The holiday season is upon us, and as busy moms, we know how overwhelming it can be to find time for everything. Between shopping for gifts, cooking delicious meals, and attending holiday parties, it's easy to feel like there's no time left for crafting with our little ones. But fear not! We have 3 easy holiday kids crafts that are perfect for toddlers and won't take up too much of your precious time.
1. Simple Christmas Ornaments
Who doesn't love a beautifully decorated Christmas tree? Get your little one involved by making simple DIY ornaments together. All you need is some colorful construction paper, scissors, glue, and a few embellishments like glitter or stickers. Cut out shapes like stars, snowflakes, or even mini stockings. Let your child get creative with the decorations and watch their eyes light up as they hang their creations on the tree.
I know what you are thinking - that is TOO simple. The internet is full of mom-fluencers making salt dough and perfect hand and foot print reindeer. As a mom of 3, I promise you it really doesn’t have to be that complicated - or honestly, beautiful. Your kids want to spend time with you this holiday season, show their creativity, and contribute to the family decorations. Sometimes less really is more and it’s the memories of spending time with you coloring and cutting that matter more than an Instagram worthy craft!
2. New Year's Eve Party Hats
Ring in the new year with some festive party hats made by your little artist! Grab some plain party hats from the store or make your own using cardstock paper. Provide markers, crayons, and stickers for your child to decorate their hat however they please. Add some sparkle with glitter glue or sequins to make it extra special. These personalized party hats will be a hit at any New Year's Eve celebration!
Mom Win: sticker art is simple and easy for you, and a great fine motor skill for your toddler.
Make it Easy Tip: Some sticker sheets are very difficult for little hands to actually pull the stickers off. We don’t want holiday kids crafts to be frustrating! Look for stickers that aren’t surrounded by sticker material, but instead each sticker is individually on the plastic sheet. Or remove the background yourself to make it easier for your little one.
3. Winter Wonderland Snow Globe
Create a magical winter wonderland right at home with this fun snow globe craft. Start by finding a small glass jar with a tight-fitting lid - baby food jars work great for this! Fill the jar about halfway with water and add a few drops of glycerin (optional) to help the glitter float around slowly. Sprinkle in some white glitter and add small plastic figurines like snowmen or trees. Securely screw on the lid and seal it with hot glue for extra safety. Shake the jar gently to create a mesmerizing snowfall effect that your child will love.
Bonus: this is a great sensory toy kids love. But, it can get messy! Grab a Lifesaver mat if you’re looking to spend less time on clean up this holiday season!
Remember, the key to enjoying these holiday kids crafts is not perfection but creating memories with your little ones. Embrace the mess and let your child's creativity shine through. And to make clean-up a breeze, don't forget to use a Lil Helper Smocket! Our Smockets are designed to protect clothes from spills and stains, so you can focus on having fun without worrying about the mess.
So this holiday season, take some time to slow down and make lasting memories with your children through these easy and enjoyable crafts. Happy crafting!
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