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The Best Christmas Crafts and Activities for the Whole Family

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas, and there is plenty to do. Whether it’s from the comfort of your own home or if you prefer to get the kids’ waterproofs out and go outdoors, let’s take a look at some of the best Christmas crafts and activities at the moment!

Indoors Christmas Crafts:

Marshmallow Snowman Ornaments

Marshmallow-Snowman-Ornament
Source: https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/marshmallow-snowman-ornament/

Looking for some new tree decorations this year? These marshmallow snowman ornaments will look brilliant on any style of tree.

What you will need:

  • A clear fill-able ornament
  • Tinsel ribbon
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Small buttons
  • Orange paper
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions:

Get your hot glue gun (keep away from the children) and glue the eyes and mouth onto the ornament. Next, cut out a carrot-shaped nose using the orange paper and use the glue gun to stick it onto the ornament. This next part is the fun bit! Fill the ornament with mini marshmallows all the way to the top. After your ornament is full of sugary treats, use the pipe cleaner and glue it to both sides. Finally, create a ball shape with the tinsel ribbon, then glue this to both sides of the ornament as ears

Paper Ball Reindeer

Paperball Reindeer
Source: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-ball-reindeer-craft/

These paper ball reindeers will look perfect wherever you decide to put them in your home.

What you will need:

  • Light brown paper
  • Dark brown paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes, eye stickers, or draw on your own with a Sharpie
  • Pom-poms

Instructions:

First of all, cut out four paper strips, about the width of an A4 letter-sized paper. However, there are no rules as to how long or how wide the strips have to be. After this, bend them in half, with the fold making a mark in the middle. Apply a small amount of glue onto the middle and then place another strip on top of the first one — make sure this is centred and at a 90-degree angle. After you have done that, take the other end of the strip and use your glue to stick it together with the first end and make a circle loop. Continue to do this with the other strips, until you end up with a paper ball. Next, take your darker paper and cut out some antlers. You then want to fold them at the bottom, like an L-shape, and then glue together, sticking them on top of the ball. Finally, take a pom-pom and stick it on to make a nose and then add some googly eyes or eye stickers. Of course, you can just draw on the reindeer’s face if you do not have any of the above.

Coffee Filter Snowflakes

Coffee Filter Snowflakes
Source: https://www.cbc.ca/parents/play/view/beautiful_craft_for_kids_coffee_filter_snowflakes

Even if it isn’t snowing outside, these paper snowflakes will look just as good around your home, especially if they have been made by your little ones.

What you will need:

  • Coffee filters
  • Paintbrush
  • Bowl of water
  • Food colouring (or alternatives, such as glitter glue or liquid watercolours)
  • Plastic mat (or alternatives, including a tray or dinner plate)
  • Scissors
  • Warm iron (this is optional)

Instructions:

First, lay one of your coffee filters out onto a flat surface (make sure you protect your mat to avoid staining!). Next, wet the coffee filter with a paintbrush until it lays out flat. After this, get your food colouring or liquid watercolour paint and drip two or three drops onto the filter and blend the colours until the coffee filter is coloured completely. Next, leave the coffee filters to dry. However, you can use a hairdryer if you and your little ones cannot wait to complete your finished product!  To cut your snowflakes, lay your filter flat and fold it in half and make it into a semi-circle. After you have done this, press down the edges and make a sharp fold, then fold it into half again. This will now be formed into one-quarter of a circle. Next, fold it into thirds and firmly press along the crease.

Finally, cut along the two straight edges and the outside edge to create your design, then carefully unfold and there you have it — snowflakes galore!

Christmas Tree Slime Recipe

Slime is one of the biggest children’s trends at the moment, and it would be silly not to create your own Christmas slime!

What you will need:

  • ½ cup of glue
  • ½ cup of water
  • Food colouring
  • Glitter
  • ¼–½cup of liquid starch

Instructions:

First, get a bowl and add in ½ cup of water and ½ cup of glue and mix them together so they will completely combine. Next, add your food colouring, and mix it with the glue and water mixture. After that, get your liquid starch and pour ¼ cup into the mix and you will see the slime will start to form more or less straight away. Continue to stir until your slime is fully formed. Now, time to knead your slime, it might be a bit stringy at first but eventually, you will notice that the consistency will change. You could put your slime into a clear container for three minutes to let the consistency change on its own.

After your slime is in full form, it’s time to decorate! Gather your materials and create your Christmas tree themed slime. You can either use a Styrofoam cone to shape into a Christmas tree or simply add all of your bits of glitter onto the slime and have a colourful Christmas-themed slab of slime for your little one to play with!

Elf Christmas Handprint Card

Want to make a family member or a friend a homemade Christmas card? Your little one will love creating and decorating these adorable handprint cards!

What you will need:

  • White card
  • Red and green paint
  • Googly eyes
  • Sharpie
  • Red and white pom-poms
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue

Instructions:

First of all, grab a piece of card and fold it in half. Trace your handprint and make sure that the folded part of the paper is at the little finger. Next, paint the middle three fingers of the handprint green, to represent your elves hat. After that, get your cotton ball and spread it out to make the brim of the hat and glue it down. Next, add your pom-pom nose, googly eyes and draw the mouth (slightly smirking) — of course, you can use whatever materials that you have to make the face. After that, you can use your pink paint to add two circles to represent the cheeks. Finally, you can also use your white pom poms to glue onto the top of the hat. Don’t forget to write your message on the back to a loved one or perhaps just ‘Merry Christmas’.

