sparkly stems for the bow
- Optional: mason jar/cup to form a circle
- Optional: pony beads
Follow the step by step instructions below to make your DIY Christmas pipe cleaner wreaths: Use one of your green pipe cleaners to create a circle. A mason jar or cup works well as a guide to create the perfect circle for your wreath.
Continue to add more pipe cleaners around the mason jar or cup until the Christmas tree ornament is the desired thickness.
Remove the wreath from your cup or mason jar.
Create a small pink or white bow by wrapping another pipe cleaner around your finger to create two loops.
Twist the pipe cleaner in the center to keep the bow in place. Cut the bow ends to your desired length.
Grab another pink or white pipe cleaner and wrap it around the Christmas wreath to form what looks like a ribbon wrapped around the wreath.
Secure the end of the pink pipe cleaner that you wrapped around the wreath onto the pink bow to get the bow in place on your Christmas pipe cleaner wreath.
Additional Options For Pipe Cleaner Wreath:
- Add red, white, silver, gold or green beads to some of the pipe cleaners before twisting into a mini wreath.
- Use gold, silver or red ribbon for the bow instead of the pink pipe cleaner.
- Decorate with sparkly gems or pompoms.
- Create a candy cane ornament with white and red pipe cleaners to accompany the pipe cleaner wreath ornament.
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