It won't be long before the kids will be out of school for Christmas break and we will be looking for things to keep them busy. I find that I can keep my son busy for hours creating arts and crafts. I am already collecting ideas and putting aside any items that can be upcycled into Christmas crafts for kids.
As much as possible, I like to use my kids' Christmas art projects to help decorate the house. Whether you set aside one wall to hang all of their art or sprinkle it throughout the house, using your kids' artwork to decorate your home is a great way to add a festive touch.
While I like to use recycled items as much as possible for our Christmas projects, I will confess to buying one kit each year: a Gingerbread House Kit. We have a tradition of making a gingerbread house on our first real snow day, so I always buy a few kits and set them aside for that snow day. It is the perfect way to keep them busy while they are waiting for the worst of the storm to pass so they can play outside. And if we get one of those gentle snow storms that they can play in right away, I can use the gingerbread house as a way to lure them in before they get frostbite.
15 Christmas Crafts for Kids
Make a cute Clothespin Nativity with a Popsicle Stick Stable for a way to bring the spirit of the season into craft time.
This Easy Snowman Ornament Craft is sure to delight those who make it.
Go for a simple and fun craft with these Canning Jar Lid Wreath Ornaments.
You and your children will love this craft or a Clay Pot Nativity.
I love a good easy craft and these Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Ornaments from One Little Project are just that. This would be a great Christmas craft for preschoolers.
Christmas Light Chalk Stencil Art for Kids from Buggy and Buddy is a really creative way to use chalk.
Fingerprint Christmas Trees from Messy Little Monster are a craft that is also a great keepsake, too.
These Candy Cane Mice from Mom on Timeout are a cute way to make simple gifts to hand out to classmates.
I made Snow Globes just like the ones shown here on Martha Stewart when I was little and I loved them.
Preschoolers will love this craft for a Jinglebell Necklace from PreKinders.
These simple and rustic Yarn Wrapped Star Ornaments are great for kids to make for the tree.
I can't wait to see how cute this little Hand Wreath from My Name is Snickerdoodle would look with little hand cutouts on it.
Another cute wreath is this one made by Our Small Town Idaho Life. It is a simple Construction Paper Wreath.
Danielle's Place has a cute paper plate craft for the season. Check out her Baby Jesus in a Manger Paper Plate Craft.
Make these adorable Coffee Filter Angels from Kid Friendly Things to Do for something to do with kids that can decorate the tree top, too.
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