Posts Tagged "christmas"

Kids’ Christmas Thank You Cards

Holiday greeting aren't the only Christmas cards your kiddo can craft. After "Santa" is done gifting your child with presents, it's time to send heartfelt thank you's. Don't worry. If your tot still believes in the magic of Santa, you don't have to ruin the illusion by asking them to write a thank you to grandma or grandpa. Instead, have them send thank you notes to Santa! You can send these off to the North Pole — or just give them to the real gift-givers! Materials You'll Need Card stock paper Scissors Markers or crayons Finger paints or tempera paints...

Last-Minute Kids’ Christmas Crafts

Are you looking for a few last-minute Christmas crafts for the kiddos? These easy-to-make art projects are perfect for the pint-sized Picasso who is looking for a holiday activity. Try these artsy activities with your preschooler, kindergartner or young grade school-aged child. You can easily adapt each idea to fit your child's age, stage and developmental needs. Red and Green Ice Freeze two batches of colorful ice cubes — one red and one green. Drip a drop of food coloring into each compartment of an ice cube tray, add water and freeze. Give your child the frozen cubes to "paint"...

Christmas Holiday Mocktails

Celebrate Christmas with a few fun, fruit-filled and fabulous drinks that the whole family can enjoy! Non-alcoholic holiday mocktails provide everyone from tots to teens (and adults too) with a tasty treat that has a Christmas-time theme. If you're planning a holiday party, or just have an evening of together-time with the family, these winter mocktails are easy alternatives. Cranberry Punch The Christmas red of cranberry juice brings a holiday theme to your dinner table. Mix three-fourths cranberry juice with one-fourth fizzy seltzer water to a bubbly look. If you want to mix things up, skip the seltzer and use...

Homemade Christmas Tree Crafts

Decorating the Christmas tree doesn't have to include buying pricey ornaments. This year, try something new. Instead of ready-made decor, have the family help you to craft a tree-full of artsy awesomeness. That's right. Each family member (including the adults) will help to make the holiday decor and dress the tree. Check out these easy-to-make Christmas tree ornament crafts! Paper Shape Ornaments Use card stock paper or cardboard to create shapes. Cut out circles, stars, triangles or any other shape. Punch a hole at the top of each one (using a hole punch). Thread a piece of yarn through the...

Christmas S’Mores for Kids

The Christmas cookies are baking. Or are they? The holidays are a busy time of year. And that means you may not have a few hours free to bake holiday cookies. Don't stress about giving your family sweet treats. If you need desserts for a holiday party or something special at the end of a family meal, these Christmas s'mores are no-bake goodies that won't disappoint. Red and Green Even though traditional s'mores are made from brown chocolate bars, these use colors to create a holiday theme. Melt white chocolate on the stove or in the microwave (an adult should...

Christmas Cookie and Cupcake Decor for Kids

You're busy in the kitchen, baking all kinds of Christmas goodies. Now it's time for the kids to take over. After the baking is done, your mini chef can get the icing out and start decorating. If you're looking for a few easy ideas, check these Christmas cookie and cupcake decorating options out! Red and Green Your toddler isn't exactly a master with the icing. And that's frustrating — to them. You want your tot to enjoy the baking process, minus the temper tantrum. Give your kiddo green and red icing, along with a spatula or spoon. Invite your little...

Open-Ended Toddler Christmas Art Activities

The holiday season is here and you're looking for kids' Christmas activities! But your tot is too young to join in with the serious crafting. Your toddler can still get artsy this holiday. If you're not sure where to start, check out these easy open-ended Christmas art ideas for toddlers and young preschoolers. Color Mixing  Start with the three primary colors — red, blue and yellow. Separate the red out, your child will use this color on its own. Now it's time to make green paint to go with the Christmas theme. Give your tot a thick paintbrush, pour a...

Christmas Themed Children’s Books

Twas the night before Christmas and…well, the kids are tired of hearing the same old story. If you’re looking for a new holiday tale to tell the kids, you’ll find plenty of children’s books with Christmas themes available for little ones of all ages. So, cuddle up together as you wait for Santa and check out these holiday books! How to Catch an Elf, by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton. With rhymes that will grab your child’s attention, and a cute story too, your kiddo will enjoy this funny Christmas story. Bear Stays Up for Christmas, by Karma Wilson and...

Kids’ Painted Christmas Tree Craft

You’ve already decorated your Christmas tree. But that doesn’t mean the kids can’t make a second. Or third. Or even fifteenth. If you’re looking for a way to keep the kiddo’s busy on the days leading up to the winter holidays, or you need a Christmas craft on the big day, check out this kid-made tree art activity. Materials Tempera paint- green, brown and any other colors your child wants Glitter Card stock paper Cotton balls Sequins Clear-drying school glue Ribbon Scissors How-To Steps Pour the green and brown tempera paint into small pools on a paper plate, sheet of...

4 Festive Christmas Eve Hot Cocoa Ideas

Your kids leave milk and cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve. But what about a special treat for them? Christmas Reve night is the perfect time to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa. Instead of the regular ol’ version that the kids have on every other winter afternoon, try something more festive. How can you perk up a cup of hot chocolate? Check out these holiday cocoa ideas! Candy Cane Cocoa Melt a candy cane completely into warmed milk, mix in cocoa powder and you have a minty, chocolatey holiday drink. Top the cocoa with whipped cream,...