Christmas holidays are here! As excitement for the big day reaches a crescendo, keep boredom at bay and get everyone involved in the festivities with these top five Christmas craft ideas. From getting creative with arts and crafts to brilliant baking inspiration, keep the kids busy whilst creating some fantastic festive treats!
Should the kids want to carry on with their creativity well after Christmas, we’re on hand to help you find the perfect local arty after school activity providers
Five festive ideas to get creative and crafty this Christmas
Creating Christmas Centrepieces
Why not get the kids thinking about how they can help with decorating the table this Christmas.
Make it personal by designing individual table place settings by painting or drawing pictures of a Christmas scene or of the person who will be sat at that place.
Have a go at making homemade Christmas crackers without the snap to share with family and friends! Recycle old toilet tissue or kitchen paper cardboard rolls, stuff them with goodies or surprises and decorate them with wrapping paper.
Let your imaginations go wild by creating a super sparkly glittering masterpiece to take pride of place in the centre of the Christmas dinner table. The more sparkle the better! You could use old tinsel or Christmas decorations in your creation, for added ‘bling’.
Oh Christmas Tree!
Dress the tree with some of these child-friendly crafty ideas.
Cut out seasonal shapes using card (remember to always supervise children with scissors) customise your shapes with glitter, sequins, feathers and stickers to create magnificient homemade baubles. Add loops of string to your creations and hang them on your tree.
Decorate old CDs, again with plenty of glitter. Tie string through the hole in the middle and there you have it - instant Christmas tree sparkle. A fantastic decoration and an easy activity that kids of all ages can enjoy.
Mini paper chains made with different coloured paper or card, even Christmas wrapping paper can look really effective on the tree.
Get crafty in the kitchen with the kids to make Christmas treats or even homemade presents for the family. Here are our selection of sensational seasonal snacks for children of all ages to try with their parent/carer.
Mince pies or mince tarts, a true Christmas tradition and a bit of a classic. If you don’t have time to make pastry, the kids can still have lots of fun rolling out the pre-made stuff. Cut out with cookie cutters and fill high with plenty of fruity mincemeat.
Mini Christmas pudding cakes, a festive take on the well loved ‘chocolate crispy cake’. Melt milk chocolate and stir in plenty of crispy cereals. Distribute across cake cases and leave to set. Afterwards decorate with lashings of Christmas iced accessories. Think white icing for ‘snow’ and green and red for ‘holly’.
Who doesn’t love a biscuit at Christmas? Give baking some Christmas goodies a go or maybe some gingerbread? A great time-saving hack is to buy ready made baked treats and decorate them with icing, sprinkles or even edible glitter!
A simple but effective classic Christmas decoration!
Make your windows look really festive and relive some of your own childhood by making some snowflakes for your windows at home. This is an easy craft to do as all you need to make your creation is some white or glittery paper or card and a pair of scissors. Younger children will need help and supervision of course, but there’s plenty of fun to be had in the making. Just like real snowflakes - each one will be unique!
Saying Thank You
When it’s all over don’t forget to say thank you…
Forget buying thank you cards this year and have fun making your own. You can use old Christmas cards, add drawings or stickers for that personal touch. Create your own bespoke cards for your nearest and dearest. They will love the thought put into making their card and you can be as creative as you like with the design that you want.
From all of TheKidsDo team, we wish everyone a very happy holiday!
Local Activity Providers:
Passionate about food, mostly healthy food with the occasional treat - Sassy Stirrers provides cooking parties, a Saturday cooking club and holiday cooking classes. The enthusiastic team love sharing their love of food with your children. Staff are DBS (CRB) checked and supervisors have hygiene and food safety qualifications and fully insured. The team cover Kingston, Surbiton and Richmond.
Cygnets Arts School
If art is more your thing, Cygnets Travelling Art School runs children’s art classes and private tuition across Kingston, Richmond and the surrounding areas. From traditional step-by-step drawing skills to painting and sculpture for children aged from five years. With unique projects, experienced teachers and professional materials, group are kept small so students receive lots of individual attention.
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