Max the Reindeer Dog Easy Christmas Craft for Kids

Hello everyone! I am Stephanie from Parenting Chaos and I am honored to be guest posting here at The MaMade Diaries! I hope that you all enjoy this easy Christmas craft for kids!

One of my favorites parts of doing crafts with kids is watching their excitement as they explore their projects. This craft is one of those that offers a lot of sensory exploration.

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With Christmas right around the corner I wanted to do a craft that was not only seasonal, but that could include the entire family and be used for years to come. Currently our favorite family holiday movie is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” – which lead to our “Max the Reindeer Dog” holiday ornaments!


  • Magic Model Clay – you can see how to make your own here
  • Paint
  • Googly Eyes
  • Paint Brushes
  • Glue

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Before I started this project with the kids I made up the Magic Model Clay. This is very easy to do and only takes a matter of minutes. After it was done and had some time to cool down we made the hand prints.

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To make the hand print roll out the clay on top of something that is disposable, such as a paper towel. I like to use wax paper. Otherwise it will stick to the counter as it dries or will ruin the hand print if you attempt to move it before it dries.

Once the kids have given you a helping hand, let them have the rest of the clay to play with! The clay has the same consistency as playdough and is very easy to clean up.

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It takes a couple of hours for the clay to air dry. Check in on it every now and then and keep and eye out for cracks. If you notice a crack apply a dab of water and smooth it out.

Some tips for decorating your Max, paint enough of the face while he is not yet completely dry so that you can apply the eyes. To do this apply a little bit of glue and gently press them in. This way they will be held in place with glue and set in the clay!

Also while it is still wet punch a hole in the top with whatever you have available.

I really hoped you guys enjoyed our Max the Reindeer Dog craft! Don’t forget to swing by my blog Parenting Chaos to check out other great kid activities!

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I’m a mom of two wonderful kids, TinTin and Livia and an early childhood intervention specialist, which is the focus of my blog I share my experiences of learning how to be a peaceful, playful parent amongst the chaos of raising children.
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  1. This are SO cute!!!! Pinning so I can do with Grant in the future. :)
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  2. I love these kinds of crafts. We have several similar to this from my kids and I love pulling them out every year. Yours turned out very cute Michelle!
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  3. This is such an awesome craft idea. I pinned for later. I haven’t really gotten my son into too many crafts because he still likes to put things in his mouth. sigh. lol. I plan on doing a lot more at the 2 year mark. Hopefully it will have calmed down by then. :)
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  4. Very cute idea =) And looks very easy too!
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  5. This is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing! I will be pinning this to the Mommy Monday Blog Hop Pinterest Board!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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  6. ohhh- Very cute! Will have to try that one!
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  7. I have had cracking issues..I’ll have to keep this post handy.
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  8. Just pinned so I can do this with my kids next year!
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  9. This is super cute! I can’t wait to do this next Christmas with my little Rhino. He’s only 9 months right now so it’s still a little hard to manipulate his hand, but next year will be perfect. Pinning this to my board for him
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  10. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    What a cute idea :) Pinned – Thanks for linking up to Freedom Fridays :)

  11. That is too cute Stephanie. It’s amazing what a hand print can’ do and be! The googly eyes really makes it pop! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don’t forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!

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