Posts Tagged "christmas"

Holiday DIY Felt Board Travel Craft

With the Christmas countdown in full swing you’re running all over the place getting last-minute gifts and prepping for the holiday meal. With all of your errands, the kids are getting stuck in the car more often than not. It seems like every car ride gets longer and your child’s whines (which are completely understandable) get louder. Instead of expecting your young child to sit patiently in that long line of mall traffic, keep her busy with this totally non-messy DIY car-ready felt board holiday craft. Materials: Colorful craft felt sheets A piece of cardboard (reuse the front of a...

Kids’ Christmas Ornament Crafts

You’ve got your Christmas tree, and now it’s time to decorate it! Instead of buying all of your ornaments, try some DIY kids-created ones too. These Christmas crafts for kids are easy ornaments to make. So, get creative and help your kiddo to dress the tree with her own artsy inventions. Paper Poinsettias Start with a piece of red paper (letter-sized). Your child can draw a wavy circle on the paper. The bigger the circle, the bigger the flower. Starting at the outer edge, cut a spiral shape. Roll the paper into a flower shape. Beginning at the center, wind...

Kids’ Christmas Slime Science Activity

Celebrate Christmas—with slime? That’s right! Your child can create her own batch of holiday-themed slime, with your help of course. This science-centered activity helps your child to make discovery and explore states of matter. Along with the science focus, it’s also a fun-filled way to celebrate at holiday time. As your child makes and plays with the slime, ask her a few open-ended questions. This might include, “What do you think will happen to the ingredients when we mix them?” or, “How do you think the ingredients changed as you put them together?” Ingredients: Water Clear Elmer’s glue (look for...

Holiday Party Games for Kids

Christmas is coming and you need something to entertain the kids during your holiday parties. Crafts are cute, but difficult to do with a broad age range during a major family get-together. So, you’re looking for a few games. These holiday arty kids’ activity options are easy to adapt for children of all ages, and will keep everyone busy during your next Christmas party. Snowball Relay Okay, so you can’t bring real snowballs inside. Or, at least, doing so might get messy. Instead, blow up snowball-sized white balloons. Split the kids into two equal teams. Line them up and give...

Christmas Holiday Breakfast Tradition

What’s your Christmas holiday tradition? Is it a special breakfast celebration? Whether you already have an existing breakfast plan or are looking for something new, check out these Christmas Day buffet ideas! Not only are they tasty, but they also get the whole gang together. That’s right, these are completely kid-friendly. Along with enjoying the buffet, your child can also help you to prep the meal too. DIY Donuts If you’re a baker (or happen to have a donut maker on hand), go ahead and make your own donuts. If not, buy plain ready-made ones. Set out a buffet of...

Christmas Tree DIY Craft Card

There’s still time to get your Christmas wishes in! If sending store-bought card seems somewhat impersonal, a hand-crafted one is an option for even the novice artist (kids included!). If you’re looking for a simple DIY answer to your Christmas card quandaries, this cotton swab paint print card is perfect for beginners. You can also trim down the card, making festive holiday gift tags too! Materials: 8x10-inch card stock paper (use white or a light-colored hue) Green tempera paint A few more colors of tempera (for the ornaments) Cotton swabs Scissors Instructions: Fold the card stock in half, from top...

Toddler Christmas Star Craft

Christmas crafts aren’t just for older kids and adults. If you’ve got a toddler or preschooler, you can still get artsy for the holidays. This easy-to-make holiday star helps young children learn about colors, shapes and lines. You can make a few of these Christmas stars, link them together with yarn or ribbon and make a garland, hang them from the tree as ornaments or just craft them for fun! Materials: Thick craft sticks Clear-drying school glue Green tempera paint A paper plate Glitter—in red and other colors (such as gold or silver) Instructions: Pour a pool of the green...

Pine Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments

You picked up pine cone after pine cone when the fall weather started get chilly. Now that it’s almost Christmas, you can use these fall finds to make your own decorative ornaments. With a little bit of paint and a special snowy sparkle, both adults and kids alike can craft cute Christmas ornaments from plain pine cones. Materials: Pine cones Green and white tempera paints A paintbrush Glitter in silver or opal and any other colors that you choose (at least two or three different colors) Clear-drying school glue Fishing line or yarn Scissors Instructions: Paint the entire pine cone...

Candy Cane DIY Christmas Ornaments

Handmade Christmas ornaments make a heart-felt gift or add that special sparkle to your tree. Before buying a bunch of glittering holiday décor, get crafty with the kids and make a few of your own! There are hundreds of DIY ornament options out there. Whether you spend your days on Pinterest or have a favorite crafting blog, finding easy-to-make tree decorations isn’t exactly a challenge. If you’re looking for something that is truly super-simple, but still adds beauty to your home’s holiday look, these candy cane trees are perfect. Materials: Candy canes Ribbon in Christmas colors (red and green) or...

Colorful Christmas Hot Chocolate

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! There’s a chill (or more than a chill) in the air, a few flakes are falling from the sky and the kids are clamoring for something warm and toasty to snack on. If you don’t have time to bake a treat or need a quick fix in a pinch (after a pre-Christmas Day sled riding session), a colorful cup of hot cocoa will do the trick. Colorful cocoa? Instead of using regular hot cocoa mix, swap it out for a homemade white hot chocolate mix. Add in Christmas colors and a few...