Do you have children? If so, then I’m sure you know how much they love to get involved in the holidays. There are many different ways that kids can help out with Christmas decorations. The best part is that it’s a great way for children to learn about the importance of traditions and family time during this festive season!
In this blog post, we will discuss several reasons why making Christmas decorations with kids is beneficial as well as sharing some fun idea for your next craft session!
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Crafting Together Is a Great Christmas Tradition
Making Christmas crafts is not only a wonderful activity to do as a family, but also one that will keep the little ones occupied for hours and take their minds off all of those other pesky holiday errands!
Having a chance to be creative is something that many kids don’t get to experience every day. Being involved in the making of new Christmas decorations every year helps children feel like they have their own special traditions, even if they are starting them with you. This makes for some great family memories! Memories that last for many years.
Homemade Decorations Create a Sense of Accomplishment
As a child I remember making Christmas decorations at school and bringing them home to place on the Christmas Tree. I felt a real sense of pride in creating my own decorations and seeing them on the family Christmas tree. I still have some of those decorations today!
Christmas decorations don’t have to be expensive. Some of the best crafts are created with things you already have on hand or items that can be picked up from a dollar store! The sense of accomplishment children feel when they look back at their creations is priceless and something I believe everyone should experience at least once in life.
Making Decorations Can Help Children Appreciate the Christmas Season
Christmas is such an exciting time for children, with all of the festivities and presents around every corner. Adding in a craft session to get into the holiday spirit can really help your child appreciate this special time of year even more!
One fun activity that you may want to do is create decorations and symbols of Christmas for example have your child paint a star and then attach it to the top of their Christmas tree. Another idea could be to make your own candy canes as a reminder of the shepherds who were visited by Angels when the Baby Jesus was born.
You could even have a themed activity day where you craft, make decorations and read Christmas books and sing carols. Making decorations is a great opportunity to socialise, to talk and simply enjoy one another’s company whilst enjoying the spirit of Christmas.
How to Make Homemade Decorations With Kids
Making decorations for your home can be easy and it’s never too early to start making your Christmas memories!
You can make Christmas tree decorations using a cereal box, pegs or recycled materials. Check out this easy Recycled Wine Cork Christmas Mouse Decoration. It’s simple, easy to make and looks great on the tree.
When you have kids, it’s easy for them to get excited about all of the gifts and festivities that come with this time of year but many children don’t really understand what Christmas is truly about! Luckily having your child help make decorations can change their perspective on why we celebrate during this festive season.
Adding in traditions that you make as a family can help kids understand how special this season really is. After all, memories are what the holiday time is all about.
Christmas Decoration Ideas You Can Make With Kids
There are so many fantastic Christmas decoration ideas and to be honest it’s something I love to share here at The Inspiration Edit. We have plenty of Christmas craft tutorials, here are a few of my favourite:
- Wooden Slice Snowman Decorations
- Gingerbread House Ornament
- DIY Ping Ping Snowman Decoration
- Polar Bear Finger Print Decorations
- Toilet Tube Christmas Carol Characters
If you’re a huge Disney fan then you might want to check out all the fantastic Disney Mickey Ears over at Craft Play Learn. There are over 40 characters to choose from including Moana and Maui Christmas decorations, Lady and the Tramp and super cute Simba the Lion King Decorations. You’ll love them and they all come with free printable templates.
Christmas Crafts Help to Teach Important Skills
During a craft session with your kids, there are many important skills that can be learned such as motor coordination, patience when completing tasks and how to follow directions.
When making Christmas decorations with the kids remember not to do everything for yourself! It is essential for children to use their own imaginations and to allow them to be creative. They will be more proud of their finished product if they can say that they made it from start to finish themselves!
If you’re using a Christmas template such as our Olaf Christmas Decoration Template, let your child help cut out the templates or shapes and then have them paint, glue or decorate their own unique design. After all decorations dont have to look perfect!
Adding in a fun activity to get into the holiday spirit can really help your child appreciate this special time of year even more! Making decorations is easy, inexpensive and it’s never too early to have fun during the holiday season.
You’ll find everything you need at The Inspiration Edit for creating beautiful Christmas crafts with kids so take some time checking out our Christmas archives and have fun deciding what Crafts you will make this year.
So what are you waiting for? Get out those craft supplies and make some Christmas crafts together as a family this holiday season. Happy crafting!
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy crafts here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!