Feeling extra ambitious I have decided to create 25 activities for you to craft up this holiday season. I have searched high and low and revisited my teacher brain for some extra fun crafts & such to share with our Crazy About My Baybah readers. Sure, some are basic and simple but remember you are teaching your child fine motor skills even if it doesn’t seem like the best craft of the bushel. However, IMO I have come up with some pretty neat treats for you and your little ones. So join me this December and be on the lookout for my 7 crafts per week with pictures, supply lists and directions!
NOTES: Sweet Pea will be turning 2 this winter and was able to complete each craft presented. (With guidance) HOWEVER: in creating these projects there are some things you should know if you haven’t experimented much with crafting with your toddler.
Be prepared- have everything together and ready to go! I use Ziploc bags with all my needed supplies and then place a post it inside with a list of the last min shared supplies I will need like glue or scissors.
Prepare for disappointment- you may have worked hard prepping for your craft and your child just isn’t into it. Disappointing yes, try again another day. Early morning seems to be our magic hour and by that I mean magic 20 mins!!
Allow for Error- GAH!!! I just want to fix some of the crafts as we are creating! I literally sit on my hands! But after we are finished I look back at the mismatched, misplaced googly eye, unpainted corners and fall in love with her perfect “to me” piece of work! Allow your toddlers piece to reflect him or her <3
25 Winter and Christmas Crafts for Kids
1. Mitten Wreath
Twine or ribbon
Cut cardstock into the shape of a wreath using two different sized bowls from your kitchen. Make a template mitten and trace onto assorted colors of craft paper. Glue mittens onto wreath with thumbs pointing out. Add twine or ribbon to hang.
2. Snow Mobile
Ribbon or yarn
Cut cardstock in the shape of a cloud. Punch 3 or 4 holes in the bottom of the cloud and one on the top. Cut out circles (snowflakes) and punch the tops and bottoms of each circle. Spread glue on cardstock cloud and allow tot to cover in cotton balls. Set aside. Spread glue on circles and again have tot place cotton balls on each. When dry thread circles through yarn at different heights and hang from cloud.
3. Sight Word Snowflakes
Snowflake foam cutouts (Target $1 bin)
Sight word list
On foam cutouts add the following words. Snow, snowflake, snowman, winter, December, gloves, boots, ornament, Christmas tree, Christmas, lights, gingerbread man, angel, and giving. Toss in the tub and encourage child to repeat the words after you, talk about the letters and the meanings of the words.
4. Christmas Tree Ornament
Assorted green craft paper
Using scissors cut several scraps of thin green paper. Set aside. Cut out a small card stock triangle to create tree. Encourage child to layer the shreds of paper to cover the entire tree. After the glue dries cut the stripes so they end at the edge of the tree. It will look polished and beautiful.
5. Magic Snow-scape
White construction paper
Blue water color
Using the white crayon draw a snow-scape. Creating- white snowy ground, snowman, and several snowflakes. Then allow child to cover paper with blue paint. The snowflakes and scene will magically appear. Super Simple! Super FUN!!
6. Gingerbread Man Puppet
Brown construction paper
Trace 2 gingerbread men onto brown construction paper. Cut out. Allow child to decorate gingerbread men as desired. Glue Popsicle stick in between both men so child has a sturdy puppet to play with. You could also make other Christmas characters: Snowman, Santa, reindeer… We only used the stickers and she was thrilled!!
7. Snowman Counting & Matching
White construction paper
Black and orange scrap paper
Create several snowmen (10) with the white construction paper and add features with the scraps. On the bottom ball of each snowman write a number: 1-10. One on the first, two on the second… Then cut out 10 circles that will match the size of the bottom circle of the snowman. On each circle add corresponding dots to represent each number. Guide child to find the matching snowman. NOTE: I found a $5 foam snowman set with 20 snowmen at Target. I couldn’t pass those up knowing I wanted to create this craft. I added buttons instead of the marker dots since I was using a sturdier base. So use your resources and creativity to make something special!
Don’t forget to check out the other posts in this series!
Week 2 - Crafts number 8-14