Stem those inevitable wails of "I don't have anything to do!" during the run-up to Christmas with Christmas crafts that are easy and fun for the little ones to make.
Candy Cane Reindeer
This craft is an oldie but a favourite among children. All you need are
- candy canes
- jiggly eyes
- pipe cleaners
- mini pom-poms
At the top of the candy cane, glue a pipe cleaner, twisting it into the shape of antlers. Glue jiggly eyes on either side of the reindeer head and add the nose to the end of the candy cane. (This eHow video shows you how.)
Christmas Placemat Craft
Using recycled Christmas cards, tear off the backs where the writing is. You'll need about three regular sized Christmas cards to make each placemat.
Have the kids glue the cards decoration side up down on coloured construction paper. When the glue dries, cover the craft front and back with clear contact paper, making sure there are no open ends or gaps. Kids love setting their plats on their own special Christmas place mat.
This makes a great little gift for kids to make and give their friends or teachers too. Pick up large plastic ornaments at the craft store, the type that will open for you to put items inside.
Open the ornament and fill it with peppermints. Secure it closed again. Using a medium sized wooden ball, glue on jiggly eyes. Once the eyes are set, glue the wooden ball onto the top the plastic ornament.
Next, add cotton hair for the head, mustache and beard. Glue a red felt hat on top of the hair. At the base of the ornament, glue a long piece of black felt for Santaís belt. Glue the front bottom of the ornament to a thin wooden heart that's been painted black. The curves in the heart will be Santa's feet.
Christmas Countdown Chain
For this popular craft, you'll need red and green construction paper cut into thin, even strips. The kids can decorate the paper strips with Christmas writing and glitter glue.
Form the strips into connecting circles and glue each one closed. Once the glue is dry, hang the circle within easy reach of the child. Each day that passes until Christmas, the kids get to tear off one of the links of the chain.
Cookie Cutter Ornaments
To do this craft, you'll need an assortment of cookie cutters in various holiday shapes. The ones that work the best are snowmen, Santa, trees and bell shapes.
Place each cookie cutter on colored construction paper. Trace around it and cut it out. Have the kids decorate each cut out with glitter and mini pom-poms for Christmas balls on the tree.
For the snowmen, use mini black pom-poms for his buttons. You can use jiggly eyes on the snowmen and Santa. Once each ornament is finished, use a hole puncher to punch a hole at the top. Thread thin ribbon through the hole and let the kids hang their special ornament from the tree.