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Easy Christmas Crafts and Activities for Kids

  • Kim Kuhn

    Stunning Christmas Stocking

    • Cut a sock shape out of two pieces of felt.
    • Staple the edges together a half inch from the sides, leaving the top open.
    • Glue rickrack over the staples to cover them.
    • Add a felt loop to the top corner of the stocking for hanging. Decorate with felt and buttons.

    BUY IT:

    Stunning Christmas Stocking Creatology Felt Sheet Pack ($9; michaels.com

    Felties® Rickrack Trim ($16 for 12-pack; michaels.com)

    Blumenthal Lansing Favorite Findings Buttons, Multicolor ($3; michaels.com)

     

     

  • Kim Kuhn

    Melt-free Snowmen

    • Cut snowman shapes out of felt.
    • Decorate each snowman with a felt top hat.
    • Punch a hole on each side of the snowman.
    • String with baker's twine.

    BUY IT:

    Creatology Felt Sheet Pack ($9; michaels.com

    Darice Natural & White Baker's Twine ($32 for 12; michaels.com)

  • Kim Kuhn

    Tag, You're It

    BUY IT:

    Wilton Cookie Cutter Set, 3-Piece ($4; michaels.com)

    Creatology 9" x 12" Construction Paper, Assorted Colors ($3; michaels.com)

    Elmer’s CraftBond Fabric & Leather Adhesive  ($10; michaels.com)

    Loops & Threads Embroidery Floss ($1.50; michaels.com)

  • Cut It Up


    It's not officially winter until you make a paper snowflake. Learn the folding tricks online, then once you've got a bunch, string them up to hang on the tree, the mantel or over a doorway. Have a toddler? Let him "decorate" the paper with crayons, markers or stamps before you make the cuts.

    BUY IT:

    Darice Natural & White Baker's Twine ($32.28 for 12; michaels.com)

    Crayola® Crayons, 120 Count ($8; michaels.com)

    Staedtler Johanna Basford Duo-Colored Markers ($25; michaels.com)

    Inkadinkado Stamp Set, Holiday Sprigs ($8; michaels.com)

     

     

     

  • Be A Smart Cookie


    Roll out a tube of premade sugar-cookie dough, have the kids cut out shapes, then bake. When cooled, let the crew decorate. Don't have frosting on hand? Any nut butter or cream cheese will do the trick.

    BUY IT:

    Pillsbury Sugar Cookies, 16 oz. Bag ($3; amazon.com)

    Wilton Cookie Cutter Set, 3-Piece ($4; michaels.com)

    Chocolate Hazelnut Butter by Justin's, Organic Cocoa, 16 oz. ($8; amazon.com)

     

     

  • Spin the Hanukkah Dreidel

    Learn how to play dreidel, and use M&M's or chocolate coins ("gelt") for the pot. For younger kids, pass a dreidel around a circle while you play music. Whoever's holding it when you stop the music is out.

    BUY IT:

    M&M'S Milk Chocolate Candy Family Size 19.2 oz. Bag ($15; amazon.com)

    Rite Lite CH-GELT-48 Chanukah Gelt Milk Chocolatey Coins, Pack of 48 ($33; amazon.com)

    Medim Wooden Dreidels with English Translation, 100 pack ($30; amazon.com)

     

     

     

     

     
  • Make a Kwanzaa Unity Cup


    Pick out a large, stemmed glass. Get some red, green and black paint and let your kids decorate it. Everyone takes a ceremonial drink from the Unity Cup on the first day of Kwanzaa, December 26.

    BUY IT:

     Essential Extra Large Wine Glass, Set of 2 ($17; amazon.com)

     Craft Smart Acrylic Paint Value Set  ($14; michaels.com)

  • Hot Cocoa Stand  


    Forget lemonade, set up a hot chocolate stand! On a mild afternoon when families will likely be outside, offer cups of hot cocoa, along with candy canes for stirring. Donate the proceeds to a charity of your child's choosing.

    BUY IT:

    Swiss Miss Classics Hot Cocoa Mix, Milk Chocolate, 58.4-oz. ($17; amazon.com)

    Glowcoast Disposable To Go Coffee Cups with Lids, 12 oz., 110-Pack ($28; amazon.com)

    Peppermint Candy Canes 6-18 Count Boxes ($22; amazon.com)

     
  • Not-So-White Christmas


    Fill up a few spray bottles with water and various shades of food coloring, then send the kids out to create their masterpieces in the snow. It's one of the most creative and easy Christmas crafts for children.

    BUY IT:

    BPA Free Pack of 3 Empty Plastic 12-oz. Spray Bottles ($12; amazon.com)

    Food Coloring Liqua-Gel - 12 Color Variety Kit ($17; amazon.com)

     

     

  • Make a Snow Globe


    Here's a festive Christmas craft for kids: You'll need a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid; a plastic figurine; waterproof glue; distilled water (you can also use boiled and cooled tap water); liquid glycerin (available at crafts stores); glitter. Let your child pick out the figure, then glue it inside the lid and let the glue dry. Fill the jar with water, a squirt of glycerin (it helps the glitter swirl) and the glitter. Screw on the lid tightly, then flip!

    BUY IT:

    10 Count 4 oz. Plastic Mason Jars by Craft Smart ($5; michaels.com)

     Surebonder Flora Bond Clear Waterproof Adhesive ($3; michaels.com)

     Crafty Bubbles Liquid Glycerin 16 oz. ($5; michaels.com)

     Fine Glitter Stacker by Creatology ($4; michaels.com)

     

     

  • Celebrate the Hanukkah Festival of Lights


    Have your little one make a hand print menorah: Dip each hand in paint; ask your child to overlap his thumbs (this will create the center candle) and then press his hands, with fingers spread, onto paper. Wash hands, then have him dip a finger in yellow paint and dab the top of each candle to create flames.

    BUY IT:

    Crayola Washable FingerPaints, 6 Count 8 oz. ($18; amazon.com)

    Creatology 9" x 12" Construction Paper, White ($2; michaels.com)

     

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