The holiday season is a magical time for kids. From singing carols to baking cookies, there are so many joyful traditions to share. Crafting is one of the best ways to get young children excited about Christmas. Kids love being creative and making their own decorations and gifts, so if you need some inspiration, here are seven fun Christmas crafts to do with your little ones this year.
1. Salt Dough Ornaments
Salt dough is an easy, no-bake clay that kids can shape into Christmas decorations. Simply mix together flour, salt, and water. Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes like trees, stars, and angels. Make a hole before baking so you can thread string through when done and hang them on the tree. Let the ornaments air dry for 24 hours before decorating with paint, glitter, or other embellishments.
2. Handprint Reindeer
Have your child trace their hand on craft paper and cut it out. Glue it to a bigger sheet with the fingers pointing up to look like antlers. Add googly eyes, and a red nose, and let them decorate it however they want. Write their name with a marker and display it proudly.
3. Pompom Garland
Cutting out a ton of paper snowflakes can be tedious for little hands. Make it easier by having kids glue pompoms together into a garland to string across the mantel or around the Christmas tree. You can find affordable pompom packs at any craft store.
4. Thumbprint Ornaments
These keepsake ornaments are made extra special with your child’s unique thumbprint. Cut cardstock into circle shapes. Let them dip their thumb in washable paint and stamp the centre. Write their name and the year when dry. Thread a ribbon through the top to hang on the tree.
5. Candy Cane Reindeer Ornaments
Simple, stripey candy canes become a cute Rudolph when you add googly eyes and something red for his nose. Push a hole through the hooked part and add string or ribbon. Kids will have fun thinking up unique noses like mini pom poms, felt, or beads.
6. Melted Snowman Ornaments
Use white felt or fabric to cut out a snowman shape. Glue it to a lolly stick and let kids decorate with buttons, scarves, and top hats. Then comes the fun part! Hold over a flame for just a second to “melt” the snowman. Cool completely before adding a loop for hanging.
7. Paper Chain Garlands
Paper chains, where you make loops of coloured paper and thread them together, are really easy to make, especially for younger children. Let your kids decorate sheets of cheap lining paper and then cut them into strips. They’ll have a ball. Why not give it a go if you are fostering in Birmingham and have younger children to care for?
The holiday season is such a nostalgic, cosy time for crafting with kids. Their homemade creations will make for cherished gifts and decorations for years to come. What Christmas crafts does your family enjoy making together? Get creative this season and make some magical memories!