We love Christmas and it’s the perfect time for children’s activities and crafts to build some excitement and get into the festive spirit. It really is a magical time.
Here’s a whole bunch of ideas for you to try…
CHRISTMAS EVE PLATES
PUFFY SNOWMEN CARDS
Try some 3D painting! We mixed together shaving foam and PVA glue. We then painted a snowman with it and left it to dry. We were left with a puffy snowman.
RUDOLPH CHRISTMAS CARDS
These were so easy to make, a toddler did it almost on her own! Here’s how to make a Rudolph Christmas card.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT HUNT
Do people decorate the outside of their houses in your area? If so, head out for Christmas light hunt!
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SANTA’S BEARD ADVENT CALENDAR
We made a simple Santa advent calendar. We drew Santa’s head, coloured it in and glued on cotton wool for his hat. We then wrote 25 numbers onto a separate piece of paper and attached it to create his beard. We found an old sock and filled it with chocolate coins. The idea is that each day we shave (cut with scissors) a bit of Santa’s beard and are rewarded with a coin. By the time we get to Christmas Eve Santa will be neat and tidy, and ready for his big night out visiting all those rooftops.
MARSHMALLOW SNOWBALL SHOOTER
We made a snowman with a cereal box. We then cut the top off of a balloon and stretched it over a cardboard tube. We used the knotted end as a pull trigger to fire our mini marshmallows.
SOCK SNOWBALL FIGHT
Sock snowballs at the ready for an indoor invasion (the teenager was NOT happy!)
CHRISTMAS ELF DOORS
We made fairy elf door so the fairy elves can enter the house and take the magic key outside to Santa. We used cardboard and sticks with a good portion of glitter.
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RUDOLPH WALL DISPLAY
I had to battle with my conscience with this one as I wasn’t sure if I wanted Rudolph hung on the wall. But I have to say he looks very Christmassy, was simple to do and will look very festive with a garland or some fairy lights around his neck.
MARSHMALLOW CHOCOLATE REINDEERS
We melted chocolate and dipped marshmallows into it. We then placed the marshmallows onto pretzels to make the antlers. We finished by placing sweeties on them to make the nose and eyes, and put them in the fridge to harden. We inserted a cocktail stick to hold them with.
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BEACH CHRISTMAS TREE
We made our giant Christmas tree on the beach & decorated it with baubles & tinsel.
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Have a constant flow of snow that can be seen from most windows in the house. I used white emulsion paint (I couldn’t find the white poster paint) and dabbed it on the windows and mirrors with a small paintbrush. It’s easily removable with a damp soapy cloth.
CANDY CANE HANGING TREE HEARTS
We put two candy canes on top of each other to form and a heart and then popped them in the oven at 180c for around 4-5 minutes. Just long enough for them to soften and stick together. We then tied with ribbon to hang. This could be made with mini candy canes for a really cute effect.
NEW YEAR’S EVE CARDBOARD CLOCKS
A quick last minute New Year’s Eve idea: Draw a clock, photocopy it and get the kids to cut them out and blu-tack them to the walls. Hang cardboard cut-outs from the ceiling and gather up all clocks you may have for the table. You can also buy cheap clocks in some pound stores.
We used PVA glue to stick paper snowflakes to an empty jar. We popped in a tealight and it was very pretty.
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I carefully sawed off some chunks from an old tree branch. We then used emulsion and gloss paint we had in the shed to paint them into Christmas characters. We used twigs for the reindeer antlers. I made two holes with a screw and we then glued the twigs in. We used a cotton wool ball for Santa’s hat & fabric for the snowman’s scarf.
CHRISTMAS DOILY ANGELS
We used a piece of cardboard to cut out the shape of a body. We then folded a piece of paper to create 4 quarters and then cut bits out of it before folding it out (like making snowflakes) and slotting the ballerinas body through the middle. We secured with sticky tape and hung with thread. (You can alternatively use paper doilies for the skirts). The light casts beautiful shadows of dancing angels on the wall, if placed by a breezy window the gently dance.
CHRISTMAS EVE BATH
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WOOLLY TWIG SNOWMEN
We used two sticks then we wound wool around to make our snowman. We then used a marker pen to draw the eyes, mouth and buttons before sticking on a piece of orange material for the nose. We tied a loop to his head to hang on our tree.
‘GOODBYE CHRISTMAS’ CAMP OUT
We officially said goodbye to the festive season by camping out under the tree, with turkey sandwiches, crackers, small presents, chocolate sprouts, some storytelling, a yummy lesson in the original Santa being clad in green, and some some Quality Street projector making.
CARDBOARD GINGERBREAD MEN TREE DECORATIONS
BEDROOM DECORATING KIT
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Gingerbread Houses, Santa Hunting & Christmas Tree Hot Chocolate.
CORK SNOWMEN TREE DECORATIONS
SNOWMAN SOUP SLOW COOKER HOT CHOCOLATE
CHRISTMAS CARD STATION
MAGNETIC SLEIGH BELL BOTTLE
PLAY DOUGH CHRISTMAS TREES
LETTER TO SANTA NIGHT LIGHT
CHRISTMAS FRIDGE PLANNER
We made our Christmas planner using a roll of wrapping paper. We coloured and cut out a snowman and then used sticky tape to stick it on the fridge. We then cut out our snowballs and put a date on each one. We now need to plan our days and write down the info on our snowballs.
WINTER WONDERLAND MESSY PLAY
Christmas is a magical sensory overload time for babies and toddlers.
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UNDER TABLE WINTER WONDERLAND DEN
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CHRISTMAS TOY EXCHANGE BUCKET
CHRISTMAS FUND JAR
CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING
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ICE CREAM CONE CHRISTMAS TREES
ELF HOUSE LANTERN
We used a jar which we sprayed white on the outside. We then cut twigs and glued them to the jar for the window frames & door. We finished by decorating with Sharpie marker pens.
PERSONALISED NIGHT LIGHT
IKEA is perfect for sourcing things to craft with.
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PERSONALISED PLACE SETTINGS
PAPER TUBE LANTERNS
NATIVITY STORY STONES
See how we made our Christmas Eve PJs
FIR CONE CHRISTMAS TREES
No glue needed: just a pine cone and pom poms! At 19 months, Noah spent ages poking in the pom poms and pulling them back out again. We finished off with a fairy on top made with a hazelnut & card.
OLAF SNOWMAN LIGHT
CHRISTMAS MEMORIES BOOK
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UNDER TABLE GROTTO DEN
We threw a curtain over the kitchen table and scoured the house for anything that would light up plus a few Christmas decorations. We put some pine cones in for toddler Noah to explore and made a simple box chimney for Santa. We finished with some paper snowballs on the kitchen blind & a Christmas book to read.
Christmas Milk Bottle Lanterns
Let your magical festive spirit run wild this Christmas and dig deep into your craft drawer. Go wild with the glitter, get crafty with the tinsel and Ho Ho Ho and jingle bell all the way!
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Wow! What a fantastic collection of Christmas crafts and activities! My favorite is the holiday lights scavenger hunt.