Welcome to week 2 of 25 Winter and Christmas Crafts for Kids! All month long I am sharing 7 crafts each week with pictures, supply lists and directions that you can create with your little one. If you are just joining this mini-series please check out 25 Winter and Christmas Crafts for Kids Week 1 for the first 7 crafts and some “crafting with your toddler” tips!
25 Winter and Christmas Crafts for Kids Week 2
1. Candy Cane and Wreath Ornaments
Fruit loops, cheerios or beads
I separated the red and green fruit loops before sitting down to complete this craft with Sweet Pea. Allow child to thread cereal on the pipe cleaner and then shape into a candy cane. Fold over and twist ends to keep from slipping. Add to tree or have as a supervised snack (obviously using the cereal only). Use green fruit loops to create a wreath. Add ribbon if creating into an ornament.
2. Mess-Free Painted Snowflakes
Blue and white paint
Large cardstock snowflake
Drop snowflake and a squirt of both paint colors in the large baggy. Seal and allow child to push paint through the plastic to cover the snowflake without a mess! Take out snowflake and allow to dry. Glue to construction paper.
3. Coffee Filter Snowflakes
Guide tot to draw all over an open coffee filter making heavy blue dots with the ink. (I had to help make some darker areas since her scribbles are so light.) Then allow child to use the water dropper to drop water on each of the marker spots. Allow to dry. Fold and cut into snowflakes. String them to make a garland, mobile, decorate a window or just glue onto construction paper. If your toddler likes playing with water like mine this is a sure HIT!! Don’t worry about saturating the filter it dries fairly quickly.
4. Felt Christmas Tree
36in X 36in green felt
Assorted colored felt
Garland (I used beads)
Assorted foam letters and/or snowflakes
Cut a tree shape out of the large green felt piece. Search online for ornaments or freehand draw ornaments on the different colors of felt. Trick: if you find a neat ornament online cut it out and trace onto freezer paper. Place freezer paper on felt with shiny side down and iron onto the felt. You will have the perfectly cut shape! Don’t get to fancy with layers of details or the ornament will become too heavy to stay on the tree. To cut a perfect tree: fold green fabric in half and use chalk to outline one side of the tree while keeping folded cut along chalk line. Add brown felt for trunk. I also glued my tree to a large scrap piece of cardboard for extra stability. To hang I used large Velcro tabs.
5. Scrapbook Paper Christmas Tree
Green scrapbook paper scraps in several prints
Ahead of time cut green scrap paper into long stripes. Start with a 10in strip and then decrease size of paper by 2 inches with each strip. Guide child to organize strips from longest to shortest and then glue in place on construction paper. Add glitter or sequence for some extra pop.
6. Peppermint Clay
2/4 drops Peppermint extract
2 Cups baking soda
1 cup corn starch
1 ½ cups cold water
Red food coloring
Combine all ingredients in a large pot on med/high heat. Constantly stir until clay forms. Add glitter for extra POP!
7. Cinnamon Ornaments
4. 12ounces of ground cinnamon
¾ cup applesauce
Pencil or straw
Preheat oven at 200F. Mix together applesauce and cinnamon until dough is formed. Taking ¼ of the dough at a time, roll dough to about ¼ in in thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. While I worked with a section I gave Sweet Pea a section to work with for fun. Next, peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Using the flattened dough sections guide your child to use the cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes. Make a hole at the top of ornament with pencil or straw. Place ornaments on baking sheet. Bake for 2 ½ hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack flipping occasionally. May take up to two days to thoroughly dry. However, I found that mine dried overnight. Use sandpaper to clean up the edges. String ribbon through hole and display. This recipe should yield 15 but I was only able to make 10. These little goodies will smell like holiday cheer!!
Don’t forget to check out the other posts in this series!
Week 1 - Crafts number 1-7
Week 3 – Crafts number 15- 21