Making things with your children is a great way to have fun as a family and Christmas provides lots of opportunities. Your masterpieces can also double up as good presents! We have tried and tested lots of the below and will try a few more over the coming weeks!
Salt dough decorations – Easy and lots of fun plus you get something for your tree or to give to relatives for their Christmas trees! Here’s a recipe for salt dough
Paper Chains – a quick and easy way to decorate your home. The kids can get involved with the making too…or make a paper chain snowman – we have put jokes in the inside of ours to help countdown to Christmas.
Crackers – fun and cheaper to make your own crackers. Quick save those loo rolls! Here are some jokes you could include:
What do Santa’s helpers learn at school? The Elf-a-bet
What is the best present in the world? A broken drum, you just can’t beat it
What do you call Santa Claus when he doesn’t move? Santa Pause
Why is Rudolph always wet? He’s a reindeer
Reindeer Puppets – We’ve had loads of fun with this….in our fortune teller we put the following
Dance like an Elf
Pretend to be a reindeer
Sing your favourite Christmas Carol
Shake your belly like a jelly!
Say HO HO HO like Santa
Sing Jingle Bells
What would you like for Christmas
Name 3 reindeer
Festive Hand and Footprint Keepsakes –We did the hand and footprint reindeer card for relatives for both children’s first Christmas and the Santa Sleigh card when they got a bit older. We included the below poem…
There used to be so many Of our fingers prints to see On furniture and walls and things From sticky, grubby us
But if you stop and think awhile You’ll see we’re growing fast these little moments disappear You can’t bring back the past
So here is a small reminder to keep, not throw away Of tiny hands and how they looked to make you smile someday
3D Paper Reindeer – haven’t tried this yet but thought they looked awesome!
Egg Box Reindeer – my youngest loved doing this. She set about painting the egg box (after I had cut it up) and we had all discussed how to make “brown”. In the meantime, I cut out the antlers and the ears. Once dry, it was just a matter of glueing on the ears, antlers, eyes and nose. We also made some “Christmas Puddings” with just eyes and cotton wool to depict custard being poured over. It wasn’t a 100% obvious what they were, hence no photo but we had fun doing them!
Santa down the Chimney – make with loo rolls!
Paper Plate Wreaths and Trees – easy and another one that my youngest really enjoyed as once the cutting out was done, she could do it on her own. Ideal for Miss Independent.
Festive Stickpeople with Lolly Sticks – We made Elves, Santa and Snowmen. The kids loved these, in fact, they both say their favourite activity of the day.
Variety of Christmas Trees – To prevent the “Real” thing being decorated by little hands! Paint, loo rolls, card, fluffy balls, sequins, glitter….go for it.
Snowmen from Bottle Tops – so parents can enjoy a beer the night before then the children can help make the decorations the next day?!
“Snowman Slam” Decorate plastic cups into snowmen, build a pyramid and get a soft ball…..a homemade coconut shy!
Snowman – Ideal for younger ones if Mummy has done some cutting out!
Pinecone Reindeer – Make this great Christmas decoration….love him and so easy. Get involved in a nature walk first collecting the pine cone and the twigs for the antlers. Leaves or paper can be used for ears. Then away you go!
Reindeer Lollies– Ideal for a party or a bit of fun to hand out to friends. Really easy, cut out the reindeer and stick either side of the lolly….
With thanks to our good friends over at Leeds Mumbler for these fantastic ideas!!
We love a bit of Christmas colouring in our house. Here are some designs for you to download and print these at home. Just click on the purple text links below to download the PDF.