20 Fun Christmas Art & Crafts Activities for Kids

As the festive season of Christmas approaches, there’s a long list of things to do. It is a time for family gatherings, shopping, and celebrations. It is also the time when the kids get a break from school, and you need to find something to channelise all that energy. This is where exciting activities and games can come to the rescue.

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Best Children’s Christmas Activity Ideas List

Games, crafts, and other activities never get boring and can keep children occupied for hours on end. By taking up craft projects and activities, children also get a sense of achievement, and it boosts their self-confidence. Here are some things that can help your child make the best use of their Christmas holidays:

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1. Customised Christmas Stocking

One of the most popular Christmas themed activities for kids is to create a personalised stocking for Santa Claus to leave all the goodies in. Your kids can choose the colour as well as the embellishments they would like to put on it.

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What You Will Need

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  • Two equal pieces of felt
  • Stapler or craft glue
  • Colourful string or paper
  • Buttons, glitter, or stickers
  • Scissors
  • Pen

How to Do

  • Keep the two pieces of felt one over the other and draw a stocking shape with a pen.
  • Cut out the sock, and staple or glue the sides together, leaving the top open.
  • You can then glue on the colourful string or paper along the sides.
  • Make a small loop out of the leftover felt and fix it to the top corner so you can hang it up when done.
  • Finish up by embellishing with buttons, glitter, or stickers. You can also get your child to draw their initials on the stocking for a customised touch.

2. Memory Game With a Christmas Theme

Memory games are always fun and entertaining. They require very little preparation and can be customised to suit different occasions and themes.

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What You Will Need

  • One sheet of paper for each child
  • A pen for each child
  • About 15 to 20 different Christmas themed items
  • A box to hold all these items

How to Do

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  • Give each child a paper and a pen.
  • Put all the items in the box and place the box in a spot where all the children can take a good look at it.
  • Set a time limit for them to look at and memorise what they see.
  • Then, again set a time within which they have to jot down as many of the items from the box as they can recall. The child who gets the most things right wins.

3. Bowled Over by the Tissue Box Snowman

Indoor bowling can be a fun activity to keep the kids entertained during the Christmas holidays when it’s cold and dark outside.

What You Will Need

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  • 4 empty tissue box containers
  • Some white paper or white paint
  • Pieces of black felt or chart paper
  • A piece of orange card paper
  • Glue
  • Some twigs

How to Do

  • Paint the tissue boxes white all over or cover them entirely with sheets of white paper.
  • Stack them and then make a triangular nose from the orange card paper. Stick this on the first tissue box to make it appear like a nose.
  • Then use the black felt or chart paper on the first box to make a hat and eyes for your snowman.
  • Use a ball to topple over the snowman and stack the boxes back again for endless play!

4. Recycled Gift Bags

There is no season better than Christmas to give gifts to all your loved ones and you can add to your list of good deeds by recycling old paper bags. Put those shopping bags from the mall to some good use.

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What You Will Need

  • Paper shopping bags
  • Cellophane
  • Tissue paper
  • Colourful ribbons

How to Do

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  • Neatly cut out the store name or logo on the shopping bags.
  • From the inside, tape cellophane over this hole that you’ve cut out.
  • Then line the bag with tissue paper and finish off with colourful ribbon bows. You can use it as a goodies bag or gift bag.

5. Personal Snow Globe

A snow globe makes for a great showpiece or gift and definitely tops the list of interesting Christmas craft activities for children.

What You Will Need

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  • One glass jar (with a tight lid)
  • Your child’s favourite plastic figurine or a festive one if it’s a gift for someone else (choose a size that fits in the jar easily)
  • Waterproof glue
  • Distilled water or boiled and cooled tap water
  • Liquid glycerine
  • Glitter

How to Do

  • Stick the plastic figurine on the lid with the waterproof glue and let it dry.
  • In the meantime, fill the jar with the water. Add a few drops of glycerine and glitter to the jar and stir gently.
  • Once the figurine is properly stuck to the lid, screw on the cap tightly and flip the bottle.

6. Decorate Some Christmas Cookies

Christmas is incomplete without cookies. Bake some or buy some of your favourite ones for this fun activity.

