Christmas Crafts For Kids To Keep Them Entertained In December
Ah, December, the most exciting time of the year for your kids and a nightmare of preparations, spending, and trying to prevent the children bursting with excitement for you. Never fear though, because here are some craft suggestion that will give you a break from the chaos, give the kids something to do, and get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
- Block (Minecraft) Christmas Tree
Minecraft is a popular kids game, and you can use the 8-bit style to create Christmas crafts. Whether your kids are Minecraft fans or not this a is a great activity to do all together, as they get to make and decorate their very own Christmas tree. Something that means you can keep the real one looking halfway decent.
Start with a large piece of corrugated card, A1 or A2 if you can get it, although a flattened out box from the supermarket will work just as well. Get the kids to draw out a Christmas tree shape, just a single triangle with a square base can work well here. If you are working with younger kids, do this bit for them with some sharp scissors or a craft knife.
Then you need to buy foam cubes to add to the tree shape. Don’t worry if you can’t get them in green as you can paint them afterwards, it just adds more messy fun! Place the blocks in horizontal rows along the tree so get that 8-bit look and glue securely. Leave to dry and paint if necessary.
Then comes the fun bit, get the kid to go crazy with making and adding decorations of their choice. You can use traditional elements like tinsel and lametta, and you can also get the kids to make their own decorations. Perhaps including their favourite cartoon characters, self-portraits or even theme it all with Minecraft stuff?
To make it really fun back the kid’s decorations with velcro and put some patches on the tree in different places. Then they can be removed and changed around, and the tree can be used again next year. Fix it to the wall with command strips, so it doesn’t leave a mark, and you have a perfect way to decorate a playroom, or nursery for the festive period and keep the kid’s entertained while doing it.
Don’t worry, if you use glitter glue pens your kids won’t get into this sort of mess.
If you are looking for something crafty, and fun, but that is a little less involved why not have a go at the Rudolph hand activity? All you need is some brown card, glue, glitter and you can add things like pipe cleaners, ribbon, and googly eyes for even more fun.
Get the little ones to draw around their hands on the brown card and then cut out the shape. Then tell them to use the thumb part as Rudolph’s head and neck and the other four fingers as his feet.
Leave them free to decorate him however they would like, although keeping the glitter colours to gold, silver, red and green can make particularly Christmassy end result. Then thread each decoration through with ribbon and hang on the tree or anywhere else in the home that needs a festive touch.