Christmas Crafts for Kids

Paddle Pop Christmas Tree 

You will need:

  • Paddle pop sticks
  • Green paint
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Decorations
  • Yellow pom pom

Assembly:

  • Cut paddle pop sticks to desired length, each getting smaller to make tree shape
  • Glue each piece in order until tree shape takes place
  • Paint green
  • Decorate as desired
  •  Attach yellow pom pom on top
  • Attach ribbon through top

You will need:

  • Glass baubles with a removable top
  • PVA glue
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon
  • Rhinestones (gems with a sticky back)
  • Glitter paper
  • Double sided tape (I bought everything from Spotlight)
    Also useful: a couple of small containers / glasses, two small funnels.

How to:

1. Dilute PVA glue with hot water (1 part glue : 4 parts water. You want it to be pretty runny). I only used a ‘squirt’ of glue – not much at all.

2. Remove the tops from all your baubles

3. Using a funnel, pour some of the glue mixture into a bauble. Swirl around so it is completely coated, and then tip the glue out of the bauble back into the container.

4. Using another funnel, pour some glitter into the bauble. Swirl it around until it is all coated, and tip the glitter out INTO A DIFFERENT CONTAINER. This is important as some of the glue will come out (you can sift it out later once it has dried)

5. Put the bauble back in the packet upside down to drain and dry.

6. Repeat with other baubles.

7. Once dry, lightly rub a scourer over the bauble to remove any dried glue on the outside, and then polish with a cloth.

8. To decorate:

Santa/Grinch: Add double-sided tape to the back of ribbon for a belt, cut out a buckle from the glitter paper (I attached it to the belt before sticking it on the bauble) and attach rhinestones for buttons

Candy Cane Ornaments

These handmade Christmas candy canes is a fantastic option if you and the kids need to make a large number of presents for daycare teachers or classmates. They’re simple and look great (and it’s a great fine motor activity too!).

You will need:
Pipe cleaners
Red and green beads

How to:

1. String a bead onto the pipe cleaner, wrap the end of the pipe cleaner around the bead to keep it in place

2. Alternate red and green beads until the pipe cleaner is almost full.

3. Twist the end of the pipe cleaner around the final bead.

4. Bend the pipe cleaner into a candy cane shape.

Baby Feet Reindeer

Christmas is all about family and giving and one of the best ways to combine the two is to make homemade gifts for friends and relatives. One of the easiest DIY Christmas gifts to make with children is reindeer feet. They can be made with little babies right through to big kids, and they also double as a little sensory play activity, so they’ll have fun making them plus they’ll have an awesome keepsake at the end!

Reindeer Feet can be used as:

  • A family keepsake {make a new footprint each year and date them to see how your children have grown}.
  • Cut them out and stick them to homemade cards.
  • Put a hole, in the end, using a hole punch and write on the back to use them as gift tags.

For Reindeer Feet You will need:

  • Brown paint
  • Paint brush or roller
  • White Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • PVA Glue
  • Black Pen
  • Red Pom Pom

How To Make Reindeer Feet:

  1. Roll or brush brown paint onto the bottom of your child’s foot
  2. Stamp your child’s footprint onto the white paper {for older children get them to stand on top of the paper for 20 seconds and their weight will make the footprint even, for babies hold them above the paper and push their foot down with one hand}
  3. Allow the footprints to dry.
  4. Draw antlers coming out the top of the footprint starting in line with the toes.
  5. Glue the googly eyes onto the footprint just under the toes.
  6. Glue the red pom pom onto the centre of the heel

Alternatively, you can use:

  • Eye stickers instead of googly eyes.
  • Dot the reindeer’s nose with red paint instead of a pom pom.

Check out these 6 Sensory Christmas Crafts and Activities for Toddlers and Babies

 

At Angel’s Paradise Early Education Childcare Centres, we encourage creativity.