With his spunky spirit and sense of individuality, the hero of a foggy Christmas day has become a recognizable symbol of Santa's legend. Children are enamored with the tale of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. During the Christmas season, find time to help the little ones in your life celebrate their fondness for Rudolph by making crafts that depict the famous leader of the flying sleigh team.
Make a Rudolph craft from a child's handprint. Ask your child to place her hand, thumb extended, on a sheet of brown craft-foam. Trace around her hand, then let her cut out the shape. Turn the foam hand-print upside down so that the fingers are pointing down. Let your child glue a tiny red pom-pom to the tip of the thumb for Rudolph's nose. Give your child a plastic wiggle-eye to glue above the nose. Pom-poms and wiggle-eyes are available at craft stores. Cut a brown or black pipe cleaner in half, then twist and fold the pieces to resemble antlers. Glue the antlers to the back of the head. Give your child a black marker to color in the tips of the foam fingers as hooves. Glue a ribbon around the base of the reindeer's neck. Attach gold sequin "sleigh bells" to the ribbon with glue.
Make a Rudolph craft to hold Christmas goodies. Let your child use brown tempera paint to cover a foam cup. When the paint is dry, your child can glue wiggle eyes under the cup rim and a red pom-pom nose close to the bottom of the cup. Make 1-inch, brown triangle construction paper ears. Turn under a flap at the base of each ear. Apply glue to the flap and help little ones attach the ears, one-quarter of the way down, on each side of the cup. Glue two black pipe cleaners, folded in half and twisted to resemble antlers, to the inside rim of the cup. When the Rudolph craft is dry, fill it with candy to set on a table or give as a gift.
Hang a paper plate Rudolph on your door to greet holiday visitors. Give your child one dinner-size and one dessert-size paper plate. Turn the plates over and let your child paint the plates brown. After the paint has dried, glue the smaller plate to the left side of the larger plate to create Rudolph's head and body. Cut four, 5-inch long and 2-inch wide strips from brown construction paper. Glue the strips in a row to the underside of the body so they look like Rudolph's legs. Cut another paper strip for a tail. Snip the ends, like fringe, then glue it to the underside of the plate where the tail belongs. Let your child glue wiggly eyes and a puffy red pom-pom to Rudolph's face. Cut antler shapes from black construction paper to glue to the head.