Monday, 15 December 2014

Chrsitmas Craft Ideas

We've been doing a few simple Christmas crafts as part of our Advent Activities Calendar and I thought I'd share in case you're on school holidays too and looking for something to keep your monkeys busy.

SALT DOUGH ORNAMENTS
These were super easy and able to be done by the kids. We made our salt dough using 1/2 cup of salt, 1/2 cup warm water and 1 cup of plain flour. After rolling and cutting the shapes we used some Christmas stamps to leave imprints and a straw to put a hole in each one. Then we baked them at 120'C for just over two hours (this will depending on the size of your shape and the thickness of the dough - you may need three hours).

We used a cute little paw print to make a special ornament for the newest member of our family too!

CINNAMON STICK ORNAMENTS
Cinnamon stick ornaments look and smell amazing and were really easy to make. Just cut your sticks to graduated lengths, hot glue together, then hot glue a long stick along the back. We also glued on a star anise and some red ribbon for a festive touch and to hang on the tree.

Depending on the age of your kids they might need to watch this one.  I cut and hot glued, they helped me line up the sticks and told me where to position the stars.

CHRISTMAS TREE STAINED GLASS ART
Christmas tree stained glass pictures were fun too.

I folded and cut out trees using the template here, then cut a piece of clear Contact paper to size and placed the tree shape on it- sticky side up, obviously!

I then gave the kids a variety of pre-cut tissue paper, ribbon, foam shapes and sequins and let them stick away. It was fun to watch how each kid approached this task differently - one had a plan, one got bored and the other had to be told he'd probably run out of room to stick any more!  
Then we lifted them carefully and stuck them on the windows.

PLAYDOUGH CHRISTMAS TREES
We made these cute little kits for Rohan's kindy friends and the spare ones have been a real hit here at home!

Whip up a batch of green playdough and gather together little stars, sequins, tinsel and garlands to decorate your tree. We've been having hours of fun with the dough everyday.

Here's the link to the dough and printable labels.


How do you entertain your kids over the festive holidays?

2 comments:

  1. I've been looking for a recipe for the dough to make ornaments with, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Most welcome! Hope you have lots of fun with it. S

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