Christmas Crafts for Kids Using Construction Paper
Most kids love to do crafts. With younger children especially, the crafts need to be fairly easy, things they can do themselves. Crafts can be expensive and time consuming; however they do not have to be. These crafts use construction paper as the base and a pack can be found at almost any store for a just a couple of dollars. Children of all ages will have fun with these projects and best of all, they aren't messy or expensive.
This time of year we seem to be stuck inside more than ever. To me, this is the perfect time for craft projects. This time of year also lends itself towards Christmas crafts. The first one we did today was poinsettia flowers. I drew a flower and cut it out myself. Then for the younger kids I traced it and cut it out for them. For the older kids they traced it and cut it out themselves. Then we cut out little yellow "seeds" and glued them on in the center.
This craft really didn't take much time, yet the kids all had fun with it. This craft allows them to practice their eye hand coordination and fine motor skills, which all children need to do. We taped them all to our bay window in the kitchen and it looks very festive.
The second craft we did was stand up Christmas trees. Again I drew a tree and cut it out and then traced it for my younger kids. Take a green piece of construction paper and fold it in half. Draw half of a tree on one side and then cut it out. Make sure that you have enough of the tree along the bottom edge of the page in order for it to stand up. You can also leave it completely flat along the bottom so it will stand better. Once you are done cutting open the tree up a little and it should stand up on a flat surface.
My oldest son drew his own and cut it himself, so it can't be that hard right? After cutting out the tree the kids placed gold star stickers on it as well as drew ornaments. If you are brave enough to let your children use glitter, now would be a great time. I had wanted to use glitter glue for this project, but realized we were out once we started. Our trees aren't as shiny as they could be, but the kids loved it. These trees now adorn my mantel and piano.
Other easy crafts that can be made out of construction paper are stars, paper chains (counting down the days with paper chains is a favorite activity for young children), snowmen, holly, wreathes and snowflakes. Craft projects are essential to the growth and development of young children. And best of all they love it. They love doing things themselves, they love spending special time with mom or dad working on things like this together, and they love displaying their crafts when they are finished.
When a child can complete a craft all by themselves they will have a great sense of pride and accomplishment. If you can find a way to display your child's craft they will be that much prouder. Craft projects like these get overlooked in the craziness of our regular days; however when I can find the time to make them happen, the kids are just so happy. We will definitely be doing more craft projects this winter. Besides we haven't made snowmen or snowflakes yet, right?
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