Christmas is in sight and this year as I’ll be celebrating my Baby’s First Christmas, I cannot wait to get out the paints and get crafty, with his help of course! They make wonderful gifts for family and friends and you get to have some fun too! Here’s a round up of some of the best Christmas crafts for babies and little ones.
One of the easiest crafts I love to do with young children is to get the paint out and use their hands and feet as the main element in the decoration. Using child friendly paints coat their hand or foot in a layer of paint (this is when you find out how ticklish they are!) and use their footprint / handprint as the decoration and then embellish the print.
Footprint Christmas Trees
Back when my eldest was celebrating his first Christmas, we did footprint Christmas trees as our Christmas cards for family and friends. It was great fun and our Christmas cards were very well received.
Jess from Beauties and the Bibs has made more adorable footprint cards that are easy for little ones to have a go at and make. How adorable are those reindeers and penguins? I’d love to make some of these with both my boys. I think Olly would love making the penguin cards for his Teachers at school.
Kelly from It’s A Tink Thing has lots of ideas of how to make some quick and easy Christmas cards with children. There’s more footprint and handprint ideas as well as some simple but brilliant cards that children can do on their own. I love the potato Mr Snowman Christmas card and think my five year old would love to do this one year.
Snowman Christmas Card
Continuing with the snowman theme, Laura from Dear Bear and Beany has made these adorable snowman Christmas cards using cotton wool. I fondly remember using cotton wool at school for Christmas cards and it really fills me with lots of happy memories and nostalgia. Everyone made these cards at school didn’t they?
Christmas Tree Decorations
If you want to let your little ones have free reign over the craft box to make their own Christmas Tree Decorations then these ideas from Lisa at Hollybobbs are brilliant. I love the mittens and the Christmas Tree is very cute too. Such simple ideas that little ones will love doing.
Make a Snowglobe
I love this idea for a snowglobe craft from Laura at Dear Bear and Beany. It looks quick and simple to make and not too messy (for those of us who aren’t really ready to embrace the mess that crafting can bring).
Paper Plate Santa
Chloe from Life Unexpected has created a fantastic Paper Plate Santa over on her blog with her toddler and it’s a brilliant activity for little ones to get to grips with the glue stick! There’s also other fantastic craft ideas on her page including a felt Christmas tree, Snowman Bowling and how to make your own snow!
Button Christmas Cards
If you’ve got an older toddler (who won’t put the buttons in their mouths) then these button christmas cards from Susan K Mann are fantastic. I love how creative you can get with simple buttons making them as complicated or as simple as you like and they look fantastic!
Gingerbread Men Sun Catchers
I love this idea from Jenny at The Gingerbread House. These Gingerbread Men Sun Catchers are a great way for little ones to learn how sunlight can travel through pieces of coloured cellophane. I think they look brilliant.
There’s some brilliant ideas for Christmas crafts with the children for this year. We’re going to try out the footprint Christmas cards this year with both my boys. I can’t wait to see the results!