Most of what we do here, as you can probably tell if you’ve read through, are projects that really require an adult to do. Some of Leslie’s baking can be done with your kiddos, but definitely all of my woodworking projects require cutty and stabby tools that aren’t for the little ones and honestly they shouldn’t be around at all until they’re a little older.
That being said, we do have 3 young children and we love doing crafts with them. So I wanted to take some time during our 31 Days journey to take a look at some great classic craft ideas that your kids can do for Christmas.
Salt Dough Ornaments
Remember these as a kid? A lot of us do. It’s a simple and easy recipe for the dough that the kids can help with and then bake and let the kids decorate. The best part is that the ornaments can be keepsakes from every year.
This traditional craft has its roots as far back as the Christmas Tree tradition itself, when people decorated their trees with fruits and handmade decorations in the 18th and 19th centuries. The popcorn garland as we know it is a pretty American tradition but it was German immigrants to America that introduced the idea. If you don’t remember making popcorn garland at Christmas, it’s likely your parents or grandparents do.
Yeah, your mileage may vary on painting your kids’ hands. But handprint art and thumbprint art (and footprint art, for that matter) are one of those things that parents love to keep from their kids as a reminder of how small they were once. Christmas is a great time to dig those holiday ones out and decorate to remind you and your kids of Christmases past. Here’s some great examples and ideas:
Christmas cards have kind of fallen out of fashion in modern times. Nowadays we rarely communicate by letter or regular mail, and at Christmas most people who still send them opt for the photo Christmas Card printed at the store. But there’s something to be said about getting your kids to make fun and original Christmas Cards, especially to send to family. I imagine somewhere around 100% of grandparents (not an official survey) would adore getting something made by their grandchildren at Christmas, especially if they’re not going to be able to see them at Christmas.
Listen. Don’t forget to make Christmas cookies with your kids. Seriously. The consequences can be dire.
Is there a more pervasive tradition at Christmastime than Christmas Cookies? Given that we have a baker in our family, we make SO MANY cookies at Christmas.
If you’re interested here’s Leslie’s recipe for Peppermint Cake Mix Cookies. They’re super easy so your kiddos can help, and they are literally Christmas baked into a cookie. Seriously.
These are craft traditions that we love around the Sprinkles and Sawdust house. What about you? What kind of things did you make growing up? What kind of things do you make with your kiddos? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter!