With local Christmas markets and pantomimes off the cards this year, you may be wondering what to do with your kids this winter. We thought we’d share some fun Christmas kids crafts that can be enjoyed at home. Fun, affordable, and creative – these activities are guaranteed to inspire their imaginations and boost their creative confidence.
1. Make Your Own Wreath
Whether you want a traditional pine needle wreath with red bows and frosted pine cones, a rainbow wreath crafted from multi-colored crocheted pom poms, or a wreath crafted from strips of green felt, when it comes to making your own wreath there are so many options. Why not let your little ones help you design yours this Christmas?
2. Hand Made Cards
The beauty of hand-made cards is that they can be personalised and friends and family will appreciate the time and effort that went into creating their card. There are so many design ideas you can try, from painting and arranging pieces of pasta to look like a Christmas tree, to applying painted hand prints.
3. Twig Ornaments
This is a fun and cheap craft activity for children which also encourages them to go out into nature. Collect some small, thin twigs from your garden, local park, or woodland walk. When you return home you can help your children arrange their twigs and glue them together to make snowflakes, Christmas trees, and stars.
For a really creative approach, why not paint the twigs, add glitter, or wrap them with colourful thread? These twig ornaments are perfect for hanging from the tree.
4. Make Paper Snowflakes
One of the old-school crafts for children at Christmas is the paper snowflake. All you need is a few sheets of white square paper and a pair of scissors. If you don’t have square paper, you can still use an A4 piece – simply cut off the excess to turn it into a square.
The National Trust has an easy-to-follow guide on how to make a paper snowflake.
You could also try making Christmas themed origami ornaments to place around the house or even hang from the tree.
5. Christmas Plant Pots
If you have lots of brown clay or plastic plant pots lying around your house, why not give them a fun Christmas makeover by turning them into reindeer faces. Simply apply a pair of eyes, a sparkly red pom pom nose, and draw on the mouth with a black marker pen – and don’t forget to finish off the reindeer look with brown pipe cleaner antlers!
There you have our top 5 ideas for crafting at home with your children this Christmas!
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