Christmas is one of the most enjoyable holiday periods for doing art and craft activities with your children. In fact, there are so many opportunities to do Christmas crafts with your kids that sometimes it’s hard to choose which ones to do first! It’s also always a messy time of year, so don’t forget about Surf excel’s Stain Gang. We’re always on hand to help you get clothes looking as good as new.
Here are a few of our favourite Christmas craft ideas for children.
Christmas Craft Ideas
Paper Gingerbread Men
We have shared a great recipe for gingerbread men, but if baking really isn’t your thing, why not make paper gingerbread men instead? Get your kids to either draw gingerbread men by hand, or trace around a cookie cutter on heavy paper or cardboard instead. Next, it’s time to decorate them! Use markers, paints, glitter, sequins, buttons – whatever you have around the house!
Snowflake Table Decor
The Christmas meal is usually a big family affair and you’ll want your table to look pretty. So how about getting your children to put together table accessories with a snowflake theme? Have your children make paper napkin rings by folding a circle of paper into eighths and then cutting triangle notches in the sides. Unfold the paper and you’ll have a pretty snowflake shape that they can staple to the middle of a loop of cardstock. You can also make large snowflakes and use them to decorate the windows or table.
Homemade Advent Candle
Children spend most of their time preparing for Christmas by counting how many days are left until 25 December. Why not do things the old fashioned way? Get a long coloured candle, score 24 notches along the length of it, and take turns to burn away a part each day until you reach Christmas Eve.
Paper Nativity Scene
Many homes like to display a crèche or nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus in a stable. There are lots of fun ways to construct your own scene using toys that your kids might already have. Another fun idea though is colouring and cutting out a paper diorama. Here’s a cute example, but you could draw your own.
No Christmas home is complete without a Santa decoration, and what’s more fun than having a Santa that your kids can animate? Use a basic jumping-jack printable like this as a template to create a jumping Santa. Hang it on the back of a door or in a window and let your kids have fun making up amusing scenarios.
Do you have a great idea for a Christmas craft for kids? Let us know in the comments box below.