It is the Holiday season and your kids are itching to get to crafting. Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas or what have you. Here are some of the easiest crafts that you can do with your small children.
The Simple Hand Turkey
It could not be an easier project and it is one that we have all done, the Hand Turkey. Simply have your child place their hand on a piece of construction paper and trace around it with a pen. They can then decorate it as a turkey. Draw legs, a bike a waddle, etc. Let them use their creativity to make it super unique. The greatest thing is that you probably have everything that you need for this project in your home. You just need paper and some markers.
Get Creative With Candy Canes
Candy canes can become a number of things. They can be the ears on a reindeer ornament, they can be the arms of a snowman, they can be the tail of a mouse or cot or a dog, glue two together to make a heart, etc, etc. All it takes is some creativity and some craft paper and glue. Add a metal ornament hanger and you have a custom ornament that your kids will love seeing on the tree.
Decorate Plain Ornament
Get some cheap plastic ball ornaments, some glue, glitter and perhaps some paint pens. Let your kids make a pattern with the glue and sprinkle glitter on the balls and then draw whatever they like on them with paint pens. It will give them a fun project that you can remember for years to come. Be sure to write the year and the kids initials on them so that you can remember the moment.
Another great idea for ball ornaments is to make handprints on them. Let your kiddo place their hand on paint and then wrap it around the ball ornament. You then have a nice custom ornament that is uniquely your child’s. Leave it as is or decorate the fingers as people or snowmen.
Fun With Toilet Paper Rolls
Make all kinds of holiday items with paper rolls. Paint them white and decorate them as snowmen. Draw buttons on them or glue real buttons on them. Add some ribbon and anything else you think might make your snowman a snowman. Finish it off with a ribbon on the top to hang your child’s work of art from the tree.
The same concept above can be used to make just about anything that you like. Make a Santa, some angels, etc, etc. The possibilities are limitless.
Popsicle Stick Trees
Simply paint some popsicle sticks and glue them into a triangle to make a Christmas tree. Add an additional stick as the stem and you have your base ornament. Now decorate the tree with anything that you can find. Glitter, paint, ribbon, whatever your kiddo likes. Hopefully you have a box of miscellaneous items (buttons, beads, ribbon, charms) that you can use to decorate. If not, today is a good time to start making one.
These are just a few simple ideas that you might try to liven up the Holiday season. There are literally hundreds of different things that you can do. In addition, you could always just throw a bunch of materials on the table and let your kids go to town making whatever they like that is Holiday themed. You might be surprised by the imagination they show.