Holiday Crafts + Activities

This year is extra special because we teamed up with Julia from @weneedmoreglitter to share some fun (and easy!) holiday crafts and activities.  She is amazing- each of her posts remind us we can use a lot of what we already have at home to create fun and simple activities with our kids- that truly make their day.  Without further ado, let’s get playing! 

CHECK BACK WEEKLY FOR NEW ACTIVITIES! 

 

ACTIVITY: MELTED SNOWMAN

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 Prep time: 5 minutes  

Ingredients: construction paper, scissors, shaving cream, white glue

Optional ingredients: white or clear glitter

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Mix 1/2 part shaving cream and 1/2 part white glue together until it’s meringue-like consistency.  (Start with 1/2 cup of each and go from there if you want more.)

2.  Cut construction paper in snowman shapes (eyes, nose, hat, buttons, etc.)

3. Spread mixture onto construction paper. 

4. Add snowman accessories however you'd like. 

5.  Add glitter if you would like and let it dry.  

 Please note: It takes a long time to dry, but once it does it’s so puffy and fun and will bounce back when it’s lightly pressed! 

 

ACTIVITY: MAGNETIC CHRISTMAS TREE

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Prep time: less than 5 minutes

Ingredients: construction paper, regular magnets or magnatiles and magnaformers  

DIRECTIONS:  

1. Cut Construction paper in shape of a Christmas tree or in triangles like we did and stack them in a tree shape.

2. Place magnets on the side of the tree and let your babe decorate away!

Insider tip: Great activity to set up while you are cooking so that babe has something to do in the kitchen.  

ACTIVITY: CHRISTMAS WREATH EXCAVATION

Prep time: freeze overnight  Ingredients: bundt pan, water, food coloring, random items such as jingle bells, pom-poms and some Christmas erasers (all from dollar store or target), random tools like water dropper, fork, & hammer if you are comfortable and assisting!  .  DIRECTIONS:  1️⃣Pour water in a bundt pan with some green food coloring  2️⃣ Place random fun items inside  3️⃣ Freeze overnight  4️⃣ Enjoy! Place on a tray with tools 🛠 and watch your kid be entertained for an hour.

Prep time: freeze overnight

Ingredients: bundt pan, water, food coloring, random items such as jingle bells, pom-poms and some Christmas erasers (all from dollar store or target), random tools like water dropper, fork, & hammer if you are comfortable and assisting!

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DIRECTIONS:

1️⃣Pour water in a bundt pan with some green food coloring

2️⃣ Place random fun items inside

3️⃣ Freeze overnight

4️⃣ Enjoy! Place on a tray with tools 🛠 and watch your kid be entertained for an hour.

ACTIVITY: CHRISTMAS CRAYONS

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Prep time: 20 minutes

MATERIALS NEEDED: BROKEN CRAYONS, COOKIE CUTTERS, ALUMINUM FOIL, COOKIE SHEET, OVEN

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 275. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.

  2. Have kiddos unwrap and break old crayons. Fold foil tightly around one side of metal cookie cutter. Fill cookie cutters 3/4 full with crayon pieces. Bake for 20 mins (or until completely melted)

  3. Remove from oven and transfer entire cookie cutter onto a plate and place in freezer for 15 mins. Once crayons are completely cooled they should easily pop out of the cookie cutters and be a new large festive crayon!

    These make a cute DIY stocking stuffer or a kid-to-kid present. Fun for the kids to make them together and for each other and to remind the kids that it is the season of giving.

From Julia of @weneedmoreglitter:

I worked in special education for many years and loved finding ways to connect with my students- mostly nonverbal- through art and sensory activities. Now I am a bio Mama of 2 and a foster Mama and have found so much joy in creating activities together with my children. I was inspired to start @weneedmoreglitter as a creative outlet for me as a stay at home mom and a way of sharing easy and fun ideas to enjoy time with your family. I like to share simple, cheap activities that use mostly supplies you already have in your home and have minimal prep. I'm all about process art, getting messy and making memories!

 

 

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easel (crate and kids)

why we love it: gorgeous and holds up fine against little boys (you know what we are talking about!)

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melissa and doug mini easel (small space option):

why we love it: perfect for small spaces, two sided and magnetic.

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confetti crayons 

why we love it: an attractive combination of colors

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kid made modern craft box 

why we love it: everything you need to jump start your craft collection

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scratch and scribble

why we love it: Fun and different take on coloring

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meteor monsters

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magic puffy pens

why we love it: add heat and your artwork puffs up into 3D works of art

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omy reuseable wall stickers

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omy coloring placemats

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omy gel crayons

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kinetic sand

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why we love it: perfect for travel, rainbow swirls and great for doodlers or learning how to write and ABCs.

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