Easy and fun 50+ Christmas Kids Activities for preschoolers and kindergartners to promote hands-on learning through play during the holiday season.
Happy December! This is our favorite month of the year since it is filled with joy, the anticipation of holidays, and goodwill. It is also a time of giving, a time of cheering, and a time of sharing many special moments with the family. Don’t you just love the smell of hot cocoa, the sight of roaring fireplaces and wrapping paper all over the house; and of course: glitter, scissors, glue, and all other goodies that bring crafts with your kiddos to life! Below you will find 50+ Christmas Kids Activities we have done during the month of December arranged by the area of study, rather than chronologically. Do leave a comment if you liked any, and whether you will consider implementing any one of our activities with your little one!
ADVENT WITH KIDS
ADVENT | I SPY | SANTA LETTER PRINTABLE
See DETAILS HERE ADVENT I-SPY SANTA LETTER Blog Post.
DIY BOOK ADVENT
SEE DETAILS ON THE BLOG HERE
Advent traditions are an amazing way to reflect, while counting blessing, a way to dream big and to make wishes! It is also a time to share love and means with those in need and time to give and spread the cheer. So, on December 1st, we begin the Holiday season with the Christmas Countdown. I usually hang little envelops with affirmations and fun holidays activities that children look up to every day.
TPR ADVENT CALENDAR
This year, I did something different ~ a recycled TPR Advent Calendar. You would simply cover each of the 24 toilet paper rolls with a cupcake liner on one side and secure it with a thin rubber band (leave the other side as is).
Then glue all to each other! And, since we are not much into sweets, I put inside 24 Christmas prompts! (Download for FREE below!)
The 24 Christmas prompts to follow each day are numbered 1-24 and children would open each on a corresponding date (so we are counting UP till Christmas). I included in those 24 prompts some of the activities from my blog (like making homemade playdough) as well as fun family stuff (like have a matching PJ Christmas party) as well as acts of kindness!
We also made a DIY paper plate Countdown Snowmen by adding glitter to its nose and a pair of arms (brown cardstock). This Snowmen Calendar can be a great counting activity for younger children or a backward counting exercise for older ones. I have seen a lot of countdowns starting with number “25” counting backward (e.g. 25 days left till Christmas), but I did it as a Calendar check since Adrian is only four years old, so children would move the “carrot” to the date we are currently in. (So, “11” would stand for December 11th.) There are no set rules here, and you can choose whatever method works for you: Calendar Date counting or backward counting the days left till Christmas. Also, growing up in Europe, our “Christmas” was celebrated on the eve of December 31st, so our Advent Calendar has two red dates (Dec 25th and Dec 31st), but feel free to end yours on December 25th.
50+ Christmas Kids Activities
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50+ Christmas Kids Activities ELF ON A SHELF
The year 2018 is the first year that Elf On The Shelf joined us to spend the Advent time, counting up till Christmas Eve. Children were absolutely thrilled to find him on the porch on December first, after having watched An Elf’s Story movie. (Most Scout Elves return to their families during Scout Elf Return Week— at the end of November leading into December.) The Elf on the Shelf was started by Carol Aebersold, who published the book in 2005, becoming a Christmas tradition for many families all over the world. The Elf gains his power once children name him (make sure to register your Elf here) and thereafter, he cannot be touched or else, he will lose his powers. Each night the Elf returns to the North Pole to report to Santa how children are doing and whether they should be on Santa’s naughty or nice list.
