4 Fun Christmas Crafts You Can Do With Your Family
Christmas is a quiet season of togetherness when you can spend some quality time with your family. Why not take the opportunity to do something creative together and make a lovely Christmas craft?
Here are some great ideas for crafts that you can do with your little ones this Christmas:
Salt Dough Snowmen
Make up a batch of salt dough (see recipe here) and then start sculpting with your little ones. This dough is easy to sculpt into different shapes and when you are finished you can harden it in the oven. A snowman shape is easy to make - three subsequently smaller balls of dough on top of each other. You can even add glitter to your dough so that the snowmen have a bit of sparkle.
Then, once your snowman dough is cooked you can make it unique by adding features and accessories like eyes, nose, scarf, etc. They make great decorations and gifts!
2. Watercolour Resist PaintingsCrayons are made of wax, so when you draw with a crayon and then paint over it with watercolour you create a neat batik effect. You can use this to create an image of the Christmas star in the night sky over the town of Bethlehem. Draw the star in white or yellow crayon, then paint the dark blue sky over it. The water colour paints will be repelled wherever there is wax, so the star will shine through.
3. Easy Cut Snowflakes
This is an incredibly simple craft that even young children can do, but it can keep your little ones busy for ages. Start with a piece of white card stock or construction paper and cut the edge off so that it is a perfect square.
Then, fold the square point to point so that it makes a triangle shape. Fold it over again and again, folding the triangle in half each time. The more folds you can make, the more complex your snowflake will be.
Then, you can cut off the corners of the folded triangle and make cuts and notches all around the edges. Younger kids might need safety scissors and a little assistance, but older kids can do this on their own.
When you unfold the square, you will have a perfectly symmetrical paper snowflake with several intricate edges and holes cut into it. These are perfect for hanging on the window or suspending from the ceiling with string.
4. Christmas Season Gratitude Book
It's never too early to teach your child the value of giving thanks for the blessings in their lives. You can create a simple book by folding over cardstock and stapling in at the centre edges. Then, your child can write and draw pictures of the things they are grateful for in their lives.
Making artwork and crafts is a fun activity to share, it teaches creative thinking and fine motor skills to kids and it will be a lot of fun to do together. Plus, you will have a unique and beautiful crafts to decorate your home with. What Crafts do you like to make with your family at Christmastime? Let us know in the comments below.