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Christmas Ornaments

Angel Ornament

Angel OrnamentMaterials:Jumbo craft stick2-4" paper doiliesWhite felt or paperThin red ribbonMini star garlandChild's face cut out of photoRibbon or string to hang ornamentDirections: read more

Animal Dress-Up

Animal Dress-UpMaterials Stuffed animals or dolls Christmas ribbon, bows, or fabric Directions When decorating your home for the holidays, encourage your child to do some decorating of his own. Dress up your child's favorite dolls or stuffed animals with some Christmas ribbon or big bright bows or use Christmas fabric to create scarves or kerchiefs. Display the animals on a shelf in your child's room or on a mantel in a more prominent part of your house. read more

Bead Ornaments

Bead OrnamentsMaterialsbeads (red, green & white) pipe cleaners DirectionsString the beads onto the pipe cleaner. You can make a variety of designs. For a candy cane, alternate red and white and bend the top of the pipe cleaner into a candy cane shape. For a wreath, string green beads onto the pipe cleaner and add a red bead after every 4-6 green beads. Then shape it into a circle. read more

Beaded Snowflakes

Beaded SnowflakesMaterials:'Tinsel stems' or sparkly pipe cleaners Assortment of Beads (with a hole large enough to put a pipe cleaner through.Nylon fishline, slim silver elastic cording, or narrow ribbon Directions: read more

Beeswax Candle

Beeswax CandleMaterials Sheet of beeswax Utility knife Newspaper and wax paper Scissors Yardstick CandlewickDirections read more

Bottle Nipple Rudolph

Bottle Nipple RudolphMaterials:1 bottle nippleRed fingernail polishWhite-outBlack permanent pen1 silver or gold metalic pipe cleaner1 strand of gold string to hang ornament Directions: read more

Christmas Bells

Christmas BellsMaterials Egg carton Scissors Yarn, string, or ribbon Jingle bells Glue (optional) Glitter (optional) Paint (optional) Aluminum foil (optional)Directions read more

Christmas Doorknob Decoration

Christmas Doorknob DecorationMaterials Red felt Plastic lid for tracing, about 4 inches in diameter Green felt Glue Stickers, glitter, beads, sequins, and so on Directions read more

Christmas Dough Ornaments

Christmas Dough OrnamentsDirections Make a batch of dough ornaments. Glue magnets to the backs for Christmas refrigerator decorations, hang from your Christmas tree as ornaments, give as Christmas gifts, or use as a finishing touch on wrapped gifts. read more

Christmas Noisemaker

Christmas NoisemakerMaterials Empty frozen-juice container with metal lid Glue gun or tape Popped popcorn Uncooked white beans Directions Put uncooked beans and popped popcorn into a clean, dry frozen-juice container. Place the metal lid on top and glue or tape securely. If you like, cover the juice container with red or green construction paper and decorate with markers or stickers. Now your child has a Christmas noisemaker to shake, shake, shake. read more

Cinnamon Cut-Out Ornaments

Cinnamon Cut-Out Ornaments These cinnamon creations not only look nice, but they also smell great! Bring the heavenly aroma of baking cookies to your home by making these decorative cinnamon ornaments. read more

Cinnamon Drawing

Cinnamon DrawingMaterials Sandpaper Scissors Cinnamon sticks Directions Cut the sandpaper into a holiday shape such as a star, Christmas tree, or gingerbread man. Show your child how to rub the cinnamon stick on the sandpaper to make both a nice design and a pleasing fragrance. If you like, punch a hole at the top of the sandpaper and string yarn through it to make a Christmas tree decoration. read more

Colorful Coffee-Filter Holiday Ornaments

Colorful Coffee-Filter Holiday OrnamentsAge: Preschool through elementaryTime: 30 minutes or more Type of activity: Arts and Crafts read more

Cotton Ball Snowman

Cotton Ball SnowmanMaterials Cotton balls Clear contact paper Construction paper Scissors Stapler Directions read more

Dip and Dye Snowflakes

Dip and Dye SnowflakesMaterials Cone or square-shaped coffee filters (or paper towels cut in circles or squares) Scissors Small bowls of dye (diluted food coloring or strong tempera paint)Directions read more