When the Elf returns each morning, he chooses a new spot (on a chandelier, on the highest shelf, on a tippy top of a Christmas Tree, etc), waiting for the children to find him. You might ponder how Montessori intrinsic motivation can coincide with such a “watch” but my children have absolutely no fear of getting on a naughty list: they try to be nice and kind the entire year whether they are being watched or not. And the idea of “gifts” as a reward? Well, so long as their desire to be good is rooted in love and not fear, waking up to wrapped gifts on Christmas morning cannot hurt a child, I think, so long as the gifts are meaningful and not in excess. More than anything, children see a little friend in Freddy, a little holiday addition to the family and they treat him so dearly. Every day, they set a bed for him in a dollhouse that was brought to the Great room and placed near the Christmas Tree. Every night children leave him some treats or fruit and water. Adrian wrote many tiny books from him and even made him a little Christmas gift and a “goodie bag” to give before Freddy The Elf leaves till next year on Christmas Eve. Adrian has become more self-aware of how he acts, especially with his sister. “What would Freddy think of you or tell Santa about you if you mistreat your sister?” Such questions raise self-consciousness and helped Adrian express true genuine tenderness which is usually cloaked by his annoyance with Julia’s affections.
p.s. There are many ways you can implement this tradition in your family: some choose Kindness Elf, others prefer mischief Elf (see a cheat list here), still, others just confirm to the peer-pressure of every other kid having one. Choose the path that speaks your heart and don’t forget to have a little Holiday fun!
St. Nicholas Day
A fun holiday for us in December is St. Nicholas Day, a special Advent family tradition celebrated on December 6th, which is especially exciting for children as they count down the days on their Advent calendars in anticipation of a Christmas Day. Many will put out their shoes or stockings on December 5 in hopes that St. Nicholas will leave them a little something for his December 6 feast day. Leave hay and carrots for St. Nick’s donkey and place shoes by the door overnight on the eve of December 5th, so that St. Nick can fill them with candies and little gifts. Read a blog post about the tradition here “St. 🎅🏻 Nicholas Day 🎁Custom of 👞Shoes.”
Also, we had a pleasure of staying at the Hotel Hershey during the Christmas Holidays at Hershey Park. During breakfast with Santa, the children gave him their letters and were assured that Santa will write back. And he did! This week we got a 📩letter from ️The North Pole!
50+ Christmas Kids Activities
Magnetic ABC Fishing Activity
Can you fish out a letter and tell what sound it makes? We are using Christmas shredded packing paper (do use it to pack your gifts once done), DIY wooden circles letters (prime circles with clear nail polish and write vowel in blue and consonant in red with a Sharpie) and DIY “fishing rod.” To make a “fishing rod” we used a straw and a pipe cleaner and we glued a small magnet to the end. Tape paper clips to your wooden letters and offer your child to fish the letters out! See similar activity here ❤️💚Christmas Magnetic DIY 🌀Water Beads Sensory Bin.
This is a festive DIY name recognition activity where I simply stuck dot stickers on holiday clothespins and wrote letters of Adrian’s name on them. I specifically added a few other letters that are not in his name to make it a little more challenging: like letters ‘h’ and ‘m’ which could be confused with ‘n’ or ‘m.’ I then placed dot stickers on a jumbo wooden craft stick spelling his name and offered Adrian to match the clothespins to matching letters. We also discussed Proper nouns, and how his name begins with an upper case “A” and in the middle of his name there is a lower case “a” ~ not to confuse both since at times Adrian would write an uppercase letter in the middle of the word. “Uppercase letter leads the way and all other lowercase letters follow!” I explain. This is an awesome fine motor control exercise to practice pinching the pegs, and also a great hand-eye coordination activity. And, we are trying to bring a little holiday spirit to our daily activities as spelling can be quite mundane.
🎅🏻Flour ✍🏻️Tracing Tray
Montessori tracing tray consists of a medium which the child can practice tracing in. We are also using a Montessori movable alphabet to practice spelling “santa” since it is the most requested word at the moment. You can easily make this “touch and trace” sensory writing tray with materials readily available in your home. You will need:
- a large tray where you would pour the filler in (we are actually using a top from the floor table or you can use a tray),
- a filler such as flour (what Adrian is using); you can also use sand, polenta, amaranth, salt, or sugar,
- a small rake or a fork to smooth out the filler (we are using a rake from this Zen Garden),
- colored cardstock (I used red here) to give the activity a color-pop (buy here).
