I have been attempting to get a little organised and get some Christmas cards and other bits done with Mr D. He doesn’t really understand Christmas as yet, but we have done a couple of bits and pieces so here are my top three easy toddler christmas crafts.
Glittery Sticker Christmas Cards
This is as simple as they come – I picked up some red, green and black card from hobbycraft earlier this week and used these Christmas glitter foam stickers from Baker Ross. They are great quality and we had a lovely hour – yes an entire hour! of sticking these onto card. I halved each piece of A4 card to make smaller Christmas cards. We really did enjoy this and we have lots of lovely cards that we can send to family that have that lovely personal touch of being made by Mr D.
Stained Glass baubles
this stained glass bauble kit is brilliant fun and the finished effect is superb. We have made one of these and we will make another two as we get closer to Christmas. We will use them to decorate the glass on our internal doors I think. What I loved about this was that it was a good opportunity to practice colours and counting and it is something that when we pop it up onto the glass Mr D can be really proud of. I will be ordering more of these next year so Miss E can join in too. I think children of all ages would love doing this activity and the finished items are fab.
I’ve mentioned in the past that I am keen for Mr D to get into painting and mark making so armed with some silver, gold and glittery paints we set about using some foam nativity scene stamps. These are great for small hands as they are quite chunky and there is lots for them to hold on to. I think maybe Mr D is a little young to use them accurately, and in another six months his control etc will be much more refined. Our finished stamps weren’t very clear, but that is nothing to do with the quality of the stamps at all, more that Mr D enjoyed using them to rub paint all over the paper! That said at just £3.99 for 12 stamps these are excellent value. I think it is important the children have an awareness of the nativity and Christmas story and these are a great way to introduce that. In future years I plan to use these to make some stick puppets and we can make a stable and tell the story together. In the meantime I am going to take them to our Monday playgroup for the older children to enjoy there.
We have enjoyed all these little activities and they have been lovely to do with Mr D as they have prompted lots of chatter about what we are doing, the different materials we are using etc and it is nice to get into the festive spirit.
Have you come across any great christmas craft kits?
*I was sent these items as part of the Baker Ross Bloggers Network*