It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This is a magical and exciting time for little ones, and they can join in with the festive preparations by getting crafty with you at home. We know through our daily craft activities that children love making stuff, and while they’re busy cutting, painting and creating they are also developing their fine motor skills whilst learning about Christmas. What’s more, it’s something you and your child can do together, and at the end you’ll have something to keep and treasure for years to come. Read on for our top Christmas craft ideas for kids.
Christmas trees are full of festive promise. As well as decorating your own tree together, you and your child can have fun making one of your own! Here are three super simple ways to make a tree:
- Pine cones. If your little one likes foraging on nature walks, why not try gathering pine cones and making them into a fabulously Christmassy ornament. Simply dip your pine cone into green poster paint (or paint it with a brush). Leave to dry, then glue on pompoms to make decorations. Or simply paint or spray with gold paint.
- Cardboard trees. This is a really easy but effective project that can be used as a centrepiece for your Christmas table.
- Take two pieces of green card. Place both together and cut out a Christmas tree shape. (There are templates online that you can use, or summon your artistic side and draw your own!)
- Then fold each piece of card in half vertically to find the centre. Open out the card and use the fold to cut a slit halfway down one piece (starting from the top), and halfway up the other (starting from the bottom).
- Then slot the two pieces together, and decorate with stickers, glitter or whatever takes your fancy.
- Sensory bottle. This is a great Christmas craft idea for younger toddlers. Take a green plastic bottle (500ml is perfect). Fill with water, glitter, pompoms, shiny sequins and anything else you can find, then seal it securely. There you have it – a baby-friendly Christmas tree with decorations safely on the inside!
Getting messy is always good fun, so potato prints and hand prints are always excellent Christmas crafts for kids. Here are some ideas that you could use to print your own Christmas cards:
- Gingerbread men. If you have any kids’ gingerbread man biscuits in your cupboard, they can be put to great use for printing. Make sure your child knows not to eat them!
- Potato baubles. Round potatoes make a great bauble shape. Print them as they are then decorate with stickers and glitter, or try cutting stripes or other patterns for a gaudier bauble.
- Hand and foot prints. These are a real favourite to send to grandparents. Make a reindeer by painting your child’s foot brown with a red nose at the heel (the toes make the antlers). Or try an upside down white handprint that can be transformed into Santa’s beard.
Many young children are easily frightened by the bang of a Christmas cracker. Here’s how to make your own, snap-free version!
- Simply take a cardboard toilet roll tube and some Christmas wrapping paper.
- Cover the tube with glue, then as if wrapping a present, roll the paper around the tube, with plenty of spare paper at each end.
- At one end, twist the spare paper around and tie with a ribbon.
- At the open end, fill your cracker with a small surprise, and then tie.
- Enjoy on Christmas Day!
Learning through play
This is just a small selection of Christmas craft ideas for kids – but the important thing is let your imagination run wild and just have fun together. Learning through play is a really great way to help your kids find their place in the world. Have fun, and enjoy a creative Christmas!