Holidays are often marked by excitement and activity. There’s rarely a moment to sit down and relax, let alone a moment to reflect and enjoy! If you’re determined not to let another holiday season fly by in a blur, these easy holiday crafts for kids are a great opportunity for the entire family to take time out of their busy schedules and get creative. Not only are these holiday crafts for kids easy and inexpensive, but the memories your family will make in the process are priceless.
Reindeer Thumbprint Christmas Cards
Purchase card stock from a local craft store or use pre-folded cards and envelopes. Then, using a brown ink pad, have each family member stamp their thumb print in a row across the front of the card. Finally, use a fine-tipped black marker to draw on eyes, noses and antlers for each reindeer.
Paper Plate Wreaths
Cut the center out of a paper plate. Have children paint or color the ring that is left. Then, use construction paper to cut out and glue on berries and a ribbon at the top.
Holiday Light Gift Bags
Purchase brown or white paper bags from a grocery or craft store. Then, use colored construction paper to cut out oval-shapes. Paste these shapes (light bulbs) onto your bags. Use a Sharpie to create the cord between each of the light bulbs, and use these as gift bags this holiday season.
Candy Cane Reindeer
Begin with large candy canes, still in the wrapper. Use pipe cleaners to create antlers. Glue on googly eyes. Add a red or black small pop-pom at the tip of the candy cane for the nose.
Christmas Tree Pins
Begin with large bulbs from strands of Christmas lights. Purchase pin backs from a craft store, and glue these to the back of the bulb. Glue a yellow pom-pom (a star) to the top of the light bulb to represent a Christmas tree
Trace and cut out stocking shapes from red construction paper. Hold two stocking cut-outs together and use a hole puncher to cut out a perimeter around the stocking (except at the top). Children can then weave yarn through the holes to keep the stocking together. Use glitter pens to write the recipient’s name on the stocking. Glue cotton balls along the top of the stocking.
Christmas Tree Ornaments
Have children cut out a holiday picture from a magazine or from last year’s Christmas cards. Paste the picture to card stock cut in the shape of a circle. Punch a hole in the top of the ornament, and use yarn to create a loop for hanging on the tree. Be sure to write your child’s name and age on the back!
Thumb Wreaths and Trees
Use poster board to cut out your desired shape. Have children use their thumbs and a green ink pad to fill in the shape. Add red thumbprint berries on wreaths and multicolored thumbprint strands of lights on Christmas trees.
Using a dull darning needle and string, children and parents can enjoy putting together their own popcorn strands to decorate the tree or mantle this holiday season.
Have children help mix up treats to leave out of the reindeer on Christmas eve. Consider nuts, granola, cheerios, or other small treats that reindeer may be excited to find on the lawn. Add glitter to the mix and place scoopfuls into sandwich bags tied up with ribbon. Children can share with friends, family, and neighbors, too!
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