Christmas is the most exciting time of the year. It is the holiday everyone anticipates annually, and the one holiday kids around the world cannot get enough of. It is also the time to pull out craft items, and create Christmas memories that will last forever with the children in your life. Here are several simple, easy to do Christmas crafts for young children to enjoy this holiday season.
This is a basic, no fuss craft. Items needed are:
- Christmas colored construction paper
- Glue sticks or double sided tape
- Kid-safe scissors
- Christmas stencils or cookie cutters for tracing
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
Making the basic Christmas card:
- Fold a piece of construction paper (green, red, or blue) in half.
- Decide what should be drawn and written on the front and inside of the card.
- Place the desired stencil or cookie cutter on the card and trace using a pencil or crayon.
- Color the picture as desired.
- Write a Holiday greeting on the outside or inside or both.
- Pass out to family members or send to friends.
Christmas Shaped Cards:
- Decide what Christmas shape to cut (Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, Stocking, Santa face, etc.) and what color paper to use.
- Fold the paper in half, and cut the shape (parents should probably do this step, and supervise if letting the child use the scissors).
- Decorate the outside of the shape, and write a Christmas saying or greeting on the inside.
If making a candy cane card (depending on the color paper used), cut out red stripes to place on the front and back of the card using the glue stick. If making a Santa card, use a cotton ball for the ball on the hat and use a line of cotton balls for the base of the hat. Draw the face or cut out shapes for the face. For the stocking, use glitter or cotton balls to decorate it, and put the name of the recipient on the stocking.
There are a number of ways to make Christmas wreaths with little ones. Here are a few suggestions:
- Kid-friendly paint (red and green)
- Paper plates
- Construction paper (white, yellow, or a color the paint will show up on)
- String or curling ribbon
- Hole puncher (optional)
- Clothes that can get dirty
- Old papers or magazines
- Lay newspaper or towels on the table.
- Pour each paint onto a plate (one plate for red paint, one plate for green).
- Place each child’s hand into the paint (if using a paint brush, put the paint on the hand with the brush).
- Place the child’s hand on the piece of paper, straight down and straight up.
- Continue doing this in a circle (wreath shape), with colors and hand prints over lapping.
- Once the wreath is done, cut it out.
- Cut out the middle part, or write “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” in there.
- Punch a hole in the top part of the wreath with the hole puncher.
- String a 4- to 6-inch piece of curling ribbon through the hole, and place on the tree or where desired.
Be sure to write the child’s name and the year on the wreath. This could easily be used as a tree decoration as well.
- Red and green Paint
- Paint brushes (somewhat thick)
- Paper plates with center cut out
- Bottled glue
- Macaroni or fusilli noodles (uncooked)
- Clothes to get dirty
- Old paper to protect the table
- Prepare the table by placing the paper on it, and placing items at each child’s work space (with the exception of scissors).
- Help glue the noodles onto the plate. This will be easier to do before hand because the glue may need some time to dry. The best way to glue the noodles down is, spread the glue around and place the noodles on.
- Once the glue is dry, it is time to paint.
- Let the children use red and green paint to brush all over the noodles (remember it is a kid project, and may not be perfect but they will have fun).
- Once they are done painting, clean them, and wait for the paint to dry.
Once again, these could be used as ornaments and displayed on the tree. Be sure to put the child’s name and date on the wreath.
Making ornaments with children does not need to be difficult, it just needs to be fun and encouraging. Here are some extremely simple ornament ideas.
- Christmas colored paper
- Curling ribbon
- Hole puncher
- Stencils or pattern to trace
- Trace a Christmas pattern onto a colored piece of paper.
- Cut the pattern out.
- Punch a hole at the top of the cutout.
- Cut a 4 inch piece of ribbon and place through the hole.
- Hang the cutout on the tree.
These can be decorated with glitter or other items if desired, and are as easy as can be.
Christmas memory ornaments:
- Curling ribbon
- Bottled glue and (preferably) double sided tape
- Metal glass jar lid or plastic container lid (round)
- Pictures of Christmas from a magazine, paper, or the past, cut to fit the shape of the lid
- Cut a picture in the shape of the lid being used.
- Using the double sided tape, stick the picture onto the outside of the lid.
- Turn the lid over.
- Cut a 6- to 8-inch piece of curling ribbon (gold, red, blue, green, silver, or white).
- Loop the ribbon on the back of the lid and secure with glue of double sided tape (preferably tape).
- Turn the lid to the front.
- Place glue around the edge of the picture, just around the edge.
- Sprinkle Christmas colored glitter onto the glue.
- Shake extra glitter onto a a piece of paper.
- Let glue on the ornament dry for a few minutes.
- Once the glue is dry, hang on the tree.
There are lots of crafts to do with children at Christmas, and these are just a few simple inexpensive suggestions. Children will have fun making Christmas crafts and displaying their work for all to see. Let them have fun, and enjoy creating some holiday memories together.
All of these items can be found at retail stores such as Wal-Mart and Target, and at craft stores such as Michaels. Happy Holidays!