Christmas is approaching at 100 miles an hour and will be with us in no time at all so make sure your craft cupboard has all the ingredients for festive Christmas craft to do with your toddlers! There are loads of decorations that you can make for Christmas so make sure you are stocked up with crayons, glue, scissors, glitter, card, coloured paper, cotton wool, googly eyes and anything else that makes for festive decoration.
Here are just a few ideas of things to make:-
- Christmas Cards: make lovely glittery Christmas cards for friends and family, for younger children, draw pictures for them to colour themselves. Older children can draw their own pictures with Santa, Christmas trees, reindeer, baubles, candles etc. Use glitter or cotton wool to make sparkly or fluffy snow.
- Paper Chains: Craft shops will sell strips of brightly coloured paper with adhesive at one end. Lick this and stick it into a loop and create a chain to decorate your house. If you can't find paper chain strips, just cut strips of any coloured paper and stick them with glue or tape.
- Glittery Holly: cut small holly sprigs and dry them inside overnight. Apply glue to each leaf and sprinkle glitter on. Make sure you do this over a sheet of paper so that you collect all the surplus and pour it back into the tube. Try to beat the birds to holly sprigs with berries on!
- Snow Scene in a Jar: Find a jar with a screw lid and buy a small plastic toy that can fit inside the jar. Ideally look for a Christmas themed toy, you'll find a Christmas cake decoration in most supermarkets at this time of year. Glue the toy to the lid and glue some extra stones on too. Use either an all purpose adhesive or a glue gun - this is definitely a job for grown ups! When dry, fill the jar with water and add some glitter, put the lid on and screw it tightly and you have a snow scene. Instead of a plastic toy, why not have your little ones mould something from plasticine instead? Penguins and snowmen are fairly easy for little ones to make.
- Countdown Calendar: Although Christmas will arrive quickly, it will seem ages away to your little ones. Help them see how far away Christmas is by making a countdown or advent calendar. Give them a surprise each day, whether it be a Christmas picture, chocolate or some other treat, and they will be able to see how many more sleeps until the big day! Use the exercise to practice counting, count how many days left until Christmas each day.
- Tree Decorations: Make decorations from the Christmas tree - be creative and use different materials: pine cones, paper or card, plasticine, clay, pipe cleaners etc.
These are just a few ideas for Christmas fun craft. The most important thing is to ensure that your craft cupboard is well stocked in the run up to Christmas so that you can entertain the children with craft ideas whenever you wish to!
Get outdoors and have some scavenger hunt fun: it's ideal for all kinds of situations and places! It takes just a little bit of preparation and the children all love scavenger hunts whether in a small garden or a huge park. Here are some ideas to get the children inspired outdoors no matter what their age!
Colour Hunt: Gather some things from round the house: toys, blocks, balls etc that are 4 different colours: red, green, blue and yellow. Show the items to your child and sort them into piles by colour. Keep one of each item and without your child looking, hide all the rest around our garden or around the park. Send your child off to search for all the red items, then all the yellow etc.
Buried Treasure: collect some pebbles or pieces of dry pasta and cover them with silver foil to make them into shiny treasure. Count them, and then hide each of the pieces in the garden. Send your child off to find them and count them all back in at the end! Perhaps if they find them all they win a piece of real treasure: a foil wrapped biscuit or a foil pouch of summer fruits to eat!
Shape Hunt: Make 16 cards and draw 4 coloured squares, circles, rectangles and ovals onto them. Give one of each to your child and hide the rest. Ask them to hunt for the others, matching them and naming them as they find them.
Letter Hunt: Write some letters on a page and ask your child to go off into the house or garden and find things beginning with that letter. For A find an apple, for B find a ball, for C find a toy car etc.