Easy Unbreakable Ornament Craft For Kids

ornament crafts for kids My son eats glue, he likes paint too but glue is his snack of choice during art time. This craft is perfect because it used sticky back foam that requires no glue, but you can easily use regular foam or paper if you don’t have a glue hungry toddler. This unbreakable ornament is perfect for trees that are going to be admired by kids or cats. It’s an easy Christmas ornament craft for kids of all ages.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2-3 colors of sticky back sparkle foam sheets, a yogurt or other plastic lid, some ribbon, a marker and scissors.
  2. Trace the outside of the lid on the back of one of your foam sheets. Cut out.
  3. Peel the backing off and press onto your lid, I lined it all up for my son and he pressed it down.
  4. While your child marvels at the sparkles, cut out some shapes from the other foam sheets. I made a few diamonds, rectangles, triangles and squares. Make any shapes you like!
  5. Add them to your circle. I kept them out of reach, and had my son ask for each by it’s name, we haven’t done much with shapes lately so I wanted this to be a mommy lead lesson. If it’s just fun time, I would ask him casually as he was adding them what each was without being so blatant.
  6. Keep adding them until your ornament is full!
  7. Poke a hole in the top of the ornament
  8. Thread a ribbon that is folded in half through the hole, tie a knot.
  9. Hang up and marvel at this super easy but super cute ornament!

Paper Plate Santa Craft For Kids

paper plate santa craft

Santa is a good guy, even if your child is terrified of the Santa at the mall they may enjoy this Santa craft for kids . My son won’t get within 10 feet of the big guy but loved making this one! The cotton balls add some sensory discovery as well.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a a small paper plate, 2 pieces of construction paper- one red and one white ( I used natural colored and it looks a little funny), some cotton balls, googly eyes, glue, scissors and a red pom pom.
  2. Start by drawing a large U shape on the plain construction paper. This actually took me two tries. I used the paper plate as a guide for how wide it should be. Cut out.
  3. Add glue all over the beard. Make sure there is a blank spot where no cotton balls will be, for the mouth.
  4. Add the cotton balls. Talk to toddlers and young preschoolers about it being soft. If they went to see Santa ask if they touched his beard and how it felt.
  5. While they add the cotton balls cut out a small red mouth out of the red paper.
  6. Glue on the mouth. Set the beard to dry.
  7. Grab the paper plate and glue on the eyes and a pom pom nose.
  8. Cut out a hat from the red paper, add glue on the bottom edge and top of the point.
  9. Add cotton balls to the hat. Let dry.
When the glue is dry glue the beard and hat on the plate.santa craft

Song!

Santa is his name o !
( To the tune of Bingo )

There is a man all dressed in red,
and Santa is his name o!
S A N T A
S A N T A
S A N T A
And Santa is his name o!

Continue with :

*He has a loud and jolly laugh
and Santa is his name o!
*He lives with elves at The North Pole
and Santa is his name o!
*His Reindeer pull his magic sleigh
and Santa is his name o!
*He brings you toys if you are kind
and Santa is his name o!

Quick Screen Free Activities For The Holidays

screen free holiday activities

I have been using my 5 minute sparklers a lot lately, between writing holiday cards, online shopping , wrapping presents and trying to keep all the ornaments on my tree, I need lots of short things for my son to do. Here is my holiday version of quick screen free activities to keep your toddler or preschooler engaged!

  • Christmas Play Dough. All you need is some food coloring, sparkles and a few holiday shaped cookie cutters and you are good to go.

5 minute play dough

  • Button Counting. My son loved how the buttons sounded in my ramekins, we sorted them and then counted them.

buttons 5 minute sparklers

  • “Snow” Bubbles. Playing in the sink is a favorite in our house . I used an upside down bowl and a 2nd on top to make a good and big target for my son to scoop into , it helps keep too much water off him and the floor. It looks oddly high in this picture, it’s actually lower in the sink.

