Christmas is such an exciting time of year for kids, the excitement is overwhelming …. and so are energy levels! I find the best thing to do is channel that energy into some really productive activities where they can use fine motor skills, problem solving skills and where the older kids can help out or guide the little ones (all kids love being helpful!).  I have put together a range of Christmas activities for your kids to try (supervised by an adult), with at least one ingredient or utensil from the kitchen…

1.  Baking Soda Hand Print Ornaments:

These hand print ornaments by ‘Parents’ are such a beautiful idea to remind us how much our little ones grow each year.  The website gives a step by step guide on how to make these cute keepsakes using just baking soda, cornflour, and water! They will last for years, just like the memories of each precious Christmas while your kids are still young.

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2. Cupcake Christmas Tree

This is an awesome activity to keep kids entertained for a couple of hours.  It combines baking and icing the cupcakes (which is always fun in itself), then creating the tree once the icing has set.  The kids will love this activity and I’m sure they will be so proud on Christmas day when it’s the centre piece of the dessert table.  You can get the recipe and instructions from Teaspoon.com

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3. Whoville Cookies

This is not just about making cookies – you could have a whole afternoon themed around Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  First watch the movie or read the book, then make some of these gorgeous little Whoville cookies by Midget Momma.  They are very bright and easy to make and we are sure the kids will love them… just make sure they have plenty of outside play after eating them to burn some of that sugar off!

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4.  DIY advent calendar – using a muffin tray

This would have to be my favourite advent calendar idea!  All you need is a mini muffin tray, printable magnetic sheets (which you can get from Amazon) and some goodies to include in the muffin trays. What’s great is that you can personalise the gifts for each child.  Club Chica circle, who created the idea, has even created a printable calendar for you to use.

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5. Bow Tie Noodle wreaths for Christmas Cards

This is a great craft idea even for toddlers.  You will need mini bow tie noodles, green paint, green glitter, red ribbon and glue (along with some card).  Start by painting and adding glitter to the bow ties, then once dry, glue them to your cards.  This is a great home made gift for family and friends and I’m sure they will appreciate the effort that has gone into making them.  You can get the full details on how to make them from Craftymorning.com

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6.  Cookie-Cutter Stamped Christmas Cards

Who said cookie cutters could only be used for baking?….  Kidspot have come up with a crafty way to use the cutters and keep the kids entertained.  Again this is a perfect activity for toddlers as well as older kids.  Simply use the cookie cutters as stamps for card making, but make sure you wash them well afterwards! You can find the recipe on kidspot.com.au

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7. Christmas Baking Soda Science Erupting Ornaments

This is quite possibly the most awesome Christmas baking soda experiment ever! – your kids (and maybe you) will be frothing over this one! The active ingredients that cause the reaction are baking soda and vinegar, so it’s a very simple and safe activity to keep kids entertained this Christmas.  You can get the details for this cool experiment from littlebinsforlittlehands.com

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8. Reindeer Food

This is a perfect activity for Christmas Eve – instead of leaving carrots out for Santa’s reindeer, sprinkle some sparkly reindeer food on the lawn.  It is sure to help Santa and the reindeer find your house!  You can find the recipe at polishthestars.com where they even provide the cute printable header label for freereindeer food printable

9. Candy Cookie Cones

Imagine an enchanted forest dessert table feature – it would certainly be very eye catching and a great talking point.  The best thing about these though, is the creativity children will experience with making these.  When it comes to decorating, get a whole lot of different sweets that the kids can use (and eat while they are creating) and let them go crazy! You will have the whole forest created in no time! Thanks to couponclippingcook.com, you can find there recipe here

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10. Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

How cute are these little gems! Baking these could become a Christmas tradition in your household, as they are a great way to spend quality time with your children… Imagine Christmas carols playing in the background, the smell of freshly baked cookies and very content little kiddies munching on Peanut Butter reindeer cookies by Budding Baketress. - this is what the Christmas holidays is all about!

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11. Lacy Punched Salt Dough Ornaments

This is a very creative activity for the holidays, after making the salty dough mixture punch holes in it with a straw and place some pretty gems in each hole to make beautiful ‘stained glass’ salt dough ornaments.  What better way to dress the Christmas tree than to have hand made decorations.  Check out the artfulparent.com for the recipe and instructions. Mosaic Cookie decorations

12. DIY Sprinkles Ornaments

While we are on the topic of Christmas tree ornaments, Gimme Some Oven have come up with a very cute way to make everyones mouth water when they look at the Christmas tree!  There are so many colourful treats that could be used to decorate these ornaments and the kids will have a blast doing it (although more will probably go in their mouths than in the decorations!)…. To get all the info on how to craft these magnificent ornaments check out gimmesomeoven.com 

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I hope these activities give you some inspiration on how to entertain your children these holidays – happy crafting and Merry Christmas everyone!

- Nat