Top 5 Christmas Craft Activities

Are you looking for ideas for craft activities to do with your class in the run up to Christmas? Axcis can help! Our top 5 craft ideas are listed in this blog.

1 Paper plate wreaths

Using paper plates and decorating with any manner of accessories, you can let imaginations run wild with this simple, low-cost Christmas craft activity.

What you’ll need:
  • Paper plates
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Decorations – this could be paint, glitter, felt shapes, leaves and twigs collected either before, or during the session – anything goes!
What to do:
  • Simply cut out the middle of the plate and then decorate away!

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2 Snow globes

Get your students to bring in a glass jar and help them to create a magical Christmas decoration with this simple yet effective craft activity.

What you’ll need:
  • Glass jar
  • Strong/waterproof glue
  • Water
  • Glycerine
  • Glitter
  • Decoration or polymer clay
What to do:
  • Either make a Christmas decoration from clay and bake until hard, or use a shop-bought decoration (making the decoration could be done in an earlier lesson)
  • Glue to the inside of the lid of your glass jar
  • Fill the jar with water and add a teaspoon of glycerine (allow space for the decoration to displace some water)
  • Add a tablespoon of glitter
  • Apply glue to the thread of the jar and screw on tightly
  • Allow to dry
  • Voila! Your own snow globe

3 Potato-print Christmas cards

This classic activity is a must in the run up to Christmas and can be as simple or complicated as you like!

What you’ll need:
  • Card
  • Potatoes (or sponge also works well)
  • Paint
  • Stencils/cookie cutters
  • Overalls!
What to do:
  • First you’ll need to select a design. I chose Christmas trees
  • Cut the potato down the middle so you have space for the stencil/cookie cutter
  • Press the cutter into the potato – leave it in place while you use a knife to cut out the shape of the tree (or whatever design you’re using)
  • Put poster paints into flat trays/plates
  • Stamp away!
  • (We also used a carrot cut in half to create a “round” stamp as well as a star stamp)
  • Allow to dry flat to avoid paint runs on your finished cards
  • If you like, you can also add glitter, stickers or other sparkly embellishments to your dry cards.

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4 Gingerbread men

If you fancy a bit of fun in the kitchen, why not do a bit of Christmas baking? Nothing says Christmas better than the enticing, spicy aroma of freshly baking gingerbread men!

What you’ll need:
  • Gingerbread recipe (we used this one)
  • Either icing sugar and food colourings, or some ready-made writing icing
  • Disposable piping bags with a tiny hole cut in the point are a great idea for easier icing if making your own icing
  • Silver balls/other cake decorations (if you like)
What to do:
  • Either make (or buy) some gingerbread men (if making allow to cool before icing)
  • Decorate as you like! (If making your own icing, ensure it’s a thick mix of icing sugar and water so that it doesn’t run/spread too much)
  • Allow icing to dry
  • EAT!
  • You may also choose to add a step to your activity by planning out designs for your men using pens and paper while your gingerbread men are baking!

 

Remember with food-based activities to check for allergies among your class members.

5 Napkin rings

This lovely activity will give your children something they can make, and then show off at the Christmas dinner table. For reluctant eaters, this may help to encourage them to participate in the traditional Christmas dinner.

What you’ll need:
  • Kitchen roll tubes or old curtain rings
  • Christmas decorations (either shop-bought or home-made)
  • Glue/double sided tape
What to do:
  • Cut cardboard tubes into small sections, or take the metal hook out of curtain rings
  • Provide a tray of decorations and glue
  • Let children use their imaginations to decorate their napkin rings!

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