Glitter Balls

Glitter BallsMaterials Styrofoam balls in various sizes Glue Glitter Small shallow dish ThreadDirections Pour glitter into a shallow dish. Spread glue evenly over a Styrofoam ball, then roll it in glitter. Allow the ball to dry, then attach a thread for hanging on the Christmas tree. read more

Handprint Wreath

Handprint Wreath Activity for an individual child Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 25 minutes Materials: Paper plate Scissors Green and red construction paper Pencil White craft glue This is a personalized holiday decoration. You may wish to do one with each member of your family. read more

Hanging Lids

Hanging Lids Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Lids from frozen juice cans Hole punch Pieces of yarn Glitter, sequins, stickers, tinsel White craft glue This is a simple way to create attractive ornaments. You may also use plastic lids, although it is harder to punch a hole in them. read more

Homemade Snow Globe

Homemade Snow Globe Why pay big bucks for a snow globe when you and your kids can design your own for pennies? It's simple to transform a plain glass jar into a winter wonderland scene created to your specifications. You might want to make several scenes, one for each of the bedrooms. Level: Easy Time involved: One to two hours Materials: Old jars with lids (Mason jars, peanut butter jars, and baby-food jars work well.) Glue gun read more

Lacy Balls

Lacy Balls Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 1 hour Materials: read more

Magnet Christmas Tree

Magnet Christmas TreeMaterials Lids from frozen-juice cans or baby-food jars (at least 10) Magnet strips Glue gun Green felt Felt in other bright colors Scissors Directions read more

Papier-Mâché Ball Ornaments

Papier-Mâché Ball OrnamentsMaterials:Newspaper cut or torn into 1 inch wide stripsSmall balloons, like water balloonsWhite flourWaterPlatic tubs or large old bowlTempera paintsYarnGlitterWhite school gluePaintbrushesDirections:Cover work area with old newspaper. read more

Pipe Cleaner Tree

Pipe Cleaner TreeMaterials:Pipe cleanersSmall bellsRibbonDirections:Select one pipe cleaner to form the trunk of your tree, and then twist five or more green pipe cleaners (depending on how large a tree you'd like to make) at evenly spaced points along the trunk. read more

Santa's Scene

Santa's Scene Seasonal Sense You can find snow texture paint in a craft store. It's usually packaged in a small jar and can be applied to a craft with a paintbrush, sponge, or spatula. This stucco-effect paint is perfect for winter projects that require a snow effect. It can also be mixed with colored paints to create a unique textured surface. read more

Sparkling Pinecone Holiday Wreath

Sparkling Pinecone Holiday WreathAge: Preschool and upTime: A few hours Type of activity: Nature Arts and Crafts This wreath will be a great addition to your home for the holidays. read more

Stone Paperweight

Stone PaperweightThis paperweight is easy for toddlers to make and a great Christmas gift for someone special. Materials Large, smooth stone Tempera paint Paintbrush Shellac Glitter (optional) Directions read more

Strawberry Ornament

Strawberry OrnamentMaterials Large whole walnuts in the shell Green felt 4 inches thin gold cord or ribbon Paintbrushes Red and black acrylic paint Glue gun Scissors Magnet (optional) Ruler read more

Sugar Ornaments

Sugar OrnamentsMaterials:½ cup sugar1 Tablespoon glitter2 teaspoon waterYarn or ribbonDirections: read more

Toddler Activity: Glitter Shapes

Toddler Activity: Glitter ShapesMaterials Construction paper Scissors Glue stick Glitter or confetti Small shoebox with lid Rubber bands Directions read more

Wreath Ornament

Wreath OrnamentMaterials:Brass ring or 3 pipe cleanersGreen and red scraps of clothOrnament hangerDirections:Cut scraps into about 3x1 inch strips. If you are using pipe cleaners, twist 3 of them together and then shape into a circle, with a diameter of approximately 3 inches. Tie scraps on ring, alternating colors. Slip ornament hanger through a knot. read more