Add some red and green to your classroom for the holidays with this fun craft.

What You Need: 

  • Green, red, and yellow 11- by 17-inch construction paper, one sheet of each color per student
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Paper plates, one per student
  • Glue or tape
  • Craft sticks, one per student

What You Do:

  1. Have students place a piece of green construction paper vertically in front of them, then trace one of their hands. Do this several times, as many as will fit on the paper. Repeat with the red construction paper. Students should have at least six hands per color.
  2. Next, students cut out all of the hand tracings.
  3. Give each student a paper plate. Starting with the green hand shapes, have children place them around the outside of the plate. Finger shapes should face outward.
  4. Have students use glue or tape to secure the shapes to the plate.
  5. Students can now place the red hand shapes on the plate with finger shapes faceing outward. They should try to cover any parts of the plate that are still showing, but not cover all of the green paper. Have students secure the red shapes using glue or tape.
  6. Have children cut a small circle from the yellow construction paper and glue it to the center of the poinsettia.
  7. Finally, children flip the poinsettia over and glue a craft stick to the back. Allow the flower to dry.