Here are some of the coolest Christmas craft ideas to use as icebreaker activities and during the party. You can also use these ideas to keep your kids busy and creative during the holiday season. They’re SLED-LOADS of fun!
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Jingle Bell Jewelry
Prepare a few bowls of Jingle Bells and precut lengths of very thin satin ribbon in red, green and gold. Have the guest create a jingle bell necklace or bracelet by adding a few bells to their ribbon and jumping a few times to make sure their bells ring just right! This’ll add lots of jingles to your party and it’s a great favor to take home.
You will need little jars (possibly baby food jars). Fill the jar almost to the top with water and stir in a few drops of glycerin (sold at most pharmacies) and 1/2 a teaspoon of glitter, star and moon confetti. What the glycerin does is increase the density of the water and causes the glitter to fall much slower. Now the kids have a great glitter snow globe that can be added to their party favor pack.
Have the kids trace their hands on green colored paper. Have them cut out at least 10 handprints for one wreath. Have them glue them – overlapping each other a little bit and so that it makes a round circle. Then glue on a real red ribbon (or one cut out of red construction paper). You can give the kids markers and glitter to decorate.
Have the kids build a snowman with marshmallows. They’ll need a large toothpick (careful.) to connect the three marshmallows one on top of the other. Then have them use pretzel sticks for the arms and put small marshmallows on the ends for the hands. Provide candy to decorate the faces. The kids will be just as excited to eat their snowmen as make them.
Freeze a Bubble
You can have the kids blow bubbles onto a paper plate and then freeze it. It freezes within minutes. Amazing! If the weather outside is below 32 degrees, you can take your bubble activities outdoors. Blow a bubble and catch it on the wand. Wait and watch as it freezes. It will turn into a crystal ball and then shatter like glass! The children will see the ice crystals form. You can also do this with large bubble wands. Dip the wand into the bubble solution but do not blow a bubble. The crystals will form across the mouth of the wand.
Prepare white pasta ahead of time by adding a small amount of white paint and some uncooked pasta to a Ziploc baggie and shaking. Draw a Medium sized circle on a piece of sturdy paper. This will be used as a guideline. The children glue the white pasta inside the circle and can even extend outside the circle if they wish. Stress that all snowflakes are different.
Build an Igloo
Have the kids build their own mini igloos out of sugar cubes and vanilla icing on a cardboard platform. They can also use glitter, crystal studs and sequins to decorate the igloo. For “puffy” snow, use equal parts of shaving cream (non-menthol) and Elmer’s glue and spread around the base. You could probably add food coloring too! To preserve the igloo you (or another adult) can cover with shellac and it’ll be dry by the party’s end.
For this you’ll need popsicle sticks, glue, paint, glitter, and thread or ribbon. Let the kids paint their popsicle sticks.Then have them glue 5 of them in the shape of a star, here are two optional star designs… They can then decorate their Christmas star with glue and glitter (they can also decorate with salt which will give a crystal effect). Then tie or loop thread or ribbon so that they can hang their Christmas ornament.
Color a Snowflake
Precut white paper in the shape of snowflakes (round coffee filters are best for children). Provide markers and have the kids decorate their own snowflakes. Fold the snowflake and on the folded edge have them cut small shapes, then when you open up the snowflake, it will have beautiful repetitive shapes.
Let the kids build their own gingerbread house. Provide graham crackers, icing for glue, jellybeans, gum drops, peppermint candies, M&M’s and lots of special Christmas candies. Once they are finished place each house in crisp cellophane wrap gathered up top and tied with a bow. It’s a great gift to take home.
Here’s a cool recipe for (inedible) snowdough: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup water, 2 Tbs. Veg. Oil, 1 Tbs. Cream of tartar, 1/3 cup silver glitter, 1/4 cup white powdered tempera paint. Mix all ingredients together. Cook over medium heat, stirring until ball is formed. Knead dough until cool. Provide bowls with bits of cloth, paper, beads, pipe cleaners, felt, etc. Have the guests sculpt their own snowdough snowman and decorate it. You can also provide snowflake, snowman and other winter cookie cutters for the kids to experiment with.
Rudolph Candy Canes
For this you will need large glue, scissors, wrapped candy canes, red ribbon, wiggle eyes, small read pompoms and brown or black colored pipe cleaners. Show the kids how to make one: glue the wiggle eyes onto the rounded face of the candy-cane and the red pompom (for the nose) on the edge of the hook of the candy-cane. Tie red ribbon into a bow onto the straight part of the candy-cane. For the antlers, take one large pipe cleaner, have it go under the crook of the candy cane – bring it up and twist (this creates the right antler and the left antler – each tip of the pipe cleaner is a different antler). Then take another pipe cleaner and cut it in half. Take one of the halves and wrap it around one of the antlers (to thicken the antler). Do the same with the other antler and the other half of cut pipe cleaner.
Handprint Christmas Tree
For this craft you’ll need colored paper, markers, glitter, decorations, glue and scissors. Have the kids trace their hands on green paper (they will need at least 8 handprints to create the branches of the tree (Tip: fold the green paper or hold a few papers on top of each other, so that when you are cutting the handprint out – you will get a few rather than one).
Have them cut out a trunk from black or brown paper and that should be the first thing to glue down on a bigger piece of colored paper.
Before they start gluing the tree leaves, have them arrange the handprints first to create the tree, then glue them down. Have them cut stars out and glue to the top of the tree. Let them decorate the tree however they’d like.
Freeze a block of ice (1/2 gal. milk carton) and remove the ice from the carton. You may lay it on its side or stand it on end, put Ice cream salt on the top in several places. Then place a little food coloring (liquid or paste). Put a different color on each spot you put the salt and let it set. Watch the colors work their way down into the cake of ice. The children are fascinated by this.