The Holiday season is upon us. I am sure you are busier than ever finishing up Christmas shopping and preparing the holiday menu. Take a break this weekend and enjoy the holiday season with your family. Turn on some holiday music and make this Christmas craft that your child can gift to loved ones.

Christmas Craft Materials

  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Elmer’s glue
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Wax paper
  • Parchment paper
  • Toothpick
  • Ribbon

Cinnamon Ornament Instructions

  1. Have your child mix together the applesauce, cinnamon, and Elmer’s glue in a bowl for this wonderfully smelling Christmas craft. Once it is mixed, dump the ball of dough onto wax paper.
  2. Help your child roll out the dough to be 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Pick out holiday cookie cutters and push them into the dough. Remove the extra pieces away from the shapes to roll out again.
  4. On a non-stick cookie sheet, or one lined with parchment paper, gently flip the shapes you just cut out onto it (peel away the wax paper if it’s a little stuck).
  5. Now roll out the dough again to make more. This recipe will make about 10 ornaments.
  6. Finally, using a toothpick, make a small hole at the top of each ornament. Later you will tie a ribbon through your Christmas craft.
  7. Bake the ornaments at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours. Flip them after one hour so that if the corners are curling up they will flatten out with the remaining time. My oven only lowered to 170 and they cooked perfectly at that temperature.
  8. Now leave them in the warm oven for another 3 hours, or overnight.
  9. Lastly, feed a ribbon through the hole and tie it. This can be an ornament for the tree or the most wonderfully smelling air freshener. I imagine your house smells pretty great after cooking them the last 2 hours!
  10. Gently wrap up your Christmas craft with a homemade card and hand them out to members of the community that you appreciate. Perhaps this is a teacher, bus driver, clergy member, neighbor or Grandma and Grandpa!

We hope you enjoyed making the Christmas craft with your little one. Remember when crafting with kids, you can always clean up a mess, but memories last forever! For more holiday gifts children can make for loved ones, try these! The holidays are a busy time of year, don’t be shy to ask your Nanny to help facilitate these crafts with the kids.