Christmas Craft With Kids – part 1

 

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Christmas craft. Those two words strike fear into the hearts of many parents. I mean, this time of year is already crazy with parties, shopping, cooking and to add glitter, glue and improbable looking YouTube videos that turn out perfectly formed origami stars in under 60 seconds, seems mad.

However, it is what my kids want. I also do love a bit of craft for us all to do, especially at this time of year. So, if you are embarking on Christmas craft, too, here’s 5 ideas that will make it easier for you and keep your kids happy, at the same time. Win! We’ll give you 5 more next week.

 

  1. Felt ornaments

You can make this one very basic for littler kids or a bit more advanced for older kids.

We used felt to cut out Xmas shapes. You could do: Christmas trees, circles for baubles, stars, snow flakes, puddings or birds. Cut two identical shapes, hole punch around the perimeter of each shape and use wool to sew up. For younger kids, you could use string or a blunt plastic needle, and a large darning needle for older kids. You could leave a little opening and stuff them with cotton wool, for a three dimensional shape. Older kids might like sewing on ribbon or sequins.

  

  1. Paper chains

So easy and still a favourite with my kids. I give them a pile of coloured paper to cut up (or you could go old-school, like my mum used to, and get us to paint newspaper then cut it into strips).  Then, they divide it up between them and each use either sticky tape or a stapler to see who can make the longest paper chain.

 

  1. Salt dough ornaments

I first made this when I was in Brownies, around 35 years ago. Still a good one. Using 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour and ½ cup of water, mix up your dough then roll out on a floured surface or between two sheets of baking paper. Then let your kids go for it! They might like to free-hand cut out shapes (older kids might like this, especially if they create a cardboard template first), or use cookie cutters for Christmas shapes.

Bake them as per biscuits, then when they are cool and hard, paint or decorate with texta. I give them a coat of varnish afterwards, to stop the colour fading.

Don’t forget to put a little hole in the top, so you can thread through string to be able to hang them up.

Of course, you could also use air-drying clay from an art supplies shop to avoid the mixing and baking, but my kids really enjoy that part.

 

  1. Paper angels

 Easiest angels in the world! Take two large muffin papers in white. Wrap one around into a cone shape for the ‘body’ and glue it to secure it. Cut the centre circle from the other one, snip the remaining circle halfway through, to make a semi-circle for the wings. Glue a cotton ball onto that cut-out centre circle and glue that on top of your ‘cone’ body. (See the picture above for a better idea of how it looks.) I also had some pretty gold foil muffin papers, so that look very festive, too. 

 

  1. Stick decorations

 The trusty coloured icy-pole stick! Thankfully, my local $2 shop sells them in bulk, so we always have them on hand for craft.

It doesn’t get easier than this: the kids picked their colours, glued them in approximate ‘snowflake’ shapes then stuck on glittery sequins, gems etc. 

Happy crafting! We’ll bring you another 5 activities next week.

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