Christmas can get so busy. There is so much to get done and so many places to go! It really helps to take a step back and remember what the season is about. One of the best ways to do this is to spend some time at home with your family, doing things that you all enjoy! To give you some ideas on what to do at home, here are the best Christmas crafts for toddlers. Not only will it keep them entertained, but you can create some great festive decorations.
Salt Dough Christmas Decorations
Salt dough crafts are so much fun, and are suitable for all ages. It is the ideal craft for busy toddlers, letting them sit and shape their own little ornaments, and then paint them when they are done.
To make salt dough, you need simple ingredients that you probably have at home already.
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup salt
- ¼ cup of warm water
Mix all of these ingredients together slowly. You might need a little more warm water to make your dough workable, but it should not be sticky.
With your toddler, roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, kneading it to remove air bubbles and to give it a smooth texture.
Break a small piece of dough and roll it to ½ inch thick. You can either use festive cookie cutters to cut fun shapes out of the dough, or place your toddler’s hand print on the dough, cutting around the edges.
Place this in the microwave for 15 seconds. Repeat for another 15 seconds, and keep doing this until the dough dries out and changes color. Place them on wax paper to protect the microwave.
Once cool, your toddler can paint and decorate their salt dough ornaments! (Remember to poke a hole in the ornament before heating to place a string through to hang it)
Popcorn garlands are super easy to make, and are suitable for toddlers to make. You also get to snack on some popcorn!
To make these, cook up some popcorn. You can add colored sugar to the popcorn to make it red, green or any other color if you would like.
Get some cotton string, and place a large plastic needle on the end. With your toddler, thread the popcorn onto the string. Add in some red M&Ms or cranberries for an extra pop of colour!
You can then hang this around the house for some festive fun!
Paper Plate Wreaths
If you have some spare paper plates at home, you can use them to create some paper plate wreaths to hang up.
All you need for this are paper plates, paint and some pompoms or golden stars to decorate with.
Start by cutting the center of the paper plates out, to create a donut shape. Then, give your toddler some green paint and a paintbrush (they can finger paint as well) and get them to paint the front of the paper plate wreath.
Once dry, you can help them stick some red pompoms onto the wreath, to resemble mistletoe, and some gold stars for extra sparkle. If you don’t have red pompoms, they can make little red fingerprints using paint for the mistletoe.