Keeping the kids busy during a long Christmas lunch requires some effort, but if you do a little forward-planning and preparation, it’s easy as Christmas pie. By Noeleen Foster
Creating a little kiddies’ table will give mom and dad a much-needed break, and can keep little hands busy while the adults socialise. Don’t worry about spillage or a stained tablecloth; simply cover their table with regular brown paper and create a checklist of fun activities for them to do.
Here are some of our favourite Christmas crafts for kids:
What you’ll need:
- A circular piece of polystrene
How to make it:
- Glue pieces of popcorn to the polystyrene with Pritt. You need to spread it on rather thickly for the popcorn to stick, so do small sections at a time.
- Snap your toothpicks in half and skewer the popcorn florets individually, by filling the gaps that you can see from above and from the side.
- Tie it with a beautiful ribbon and your popcorn wreath is complete.
Clay tree ornaments
What you’ll need:
- DAS clay (available from craft shops and CNA)
- Cookie cutters
- Red, green and gold paint
How to make them:
- Roll out a small section of clay at a time.
- Using cookie cutters, cut your shapes – don’t forget to make a hole for the ribbon so you can hang them up.
- Leave them in the sun to dry for two hours.
- Get the kids to paint the ornaments.
- Hang them on the Christmas tree.
DIY Christmas decorations
The kids will love making these fun self-seeding Christmas decorations. Hang them in your Christmas tree as extra decorations. You can hang them outside for the birds when you take the Christmas tree down.
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