5 minute in sink

 

  • Holiday Shape Drawings. This is so easy! Grab a few pieces of plain white paper, cut them in the shape of a Christmas tree, candy cane, ornament… anything!5 minute coloring I pre cut 8 pages so I have some ready when I need them. When you need your little one to be busy for a few minutes grab the paper and markers and you are set!

5 minute shape drawings

Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees

Ginger bread houses are great but they are a lot of possibly frustrating work for most toddlers and preschoolers. These ice cream cone Christmas trees are a great downsized activity that young kids can do with little help. We spent Saturday morning making these as a family, our trees turned out well and are displayed in our kitchen. You can totally tell which one was done by the man with an engineering degree can’t you?

  1. Gather your materials. You will need sugar cones, a tub of icing, green food coloring, a plate for displaying , candy and a foil Santa !
  2. Start by putting half the icing in a bowl and adding green food color to it.
  3. Spread the green icing on your sugar cone , I was shocked at how well my little man did. Ironically he didn’t eat the icing at all, it must not be as appealing as paint.
  4. Once it’s all over the cone, add the candy. Mini m&ms work the best! These my son did eat, but he managed to get some on the tree.
  5. While my boys were ading the last of the candy to their trees, I spread the other half of the white icing on a rectangular plate, and added some sanding sugar to make it look like snow.
  6. Add your trees to the snow and the foil Santa !
  7. Find a place out of reach of kids and pets and show off your handiwork!

Books!

“Din Dan Don It’s Christmas” by Janina Domanska is one of a kind. The books follows the pilgrimage to the manger to see the infant Jesus . It starts with a single duck playing bagpipes, but it builds on it self until they spot the manger and the infant Jesus wakes. The story is simple because there is no need for lots of text , the illustrations are amazing. Every page looks like a cross between a stained glass window and a ornate mosaic in a Orthodox church somewhere in Eastern Europe. My son exclaimed “WOW” many times as we turned the pages of this book, and I know I let out a gasp or two as well, simply beautiful! * When I did a search for a photo I could not find this book in print , so you may not be able to find it in store, try your library though!

“Little Tree” by Chris Racshka is another awesome find. I love this book, it’s another visually amazing book and my son was much more into the pictures that are so packed full with fun details that they steal the show. The story inspired by the E.E. Cummings poem by the same name the story follows a little tree who has big dreams of becoming a Christmas tree . I think this book is great especially for children who want to know where the trees in the lots in a city come from.

 

What’s Next ?

Wrapping
Paper Patterning

This is an easy learning activity to do with something so many of us are up to our eyeballs in right now ! Most wrapping papers are on sale right now and it’s not hard to find one that would work for this project. I made this during nap time but you could easily have your child color the backing , help glue , cut or if they are old enough do it all with little help at all!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some wrapping paper, card stock( all the same color), scissors and/or a paper punch , and glue.
  2. Start by choosing what pictures from the wrapping paper you will be using. I am using the penguin, riendeer and snowman from mine.
  3. Cut out 3-5 of each picture. Generally the older and more able your child is the more you’ll need.
  4. Cut out one square of card stock for each picture.
  5. Glue the picture on the card stock. Let dry.
How To Use Them
  1. Start by sorting them and labeling them with your child. For them to grasp patterns they need to be able to tell all the pictures apart. If they have a hard time with this, flip the cards over and play a simple “Can you find the penguin…” until they know what all the pictures are. Some kids stay on this step for days or weeks- don’t worry and don’t push, just play and they’ll get it . My son also liked counting them after sorting them into piles.
  2. If they can identify all the pictures, try a simple pattern ABABA… and see if they know what comes next. I find with really little ones helping them with verbal queues is really important so saying “Snowman, Penguin, Snowman, Penguin…” out loud while they do it with you they will get it. Try another ABABA… pattern. This is the step we’re at.
  3. If they master that try harder patterns, like, ABCABC or ABBABBA but if they are too hard go back to the ABABA.
  4. Ask your child to make some patterns too!