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What You Will Need

  • Regular biscuits or cookies
  • Colourful icing
  • Nuts and sprinkles used for cake decorations
  • Wooden ice cream sticks
  • Baking sheet/aluminium foil

How to Do

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  • Place the cookies on the baking sheet or foil. Put the icing in small bowls.
  • Give your kids the wooden ice cream sticks to apply the icing on the cookies. Then finish decorating with the sprinkles and nuts.

7. Make Some Wreaths

Green and red wreaths are an integral part of Christmas decorations. An easy Christmas craft for kids, this can be done with natural greens or coloured paper.

What You Will Need

  • Red and green colour chart paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • A ruler
  • Stapler
  • Glue

How to Do

  • Fold the green chart paper in half along the length and cut in a straight line from the folded side to about one centimetre.
  • Make such slits all across the length of each sheet of chart paper. Then roll the sheet into a tunnel shape as you join one sheet of paper to the other and also staple it to keep it in place.
  • Then twist it into a wreath and decorate with bows and berry shapes made from the red chart paper.

8. Snowman Buntings

It doesn’t matter if you don’t get a snowy Christmas. You can always put up some snowman buntings.

What You Will Need

  • White felt
  • Pieces of coloured felt
  • String
  • Hole puncher
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to Do

  • Cut the white felt into squares of your preferred size.
  • Then stack them one over the other and draw the shape of a snowman before cutting out the outline.
  • Make felt hats for each snowman from the coloured felt and stick it on. Then punch a hole on the side of each and pass the string through.

9. Candy Hunt

Treasure hunts are fun, and when the reward is something like candy or chocolates, it’s even more exciting!

What You Will Need

  • Lots of candy or chocolates

How to Do

  • Hide the candy or chocolates in spots across a room or the entire house depending on how much space you have.
  • Then ask the kids to find it. They get to keep all the candy that they find!
  • You could make it more interesting by giving them clues to the hiding place or indicating if they are close to one.

10. A Christmas Story

A fun Christmas activity that you could have in a kid’s Christmas party is the story game. This is best suited for kids of one particular age group at a time.

What You Will Need

  • A gift-wrapped storybook for each child and one for you, the host

How to Do

  • Pass on a book to each child randomly and ask them to open their gifts. Then you have to start reading out the story from your book.
  • After reading out some of it, you must choose a word and ask the children to find it in the books they are holding.
  • Once a child finds the word, all of them must pass their books to the child on the right.
  • This goes on until you are done with the entire story. Each child gets to keep whichever book is in their hands at this time.

11. Take a Holiday Lights Tour

As Christmas approaches, malls and streets are lit up with colourful lights, and there are also displays put up. Drive around and soak in the spirit of the festive season.

What You Will Need

  • The entire family
  • Some Christmas music

How to Do

  • As night falls, pack everyone into the car and turn on the Christmas music. Drive to the popular spots with Christmas decorations to get into a festive mood.

12. Gift Stacking Relay Game

Team games can be fun, especially at Christmas parties, and those suitable for all ages should definitely be a part of your list of activities.

What You Will Need

  • 3 or 4 gift-wrapped empty cardboard boxes (cereal box, shirt boxes, etc.)
  • 2 stools or chairs

How to Do

  • Divide the children into two teams.
  • Place the stools or chairs at the two ends of the room.
  • The first team is divided into two with one half near each stool.
  • Stack the gift boxes on one stool or chair.
  • Each team member has to carry the boxes from one stool to the other, and then the team member on the other side has to bring it back. If any of the boxes fall down, that member has to return to the starting point and do it all over again.

13. Shovel Some Snow

It doesn’t matter if you do not get to see a white Christmas where you live. That should not stop you from shovelling some snow even if it is indoors!

What You Will Need

  • A pack of cotton balls
  • A bowl
  • One spoon
  • Stopwatch

How to Do

  • This can be a team activity or individual one. Keep the cotton balls (snowballs) near the bowl and use the spoon like a shovel.
  • The goal is to transfer as many snowballs as possible into the bowl within a minute using only the spoon to move the balls.

14. Cute Napkin Holders

Festivals are a time for family get-togethers and dinners. This holiday craft for kids will keep your kids occupied and show their artistic talent. So, let your children feel a part of the festivities by getting them to make pretty napkin holders for the Christmas dinner table.

