Christmas crafts can help keep your kids happy and occupied during winter vacation, as well as encourage togetherness and sharing. Let all your family members join the fun, no matter how young.
Cooking teaches children important math skills. Let your child take the lead while you help with the more difficult baking tasks.
- Bake a batch of Christmas cookies. Have younger children decorate sugar cookies or gingerbread men.
- Line a reusable platter or basket with parchment paper, and arrange the cookies decoratively.
- Wrap the platter or basket in cellophane wrap or a festive mesh fabric. Finish up with ribbons and bows.
- Have your kids decorate a card. Punch a hole in the corner of the card and attach it to the cookie basket with brightly colored yarn.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Teach your children to give a green gift. Recipients can reuse tote bags year-round for groceries or library books.
- Begin with a plain canvas bag. Or, if you’re handy with a sewing machine, use sturdy canvas or cotton to sew the bags yourself.
- Cut sponges into fun shapes like stars and circles. Have your kids sponge-paint the bags with fabric paint. Use rinsed-out food jars and plastic containers to hold the paint.
- Older children can use a thick upholstery needle and festive yarn to sew playful designs.
- Provide fabric-paint pens and stencils so the kids can draw on the bags.
Snowflakes for All Ages
Do you have children of multiple ages? Organize activities that require different skill levels.
- Have your older child cut snowflakes from construction paper. Fold the construction paper in fourths (or more) and cut out shapes from the edges (except the fold edge). Unfold the paper to reveal a new snowflake.
- Your toddler can decorate the finished snowflakes with jumbo crayons.
- Another child can spread the snowflakes with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
- Hang snowflakes with colored ribbon.
If you want to keep the kids warm and indoors, or if you live in a snowless area, try this alternative to making real snowmen.
- Cut out circles of cardboard, construction paper, old cereal boxes or scrapbooking card stock. Glue them together to make a snowless snowman.
- Glue cotton balls onto the circles. Cover all three for a textured white-snow effect.
- Make eyes, a nose, a mouth and arms out of construction paper. Sprinkle some glitter and glue on the remaining pieces.
Let kids decide where to display your family craft creations.
- Share your holiday spirit with your whole neighborhood — hang crafts in the front window or on the front door.
- Use them as Christmas-tree ornaments.
- Let the kids decorate one room from floor to ceiling themselves.
- Create a festive winter atmosphere — dangle your snowflakes from light fixtures and mantles with fishing line.
Letting the kids help with Christmas crafts and decorations makes them feel included and important. It’s also a great way to bring your family together during the season.
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