See here details on how to make this tray ~ 💐Mother’s Day 📽Montessori Touch & Trace Sensory ✍🏻️Writing Tray.
Also, see here 🌎Geography 📖Theory Curriculum Lesson 3: 🗺Mapping ~ Cartographer(Making the Earth 🎈Flat).
🍭Festive Sensory ✍🏻️Tracing tray
Montessori sensorial tracing trays are a fun way to practice writing and spelling. You can start with really small children first just exploring the medium (e.g. flour, millet, sand, rice, etc). At around two years of age, you can start tracing letters and numbers (one at a time) and with older children, offer simple words to spell and trace. Here, I am using red and white rice. (To make your DIY colored rice, simply add few squirts of vinegar to a ziplock with dried rice and a desired food coloring ~ shake well and lay flat to dry.) Today, in light of the Holiday spirit, we discussed what Christmas stands for and the concept of giving. For some reason, Adrian confuses giving versus sharing. (He thinks giving is forfeiting the possession of something versus sharing is like letting your friend play with your car-toy.) So we talked about those children in need and lonely this Holiday Season and what we can do to experience the joy of giving!
LIGHTS 🎄COUNT 📦 DIY
Did you know that finger painting is an amazing way to strengthen the small muscles of the hand and develop pre-writing skills? So before putting a pencil in your child’s hand, make sure that they have had enough fine motor control and hand strength by providing plenty of opportunities to practice: finger-painting, squeezing droppers, exploring play dough, squeezing pegs, threading pony beads, cutting with scissors and so forth!
– black marker
– paints (we are using these metallic paints)
AGE 2.5 + ⚠️Always supervise your child!
– hand-eye 👁 coordination
– 1:1 correspondence
– fine motor control
– numeral to quantity association
💡According to Common Core Math standards, kindergarteners are expected to know cardinality, quantitive analysis, RATIONAL Counting, 1:1 correspondence, count to 100, and much more! Can they learn ALL THAT while they are kindergarteners? No way!!! SOLUTION ❓START WHILE THEY ARE PRESCHOOLERS!! START 👉🏻TEACHING EARLY RATIONAL counting, which is a learned ability to match an object (👆🏻prints ) to the corresponding number and recognize that numbers are merely symbols to represent a quantity! Young children often learn “ROTE counting” without having an understanding of one-to-one correspondence! They count till 10 just like a heart-learned poem! (That is they memorize the numerical order without really understanding what each quantity means.) To learn RATIONAL counting, offer them to COUNT 🔊ALOUD each 🎄stamp as they match to its numeral!
DIY NUMBER CARDS
This DIY puzzle is SO easy to make! We have done one for Easter and Autumn (see below) and this one is Holiday inspired!
– recycled cardboard
– scissors ✂️
– a glue gun
– as counters, USE WHAT YOU HAVE! Stickers, pom poms, wooden-loose items!
AGE 2Y + ⚠️ Always supervise your child! Small items are choking hazards!
(For toddlers introduce just three cards at a time, for example, 1-3 and then build on it.)
– hand-eye coordination
-fine motor control
– spatial awareness
– 1:1 correspondence
– numeral to quantity association
💡 With preschoolers, the GOAL is 1:1 correspondence ~which is the ability to match an object 🌲 to the corresponding 1️⃣ number and recognize that a number is merely a symbol to represent that quantity! Young children often learn “rote counting” without having an understanding of 1 :1 correspondence. They learn to count till ten just like a heart-learned poem! So, have them 🙌🏻 TOUCH & COUNT 🔈ALOUD each object as they match to its corresponding numeral.
With kindergarten-age children, the GOAL is SUBITIZING ~ which is the ability to instantly recognize, without counting, the number of objects present in a small group. So have them GUESS the amount of objects without actually counting! With practice, children will be able to 👁 visualize the number arrangements in their minds, thus aiding them in developing addition & subtraction mental math strategies.
