This year my daughter will be 22 months during the festive period, so it is the first christmas where she can really start to partake in official arts and crafts.
The most simple way I found to encorporate this into something all our family and friends can enjoy (depending on how much they appreciate homemade items) is card making. An added bonus of which it is really affordable.
I went to our local Hobbycraft store and picked up a pack of 10 cards with envelopes for £4. (I think they do smaller cheaper ones however I wanted the cards to be A5 size) and then I picked up paints/stamps/stickers and other embelisments from Poundland. I think in total I spent about £7-8 so still affordable.
I had the idea of doin several different types of cards. (Mainly because I knew we would be using paints and know from experience, that can quickly go out of hand.) So I set out about 3-4 cards for the paint and just let my daughter go wild.
Before we started doing the cards, I had seen some beautiful homemade cards online where the children's painted handprints make raindeers and other festive objects. But it soon became apparent that my daughter just wanted to do her own thing, and seeing as it was her craft session. I didn't see any harm in letting her do that.
After she had finished her masterpieces and they had dried, in an attempt to make them slightly more presentable I simply either drew over the top, or cut out shapes and let her put stickers on those before sticking them on as well. (Good mess tip, don't use glue, use double sided sticky tape. Still sticks really well and saves you both getting extra messy. Plus you can get 3 rolls for £1 from Poundland!)
If you want something a little less mess, might I suggest something as simple as drawing around your child's hand and then creating something like a tree. (What's great is, if you have a highly active child that isn't likely to sit still for long. You can draw round their hand once and then use that as a template.) Then all you do is just add some decoration and it's done.
What i really liked about doing this, is its not only fun for your child, but also those that are receiving them truly appreciate the effort and that you have taken the time to do something so personal for them. (Great if you weren't planning on buying them anything!!) And they never have to know that it only took 10 minutes.
So thats one of the crafts I am doing with my daughter this festive season. I'd love to hear what creations you are all doing! I bet some of you are much more creative than us! Please comment and leave your pictures, id love to see what you are doing to get into the Christmas Spirit!
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