One of the things we love to do at Auntie Sarah’s is arts and crafts. It’s a great way to keep the children entertained especially during the winter months.
Engaging in activities like arts and crafts not only provides immediate and lasting cognitive benefits for your child, but also creates a unique bonding experience, which also creates lifelong memories.
As there are a range of ages at Auntie Sarah’s, we encourage the children to work together and get the older children to support and help the younger ones with their crafting.
I provide a range of arts and crafts activities for the children which includes decorating cut-outs of boys/girls, animals and also with Christmas just around the corner we will be making decorations that they can hang on the tree or around the house.
With that in mind, I’ve pulled together a range of different arts and crafting ideas for you to use with your child/children over the festive season:
Forget mass-produced, store bought holiday ornaments. Wouldn’t you love to have your family’s own personalized creations hanging from the tree this year? Your child will delight in ushering the holidays by making his own homemade marbled Christmas balls. He doesn’t have to be a trained artist to make a professional-looking ornament, but a strong desire to embrace the holiday spirit is absolutely necessary!
Christmas is all about Santa or Father Christmas, and you’ll find a good collection of craft ideas with a Santa theme to try with the children here, from the youngest up.
If you’ve got lots of handmade Christmas cards on the to-make list this year, why not get the whole family involved with a helping hand from your mini makers! All three of these Christmas cards are perfect for making with little ones, with grown-ups on hand to add the final finishing touches.
Little ones will have fun making these ice cool skaters and racing them with friends and family. This excellent experiment requires adult supervision – and a bit of patience – as the skaters will need to go in the freezer overnight before they’re ready to dance.
The Sugar Plum fairy is our favourite character from The Nutcracker story. Not only have we been reading all about her in the book but also listening to The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky. So, it seemed ideal to make some music inspired sensory dough to play with after we had read the story!
Brighten your home with these easy to make paper lanterns. These are so clever – and look great all lit up with a battery-powered tea light. To make one you’ll need an A4 piece of paper/card, a stapler, glue, glitter and a pair of scissors.
You can arrange this from 24 down to 1 (a countdown) or from 1 up to Christmas. I always do it from 1 to Christmas as it encourages the kids to count the days that are remaining until Christmas — it never hurts to sneak in a bit of counting practice. Let the kids break into one of the cups each day until Christmas.
Time to get crafting!
These are just a few ideas I found, but there are hundreds more you can find when you search online.
Have fun and enjoy the festive season!