While I absolutely love this time of year, the one part I dread is the two week long Christmas break. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my kids, but after the first few days of being home my 6 year old tends to get a little bored. And, when he gets bored, he often winds up in trouble. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for activities and crafts that we can do to help keep him busy. If you are also looking for something to keep your kiddos busy over break, here are some neat craft ideas you might try with them!
- Popcorn Ball Ornaments and Snowmen – Do you remember making popcorn balls as a kid? I can remember making them in school and then getting to eat them afterwards. It was fun. Well, a new spin on the popcorn balls is to make them in different sizes and attach strings to them and use them for tree ornaments. You can even color them with food coloring! Here are the directions if you need them. Another fun idea is to make popcorn balls in three different sizes and make snowmen with them, using chocolate chips for the eyes, mouth and buttons.
- Paper Chains & Snowflakes – This was another one of my favorite crafts as a kid, and my 6 year old is at the perfect age to enjoy it himself! I’m going to help him cut strips of red and green construction paper and glue them together so he can make his own festive garland to decorate the house with. Who knows, he may even decide to make one long enough to dress the tree with! While we have the construction paper and scissors out, I’m going to teach him how to make his own snowflakes by folding the paper in half and showing him how to cut it to turn it into a snowflake when he unfolds it. The great thing about these two crafts is that they aren’t hard to do, but can take up a lot of time and everyone has fun when doing them!
- Christmas Cards – Another great thing about my son’s age is that he is old enough to be able to sit down and create his own Christmas cards. Again, we use construction paper along with markers, glitter & glue, stickers and whatever else we think we need. This is a fun holiday craft for him, but one that creates special memories for the grandparents too.
Hopefully the suggestions above have given you some good ideas for Christmas break crafts that you can do with your kiddos this year! If you have your own favorite holiday craft ideas, please share them – I’m always looking for new things to try out!