It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With the kids cookie baking and everyone waving six feet apart. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the hap-happiest season of all, with the holiday crafting and gay happy children when friends call on Zoom. It’s the hap-happiest season of all.
Okay so things are a bit different this year, but we can still offer cheer with a Christmas craft! These fun holiday crafts will bring joy to your kids and get your family together. If you are stuck at home this year, why not start a new tradition of making Christmas decorations after dinner or on the weekends?
Christmas Tree Ornament
Start this Christmas craft by gluing 15 paper straws together. Ask children if they can create a pattern with the colored straws. Lay them down on a piece of paper so when glue drips it doesn’t get on your table. Cut one straw in half and glue the two pieces next to each other on the bottom, middle section as your tree trunk (reference picture above). On the same side as the tree trunk, glue a piece of string in a loop, at the top, to hang on your Christmas tree or a door knob. Wait for it to fully dry before cutting the edges to make a tall, acute triangle in the shape of a Christmas tree. For the final touch, cut a star out of cardstock and glue it on top. This activity takes patience and good fine motor skills; it would be best for school age children.
Candy Cane Sleigh
Have your child pick out five popsicle sticks; if you don’t have colored ones they can paint them. Give your child two pieces of a halved popsicle stick. An adult should cut the popsicle stick for safety; if you are able to, round the edges. Ask your child to lay the popsicle sticks out with their sides touching. Push the middle popsicle stick up to be the tallest and the two on the outside down slightly (reference picture below). Squeeze Elmers glue onto the halved popsicle sticks and place them at the top and bottom of your five sticks. After it’s dry, with an adult’s help, hot glue the straight part of a candy cane underneath. Now you can tie on a ribbon to the top of the candy canes to hang your Christmas craft.
Popsicle Stick Reindeer
Start by having your child paint three popsicle sticks brown. When they are dry, twist two short pipe cleaners around the ends of one popsicle stick, as the reindeer’s antlers (reference the picture above). Ask your child to glue the three popsicle sticks in a triangle. Offer a red pompom nose (or red felt) and two googly eyes. Talk about where eyes and a nose are on a reindeer in relation to their antlers and then let your child glue them on where they choose. Lastly, glue a string on the back in between the antlers so it can be hung as a Christmas ornament.
Handprint Wreath Christmas Craft
This is a fun Christmas craft to work on together as a whole family. Everyone can trace and cut their hands out on different shades of green paper. Children under the age of 4 will need help cutting, but encourage older children to practice their scissor skills. An adult should cut a wreath shaped circle out of cardboard and then everyone can glue their hands on it. The final step is gluing pretend holly berries on, using red pompoms or circular red pieces of felt. Now show off your family’s creation on your front door or mail it to Grandma and Grandpa so they can have a piece of you with them this holiday season!
Enjoy making these Christmas crafts with your children as we near December 25th. Are your kids looking for more holiday projects, check out these ones they can gift to loved ones. If you celebrate Hanukkah, try these crafts. Enjoy!
About The Author
Kelsey Dickson has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny, preschool teacher, and now a mother. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and works for Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny as the eLearning Manager. Check out our online childcare classes, such as Baby Sign Language and Sleep Coaching 101! In her free time she enjoys gardening with her son, going for walks with her husband and dog, and discovering local wineries in New England.
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