Our Favourite Christmas Crafts for Kids
If you’re looking for advanced planning ideas for easy Christmas crafts to do with children, look no further. My first tip? Step away from Pinterest, or you will completely overestimate what is achievable for a toddler. Don’t expect a really young child to be interested in taking part in every activity step and measuring the ingredients, making the dough, adding the colouring, rolling it out, cutting out shapes, baking/drying. These all require quite a bit of concentration; just one of these activities is a lot at that age. But trust me, you can spread these activities over a couple of days and get a lot of mileage from them!
Be sure to strap your child into a high chair before beginning and wear old clothes before painting. Bath time is, of course, your follow-on activity and possibly scrubbing paint off the walls and ceilings whilst they nap. Or you could just do the activity sitting in the bath!
Finger painting is, of course, super easy! It’s much less stressful than trying to manhandle a wilful toddler to make neat hand and footprints. The key is to choose two colours that mix well together and make a third colour. E,g red and yellow (orange), blue and pink (purple) but not red and green (yuk). You can make cards, wrapping paper or even a canvas for grandparents with minimum effort for you and maximum fun for your child.
You can cut two contrasting Christmas fabric pieces into inch squares and make a collage together on plain paper with PVA glue. Then turn this into cards or cut out into Christmas decorations.
Painting on fabric bags or t-shirts is another tried and tested recommendation. Be sure to prepare first by cutting a piece of cardboard to size and putting it inside whatever you are decorating. It holds it stiff, which is much easier to work with and prevents colour from running through to the other side. Aldi sells plain cotton tote bags that look great and can be easily decorated for specific Christmas crafts.
Another favourite is to melt posh chocolate and put it in a piping bag. When cool enough for little hands, let them loose with a big sheet of greaseproof paper to make lots of blobs and squiggles. Then scatter sprinkles and mini marshmallows all over, let cool and break into pieces, pop into cellophane bags and tie with pretty ribbons.
Homemade play-doh is a great rainy day activity with short Christmas crafts. You can hide objects inside, like smooth stones, Lego, a crayon or coins. We make it Christmassy with peppermint essence and glittery colours.
These are all tried and tested, easy low key crafts that are absolute minimum effort. The less frustratingly difficult it is for the child, the longer they’ll keep at it!