The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved:
The holidays can be stressful and busy. I am typically conflicted between doing a cute Christmas craft with my kids that looks good and doing a creative activity that allows us to connect and enjoy time with one another. I am constantly looking for simple crafts and activities that work for a range of kids.
Each year we love to make a rice crispy snow village and graham cracker gingerbread houses. This year I thought we’d use some of the boxes lying around our house and make a cardboard box gingerbread house or two.
- cardboard box
- cardstock paper
- large white drawing paper (butcher paper would be the best)
- embellishments: foam stickers, sequins, tissue paper, cotton balls, popsicle sticks, etc)
To get started you need to cover a cardboard box with white or brown paper (kind of like you are wrapping a big present). Then you need to use cardboard scraps or paper and add a roof with some tape. I just folded a big piece of cardstock like a tent and taped it on.
Once the house base is ready, put out some embellishments for the kids to use. I kept it simple and mostly just used stickers and paper with my kids, but you could make the materials more complex for older kids (beads, buttons, sequins, etc.).
Once the materials were set out this activity became our afternoon invitation to create and play. When the kids came downstairs after naptime/quiet time, everything was set out and they got to work creating. I even decorated parts of the house too! You can make giant cardstock candy canes, snowmen, or even decorate the roof with cotton ball snow!
Our little house has continued to be added to all week long, and I plan to add new embellishments and a few other boxes as Christmas gets closer.
My favorite part about this activity is that is can be an independent project for kids 2+ to work on while I am getting other holiday preparations taken care of, and I can also easily join in anytime! Open-ended crafts and activities allow kids to use their imaginations and are always our favorites!
What are other simple activities and crafts kids can do while parents are busy over the holidays?
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|Kristina Buskirk is a mom of 3 and a former Special Ed teacher for children with communication disabilities. She blogs at Toddler Approved as she looks for ways to make life a little more fun and creative with her kids while embedding learning into everything that she does.|