So you have a few more days to get out there and shop until you drop, but if you are like me you’d probably rather pluck your eyeballs out than spend one more minute in the stores. If you need some last minute gift ideas from the kids, why not set up a craft area in your home and let them design to their heart’s content? We did just this yesterday because my oldest daughter had a cold and we couldn’t go do our ‘fun day’ at Chuck e Cheese (yes, I really do love this place and was sad to miss out yesterday!) But the craft day was a success and we have tons of last minute gifts for neighbors and family members. Here are a few ideas to keep your kids crafting and busy while you finish up last minute holiday tasks:
- Snowflake ornaments from construction paper. First, use a base of construction paper to cut out a snowflake (or star or tree or some other Christmas type of decoration). Next, use tissue paper cut up into tiny pieces (or shred up by the kids, which is what we did) to decorate the ornament. Dab some glue in spots, attach the tissue paper, and viola! Use a hole puncher to punch a hole in the top and then use string to attach a hanger. Have the kids write their names and the date on the back. This can be given as a gift or attached to a gift as a tag.
- Picture frames from cereal boxes. You know how you always have eighteen boxes of empty cereal setting around at the end of the week? Put them to good use. Use the cardboard as a picture frame by having the kids paint or color the plain side. Once dried, cut out the area for the photo and tape the photograph to the back so it shows through the decorated side. Decorate with gems, glitter, pom poms or other accessories. Make a magnet by attaching magnet to the back; an ornament by hole punching and attaching a string; or leave as is for use on a corkboard.
- Clay or other ornaments. The department stores and craft stores have a ton of white ornaments you can paint. We use these as extra gifts, or attach them to presents so they can then be used as ornaments. The kids love painting them, and while it is a quick activity it does keep them busy for a while.
- Decorative flower pots. Purchase a few small flower pots. Let the kids paint them as they want, stuff with tissue paper, and then put small candies or hang the small sized candy canes over the sides for a little Christmas treat. Great for a neighbor!
- Snowflakes from wooden sticks. Use popsicle or craft sticks, put three together at different angles to make a snowflake. Attach to each other with glue and then have the kids decorate them with paint and accessories. Hang from the tree or attach to gifts!
- Coffee filter snowflakes. Use white coffee filters and watercolor paint. Fold the coffee filters several times and then cut on the portion of the filter that has the seam. Open up the snowflakes and then let the kids paint with watercolors. These dry really quickly. Attach ribbon and hang in the window, or attach to a gift.
- Make a Rudolph! Trace one foot on brown construction paper, and two hands on brown construction paper. The hands become the ears or antlers and then foot becomes the long nose. Add a red pompom for the nose and viola, a wonderful and easy Rudolph activity!
If you have some great last minute Christmas craft or gift ideas, please let us know.