Roll 🎲 PINECONE 🌲 Count
Roll the dice 🎲 and count 🌲 pine cones! Math can be mundane, especially for little ones, so I am trying to make counting hands-on and fun! This presentation is also a very concrete way to reinforce 🌲🌲🌲quantity to 3️⃣numeral association. And, offer a tray filled with DIY 💚🍚 rice to practice fine motor tracing skills! (To make colored rice, simply add few drops of vinegar to dried rice in a ziplock along with desired food coloring ~ shake ~ and lay flat to dry.) To make the tree, I simply cut green felt to resemble the tree’s shape, and a ♻️recycled champagne cork made a perfect trunk. (If you don’t have felt, use green paper instead. If you don’t have green cardstock, use cardboard and color it green!)
Roll 🎲 SNOWFLAKE ❄️Add
Taking the pine cone counting up a notch with this simple math addition counting snowflakes activity. I simply lined our floor table with navy tissue paper, placed our felt cutout pine tree and punched snowflakes from recycled white scrap paper. Offer your child to roll the dice to find out the first addend, and demonstrate (3) snowflakes falling on the left. Then, roll the dice again to find out your second addend, and have (2) snowflakes fall on the right. Now add both addends together (3 + 2) and record the sum (5) in snow ~ Epsom salt tracing tray, which I also lined with same tissue paper to give it a color pop. Next, find the sum among the DIY wooden number circles (prime with clear nail polish and write numerals with a Sharpie) and place on a tree. “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”
🌲Punch-Out & ⭐️Count
This is a festive counting DIY: count, punch out and decorate your Christmas Tree math activity. All you need are paint samples from your local hardware store and a hand puncher. I am using wooden stars (primed with clear nail polish) as numerals (I used a Sharpie) but you can use paper stars or if you have a star puncher, you can punch them out. For the quantity, we are using colorful pom poms, but you can use buttons, large sequins, even small marshmallow (‘snow’) or grains/beans from your cupboard. The goal of this activity is numeral to quantity association (a concept very abstract for smaller ones) and promoting fine motor control (well, and gross motor while punching out). I will also use this opportunity to learn what it means to represent a number in different ways, thus beginning to explore the concept of decomposing: for example, number 5 is 5+0, 4+1, and 2+3. This is a very hands-on and visual way to promote numeracy efficiency, not to mention all the holiday fun!
Tape it! Line it! Measure it! Record it!
Here is an activity that will take you less than five minutes to set up! We are using washi tape stuck to the table to create linear as well as zig-zag pattern (I specifically did not start all lines at the same point, so that Adrian measures the lines and realizes that the exact same length lines can visually look of various length if positioned differently). Invite your child to line up various objects you have around the house, following the washi tape’s direction. The next step is to count the exact amount of objects it takes to fill each line and then measure that same line with a ruler. Offer your child to compare the number of objects vs. the length in inches.
💯Hundred Board Skip Counting
See here Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 💯Hundred Board Skip Counting by 2️⃣
🎄Christmas Odd & Even
See here 🎄Christmas Odd & Even Math lesson (Numerals and Counters)
Despite what holiday you celebrate, who does not like a snowman ☃️ ! And if snow ❄️ is not in the forecast, here is a fun counting ⛄️DIY to reinforce 1:1 correspondence and quantity to the numeral association!
- cotton facial cleaning pads
- recycled caps either from water bottles or milk cartons
- a marker to write numerals
AGE 2Y + Always supervise your child!
– hand-eye coordination
– 1:1 correspondence and numeral to quantity association
– RATIONAL counting
– fine motor control
This snowman counting activity a great tool to explore mathematical concepts through sensorial work! Let them TOUCH each snowman’s snow-ball as they COUNT aloud!
See here 🎄Holiday Inspired Montessori Mystery Bag.
