Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Craft
Preschool Printable Activities

Themes Activities Materials

*Letter D > D is for Deer
*Letter R > R is for Reindeer

> Mammals > Forest > Polar > Deer family > Caribou | Reindeer

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Rudolph The Red- Nose Reindeer

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This easy craft can be adapted for activities related to members of the deer family (Cervids):   the caribou (North American reindeer)American elk/wapiti, moose or European reindeer.

Note:  These activities and craft focus on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas story activities

Christmas accessories (candy cane and message card) can be added to all animal options.
Decide on a teaching sequence that best meets your needs:

Science/Social Studies:
Activity #1:  Learn about the Reindeer or Caribou (North American Reindeer)
Prepare an interesting display with your choice reindeer images, refer to the coloring pages in the materials column -- there is a color image for introducing R is for Reindeer Activities.  Idea:  Print the coloring pages directly on tan, brown color paper, cut-out and make a simple mural with cotton ball snow.

1.  Deer information, images
Types of Deer:
a.   Caribou | Reindeer (American Reindeer) at , Caribou at Artic Animals - ThinkQuest Jr.

Activity #2:  Alphabet Printable Activities
Introduce or reinforce a letter theme: D is for Deer or R is for Reindeer.  Review printable activities in the materials column.

Option 1:  Print color template #1 with red nose for Rudolph theme or color template for color template 2 for the generic deer family,  cut out, conduct learning activities of your choice below and assemble.  Discuss colors on the template or those chosen by the children to decorate the reindeer craft.
Option 2:  Print black & white template #1 for any of the animal options.  Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out and proceed as above.
Optional:  Color-by-Number or Letter - Add numbers or letters to the templates for a color and add a small chart on the bottom of the page with a sample of the color and number so children can match and color the pieces.

Option 3:  For Large Groups 6 or more
Print your choice or color or black and white template #1.  Print templates for accessories (candy canes-6 in one page) and (message card-6) in your choice - color or black & white

Craft Assembly (after pieces are decorated and cut out)
Show the small image of the finished craft briefly (featured in the template) to help the children see how the finished craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.

Suggested assembly
1.  Glue ears behind or front of head (whichever is easier for the children)

2.  Glue antlers behind or front of head (whichever is easier for the children)

3.  Glue tongue

4.  Glue  "cheeks" on top of tongue allowing some of the tongue template to show, and glue nose  on "cheeks."

4.  Optional:  glue candy cane and message card on antlers.  Write a short holiday message or the name of children to identify each craft.

Other decorating ideas:

1.  Tape the craft to a craft stick (Popsicle stick) to make a hand puppet.

2.  Add a looped ribbon or piece of yarn to hang as an ornament on the Christmas tree.

3.  Use the craft to decorate plain gift bags, or as a large gift tag for a large gift.

4.  Glue a small picture on the message card.

Learning Activities:    
Simon Says Game with Questions:  
Review possible discussion questions for a particular animal you choose to discuss below -- the answers can be obtain from the resources above.
Write your choice of questions on cards.  Make sure all are discussed and answered first.  Then play a Simon says game variation.  Pull a question card from a bag or basket.  Have the children line up and place a covered surprise (cupcakes, cookies, see below a recipes).  Place the surprise six to eight steps away -- this would be snack time when game is completed.  Pull a question from the basket and read.  Allow the children to discuss among themselves what they will answer as group.  One leader gives the right answer.  When answered correctly the children can move forward one step.  Continue until all are answered - limit to about 4 to 6 questions.    Ideas:  Snack time could be at this point, surprise the children with Reindeer Treat Cup Cakes (or call them any name of animal that is discussed) recipe below.

1.  What type of animal is a ____________?  
2.  What does the _________ eat?
3.  Where and in what type of climate/environment does the ________ live?
*4.  If focusing on the reindeer.  What is a close relative of the reindeer  called in North America?
5.  What is the correct name for the ______ "horns"?  Antlers.
6.  Do both male and female __________ have antlers and what do they use them for?
7.  Most of these animals shed and grow back their antlers, which doesn't.

Deer Theme Treat Cup Cakes
1.  Prepare your favorite cup cake recipe
2.  Prepare or buy frosting/ icing and color it brown with food coloring
1.  Antlers:  break pretzels in half for two antlers and insert on either side of the cup cake
2.  Nose: Half a maraschino cherry
3.  Eyes: Small Hershey kisses or other small candy (M&M's) for eyes.

Christmas Rudolph the
Red Nosed

Preschool Printable Craft Rudolph Red-Nosed Reindeer

Candy Cane & Holiday Message Card option

Illustrations only Print templates links below

Craft template
*Black and white

Optional Accessories:
Color Template:
1 candy cane & message card

Black & White Template
1 candy cane & message card

Accessories For Large Groups:

Color Templates
*6 Candy Canes
*6 message cards

Black & White Templates
*6 Candy Canes
*6 message cards

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