Christmas Crafts for Kiddos and the Young at Heart – Part 1

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By Samantha Retzlaff (Customer Service)

My family loves this time of year!!! The kiddos are out of school for Christmas break and we get to spend our days together making wonderful memories! We watch fun Christmas movies, bake Christmas cookies, and make fun Christmas crafts.  Below are a few of the crafts my family has enjoyed over the years and we hope your family will enjoy them too.

 

Handprint Ornaments

4 cups of flour

1 cup salt

food coloring

cookie sheet

mixing Bowl

water to moisten

rolling pin

a wooden cake pop stick or straw

string or ribbon

paint (optional)

 

  1. Blend flour, salt, and water in mixing bowl. Add the items gradually as you can always add more water if needed.
  2. Lightly grease your baking sheet and set aside.
  3. Roll your dough mixture out and form your circles or shapes for the ornaments.
  4. Use your wooden cake pop stick or straw to make a hole in your ornament before your kids make their hand print.
  5. Place your child’s hand in the dough and press down to create the handprint
  6. Place the ornaments in a 150* degree oven for 1 hour.
  7. (Optional) You can paint or gloss the ornaments if you like to add names and to make them more colorful.
  8. Once the ornaments have dried at least 24 hours, pull your string or ribbon through the hole and tie a knot.
  9. Place the ornaments on your tree :)

 

This recipe will make 2-3 ornaments depending on your child’s hand size. You may need to double the recipe if you have more kiddos.  These make great gifts for Grandma & Grandpa too!

 

Christmas Bingo OR Christmas Memory Game

I found this Bingo card online, but you can make your own too.  I used a board like this to play Christmas Bingo with my oldest son’s 3rd grade class at their school Christmas party a few years ago.  I printed 2 boards for myself. I cut the squares out of one board and used them to  draw from a hat while playing Bingo, and the other board I used as my actual board during the game.

I then printed boards for the children and had them laminated.  We used Christmas M&Ms to fill the spaces as we played until someone yelled BINGO…then we got to eat our M&M’s.

 

To play a Christmas Memory Game, you can also print out the boards and cut all of the squares to create a Memory Matching Game you can play with kiddos of all ages.

 

Magical Reindeer Food

My children LOVE to make Magical Reindeer Food on Christmas Eve every year.  They get so excited at the thought of Santa and the reindeer visiting our house. And, since we live out in the country, it is reassuring to them to know that in NO WAY will Santa and the reindeer miss our house when the magical reindeer food is spread on the lawn. *We have also made bags of magical food earlier in the season and given them out as gifts at school Christmas parties.

 

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup red or green edible cookie sprinkles. (We use sprinkles instead of glitter because we don’t want to harm any other non-reindeer animals or birds that could eat the mix)
  • gift tag or hand printed tag using the Magic Reindeer Food directions below. *Also below is a picture I found on the internet of Magical Reindeer Food to give you an idea of what the finished product looks like.

Directions:

Be sure to take this magic food and sprinkle on the lawn,

On Christmas, Santa’s reindeer travel miles before the dawn.

The smell of oats and glitter path will guide them on their way

And you’ll wake up to Santa’s gifts next morn on Christmas Day!

 

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