Kids Activities for Christmas Break

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The dread and delight of the upcoming week brings us to our Christian knees with eternal gratitude for the sacred hours of nine to three. Believe me I’ve been there…but now that we’re homeschooling there’s been a lot more time to complete all of this Christmas fun in advance so I can share it with you.  Most of these ideas originated from our advent calendar.  If this post leaves you hungry for more be sure to click over. I’ll leave a link at the end.

Let’s get right into it…

sparkly crown diy

DIY Sparkly Crown

Supplies

  • felt
  • hot glue
  • white glue
  • rhinestones, sequins, glitter

Instructions

I cut strips of felt and held it around her head.  Then I used hot glue to attach the felt strips for her custom fitted crown. Alice decorated her felt crown with rhinestones.You can also use sequins or glitter. Let it dry and wear for fun pretend play.

playing with letters

Big Letter Play

Whenever we take a break from homeschooling Alice gets pretty rusty on whatever she’s been learning. A gentle reminder is always nice, especially when it comes in the shape of a craft or a game. This is a great activity for emerging readers and preschoolers. First Alice drew big letters in white pencil. Then she traced them with little star stickers.  Dottie will be doing a lot of this next year for preschool. I love that this activity requires no prep from me.  It’s a great way to get some blogging done.

Supplies

  • big paper
  • pencils or markers
  • small stickers
  • flash cards or letters for copying

We also have big foam puzzle letters that she builds words with.  Do you have an word building toys? popsicle stick frozen snowflake craft

popsicle stick frozen snowflake craftGiant Frozen Snowflakes

Supplies

  • Popsicle sticks
  • hot glue
  • spray adhesive
  • glitter
  • newsprint for workspace

Instructions

  1. Using hot glue attach Popsicle sticks together to form a snowflake shape. If you need help doing this click here.
  2. Working in small areas spray the adhesive on the Popsicle stick snowflake.
  3. Sprinkle blue, purple, and silver glitter on top.
  4. Repeat until the snowflake is covered in glitter.
  5. Tie some string around the snowflake.
  6. Wrap the string around a push pin and stick it into the wall to hang.

making snowflakes from magazinesMagazine Snowflake Cut Outs

Supplies

  • scissors
  • magazine sheets
  • clear tape

Instructions

  1. Cut out the snowflakes. For more help with creating a snowflake shape click here.
  2. Hang them in a window with clear tape.

painting a picture

Just Paint a Picture

There’s no school like the old school. My girls absolutely love to paint.

foam garland craftFoam Shape Garland

This dollar store special was one of their favorite crafts in our advent calendar.  It was really easy to make and assemble.#ThankGodForTape

Supplies

  • foam shapes
  • string
  • scotch tape
  • scissors
  • stickers, rhinestones, glitter glue, etc…

Instructions

  1. Decorate the foam shapes.
  2. After they’re dry flip them over and tape the string to the foam pieces.
  3. Hang it up using more clear tape.

cool gift wrap ideas

Gift Wrapping

Every year I like to switch up the way I wrap. It’s usually based on whatever supplies I have leftover from decorating. This year I have some faux evergreen garland and fun felt shapes from a felt craft we made last year. Dottie has grown out of it so I decided to put it to good use and re-gift it to her via a gift topper.  We had a big roll of the Ikea drawing paper and it felt thin enough to wrap with.  If you’re looking to wrap with white paper I would definitely recommend this inexpensive drawing paper over traditional paper.

A little off topic but I might as well share this too…

For the adults I used some leftover striped wrapping paper from Ikea, ribbon, leftover tree filler, and some string. It added just enough freshness without shedding pine needles all over the place. The labels for all of my presents are underneath. I used some sticker labels I bought earlier this year.  They’re also keeping my ribbon from sliding all over the place.

cool gift wrap idea

diy christmas cards

DIY Christmas Cards

It’s not too late to send a Christmas card!

Hint: This craft also makes a great way to give a gift card.

paper mache bowls

Paper Mache Bowls

This was a super fun (and a little messy) craft that kept my 5 year old busy for the whole afternoon. Check out my paper mache bowl DIY here.

printable necklace craft

Printable Paper Necklaces

For something less messy but just as fun click over to print out these adorable paper necklaces.

things to do with your kids on school breakTo see last years kids activities during Christmas break click here.

kids-activities-for-christmas-breakPin for later if you wish!  I hope these (gazillion) crafts help you out over Christmas break. We’ve been so busy getting them all ready for you that I’m ready for a serious crafting break.  Have a great weekend.

xoxo, Jessica (Army Wife to Suburban Life)

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