DETAILED POST ON MONTESSORI STEREOGNOSTIC BAG HERE
OLFACTORY Magnetic Transferring Sensory Bin
I used natural shredded paper (do use it for gift’s stuffing after your kiddo is done) and a variety of smelling goodness such as cinnamon sticks, cedar balls, dried fruits, and leaves etc. Also, I added a little science twist to this glorified jingle bell magnetic transferring activity (see below) by including bells and a magnet. Also, take this opportunity to practice numeracy, counting, simple addition or subtraction: How many bells have you transferred? How many bells are left? If you lost one, how many are left? I am using a medium size Ikea Trofast Toy Storage Box, which is amazing for these types of sensory play since everything remains contained and the clean up is minimal! (The tray is part of this sensory table which is used every single day!)
TACTILE SENSES ~ PLAY DOUGH
See HERE “No-Cook Homemade Play Dough 🎄Christmas Tree DIY Craft.”
Playdough is an amazing sensory tool! You can also add some glitter and a dash of peppermint essence to give your Christmas green playdough a heavenly smell (Well if you are into the peppermint!) And, once you are done rolling it out and making little Christmas trees using Christmas tree cookie cutters, decorate them with loose parts like beads, buttons or sequins! Please, use common sense as these are a choking hazard, and will not be suitable for children who are still mouthing objects.
We also made🍩 doughnuts; a few drops of oil made them look glazed.
This is a fun play-dough craft Adrian made when he was three years old. We are using this green play dough along with various beads and embellishments. As a result, I had thirty minutes to tidy up in the morning, while he was busy molding and decorating his Christmas trees.
🎄Montessori Numbers Rods & Cylinders
DETAILS HERE 🎄Christmas Tree from Montessori Number Rods and Knobless Cylinders
It’s not the “things” that children need but carefully prepared by an adult materials which will allow children to grow to their fullest potentials.
Learning is not about acquiring information, but rather about becoming an individual and constructing the self. Children, equipped with unique DNA packages, are “becoming” from the day they are born and are continuing to construct themselves out of the experiences in their environment. Thus, effective educators are not those who are merely educating, but those who offer little learners the necessary tools of “becoming” – the raw materials necessary to build themselves up from! Our job (as parents and educators) is then to step aside, observe, let them DO the DOING, and follow the child.
As such, learning becomes an active process for the learner to learn! Children are learning by doing, by experimenting, self-correcting, experimenting more, building, and deconstructing … They are learning in the PROCESS while being actively engaged in the hands-on process of learning! And thus the intelligence is born as a result of a JOYFUL LEARNING!
Excerpt from my eBook ~ THE BASICS.
👶🏼BABY-SAFE🎅🏻POM POM 🔴⚪️SORT
How about BABY 👶🏼 SAFE 🎅🏻 Christmas fun! Trust me, this activity is for age 1-100! Super easy to make and will keep you ALL entertained!!!
– a ziplock bag
– 🔴⚫️ markers
– red and white pom poms
– hair gel (buy cheapest)
HOW: First, use a nail polish remover or an alcohol pad to remove the writing from your zip lock bag. Then, draw a Santa face. Next, pour hair gel into the bag (make sure to pour enough, or pom poms will not slide) and red and white pom poms. Lastly, invite your child to slide the pom poms and color sort.
– fine motor control
– color recognition
– spatial awareness
AGE 1 Y+ ⚠️Always supervise your child! You can also tape the bag to the table, so that a child doesn’t open it.
💡 Development milestone to learn to identify colors emerges from age 12 to 18 M. Your child will become aware of different colors at around 1 Y. However, be mindful of attention span, which is about 2-3 min per year! So don’t expect too much! Rather make your activities engaging and VARY them often!
Rainbow Rice Cookie Cutters
I knew cookie cutters are not just for baking! So, fill them with rainbow rice (or any other small grain or natural material you have) and advise your child to spill the least possible! (To make DIY colored rice: add a squirt of vinegar to dry rice in a ziplock plus the desired food coloring ~ shake well ~ lay flat to dry). It’s a super fun game to practice scoping, transferring, and pinching while developing hand-eye coordination and precision! Present on a tray to contain the mess.
