Making Christmas crafts with kids is a great way to spend some time together, especially when you’re looking for things to do during the school holiday break.
Older kids will especially enjoy working on craft projects because they have the cognitive and physical skills necessary to create holiday crafts and other objects. For example, older children are better able to handle tools such as scissors and glue and can focus on tasks for longer periods of time. While younger children love making things with their hands too, older kids will be able to create more complicated crafts that can showcase their creativity.
Here are some great ideas for holiday crafts you can make with your kids.
Christmas Crafts for Kids
1. How to Make a Poinsettia with Kids
Here is a gorgeous and elegant craft that's fun and easy to make with kids: a paper poinsettia. You can make it in white, red, or both (or whatever color you choose!). The flowers can then be used to make a beautiful wreath or to adorn gifts or holiday tables. Your kids will love making them as much as they love showing them off!
2. How to Make a Poinsettia Wreath with Kids
Here is an easy step-by-step article on how to make an elegant and lovely poinsettia wreath.
3. Christmas Wreath Craft for Kids
Even the youngest members of the family will be able to help make this easy yet absolutely gorgeous Christmas wreath craft idea from Nanette De Cillis of ArtsCetera. It's one of the best kids' Christmas crafts out there!
4. An Assortment of Christmas Crafts Ideas for Kids
From Christmas ornaments to homemade Christmas cards and gifts, About.com’s Family Crafts Guide Sherri Osborn has assembled hundreds of fun Christmas crafts that are perfect for doing with kids. You’ll find holiday craft ideas that are easy enough for younger preschoolers as well as projects that are perfect for older kids.
5. Fun and Glittery Christmas Crafts for Kids
Here are some terrific ideas for Christmas crafts for older kids, from About.com’s Parenting Teens Guide, Denise Witmer. Projects such as decorating plain glass ball ornaments with glitter and ribbons or creating a fun Santa or reindeer out of old glass bulbs are perfect projects for kids who have the dexterity and can use caution to work with glass (grade-schoolers will need close parental supervision, of course!)
6. Charming Kids’ Christmas crafts from Martha Stewart
The creative folks at Martha Stewart Living have compiled some great ideas for lovely Christmas crafts that are easy enough for kids to do. Some of the crafts ideas you’ll find: Beautiful recycled ribbon chains that are made out of old ribbons, charming snowmen and reindeer made out of pipe cleaners, and gorgeous button cards.
7. Creative Christmas Crafts for Kids from Family Fun
You’ll find lots of great ideas for kids’ holiday crafts on the Family Fun site, from table decorations, ornaments, gift bags, greeting cards, and more.
8. Easy, Cute Kids' Crafts Ideas from Parents magazine
School-age kids can make many of these easy crafts, including jolly elves made out of beads and felt, tree skirt, Advent calendar, and more. Each kids’ craft has detailed instructions for parents and kids to follow.
9. Kids’ Christmas Crafts to Make Your Home Festive
With these fun Christmas craft ideas from Amazing Moms, your kids can make sparkling window decorations, ornaments, napkin rings, and more. And your kids will be thrilled to see their hard work displayed around your home, making it festive and merry for the season.
10. Educational Crafts from Education.com
Here are some ideas for winter-themed crafts from Education.com. Kids can make crafts such as a paper-plate snowman laced with string (which will encourage hand-eye coordination and dexterity) or a winter weather collage (they can use their imaginations to express their feelings and thoughts about winter). There are fun crafts for younger siblings too, such as snowflake counting cards kids can make as they learn their numbers.
11. Christmas-Themed Crafts from Enchanted Learning
Kids can make Christmas crafts such as 3D stars, a paper-plate angel, hand print Christmas trees, and more with these ideas from Enchanted Learning.