Christmas is the perfect time of year to get the craft supplies out. The two crafts I’m going to share here I can’t take any credit for as they are activities we did at a playgroup and our exploring art group that we do. However, they’re very effective and the children had great fun doing them that I thought I’d share them here.
First up are our little Christmas trees. These were made at our favourite playgroup that we head to each Monday afternoon. It will be a sad day when I make my final trip there with the children. Mr D has been going since he was around eight months old and Miss E around one week old. For this craft they provided a cardboard tree shape and lots of coloured tissue paper. The children were encourage to scrunch up the paper or to just glue on to make the green for the tree. The coloured papers were used to create decorations for the tree. Both the children enjoyed making these and I think we might make some more of these in the run up to the Christmas if we have some free time and make some bunting with them to hang across the chimney breast.
The second craft I wanted to share are these fabulous candle jars. These were made at our Friday afternoon art group. The group is very relaxed and the children really enjoy it here. Mr D has made a lovely little friend there and Miss E always seems to be the last one sitting at the table working on the craft that day. These jars are so simple but look fabulous.
We used two empty pasta sauce jars and using PVA glue, crepe paper, glitter and sequins the children decorated them. Miss E spent ages on hers – her fine motor skills are excellent considering her age and she likes to spend time lining things up so they are just so. Mr D on the other hand is much less ordered on things like this and just stuck stuff on his jar – keen to add as much glitter as possible.
I LOVE these little jars and we are going to be saving our jars to make some more of these over the last week leading up to Christmas.