⛄️Shredded Paper 🙌🏻Sensory Bin
See HERE 🎅🏻 Christmas Inspired Shredded Paper Sensory Bin with Math Twist
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ❤️💚Sensory Bin
SEE DETAILS ON MY BLOG HERE
Sticky 🎄CHRISTMAS Tree
Sticky tape can be an amazing medium for creating crafts, and today we are using this adhesive tape to create a Christmas Tree craft. Simply, cut a square and secure it with another tape to a smooth surface (sticky part face up). Then, draw a pine tree shape and offer your child pom poms to fill in the tree and decorate with colorful ‘ornaments’ (pom poms). This activity is perfect for hand-eye coordination and for fine motor control. Also, your child gets to express creativity while coming up with a color combination and the design.
A child would simply follow the drawn outline and thereafter fill the middle. Adrian also placed a few white pom poms around: “Its snowing Mommy!” We are planning to secure it to white cardboard and frame it to display in our learning space.
THREAD THE PINE CONE
Invite your child to decorate a pine cone with pom poms and glitter.
This is also an awesome fine-motor exercise!
Threading tiny pom poms in between pine cone scales is an amazing fine-motor and hand-eye coordination exercise.
BELLS MAGNET TRANSFERRING
See here 🎄Christmas Inspired Magnet 🔔Bell Transferring.
PIPE CLEANER THREADING
See HERE Christmas Inspired Candy Cane Pipe Cleaner DIY Craft.
INVITATION TO SEW A BUTTON
I made a christmas tree from green felt and offered various buttons to practice sewing.
Fill The Ornament 🎄Sensory Bin
Rice is an amazing natural medium to use for sensory play! And when you add plastic ornaments to fill and make decorations, the activity is also purposeful! Offer your child a funnel, tongs, and various scoopers. Adrian also loves using chopsticks to push through pom poms that get stuck. And, offer pipe cleaners to practice fine motor threading, creating embellished beaded patterned “hooks” for your ornaments! Ages 3Y + Yes! It is a third-year this SENSORY BIN is going strong! Adrian does not seem to get tired of it, and did I mention Julia joins after school too! I am using a medium-size Ikea Trofast Toy Storage Box, which is amazing for these types of sensory play since everything remains contained and the clean up is minimal! (The tray is part of this sensory table which is used every single day!)
See HERE Fill The Ornament 🎄Sensory Bin.
See HERE Toothpick 🌟Star 💦Trick Science Experiment For Kids.
SANTA RED SLIME
See here 🎅🏻 Santa ❤️ Red Slime DIY Jar.
Colorful Skittles STEM
See HERE Rainbow 🌈Colorful Skittles Fun💧 Water Science Experiment for Kids.
Have you heard of Oobleck ~also known as “Goop” ~ is an inexpensive, non-toxic example of a non–Newtonian fluid which is a suspension of starch (e.g. cornstarch) in water, where the resulting substance ~ also called “ooze” or “magic mud” ~ is both a solid and a liquid? The name “oobleck” is derived from the Dr. Seuss book Bartholomew and the Oobleck. The recipe is one of the easiest of any slime, but is also one of the most amazing! Trust me! Your child (and you) will be mesmerized as your slime turns from a solid to a liquid and back again in seconds! One second you grab a solid handful of this magic gooey, the next second it drips through your hands like a liquid! What you will need to make this gloopy, gooey “magic mud” is 1 part of water to 1.5–2 parts of cornstarch (food coloring is optional/may stain). The set up is less than five minutes and is very easy to make. Please, note, this slime is NOT edible! DK The Slime Book: All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Slime is a perfect resource to make all kinds of smiles, oobleck in particular.
To make this Oobleck invitation to play festive, I added some wrapping bows, pine cones, pom poms, and tongs to retrieve those pom poms while exercising fine motor control. You can add any water-resist festive objects you have at hand and offer your little one to explore and be amazed!
See HERE details about this amazing Non-Newtonian liquid ~ in a post “DIY Oobleck Goop Blood 💉Human BODY Anatomy Unit Study.”
