By Kelly, of Teaching Ideas
I’ happy to be here today sharing 4 fun Christmas crafts for kids. I am the proud mother of two amazing and creative little girls ages 5 and 8 who inspire me on a daily basis. I am also very lucky to have a job that I absolutely love as a teacher. I am in my 14th year of teaching and have taught kindergarten to grade 8. I am currently the kindergarten specialist; I cover prep for all of the kindergarten classes at my school. I have been in this position for several years now and feel very fortunate to spend my days with over 100 little ones. Through my experience, at work and with my own girls, I have found that hands-on crafts and activities are the perfect opportunity for kids to learn and spend quality time together.
These Christmas crafts for kids are super cute and really easy to make. My kids ended up playing with them and using them to make a small display with. They are sturdy and so simple to make that my kids were able to make them largely independently.
I started with wooden cubes. They are roughly cut into 1″ cubes. Old wooden alphabet blocks would also work well. We then painted each of the sides a solid colour.
Once the paint was dry we used puffy paint to add details. Markers would also work; I just personally like the 3-d look of the puffy paint. We also used some ribbon, pipe cleaners and sparkles to add to the different figures.
I decided to glue the blocks on slightly crooked because I felt that it gave them a bit of character. However, they look just as adorable with the blocks lined up! I used hot glue to glue the cubes together, but wood glue would also work.
I am so happy with how well they turned out. The blocks give them a special, natural look that I love. I hope to make these at school with my classes during an art period. They are so simple, but turn out so beautifully and make a nice homemade keepsake. They would be great as a present or even as an ornament.
When I make them again, I would love to try them with larger blocks. These figures are perfect for little hands, but larger pieces would look great for decoration. Christmas crafts for kids can be inexpensive, easy and beautiful!