12 easy Christmas craft and activity ideas for children

Homemade snow globes, pine cone Rudophs and loo roll snowmen - here are 12 simple crafty activities perfect for Christmas fun

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Looking for activities to keep your kids busy in the run up to Christmas? Our friends over at  5 minute fun have put together 12 fun craft and game ideas that are sure to get you excited for the festive season.

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From Christmas cards to tree decorations, these are super simple to create and can be made from things you may already have at home.

1 Pine cone Rudolph

What you’ll need

  • Pine cones
  • Ribbon
  • Googly eyes
  • A red pompom
  • Brown paper or felt

How to make a pine cone Rudolph?

  1. Collect some pine cones in the park then wash with hot water
  2. With your little one, cut out ear shapes from paper
  3. Now glue everything onto the pine cone – googly eyes, ears and the red nose
  4. Glue a bit of ribbon to the back to hang up on your tree

2 Egg cup penguin

What you’ll need

  • Egg carton
  • Black paint
  • Coloured card
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes

How to make an egg cup penguin

  1. Cut out an egg cup from the egg carton
  2. Paint the egg cup black
  3. Snip out a beak, feet and belly from the card and stick onto the egg cup
  4. Finish with googly eyes

3 Let it snow snowglobe

What you’ll need

  • A clear bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid
  • Water
  • Eco-friendly glitter
  • Light corn syrup
  • Stickers – stick-on jewels look particularly good

How to make the snowglobe

  1. Fill the bottle or jar half full of water
  2. Tip in a handful of sparkly eco glitter
  3. Screw the lid on tightly and have them shake the bottle/jar up
  4. Unscrew and top up with corn syrup – leave room for air at the top. Screw the lid back on tightly
  5. Now decorate the bottle/jar with stickers

4 Cute Christmas tree biscuits

What you’ll need

  • Triangle-shaped plain shortbread biscuits
  • Green icing pen
  • Colourful sprinkles
  • Edible silver balls

How to make Christmas tree biscuits

  1. Give your child a green icing pen and have them scribble a design onto the biscuit
  2. Now get them to sprinkle hundreds and thousands onto the biscuits
  3. Finally, add edible silver balls for little baubles

5 Lolly stick snowflake

What you’ll need

  • 3 lolly sticks
  • White paint
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon
  • Glue

How to make a lolly stick snowflake?

  1. Help your child glue the lolly sticks into a snowflake shape and leave to dry
  2. Paint the sticks white, then sprinkle glitter over the snowflake whilst the paint is wet. Add sequins too
  3. Once the snowflake is dry, stick a loop of ribbon to the back and hang up on your tree

6 Fingerprint snowman card

What you’ll need

  • Coloured card
  • White paint
  • Pens

How to make a fingerprint snowman card

  1. Fold a piece of coloured card
  2. Ask your little one to dip their fingers into the paint and make lots of prints to create the snowmen
  3. Draw on a carrot nose, arms, mouth and buttons with pens
  4. Pop it in the post for your family and friends

7 Festive games on the go

How to play

Ask your child to make different Christmas actions such as ‘Prance like a reindeer’, ‘Freeze like a snowman’ and ‘Pop like a cracker!’

Then ask them to do the action every time you spot those things when you’re out and about – a great game for when you’re out Christmas shopping!

8 Loo roll snowman

What you’ll need

  • Loo roll
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pens
  • Scissors
  • Coloured card (including orange)

How to make a loo roll snowman

  1. Help your child paint the loo rolls white
  2. While the paint is drying, cut out an orange carrot nose and a colourful scarf from the card
  3. Once dry, stick the nose and scarf onto the loo roll
  4. Finally, draw on eyes, a friendly smile and buttons with a black pen

9 Snowman race

What you’ll need

  • A dice
  • Paper
  • Pens

How to play the snowman race?

  1. Allocate the numbers 1 to 6 to different parts of the snowman, eg: 1 = snowman head, 2 = snowman body, 3 = 3 buttons, 4 = carrot nose, 5 = coal eyes, 6 = pebble mouth
  2. Take turns to roll the dice
  3. Draw the part of the snowman your dice number relates to
  4. Race against each other to see who can draw a full snowman in the quickest time

10 Christmas Eve box

What you’ll need

  • An empty shoebox
  • Craft supplies – paint, pens, wrapping paper, ribbon
  • Items to put inside

How to make a Christmas Eve box

  1. Give your child the box to decorate however they like
  2. Write a note on the top e.g. “Special delivery for Alfie”
  3. Fill the empty box with cosy things such as socks or little soft toy – new or old, they’ll love the surprise
  4. Give to your child before bedtime on Christmas Eve

11 Christmas dinner

What you’ll need

  • Play clay

How to make a pretend Christmas dinner

  1. Write out a mini Christmas menu with all the trimmings.
  2. Ask your little one to create the food items with their dough. Yum

12 Reindeer food

 How to make reindeer food

  1. Simply mix granola, dried fruit and sweets/choc chips in a bowl.
  2. Spoon into a bag or bowl and leave out for the reindeers on Christmas Eve

For more Christmas crafts and games to entertain your kids, check out 5 Minute Fun for lots of free and fun activity ideas! 

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