Outdoor activities:

Build a Snowman

A more traditional activity for wintertime would definitely be to build a snowman. This is the perfect time to have some fun in the snow while spending quality time with friends and family. The first-ever illustration of a snowman was in 1830 in The Book of Hours, and the famous Italian artist Michelangelo was commissioned to build one by prince Piero the Unfortunate of Florence in 1494, in the Medici courtyard.

Building a snowman just takes a bit of creativity and plenty of snow. Add a carrot for the nose, and collect plenty of stones to make his eyes, mouth, and some for the buttons of his snow jacket. Sticks or twigs make great snowman arms, and you could even try to make a giant snowman by rolling the snow over and over again.

Cardboard Bird Feeders

Winter can be a difficult time for our wildlife so why not get the children involved and thinking about the various birds that struggle to find food this time of year, plus, it is a very fun activity!

What you will need:

  • Carboard tube
  • Piece of string
  • Two long sticks
  • Lard
  • Birdseed
  • Butter knife (keep away from children)

Instructions:

First of all, make four holes in one end of the tube, the holes must be big enough for your sticks to fit through, however, not too big so the sticks come out. Next, make two small holes opposite each other (other ends) up for the sticks to go through. Next, use a butter knife (keep away from children) or a spatula and roll your tube into the lard. After that, get your birdseed and place it into a dish and roll your tube in birdseed. Finally, thread your sticks through the roll, making a cross shape, and then get your string and thread it through the top two holes. Hang your feeder, sit back, and watch all of the birds!

Snow Tubing

Snow tubing is a great activity to do with the whole family all-year-round, however, it’s better when it has been snowing, right? Of course, the forecast will need to be in your favour and a decent layer of snow will be required for this one. The gist of snow tubing is that you sit in inflatable tubes and slide down a hill. There’s no skill required, but you’ll want to stay balanced throughout and holding on to the tube handles will be essential!

There are many places across the UK that hold these sessions, but if you want to be in with the chance of winning a £200 Mark Warner voucher, you could be jetting off to a popular ski destination with an abundance of snow! Enter the competition now and your kids could enjoy some snow this winter.

We hope you enjoy making these festive crafts and getting involved in some fun activities with your loved ones. Have a great festive season!

Sources:

https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/christmas-crafts-for-kids/
https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-ball-reindeer-craft/
https://www.cbc.ca/parents/play/view/beautiful_craft_for_kids_coffee_filter_snowflakes
https://www.outdoors.org/articles/amc-outdoors/12-great-outdoor-winter-activities-for-kids
https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/birdwatch-extra-2019/make-your-own-loo-roll-bird-feeders/

 

18 Comments

  • Sarah D

    December 6, 2019 at 9:15 am

    I love those coffee filter snowflakes, they look so effective and the marshmallow baubles are such a cute idea.

    1. Sabina Green

      December 11, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      I used to make the coffee filter snowflakes at school, so pretty.

  • Rebecca

    December 6, 2019 at 10:00 am

    I love these, so many cute ones to try with kids over Christmas.

    1. Sabina Green

      December 11, 2019 at 9:39 pm

      These are the kind of things that children will remember when they are older x

  • Rochelle

    December 6, 2019 at 11:17 am

    It’s such fun to make Christmas decorations with the kids! We have some that we made ages ago and somehow have survived for years – they mean so much more to us than the shop-bought ones. I love the Reindeer baubles – will have to give those a go.

    1. Sabina Green

      December 11, 2019 at 9:38 pm

      Yes same here, we have made lightbulb baubles, egg box ‘bells’ and so many more. I still hang them on the tree each year too 🙂

  • TheHalcyonYears

    December 7, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Oh my goodness such great ideas, I especially like the reindeer. We’ll be having a go at these 🙂 Merry Chrtistmas

    1. Sabina Green

      December 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      The reindeer are a bit hit 🙂

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    December 7, 2019 at 10:01 am

    The reindeer is adorable. It looks easy to do as well.

    1. Sabina Green

      December 11, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      It is so simple, we are making more this weekend.

  • Melanie williams

    December 7, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    There are some really good ideas. I love the cute reindeer paper ball for sure

    1. Sabina Green

      December 11, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      It’s so simple yet effective, isn’t it 🙂

  • Sarah Howe

    December 7, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    My eldest would love the marshmallow baubles, as she would eat half of them first!! Some lovely ideas here and fun for the holidays 🙂

    1. Sabina Green

      December 11, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      Haha yes, my Beans are all marshmallow fans, they wouldn’t last long here!

  • Jenni

    December 8, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    I love all your suggestions! The reindeer is really cute.

    1. Sabina Green

      December 11, 2019 at 9:32 pm

      He is very cute, I think we are going to be making some this weekend.

  • Laura Schwormstedt

    December 11, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    These are some great festive crafting ideas – we love making snowflakes and homemade decorations – always a fun time of the year

    Laura x

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