We love the space theme here at Rainy Day Mum to explore with toddlers upwards and when looking for Christmas Books to feature in Storybook Advent we discovered Aliens Love Panta Claus by Claire Freedman. A Christmas version of the popular Alien Loves Underpants books. Combining space, Christmas and silliness it’s a fun and silly book to read aloud with your toddles and preschoolers. Inspired by the book we have some fun Alien Ornaments to make for your Christmas Tree this year.
Aliens Love Panta Claus by Claire Freedman
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We all know that aliens love underpants. They are notorious for stealing any left lying around. In Aliens Love Panta Claus, we find out at Christmastime the aliens give underpants to everyone. They add them to presents in Santa’s workshop; they decorate Christmas trees and snowmen with them. They even give the reindeer underpants! This is such a silly story that kids love to read.
Alien Christmas Ornaments
We were inspired by Aliens Love Panta Claus to make alien Christmas ornaments with underpants of course.
Supplies You’ll Need to Make the Alien Christmas Ornaments
Craft foam sheets – use ones with a sticky back to make it easier (then you won’t need glue)
Scrap pieces of fabric (or you could use foam or paper)
Wiggly eyes – use ones with adhesive back or use glue with regular wiggly eyes
Glue or double sided tape
String or yarn to hang your ornament
How to Make the Alien Christmas Ornaments
Draw your alien parts on one half of the craft foam. (You’ll fold the foam over to make mirror images of each part you draw, so you only need to draw half as many appendages as you want.) Kids can handle this job.
You’ll need to draw:
- 1 body
- 1 leg
- 1-2 arms
- any other appendages (horns, ears, eyes above the head)
My kids wanted their aliens to have 4 arms, so they drew 2.
Fold the foam in half and cut out your alien body parts. The foam is a bit thick, so it takes some strength to cut out the pieces. I cut out the body parts for my kids.
Assemble your alien ornament. Place the body parts where you want them.
Remove the sticky back from one of your body circles. Add the appendages.
Remove the sticky back from your second body circle. Place it on top of the first. All of your appendages are in the middle of the 2 body pieces. (No gluing needed to attach the appendages.)
Choose a piece of scrap fabric for your alien’s underpants. Cut it to the size of your alien. We made our underpants come up almost half way up the alien’s body. Do whatever looks good to you. Use markers to decorate your underpants. Use glue or double sided tape to attach the underpants to your alien.
Add wiggly eyes to your alien. Draw on a mouth.
Add string to the back of your alien using a piece of scrap sticky back craft foam. (Again, no glue needed here if you use sticky back materials.)
How to Make a Reindeer Ornament
We also decided it would be silly to make a reindeer ornament with neon underpants. Lily chose to give the reindeer neon blue underpants.
I found a reindeer image, printed it on cardstock, and cut it out. The reindeer I chose had some intricate cuts so it was a job for someone with more scissors experience. I would recommend using a digital cutting machine, a die cut machine, or pre-cut reindeer if you want to make this reindeer ornament with a group of kids. Here’s a pack of 20 wooden reindeer cutouts from Amazon.
We used neon puffy paint to draw on the reindeer’s underpants. My 4-year-old was able to do this without much assistance. She used markers to draw on a collar and eyes.
My kids want to give snowmen underpants next. What kind of Aliens Love Panta Claus inspired ornaments would you make?
More Christmas Ornaments and Activities Inspired by Children’s Books
Turn your favorite book characters into Christmas ornaments using Shrinky Dinks
Create play dough aliens (with underpants of course) after reading Aliens Love Panta Claus.
Snowy sun catchers inspired by Dream Snow would make lovely Christmas tree decorations.
Why not pin this Space Themed Christmas Ornament for Kids to Make
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Trisha is an educator with a passion for science literacy and mom to Aiden, Lily, and Elon.
She’s the creator of Inspiration Laboratories, a blog dedicated to encouraging learning through creativity and play.