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…
DIY Sparkly Crown
- hot glue
- white glue
- rhinestones, sequins, glitter
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.
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.
- big paper
- pencils or markers
- small stickers
- flash cards or letters for copying
- Popsicle sticks
- hot glue
- spray adhesive
- newsprint for workspace
- Using hot glue attach Popsicle sticks together to form a snowflake shape. If you need help doing this click here.
- Working in small areas spray the adhesive on the Popsicle stick snowflake.
- Sprinkle blue, purple, and silver glitter on top.
- Repeat until the snowflake is covered in glitter.
- Tie some string around the snowflake.
- Wrap the string around a push pin and stick it into the wall to hang.
- magazine sheets
- clear tape
- Cut out the snowflakes. For more help with creating a snowflake shape click here.
- Hang them in a window with clear tape.
Just Paint a Picture
There’s no school like the old school. My girls absolutely love to paint.
This dollar store special was one of their favorite crafts in our advent calendar. It was really easy to make and assemble.#ThankGodForTape
- foam shapes
- scotch tape
- stickers, rhinestones, glitter glue, etc…
- Decorate the foam shapes.
- After they’re dry flip them over and tape the string to the foam pieces.
- Hang it up using more clear tape.
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.
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
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 Paper Necklaces
For something less messy but just as fun click over to print out these adorable paper necklaces.
To see last years kids activities during Christmas break click here.
Pin 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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