What You Will Need

  • Empty toothpaste boxes or similar
  • Craft paper or chart paper
  • Glue
  • Glitter or sequins
  • Scissors
  • Paints in the colours of your choice
  • Paintbrush

How to Do

  • Paint the outside of the empty toothpaste box in a single colour and let it dry.
  • Then cut sections of the box to about one and a half inches wide.
  • Trace out a pattern of your choice like stars or a bow on the craft paper and cut it out in colours matching the box cutouts.
  • Apply glitter on the pattern as well as the box cut-outs.
  • Then stick the pattern on the box sections to finish off your napkin holder.

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15. The Centre of Attraction

Get your child to make a centrepiece for the dining table. This will give them a sense of achievement and pride.

What You Will Need

Two pieces of green chart paper about 1.5 inches X 11 inches in size (you can also use white chart paper and then paint it a green colour)

  • Small pompoms or coloured cotton balls
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to Do

  • Draw a tree pattern on the chart paper either freehand or with the help of a printable.
  • Cut it out and make slots at the top and bottom of the tree to make it easy to slide together and hold up the tree.
  • Stick on the coloured cotton balls or pom-poms to look like Christmas tree ornaments. You can also use foam if you need to make a more stable tree. Another option is to glue the tree to a flat base like thick cardboard.

16. Christmas Charades

Charades are never out of fashion at gatherings and Christmas is no exception. Here is how you can modify this activity for the occasion.

What You Will Need

  • Chits of paper
  • Pen
  • Bowl

How to Do

  • Use the pen to write down various Christmas-related phrases and terms such as ‘Santa going down a chimney’, ‘baking cookies’, or ‘decorating a tree’ on the chits. Then fold them and put them into a bowl.
  • Get the kids to pick the chits and act out what is written on them one by one while those in the audience guess.

17. Recycled Holiday Crayons

If you have been wondering what to do with those bits and pieces of crayons that seem to be in every nook and cranny of the house, this idea is definitely for you.

What You Will Need

  • All those crayon pieces
  • Silicone baking moulds in Christmas shapes
  • A preheated oven around 350° Celsius

How to Do

  • Peel off any paper that is on the crayon pieces and put them into the mould till each is half full.
  • Then pop the moulds into the pre-heated oven and leave them there for about 6 to 8 minutes or till the crayons melt fully.
  • Leave them there till the moulds fully cool down, and this can take up to an hour. If you try to take out the moulds early, they might break off. These make for great gifts too.

18. The Santa Trip

This game will ensure that your little ones sit down for a while and stay occupied without making you worry that they will fall and hurt themselves.

What You Will Need

  • Paper sheets
  • Pen or pencils

How to Do

  • Give each child a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil.
  • The game begins with one child naming an object starting with ‘A’ that Santa is likely to take on his trip. All have to note this down on their paper.
  • The next child then has to name an object with the following letter, ‘B’ and so on until all children get a turn. If there are fewer children, there can be two or three rounds.
  • At the end of it, the children will have a list of objects of which some might be new words to add to their vocabulary.

19. Snowball Race

This is perfect for both small and large spaces as the race can be customised to suit your home.

What You Will Need

  • Small Styrofoam balls or small balls made of white yarn
  • Spoons

How to Do

  • Divide the players into two teams. A player from each team has to balance a styrofoam ball on the spoon and carry it to the finishing line. You can also make this a relay race.

20. Sorting The Balls

Ideal for younger kids but equally enjoyable for older ones too, this game also makes for interesting craft time.

What You Will Need

  • A big piece of cardboard
  • Green paper
  • A thin rod
  • Basket
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Balls in varying colours
  • Coloured paper to match the balls
  • Zip ties

How to Do

  • Cut out the cardboard into a large triangular shape.
  • Then place it on the green paper and cut out a paper triangle. Stick this green paper on to the cardboard with glue to get the Christmas tree.
  • Trace circles that are slightly larger than the balls on the different sheets of coloured paper.
  • Make circular holes in the tree and then stick the outlines from the coloured circles around this.
  • Add a star to the top and stick the rod on to the back of the triangle for support.
  • Attach the rod to the tree (to the front of a wire basket) so that the balls put in through the coloured circular holes fall into the basket. Give the balls to the kids to match them with the right holes in the tree.

Craft projects completed during the Christmas holidays can be displayed in a prominent spot inside your home. This will show your child that his efforts are appreciated and make you proud of him. Thus, you would have not only made effective use of your child’s holidays but also cemented your relationship with him in a productive manner. These ideas will help you ensure that your child cherishes this festive season forever and that Christmas celebrations become more memorable.

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