Merry & bright: Christmas activities & crafts for kids

Neville Christmas sweater printable craft for kids

Christmas is right around the corner and when it comes to the holidays, kids are always full of energy and excitement. So, it's time for lots of magical moments in between busy days, full of wrapping gifts, baking, or writing cards. One way to make Christmas more magical is to have your kiddo involved throughout the process! We've gathered some games, activities, and crafts to double the magic of the most wonderful time of the year.

Christmas ornament crafts for kids

What’s Christmas without a flashy tree? Now’s the time to get your creative juices flowing and recruit your kiddo to design some amazing ornaments for the tree and maybe the entire house! Here are some Christmas ornament crafts for kids that you can try with your little ones.

Clear ornaments made fun!

This activity has a lot of room for creativity, so it’s perfect for both preschoolers and even toddlers. There are lots of ways your kiddo can make this craft their own!

First, you'll need some clear ornaments. Depending on the age of your kiddo, you may want to opt for some plastic ones that won't break in little hands. Once you have your ornaments, it's time to decide how you'll decorate them. Do you want to paint the ornaments? Or maybe you'll want to fill the ornaments up with some cheerful pom-poms to give your tree more color!

If you would like to paint your ornaments from the inside, put a marble inside the ornament with a little dollop of acrylic paint and swirl it around. The marble will roll with the paint and create some interesting shapes! To make things even more interesting, don’t forget to add some glitter along with the paint! Making unique tree ornaments is one easy Christmas craft for toddlers.

Felt photo ornaments

Christmas is a great time to celebrate being together with your family and friends. One of the fun Christmas activities for families that you can try with your kiddo is doing a mini-photoshoot and decorating your house with photo ornaments!

You don’t have to do a new photoshoot if you have old pictures from other crafts lying around. If not, dress up and get funky with the holiday spirit! You can then print out the pictures to put them on frames made out of felt. With a little bit of hot glue, you can decorate the sides of the felt frame with beads and fun knick-knacks. The only thing left to do is attach a string to hang these amazing photo ornaments on your tree!

Child working on paper craft for Christmas with Sago Mini printable activity

Christmas paper crafts for kids

Christmas paper crafts for kids are amazing since all you need is, well, a pad of paper and stationery! It’s amazing how a simple sheet of paper can be turned into amazing stuff and you get to have fun along the way!

Paper crafts are one of the easiest crafts to do with your little one at home. The sky is the limit with what you can do with colorful craft paper, a pair of scissors, glue, and pens. You can make something from scratch, or you can print some printouts to do with your younger kids.

Try a festive Sago Mini printable!

Our Sago Mini printables make it easy for your little one to get crafting during the holiday season. With simple instructions on the first page, all you need is a printer, some markers, some craft supplies you have around the house, and you're off to the races!

Counting down the days until Christmas arrives is half the fun for kids. Kids get more excited with each passing day until they can open their presents on Christmas morning! Advent calendars are the perfect way to mark each exciting day and get kids even more hyped up for Christmas! Check out our advent calendar printable activity to try with your kiddo.'s getting chilly out there! Help Neville decorate his adorable holiday sweater with some markers and pom-poms! It's a great craft idea for little hands. All that gluing and sticking helps improve fine motor skills, and it makes for a warm and cozy sweater for our penguin pal. Print off this easy printable activity and help give Neville a stylish new look!

Christmas tree craft from paper

Though a big tree decorated with ornaments is practically essential, scattering around paper trees with a little tealight candle or fairy lights will get your house into the holiday spirit. Paper Christmas trees are super easy to do, and your kiddo will have so much fun cutting up paper and creating their own decoration! There are tons of "tree recipes" online to try out, too.

One easy Christmas tree craft for kids is using wooden skewers, a base that you can stick the skewers to (like plasticine), paper, and markers. You can also use green construction paper, too! Fold the paper into an accordion shape and pass the wooden skewer through the middle of the paper. The base will keep the tree upright. Your kid can also glue pom-poms on the tree and put a star on top!

DIY Christmas crafts for kids

Busing out the knick-knacks and the toilet paper rolls you've been saving and let's get DIYing! DIY Christmas crafts for kids are both entertaining and they'll be a perfect way for little ones to celebrate the magic of the season.

Paper plate Christmas wreath

This craft is so easy to do, and so fun! The best part is that you probably have scrap paper plates lying around, so it's super simple to get started. Get your scissors and cut out a circle in the middle of the paper plate. Don't worry if it isn't a perfect circle, you can cover that up with decorations! A material that resembles greenery is tissue paper, and it's easy to work with. Grab some green tissue paper (or any color you like) and crinkle it up to add some texture. Then, glue onto the plate. It's now time to spice up your wreath with decorations! Glue pom poms or ribbons on the wreath to make it as festive as you can. Your kid will have a holly-jolly time making this wreath!

Glow-in-the-dark snow globe

Snow globes are mesmerizing for little ones. Here's an extra fabulous recipe to make DIY glow-in-the-dark snow globes! You'll need a couple of materials for this Christmas craft with kids that may not be in your craft supplies already. First, find a glass jar that has a tight lid to keep the liquid in. Since this activity involves glass, make sure there's an adult supervising to keep the glass from breaking. You'll also need flat tonic water containing quinine in the ingredients. To make sure that there's no carbonation in the liquid, open the can or bottle and have it sit at room temperature for two days. This DIY requires a bit of preparation beforehand, but the result is worth the wait!

Once you have your tonic water ready and decarbonated, you can get started with the assembly. To make it more interesting, you can glue items inside the water-tight lid of the jar but make sure they are waterproof. Since this water glows in blacklight, and white is the best color that reflects it, you can put a snowman made out of a foam sheet on the lid. Hot glue will do the trick. Don’t forget to sprinkle some glitter into the tonic water for that amazing shake effect! A great recipe for this DIY with tried and tested methods can be found here. Time to bust out your blacklight and watch that snowglobe glow!

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