Festive Cookie Cutters Slime
How about using cookie cutters and pom poms to decorate your slime? To make your smile, you will need: clear glue and baking soda, coloring, glitter, and foam balls. Add your activator last and do not add any water! See detailed recipe here 🎅🏻 Santa ❤️ Red Slime DIY Jar.
Magnetic Sensory Bin
See HERE Christmas Magnetic DIY Water Beads Sensory Bin.
Frozen Pom Poms
Of 50+ Christmas Kids Activities, this is an absolute favorite sensorial/science activity where I simply froze red, green and white pom poms in an ice-tray and presented on a Kmart metal tray along with some warm water, droppers, beakers, and salt!
You can also modify this activity for smaller children by covering the baking tray with a thin plastic or a food wrap. Feeling frozen pom poms indirectly, under the layer, adds a new dimension to this sensory play and it’s not as cold for little hands. Ages 6 months +.
As for older children, turn this activity into a science experiment and discuss different forms of matter: solid vs liquid, and what it takes to change from one form to the other. Adrian loved using a turkey baster and he kept transferring warm water and salt until all the pom poms were defrosted. And the best part, you can refreeze them and start all over again!
Which one of the 50+ Christmas Kids Activities was your favorite?
🖐🏻Hand 🌟Print 🎄Christmas Tree Card
Place your child’s palm in ink and stamp on paper fingers ‘branches’ facing down. Then decorate it with glitter, sequin, and (ribbon optional). We also topped our tree with a wooden start painted gold with a Sharpie, and we used adhesive glitter foam paper to resemble snow.
Julia’s version ~ she kept stamping her hand on paper to give a tree a fuller look.
CHRISTMAS CRAFTS | DIYs
50+ Christmas Kids Activities
Panty Food Christmas Tree
Holiday crafts are an amazing way to connect with your children and to express creativity. And using everyday natural materials is a great way to help the environment while reducing your monthly Amazon credit card expense! Today, we are making a Christmas Tree from recycled cardboard and dried pantry food, in particular: pasta, cereal, and Irish oats. To color your pasta, simply place dry un-cooked pasta in a ziplock and add a few squirts of vinegar along with the desired food coloring ~ shake it well ~ lay flat to dry. You would do a batch for each color. (Note: I do not cook pasta since once cooked, it tends to spoil quickly. Dry pasta, on the other hand, can be used and reused for a long time.) Similarly, I colored the oats. p.s. I tried coloring Cheerios, but they became soggy and dis-formed, so I opted for the frosted Froot Loops instead (they come colored already).
I used a serrated knife to cut the cardboard to resemble a pine tree’s shape, and I used a recycled champagne bottle cork (cut in half) as a trunk. To “decorate” your tree, simply apply glue horizontally line by line (I started from the bottom) and press pasta firmly, creating a pattern. Please, supervise your children as hot glue gun gets extremely hot, and with smaller children, try Elmer’s glue or a glue stick. This activity is perfect for hand-eye coordination and for the development of fine motor control. Also, this craft can be used as a sensory tactile board, offering smaller children to stimulate the sense of touch by running fingers over pasta, cereal, and oats! Happy crafting! CHECK out BEST IDEAS FOR KIDS for some awesome crafts and card ideas!
SEE 3D PASTA TREE TUTORIAL HERE
Recycled Egg-Carton Christmas Tree
SEE DETAILS HERE.
CHRISTMAS SNOW GLOBE
DIY snow globes are very fun to make using materials already in your home. Snow globes can also be a calming bottle, where the child observes the glitter “snow” settle while calming the thoughts, slowing down the mind, and the finding the inner balance.
You will need:
- a recycled food jar
- 5 drops of glycerine or one teaspoon of clear glue to “thicken” the water and help the glitter settle slower
- objects to be placed inside your snow globe~ I am using a pine tree candle and a sled
- foam piece to raise your objects a little
- a ribbon to decorate your globe (optional).
