Quick and Easy Kids Christmas Craft Ideas





Tis the season for holiday fun and joyous cheers and kids Christmas crafts are the perfect activity. Make this a fun family time or even a classroom project and keep the little ones entertained while they explore their creative side. With all the holiday shopping, wrapping presents and running around time and money are short for just about everyone. With this in mind we have gathered up some quick, easy and inexpensive Xmas project ideas that your kids will love to make.

There is a fun handprint Xmas tree, a candy cane reindeer and a paper plate Santa card holder. Each of these are made from simple and inexpensive supplies such as paper products, paint and even candy. Add some fun decorations using glitter glue, ribbon and other accessories. Kids of all ages can get in on the fun with these holiday craft ideas. So gather up some supplies, schedule the time and grab the kids and let's get crafting.

Kids Christmas Craft Idea # 1

Handprint Tree

This one requires no cutting and no gluing but can be a messy project (which kids love). From the smallest to the largest, all children love to paint their hands and get messy (even us adults get in on the fun sometimes).

Supplies

  • Construction Paper
  • Green Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Glitter Glue or Stickers

Directions

  1. Lay down some newspaper over your work area as this can get a little messy. Make sure the children are wearing old clothes and not their Sunday best.
  2. Place a piece of construction paper in front of the child. Use any color except green.
  3. Have your child completely paint one hand with the green paint. Starting at the top of the paper (which will become the bottom of the tree) have them place their hand with the pinky close to the edge of the paper. Place 3 or 4 more handprints right next to the other until they have reached the other side of the paper. If you want, they can use both hands so that the pinky is always facing the edge on the sides of the tree. You can also just use the one hand and have the thumb facing out on one side of the tree.
  4. Keep having them press handprints above this first row but make the second row smaller so the tree gets thinner as it gets near the top. The top of the tree should be just one handprint.
  5. Now let the paint dry. Once the paint is dry they can decorate it with glitter glue, paint or even stickers. You can even have them glue on beads and ribbon.

Kids Christmas Craft Idea # 2

Candy Cane Reindeer

These cute reindeer will look great hanging on your Xmas tree. On the big day the kids can take these off the tree and enjoy eating the candy cane. So remember to keep the paper wrapped around the candy cane so you can enjoy this later.

Supplies

  • 1 Candy Cane (per reindeer)
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Small Red or Brown Pom Pom
  • 1 Brown Pipe Cleaners
  • Green Paper or Felt
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Directions

  1. Holding the candy cane with the curved section facing up and toward you, glue on a pom pom near the end of the curved section. This is his nose.
  2. Now glue on two wiggle eyes on either side of the candy just above the nose.
  3. Take a pipe cleaner and bend and shape into antlers. Twist this around the candy cane right at the curve section. Now cut off smaller sections of the pipe cleaner and twist these around the antlers for some points.
  4. Finish this off by cutting out a bow tie with the green paper and glue this on the straight section where the neck would be.
  5. To hang this adorable decoration just tie some string in a loop around the antlers. Then use your ornament hangers to place it on your tree.

Kids Christmas Craft Idea # 3

Santa Card Holder

With so many holiday cards it is hard to find a spot for all of them. This cute Santa card holder will help you find space and make a great addition to your decorations.

Supplies

  • 2 Sturdy Paper Plates
  • Red Paint
  • Black and Red Marker
  • Cotton Balls
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Paint the front of a paper plate red and let it dry.
  2. Cut the other paper plate in half. Save the other half for another project.
  3. Once the paint is dry, place the half plate on top of the full plate to where both the bottoms of the plates are facing outward. Glue the rims together the hold in place. Make sure the glue is dry before moving onto the next step.
  4. With the black marker draw eyes on the half paper plate near the top. With the red marker draw on a mouth.
  5. Take cotton balls and cover the edges of the half plate for a beard and hair. Glue on a couple cotton balls on the red plate on the top and slightly to one side to make it look like a Santa hat.
  6. Now glue on some string or yarn on the back to hang on the wall. Now simply fill it up with your holiday greeting cards.

These are just a few of many kids Christmas craft ideas that you can try. Use your creative side and imagination and make these unique and special. You can use them for decorations or give them as gifts. So happy crafting and Happy Holidays.

Source by Julie Addis

So your kids birthday is round the corner and you are all charged up to celebrate it in the best possible way which can leave a smile on your child's face. At the end of the day, this is what we want, our children to be supremely happy. Rendering them happy is no big deal because the happiness of these pure hearted angels lies in the tiniest of things with birthday being on the top of the list. They want their birthday to be earmarked and a party in which they can revel to the fullest. To your surprise, a birthday party can also be a good teaching to them. But how? Simply involve them in all tasks. Let them be the boss of their day. You can make it exciting by engaging them in decorations. Decorations are easy than other chores and something they will definitely enjoy doing. You can make the day more than just balloons and cakes.

1. Choose a party theme:

It can be their favorite cartoon character, movie or even a comic theme. Ask them what they want it to be and they will come up with their own ideas. Appreciate them and they will help themselves in decorating the promises. You can even invite their friends for making it more fun. This will teach them to work in groups. For if, your child wants a Cinderella theme then you can let them draw and paint clouds, crowns and a fort.

2. Keep surprises:

The best way to motivate children is to surprise them. They will not only be helpful but motivated to give their best. The surprises can be chocolates, comics or even toys. Just be fair while choosing the gift as they might get insecure of others.

3. Play games:

It is certainly difficult for kids to sit in one place for hours. Distract them by playing games and with refreshments. Ask them if they are enjoying it and which games they want to play on the day. You can also suggest some games related to the theme which will excite them more.

4. Shuffle the work:

Sitting in one place for hours and simply painting a tree can be too insipid for kids. Shuffle their work in between so they can learn and enjoy every detailing. If a kid is not good at painting then this is the best time to teach them. This can be a great learning experience for them.

5. Party invites:

Party invites are a part of decorations too. You can let them make one for each other or other family members. Let their imagination meet reality on the card. Appreciate their effort and accept the cards, show it to others. This will make them happy.

Children look at things distinctly from adults. Their perspectives and imaginations are unique. Most of the times, we make a mistake of underestimating their potential to organize their own event. If given a chance, it can not only be pristine for adults but rewarding for children as well. They will be pleased to be an important part of the day and certainly go on boasting their decor.


Source by Achal Mehrotra