Christmas arts and crafts can be a good way to keep children occupied during the colder months, and making decorations means that they will be able to display their Christmas crafts around the house throughout the festive season.
If you want to plan some crafting activities for children, then making decorations is a concept that can be adapted to suit most ages and abilities. Older children may enjoy more detailed or time consuming crafts such as stitching and decorating stockings to hang around the house, whereas younger children may require simpler crafts such as making paper chains or painting Christmas tree decorations.
If you are unsure which Christmas crafts to choose, then it is a good idea to have a look at some craft websites to get an idea of what is available. There are many Christmas crafts kits that you can buy, which include all the materials needed to complete a certain project. These kits can be handy if you are going to be looking after children over the festive season but donít have a large stock of arts and crafts materials to keep them busy!
If you choose to buy craft kits, make sure you know how many of each project can be made from the kit. Some craft kits may include enough materials for just one project, such as a Christmas stocking or a Santa hat. Alternatively, some kits may include craft supplies to make a number of decorations, such as a set baubles or a small number of Christmas cards, for example. It is always a good idea to check how many items each kit will make, as you may decide to purchase more than one kit, particularly if two or more children will be making these crafts.
There are lots of craft kits available which will produce Christmas decorations for the home and often for the tree in particular. There are lots of bauble making kits, which often use light polystyrene balls for children to decorate with paints, glitter and stick on gems. Sewing kits can also be found, and children can assemble pre-cut felt shapes to make items such as penguins or snowmen. Again, these can be decorated with extra craft items and hung on the tree. Very simple yet effective tree decorations can be made by decorating shapes cut from card, and this is a project that could be done without a specialised craft kit. Pre-cut shapes might be easier for younger children, but those who are older might like to cut out their own shapes from coloured card.
Festive colours such as green, red, silver and gold may be a good choice, and you can also buy a range of decorative items such as glitter, sequins, pipe cleaners, pom poms, and lots more! Glittery thread can be used to hand then from the tree once they are dry, and these decorations can be made as elaborate or as personal as you choose!
Here at Baker Ross there is a huge range of craft equipment and materials, and you should be able to find everything you need for child-friendly Christmas crafts!