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Christmas Crafts for Toddlers

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As stores bring out the Christmas supplies and decorations begin to hang throughout malls, the feel of Christmas is in the air. Christmas is a great time to involve children in art and craft projects and get them involved in Christmas festivities. They may even help to side-track kids from hunting for their gifts.

Parents of toddlers and young children are often stuck for ideas when it comes to planning craft activities for their toddler. Here are a number of craft ideas that are exciting to make, promotes creativity and helps with the development of motor skills.

How to Make Paper Christmas Lanterns

You will need:

  • sheets of coloured paper or Christmas wrap
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • coloured felt pens
  • stapler

Follow these steps to make the lantern:

  1. Cut the coloured paper into rectangle shapes, 4×2 inches in size.
  2. Decorate on side of the paper using coloured felt pens, glitter or your desired decoration.
  3. Fold each sheet of paper in half, lengthways to form a long, thin rectangular shape.
  4. Draw a line using a pencil, parallel to the open edge of the rectangle, approximately 1/4 away from the edge. Ensure that the line is closest to the open edge and not the folded edge.
  5. Draw strips accross the folded edge, toward the pencil line. Ensure that you don not cut beyond that line. The strips should be drawn approximately 1/2 inch apart.
  6. Cut along the pencil lines towards the original line.
  7. Unfold the rectangle and shape into a tube, by joining the short ends together and over-lapping slightly. Fasten with staples.
  8. Cut strips of paper from the remainder of the paper or wrap, approximately 1/2 inch wide and 3 inches long.
  9. Staple the strip to the end of the Christmas lantern to form a handle.
  10. The lantern is now ready to hang.

How to Make a Hanging Christmas Chain

You will need:

  • coloured paper or Christmas wrap
  • scissors
  • glue or scissors

Follow these steps to make the lantern:

  1. Cut sheets or paper or Christmas wrap into strips for your desired width. Ensure all pieces are the same width and length.
  2. Take one strip and join the ends together to form a ring.
  3. Staple the ends together to secure.
  4. Take another strip and thread through the original ring and fasten with a staple.
  5. Repeat until a chain effect is formed to your desired length.
  6. Hang on the walls to add a personalised touch.

Christmas Craft Projects for Toddlers

Other Christmas craft ideas suitable for toddlers include:

  • Christmas balls or baubles using foam balls purchaes from craft stores, string and glitter
  • Christmas wrap using butcher’s paper, stencils and felt pens
  • Christmas cards
  • Christmas star using pipe cleaners and glitter

From tree decorations to hanging masterpieces, both you and your child will have great fun getting involved in the Christmas spirit. With a range of toddler craft activities to coincide with Christmas, start planning your fun today.

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