The Christmas season is full of exciting activities and preparations. Busy little hands can create Christian seasonal decorations for the home or tree or as gifts to give their friends and family. During a hectic time, the best Christmas crafts are those that are easy to complete in a short time and with no advance preparation.
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Recycled Christmas Story Magnets
The story of the birth of Jesus is illustrated in Christian Christmas cards that children can use to create Christmas story magnets. Join your kids in looking through Christmas cards you've kept from years past, searching for images with meaning, such as pictures of the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the Three Wise Men and even animals in the manger. You can also use words such as "Joy," "Love" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" in lieu of images. Supervise the children as they carefully trim out the images. Have them attach a small piece of double-sided magnetic tape on the back of each cut-out to create a seasonal magnet that they can then arrange on the refrigerator, a metal cabinet, baking tray or any metal surface.
Sugar and Glitter Christmas Star of the East
The Star of the East told the Wise Men of the birth of Jesus. Children can create sweet-but-not-to-eat sugar star ornaments that are quick to make and hang like a glistening jewel on the tree. They simply need to pour 1/2 cup of sugar into a bowl, then add their favourite glitter to the sugar and mix it well. Next, they blend 1 tsp of water into the dry mix until the mixture is moist and crumbly. Using star-shaped cookie cutters, press the sugar into the cookie cutter, then tap the shape gently onto a plate to release it. After the ornament dries overnight, the children simply glue a loop of thread to the back of each star to use as a hanger.
Advent Calendar Christmas Tree Paper Craft
Advent is the season that leads up to Christmas. Children can count down the days to Christmas with this easy-to-make Christmas tree Advent calendar. Print out a Christmas tree template from the Internet onto card stock or regular paper. Supervise children as necessary and have them carefully cut along the lines to cut out the tree, the ornaments and the Merry Christmas star. On each day of December, the children glue on one ornament until the tree is filled with coloured paper ornaments. On Christmas morning, the children can attach the star to the top.
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