Jumping Reindeer Craft

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INSIDE: Make Rudolf the reindeer fly with this super fun and easy jumping reindeer craft! All you need to make your reindeer jump are a couple of paper cups and an elastic band!

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Jumping Reindeer Craft

Cut a large circle and a smaller circle out of brown construction paper. Glue the smaller one on top of the larger one. This will be the body of the reindeer. Cut out two legs from the brown construction paper and hooves from black construction paper. Glue those together and then on to the body of the reindeer.

Cut a small oval for the mouth and two small inner ears from the tan construction paper. Glue the nose to the face of the reindeer and then a red Pom Pom on top. Cut out slightly larger ears and antlers from the brown construction paper. Glue the inner ears to the larger brown ears.

Then glue them to the sides of the reindeer head. Attach the antlers just inside the ears. Finally, glue on the googley eyes.

Time to Create the Jumping Apparatus

Time to take your paper cups. With one cup make two cuts about an inch long on either side of the cup to create two tabs. Take an elastic band and slide one end into the two slits on one side. Twist it and slide the other end into the slits on the other side. Slide the elastic band all the way down as far as it can go.

Next, glue the reindeer to the side of the cup with the elastic band. Make sure to secure all the parts of the reindeer. Its going to be jumping pretty high so you don’t want it to lose an eye on the way down.

Make your Reindeer Jump

Place the cup with the reindeer and the elastic band inside on top of the other cup. Press is down and move your hands out of the way quickly to let your reindeer fly! Experiment with different ways to get the reindeer to jump and fly the highest!

Age Suitability

This activity is more of a parent activity to make for your kids. Advent calendars are great for all ages! My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7 year old.


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  • Two paper cups
  • Brown, black and tan construction paper
  • Glue
  • Googley eyes (or black and white construction paper)
  • Red pom pom (or red construction paper)
  • Elastic band
  • Scissors

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