TIPs for success:
- do not use too much glitter as your objects will be inconspicuous
- do not apply glue to the inside of the top of your food jar as it breaks the seal
- the glue has to be completely dry before assembling.
- using hot glue gun, glue the foam piece to the inside of the cap of the food jar and then arrange and glue your objects to the foam piece
- pour water inside your jar (for 100 ml of water you would use 2 teaspoons of glycerine)
- add your glitter
- insert the cap with objects glued to it inside your jar, closing the jar tightly ~ turn it upside down and check for leaks
- Optional, once you checked there are no leaks, you can apply the layer of hot glue to the seam all around the cap to seal it even more.
Thanks to glycerine (or glue), snow is falling slowly, eventually settling on the bottom. However, if you shake the jar, the blizzard begins again.
50+ Christmas Kids Activities
♻️Recycled ✂️️Christmas 📮Cards 🎄Tree Craft
Why buy washi tape when you can use last year’s Christmas cards! Just ✂️cut them in strips of various length and offer your child to arrange them by size to make a Tree! This is also a great geometry lesson on length, stacking, and problem-solving to arrange the strips, making a triangle shape! Also, introduce vocabulary such as “longest” “shortest” etc. Most importantly, don’t forget to let your little one have some festive fun while happily crafting and creating!
Not sure what to do📮with a 💯🎄Holiday 📩 cards you receive?
A DIY PUZZLE OF COURSE!
Leave just the front (picture) part of the card and ✂️cut according to your child’s level (either in halves or 1/4 or smaller). Invite your child to assemble. (Above, Adrian at 3 yo enjoyed assembling quarters and halves.)
Cut into smaller pieces for an older child (above Adrian enjoyed it at 4 yo) or cut diagonally to add a fun aspect to a puzzle. 50+ Christmas Kids Activities will definitely keep you little people busy!
HOLIDAY LEARNING SPACE
50+ Christmas Kids Activities
What is 🔍 on our 🎅🏻 Christmas-Inspired Shelf:
- The Christmas Wish book inspired small world play (buy a book here),
- DIY Holiday Smelling activity
- Little 💙Blue Truck’s 🎄Christmas (buy a book here); see on a blog here,
- ♻️ Recycled Holiday Cards ✂️ puzzle (under CRAFTS),
- Magnet 🔔Bell Transferring (link here and under PLA)
- Invitation to decorate a pinecone (see PLA
What is 🔍 on our🎄Holiday-Inspired Shelf:
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sensory Bin activity (read here),
- Mystery bag (see here),
- Invitation to create with DIY homemade play dough; see here “No-Cook Homemade Play Dough 🎄Christmas Tree DIY Craft.”
- The Mitten Book is our absolute Winter favorite! (buy here); see a📎 link to a blog post here.
What is 🔍 on our Montessori 🔢 Math shelf:
- Abominable Snowland and Rudolph 💯Hundred Board Skip Counting by 2️⃣; details here,
- LEGO Subtraction work,
- Dot stickers Addition work: see here “DIY 🍡Pop-Sticks, Clothespins & Dot Stickers 🔴 ➕🔵 Addition Activity (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥 Lesson).”
- Alligator Less/More.
50+ Christmas Kids Activities
Children love it when their Learning Space is decorated in the spirit of the Holiday!
On our Christmas-Inspired Shelves in 2016:
- Christmas Inspired Candy Canes Pipe Cleaner Craft (read here),
- Mystery Bag (see a📎 link to a post here),
- Smelling activity,
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Activity (read here),
- Christmas Tree sewing buttons activity,
- The Mitten Book Activity (read here).
An invitation to sew a button on a felt Christmas Tree is a part of our 50+ Christmas Kids Activities.
More about our Learning Space in 2016 here.
See here “Picking up a 🎄Christmas Tree at 🎅🏻 Santa’s Workshop.”
See here “🎅🏻 Santa Caught on 📸 Camera!” 50+ Christmas Kids Activities
50+ Christmas Kids Activities
Which of the 50+ Christmas Kids Activities was your favorite?