With the holidays coming up (and there quite a few, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa), there’s so much for kids to be excited about: presents, candy, at least three kinds of pie, and, of course, presents. Kids’ energy levels can seem through the roof, but you can harness that frenetic excitement and channel it into something positive with a family holiday craft project. A little glue and some imagination are all you need to put the entire family in a holiday mood. And as long as no one tries to superglue the cat’s paws together, this could be the start of some great family traditions.
But first, don’t forget to provide yummy snacks for the family when you’re crafting. Here are several kid-friendly recipe ideas from Avocados from Mexico that are sure to please, which is perfect not only for satisfying hungry kiddos but also supplying you with what you’ll need for this first craft idea.
The one thing all holidays have in common is a good meal. These gold leaf avocado seeds have just enough bling to feel celebratory, and are really versatile. Slice part way through the top and turn them into name card holders that will be at home on any holiday dinner table.
No dinner party plans? No problem! Let older kids try threading a needle and stringing through the top of the gold-leafed seed so you can use it as a tree ornament. Alternately, fill a decorative bowl with a pile of them. The key is picking a ripe avocado, which will release the seed easier. Check out this quick video for some tips on how to pick the perfect avocado by gently squeezing them with the palm of your hand.
If you celebrate Hanukkah, why not make your own menorah? This tutorial offers many different ways (including Legos!) and could easily be used to make a kinara for Kwanzaa, too. This handprint wreath is also great for Kwanzaa, but could easily be used for Hanukkah or Christmas with different colored paper.
If your kids are enchanted by snow globes — and we haven’t met a kid yet who isn’t — use a Mason jar or old jam jar to make homemade snow globes, filled with your kids’ favorite little plastic toys or laminated pictures of them, and a little water and glitter. This craft is cute, personal, and will last a long time. It would also make a great gift for grandparents or family.
Family craft time can also be an opportunity to teach your kids about the importance of recycling. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of decorating projects that use common household recyclables, turning them into special holiday decorations. One example? This adorable egg carton reindeer, which would be right at home next to some Christmas stockings. And don’t be so quick to send those burned-out Christmas lights to the landfill! Give them new life with these sparkly snowman light bulb ornaments for your tree.
Regardless of the holiday you celebrate, there will probably be plenty of presents, which means lots of discarded wrapping paper. Don’t trash it! Instead, get a jump on next year’s holiday season by making your own wrapping paper bows for presents.
The best part about these craft projects is that they are a snapshot in time of your kids. The traditions you start this year — whether making tiny handprint Christmas trees or potato stamp wrapping paper — can be repeated year after year. So grab some paint, your bouncing-off-the-wall kids, and get your holiday spirit on with some crafts. And if the cat gets too close, just remember: nail polish remover and elbow grease will dissolve the superglue in no time!