Of all the holidays, Christmas is the holiday that gets young children most excited. After all, there are so many good foods and treats, the excitement of Santa Claus, and so many fun presents!
You can help build your child’s enthusiasm for Christmas by helping her participate in Christmas activities. The easiest and most fun way is by creating Christmas crafts.
Candy Cane Tree Decorations
Take a pipe cleaner and form a ball at the end so the beads can’t fall off. Have your child alternate red and white pony beads and then form a ball at the other end so the beads won’t fall off.
Shape into a candy cane shape and hang on the tree.
This activity is fun, and it teaches your child how to create a pattern (alternating red and white colors) as well as improves his fine motor skills.
Christmas Tree Decoration
Cut the shape of a Christmas tree out of green construction paper. (If you’re working with a child 4 or older, you can trace the pattern, and the child can cut it out.) Then, let your child “decorate” the tree. There are some easy ways to do this.
- Buy colorful dot stickers like the kind you find for garage sale pricing and let your child put them on the tree randomly.
- Take a cotton or pom pom ball and dip it in finger paint. Let your child dot the tree. Have a few different balls that you can dip in different colors. If your child has trouble holding the ball, try pinning the ball with a clothes pin so the child can use the clothespin for a handle.
- Add some more pizzazz by letting your child use glitter glue to create tinsel on the tree.
Take a white paper plate and cut out the center circle. (Again, a child 4 or older could do this on her own.)
Let your child use finger paints to color the “wreath” green.
When the wreath dries, decorate it with your choice of decorations. You could glue on colorful pom pom balls (sparkle ones make it look even more festive), or cut and use squares of Christmas colored paper like gold, silver, and red.
Finger Print Lights
Take a white sheet of construction paper and draw a thin black line. Then, draw several black squares along the string to represent the base of the light.
Have your child dip his thumb or forefinger in finger paint to create the lights.
Use a variety of colors to make a festive string of lights that also serve as a momento as to how small your child once was!
Easy Snowflake Decoration
Give your child a blue sheet of construction paper.
Draw a vertical line in glue down the center of the paper.
Have your child attach cotton balls to the glue. Then repeat with a horizontal line.
Finally, create several small glue lines in between the vertical and horizontal lines, but make these smaller. When your child is done, he will have a soft, fuzzy snowflake picture that can be used to decorate your home.
Children love to be creative. You can’t go wrong with these easy, child-friendly crafts that use items you likely have around the house already.