Holidays are upon us and every store and shopping mall is now filled with festive decorations. Here are some fun crafts you can do with your kids to decorate the home with or spread some holiday cheer!
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Popsicle Stick Turkeys
Make Popsicle Stick Turkeys for each of your guests that are coming to dinner! It’s a fun item to add to each place setting and a fun way for your kids to participate in the holiday fun. All you need is a pack of craft or popsicle sticks, glue, paint and some colored paper. Glue two sticks together side by side for the body (add eyes, beak and the red snood) and paint each of the popsicle sticks for the tail in different colors. Your Turkeys can have a tail that’s extra bushy, colorful, or simple. Whatever your little one wants! (For a step-by-step tutorial, check out the Pinterest Parent.)
Snowman Clothes Pins
Paint small snowmen with your little ones that are easy to pin around the house or on a long piece of ribbon for a snowman garland! You will need white paint, black paint marker, orange pom poms, yarn and glue. Paint all the clothes pins white (parents can do this before the crafting begins for little ones), draw eyes, mouth and buttons for the snow man, glue on an orange nose, and wrap colorful yard around the “neck” of the snowman for a scarf! This is an incredibly easy project for kids that can be turned into décor all over the home or finishing touches on gifts! (For a step-by-step tutorial, see Easy Peasy and Fun.)
Candy Cane Reindeer
Need an adorable gift for the classroom or goody bags this year? Candy Cane Reindeer are the absolute cutest crafts your little ones can make! All you need are candy canes, brown pipe cleaners, mini google eyes, red pom poms, and glue. Glue the nose and the eyes to the end of the hooked candy cane and twist the brown pipe cleaner around the candy cane once and make a spiral on each side by wrapping the pipe cleaner around a pencil. Voila! You have a cute reindeer for gifts or Christmas ornaments! (For a step-by-step tutorial, visit One Little Project.
Cut out large dreidels out of cardboard or Bristol board (or any thick craft paper) and let your little one paint it with water colors. You can punch a whole on the top and tie with ribbon for ornaments on the tree and even have your little one write a sweet note on the back for family members and friends. (For a step-by-step tutorial, see Creative Jewish Mom.)
Popsicle Stick Reindeer Ornaments
This one is easy and perfect for tiny hands and fidgety toddlers. You will need popsicle sticks, medium sized google eyes, red ribbon and medium sized red pom poms. Paint three popsicle sticks brown. Glue two into a “V” shape. Place the third popsicle stick horizontally creating a triangle in the middle, but make sure to bring it down about 1 inch so that the tops of the “V” are showing (for the Antlers). Glue the third stick together. Toddlers can glue the eyes and red nose of the reindeer and help glue the ribbon at the top of the ornament. These simple ornaments will be fun for your toddler and they can help you hang these ornaments on the tree this year. (For a step-by-step tutorial, visit the Kindergarten Connection.)
Paper Bag Gingerbread House
You will need brown paper bags, construction paper and glue for this project. Cut out construction paper in candy shapes (think candy canes, gum drops, licorice, etc). Each child can decorate his or her bag any way they want! This is one very cute craft that you can then use as gift bags for school or lunch bags for the weeks leading up to holiday break. (For a step-by-step tutorial, see JDaniel14’s Mom.)