Planning craft time for young children can be difficult when all the hustle and bustle of the season is upon every family. Parents can use craft time to make gifts or decorations for family and friends while keeping young minds and hands busy.
Here are some suggestions for easy and low budget ideas to create decorations and/or gift ideas for family and friends.
Simple Christmas Crafts
Parents can help children make these Christmas crafts.
Paper Plate Wreath: Cut out the centre of a large paper plate. Cut out squares of green tissue paper. Using a glue stick, cover the plate with glue. Have a child crumple some tissue paper and place the paper all around the plate. Glue a red ribbon or paper bow on the bottom.
Handprint Wreath: Dip a child’s hand in green paint and press it on white paper in a circle to create a wreath. Once the paint is dry use a red bingo dabber to dab red circles around the wreath on top of the handprints. Scan a picture of the child on the computer and cut out the image. Glue the picture in the middle of the wreath. Cut out the wreath and glue it on manila tag board.
Fruit Loop Christmas Tree: Cut out a Christmas tree from a piece green construction paper. Glue the tree cut out on manila tag paper. Cover the tree using a glue stick or white liquid glue and place cereals on the tree. Hole punch the top of the tree to loop yarn.
Paper Christmas Stocking: Cut out a large stocking from a piece of red construction paper. Using a black crayon or marker write the child’s name across the top of the paper stocking. Decorate the stocking with sparkles, cotton balls, foam pieces, star stickers or polka dots. Provide a wide variey of items for a child to use for this project.
Christmas Gift Ideas
Children can create fun and easy Christmas gifts too. Here are some ideas for parents.
Ornament Snow Family: Place the child’s hand in white paint and press the hand on the bottom of a plain red or blue ornament. Once the paint is dry draw stick arms, top hats, coal eyes, mouth and triangle nose with black permanent marker. Make sure to print the year along the top of the ornament.
Homemade Wrapping Paper: Using butcher-block paper, have the child decorate paper for wrapping presents. Parents can cut out Christmas trees or candy canes out of sponges. Children can also use various fruits and vegetables to create stamps. A child can work independently dipping the sponge or vegetable in paint and stamp the designs onto the paper.
These fun crafts are easy to create. Not only do they decorate the house fantastically, they also make perfect Christmas gifts. Whether it is a hand print wreath or a snow family ornament made especially for Grandma, these simple craft projects will keep little hands and minds busy this holiday season.