Kid-Made Christmas Star Ornament

Making crafts with children creates an opportunity for spending this oh, so important and special one-on-one time with them. Creating a Christmas ornament inspired by a book is even more fun and meaningful. Our Christmas kid-made ornament was inspired by “The Story of Three Wise Kings” retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola.  

My daughter absolutely fell in love with this book, more so with its absolutely authentic, gorgeous illustrations. His illustrations are very different and unique. Tomie dePaola has got a whole series of books retelling Bible stories.
When making crafts and art it is essential to allow access to all sorts of different media and textures.

 
Every time when we make something new, we go for materials we haven’t used before. This time, after reading the book, we decide to make our version of the Christmas star using:

 

 
 
 
When working on art and craft I aim to make it a 100% child-led experience. Before beginning the process, I ask a series of questions, for example:
  • “What is the most interesting part of this illustration?”
  • “How can we make one that looks similar?”
  • “What materials shall we use?”
  • “What colors would you like to use?” etc.
This is fantastic for training their problem solving skills and creativity.
 
 Here is how to make Kid-Made Christmas Star Ornament:
  • cut a star shape out of cardboard/cardstock 
  • make holes with a hole punch for ribbons
  • invite the child to thread the ribbon and tie it in the middle
  • invite him or her to glue pieces of fabrics onto the star
 
Once the ornament was complete, before finding a perfect spot of the ornament on our tree, we read the story once again with the help of the Christmas Star my daughter just made.

 

Thank you for visiting us today! This post is a part of the 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas series.
Join bloggers who are sharing their kid-made ornaments inspired by books today:
 
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Happy Brown House / Mason Jar Lid Ornament
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A Little Pinch of Perfect / Homemade Gingerbread Ornament 
What We Do All Day / Tomten Garland 
Adventures of Adam / Cute Toddler Made Ornament
Kitchen Floor Crafts / White Mitten Ornament 
 

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood teacher, the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 19 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Learn more here. 

7 thoughts on “Kid-Made Christmas Star Ornament”

  1. What a pretty way to use different ribbon pieces into a colorful ornament, and so colorful just like Tomie dePaola's illustrations. Also love your inclusion of questions to ask to make it a child-led activity.

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