Bow Christmas Tree
Candy Christmas Trees
Christmas Card Holder
Five Minute Sparklers- Christmas Style
Gift Tag Ornaments
Hawaiian Christmas Tree
Paper Plate Santa
Recycled Collage Christmas Tree
Scrap Paper Stocking
Sponge Painted Lights
Wrapping Paper Patterns
This Christmas ornament is so simple and so much fun to make. Kids aren’t generally known for being the most patient of creatures, and I can relate I am not either. This craft promises instant gratification, no glue to dry, no long wait times just create and enjoy. This ornament can be played with without worry, although not really unbreakable it’s definitely kid friendly. If you don’t have old Easter eggs try using an egg carton section instead.
- Gather your materials. You will need some green plastic Easter eggs, some red pipe cleaners, some jingle bells, scissors and red sticky back foam.
- Start by cutting shapes into your foam. If you are really keen you can make Christmas shapes, we made triangle and rectangles.
- Stick them on the plastic egg.
- Thread your jingle bell onto your pipe cleaner.
- Bend both ends of the pipe cleaner and thread through the holes at the top of the egg.
- Pull through and make a loop.
- Hang on your tree and stop worrying about telling your kids not to touch the tree!
Merry Un-Christmas by Mike Reiss is a fun twist on Christmas Book. In it Noelle is tired of Christmas, because in her town it’s Christmas every day except one. She can’t fake the enthusiasm for another pony or bike but when she figures out that Un-Christmas is coming she is elated. It’s the only day she goes to school, it’s the only day the mail comes and it’s filled with tradition and special meaning. I love how this book turns everything topsy turvy and makes kids think what really makes Christmas special. My little guy is too young at just 3 to get that but he sure thought it was funny ! Very cute book!
Felt Wreath Ornament
Letter of the week is on hold while we focus an amazing amount of energy on my favorite them for crafts, Christmas! So each Monday instead of our regular old letter of the week we will be doing a series of unbreakable ornament crafts. I know I need more and more unbreakable ornaments as my son keeps growing but is still too curious for his own good. There is no reason to leave your tree only half decorated anymore.
- Gather your materials. You will need some red, green and white felt ( mine was scrap), some beading wire, a large needle, pinking sheers, and some fun ribbon.
- Start by cutting your felt into rough squares.
- Thread your wire through your needle.
- Thread the felt onto the wire , making a pattern.
- When it’s all threaded on take the ends and tie in a tight knot. Snip the ends.
- Add some fun ribbon and hang it up- on the low branches, because it’s unbreakable !
I love glitter and it’s a good thing because my kitchen , my son and I are all covered after this and we bought pre-glittered stuff! I figure a little extra sparkle is never a bad thing! This advent craft is a fun number search every day leading up to Christmas, it’s also a great Christmas centerpiece. My plan is to take each number off the tree and place it on to our Christmas tree ! These are great kid friendly ornaments that add sparkle but not a lot of cost to your decorating budget.
- Gather your materials. You will need some fun wire decorative branches, some snowflake ornaments, some labels ( pre cut circles ones would be way easier) some crayons, a marker and a vase.
- Start by writing out the numbers 1-25 on the labels. I didn’t have circle ones so we cut ours into circles but if i did this again we’d get pre-cut circle ones.
- Have your child color the numbers, and identify the numbers they are coloring too ! Yay Math!
- Cut into circles if you need to.
- Peel and place the stickers on each snowflake ornament. Press firmly.
- Hang onto the tree!
- Have fun counting down to Christmas!
The Little Drummer Mouse by Mercer Mayer is a beautiful book. The dedication to his grandchild is perhaps my favorite part even though the book itself is wonderful too! Read it and you’ll see ! The story is a retelling of the little drummer boy , but in this book he’s a tiny little insignificant mouse. At least he thinks he’s insignificant until he follows the bright star to the manger on the very first Christmas night! The little acorn drum that this little mouse beats is anything but insignificant and he is thrust into the spotlight as Baby Jesus likes his music best of all ! The illustrations are amazing, they have so much detail I find myself opening this book over and over to just look. Great book, the test is lengthy for toddlers but preschoolers and older will love it.
Merry Christmas, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff is an adorable little Christmas counting book. Most of the praise should really be on Felicia Bond the illustrator because the pictures take the cake on this one. The book follows the mouse as he decorates the Christmas tree, 1 Star… 2 angels… etc… It’s a perfect to read and then count the ornaments on your own tree. After reading it my son and I found 4 bells, and 3 trains on our own tree.
McDuff’s Christmas by Rosemary Wells was a classroom classic in my last year teaching. I think I read it every day for 3 weeks straight and then a few weeks after Christmas too! In it McDuff the little Westie dog saves the day finding Santa stuck in the snow! I love Susan Jeffer’s retro illustrations and the little details like the dad feeding the baby, the doggy sweaters the McDuff wears in the snow, and how Santa gave them all gifts they needed in the story . This book was never really put away after last Christmas and has been in bedtime reading rotation since, a definite favorite of my now 3 year old!
Before my son came along I used to make all my own gift tags with nice card stock, ribbon etc… this year 90% of my tags have Lighting McQueen or Cinderella on them and I did not make them. However I thought I would make a few picture frame ones for our family far away! Oh and I swear this is the last sparkly foam craft til next Christmas, or at least Valentine’s Day !
- Gather your materials. You will need some foam, sticky back works but you can use regular , or even card stock, some wallet size photos, glue, a marker, scissors and sparkly pipe cleaners!
- Start by cutting out your picture, and using it as a guide for how big a piece of foam you will need for the frame.
- Cut out.
- Cut out a larger piece for the back.
- Glue your picture to the larger piece
- Cut some small pieces or shapes and have your child glue or stick them onto the frame.
- Place the frame over it, glue it down.
- Poke a small hole at the top and thread a pipe cleaner through.
- Write your message on the back with a marker!
- Add them to your gifts or tree !