Is anyone else wondering how they’re going to keep their kids occupied during sick days this winter (our home has been plagued by constant illness this school year) or when school is out for winter break at the end of the month? By the time the holidays arrive, I think we can all agree moms deserve get a winter break too. Unfortunately, momming doesn’t come with breaks. You can, however, give your little ones a few materials and some instructions and set them loose into the Christmas crafting world to buy yourself a few minutes. That’s what I’ll be doing (or at least trying to do), anyway. Read on for 25+ Christmas crafts and activities that will keep your kids busy this holiday season.
A relatively mess-free craft, these waterless snow globes are both fun to create as an activity and a pretty piece of holiday decor you can enjoy for years to come.
Give Santa a personalized touch—literally—with these air dry clay handprint ornaments. Invite your little one to give Santa some personality with whatever fun colors and decorations they’re inspired to add to their ornament creation.
It’s not too late to start counting down to Santa’s visit on December 25th with this cute (and simple!) paper plate craft to help littles get ready for the excitement of Christmas day.
Save yourself a trip to the store to buy more wrapping paper by creating DIY wrapping paper with your family. Simply grab some paint and a roll of brown paper and let your inner artists out!
A project that’s equal parts chemistry and art, these crystal candy cane ornaments are the result of an exciting science experiment that kids will surely enjoy exploring.
Another simple activity that can be turned into holiday decor, this festive wreath is crafted using red ribbon and a variety of green buttons in different sizes. You can do this on a piece of paper, cardboard, or a canvas!
7. Grinch Slime
Kids looove slime, and creating your own at home is sure to be a super fun DIY activity. Put The Grinch on TV for some inspo and make this bright green slime featuring cute red heart confetti. (Need help getting slime out of clothes? Click here for our hack!)
Bring together the whole gang of Christmas characters with these playful toilet paper roll creations. From cotton balls and pom-poms to buttons and googly eyes, little ones will have a delightful time putting all the pieces together.
An easy craft that can be done at home with items you probably already own, have your kiddos create these holiday cards and attach them to gifts for friends and family this season.
Salt dough ornaments are relatively easy to make at home and can make great gifts for teachers or grandparents this time of year. Simply use cookie cutters and pretty ribbon (plus bells if you have them!) to create these special crafts.
11. Kinetic Snow
If your littles love kinetic sand, create a batch of kinetic snow instead this winter. You’ll need sand, cornstarch, dish soap, and water—that’s it!
Glittering with winter wonderland vibes, these sparkly little snow globe sensory bottles are easy to make and fun for little hands to play with.
13. Reindeer Slime
Another fun slime recipe, this one makes an adorable gift after it’s put into a small mason jar and decorated to look like a reindeer!
There’s no craft simpler than coloring pages, and this free set includes six festive holiday scenes: a Christmas tree, a smiling Santa, a reindeer, a menorah, a snowman, and wrapped gifts!
Have your littles create and decorate their very own felt Christmas tree with this craft that’s both a fun activity and a piece of holiday decor—win-win!
16. Grinch Ornaments
What could soften the Grinch’s grouchiness more than an ornament filled with fluffy green feathers? Even if How the Grinch Stole Christmas isn’t on your list of holiday movies to watch as a family this year or your little one isn’t familiar with the Grinch yet, the bright green and glittery red of this art project is perfect for holiday spirit.
This free printable Christmas word search is a great activity for older kids. They can scan the page for holiday-themed words including “candy cane,” “cards,” “stocking,” and more!
These salt dough ornaments feature your kids’ tiny handprints and makes for a special holiday keepsake (or gift!).
Help your little ones create Santa out of a paper plate, construction paper, paint, and lots of cotton balls with this cute and easy-to-make craft.
Print out this free scavenger hunt and take it with you to family activities throughout the season as you view holiday lights, visit Santa, bake Christmas cookies, and more.
Another fun Santa craft, this one uses popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, paint, and cotton balls to create jolly old St. Nick.
Download and print the free template linked within this craft to help your kiddos create and decorate stand-up Christmas trees using folded paper.
Have your kids written a letter to Santa with their Christmas wishlist yet? There’s still time if not, and it couldn’t be easier with our free, printable Santa letter template!
Let your child’s creativity shine with this activity that uses cardboard (a perfect use of Amazon delivery boxes!), string, paint, and other craft accessories to create a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree.
If you’re seeking to create a captivating-looking gingerbread house with your kiddos, but want to avoid the edible part where melting candy and frosting sit on display for days or weeks, this is a great alternative. By using a wooden birdhouse and festive decor you can find online or at most craft stores, kids can channel their imagination into these colorful and spirited ‘gingerbread’ houses instead.
This STEM activity creates “magic” science reactions by combining whole milk with dish soap—trust us, your kids will be enthralled by this!
This DIY tree activity from Valerie @outsidethetoybox uses two things you likely already have on hand: a box and food pouch caps.