Christmas is a fun and exciting time for children of all ages. The older children get, the more they want to show the people they love their appreciation. Sure, children receive the majority of the gifts underneath the tree, but that doesn’t mean they can’t say “thank you” in their own unique way.
Most children find it difficult to buy presents at Christmas time (mostly because they don’t have jobs to make money) but there are ways you, as a parent, aunt, uncle, sister, brother, babysitter or teacher can help. Crafts are easy, affordable and fun and give children the opportunity to feel important during the holidays.
Here are 3 fun and easy Christmas craft ideas that children will love:
1. Light Bulb Christmas Figures.
For children ages: 7 and older
Materials: one light bulb, fabric paint, glue, some string and decorative materials (googly eyes, a mini Santa hat, glitter etc.)
Directions: The first thing you need to do is decide what Christmas figure you want to make (you can choose Santa, Mrs. Clause, an elf, a snowman etc). Let’s assume you choose Santa. Paint the light bulb as close to skin color as possible. Let it dry. Once dry, hold the light bulb so that the larger end is at the bottom and the metal part is at the top. Now add rosy cheeks with pink paint, lips, a white beard, eyes and a nose. Add any other features you want as well. If you’d like to add a hat, make sure it’s glued on tight. The final step is adding the string so you can hang your decoration. If you don’t have a hat on your ornament, just add the string to the metal part of the light bulb where it normally screws into the light. You’re done. If you added a hat, simply tie the string to the top of the hat – just make sure your hat is on tight or your bulb might end up falling and smashing.
2. Baby Food Jar Christmas Tree.
For Children ages: 10 and older
Materials: 13 empty baby food jars, crazy glue, ribbon, a small set of mini lights, cardboard, other decorative items
Directions: Make sure all of your baby food jars are empty and clean. Take your piece of cardboard and lay it flat. Set up your baby food jars in the shape of a pyramid on top of the cardboard. Once you are satisfied with the way they are setup, trace the outside of the jars with a pencil onto the cardboard. Take the baby food jars off the cardboard and cut out the shape of the tree. Now glue the baby food jars onto the tree-shaped piece of cardboard using strong crazy glue. Once you’ve glued them, take your set of mini lights and arrange them through the jars as you like (make sure the end of the string is somewhat towards to the bottom of the tree and has enough room left to plug the lights into the wall). Now decorate the remainder of the tree with ribbon, glitter beads etc. Once everything is completely dry, stand the Christmas tree up and plug it into the wall. You have a beautiful decoration that anyone would be thrilled to receive at Christmas time.