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Dancing reindeer craft for kids

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This dancing reindeer craft has been inspired by one of my son’s drawings. He’s been working at school on drawing a reindeer and a fox for a few weeks. Sometimes he would come home and make some sketches but I haven’t quite anticipated how beautiful the final drawing would be. Then , one day he brought home his masterpiece: an adorable reindeer drawing. I just had to make a craft to go along with it.

Dancing reindeer craft for kids. Easy paper Christmas craft for preschoolers, kindergartners and older kids #reindeer #Christmascraft

We’ve added a few reindeer crafts to our Christmas collection this year. While the paper reindeer is by far the readers’ favorite, I think this dancing reindeer craft is special for two reasons. It’s not only a fun Christmas craft but kids get also to play with it and make it move. The second reason is that it’s our first full body reindeer.

Easy paper reindeer craft for kids

Like the rest of our 100+ easy crafts for kids, we kept this craft super simple. We’re going to use paper and a template and assemble the reindeer together with glue and paper fasteners.

Dancing reindeer craft

Dancing reindeer craft for kids to make this Christmas

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How to make the dancing reindeer craft

The dancing reindeer template comes with two versions:

1. home template – print the template, cut out the patterns and trace them on appropriate colored paper.

2. classroom template – print the pattern directly on colored paper and cut them out.

This way you can easily craft with just one or two kids as well as with a classroom full of students.

STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS FOR HOME CRAFTING

Print the home template. Cut out the patterns and trace them on construction paper.

reindeer template

To make  the dancing reindeer, you will need: 1 light brown head, 1 brown face detail, 2 brown ears, 2 light brown ear details, 2 dark brown antlers, 1 black nose, 1 brown body, 1 light brown body detail, 4 brown legs and 4 black hooves.

face detail

Start by gluing the face detail in the middle of the light brown head.

nose

Add the black nose at the bottom of the face detail.

antlers

Glue the  dark brown antlers to the top of the head, one on each side.

ears

Glue the ear details on top of the ears and glue the ears onto the head, one on each side.

reindeer body

Let’s put together the body, by gluing the body detail in the middle of the body.

head and body

Glue the head to the body.

legs

Glue the hooves at one end of the legs.

punch holes

Use a hole punch to make 4 holes on the reindeer body and one hole on each of the 4 legs.

attach legs

Attach the legs to the body with paper fasteners.

eyes

Draw the eyes with a black marker.

STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS FOR CLASSROOM CRAFTING

Print the classroom template on corresponding colored paper. Note: For the hooves and nose, you have the option to print them either on white or black paper.

To make  the dancing reindeer, each student will need: 1 light brown head, 1 brown face detail, 2 brown ears, 2 light brown ear details, 2 dark brown antlers, 1 black nose, 1 brown body, 1 light brown body detail, 4 brown legs and 4 black hooves.

Start by gluing the face detail in the middle of the light brown head.

Add the black nose at the bottom of the face detail.

Glue the  dark brown antlers to the top of the head, one on each side.

Glue the ear details on top of the ears and glue the ears onto the head, one on each side.

Let’s put together the body, by gluing the body detail in the middle of the body.

Glue the head to the body.

Glue the hooves at one end of the legs.

Use a hole punch to make 4 holes on the reindeer body and one hole on each of the 4 legs.

Attach the legs to the body with paper fasteners.

Draw the eyes with a black marker.

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