40 Christmas Activities For Kids

Looking for Christmas activities for kids?

 

Planning fun activities for your little ones to do will make it even more wonderful! In this article, you will find 40 craft, learning, games, and sensory activities that are perfect for the holiday season.

 

Let’s get started with the magic!

 


Activity #1: Reindeer Paper Craft

I have been loving paper crafts lately! They are simple to throw together and easy for the kids to do.

 

This reindeer craft is the perfect Christmas activity for kids since they will be finger painting!

 

reindeer christmas craft

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

washable paint for kids

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B. Set-up

 

Create a reindeer head and antlers! Paste it to a piece of white paper.

 

Also, make the reindeer’s nose and add on googly eyes to complete the reindeer’s face!

 

C. Activity

The kids will dip their fingers in paint and make prints all through the antlers!

 

Once these prints are dry, they can use a black marker to create lines throughout the antlers so they look like Christmas lights!


Activity # 2: Christmas Tree Noodle Craft

Sensory fillers like pasta and rice can also be used to create the best crafts!

 

These Christmas trees came out so cute! It’s definitely a great Christmas activity for the kids to try this year.

 

christmas tree noodle craft

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

 

bow tie pasta

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B. Set-up

 

Paint the pasta noodle individually or you can place them in a ziplock bag, add some acrylic paint and shake it up!

 

Dump out the noodles on an art tray and let them dry. You may need to use a paintbrush and get the spots where the paint didn’t reach!

Lastly, on a piece of cardboard, paint a Christmas tree!

 

C. Activity

 

Once the pasta noodles are dry, have the kids use glue to glue them on top of the tree you painted on the cardboard. Regular glue will work for this part!

 

When all the noodles are in place, you can hot glue some poms to the tree to be the ornaments. I suggest using hot glue for that step, that way you know it’ll stay on. Sometimes if you use regular glue for projects like this with poms, they can fall off. 

 

 RELATED: 40 Sensory Activities for Kids

 


Activity #3: Fork Printed Christmas Trees

Fork printing projects are SO fun! The marks that the fork leaves are perfect to create Christmas trees!

 

This Christmas activity for kids is the perfect addition to a Christmas party!

forked painted christmas trees

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

 

glitter glue set for kids

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B. Set-up

Add some green paint to a paint tray!

 

Draw and color in a tree trunk at the bottom of the paper with a brown marker. Lastly, draw a tree online in pencil so your child knows where to place the forks to create a tree shape!

 

C. Activity

The kids will dip the fork into the green paint and make prints to cover the entire tree!

 

They can add on some glitter glue dots to be the ornaments. Lastly, they can add on a sticker star at the end!

 


Activity #4: Christmas Sweater Activity

 

Who doesn’t love a good Christmas sweater during the holiday season?

 

This Christmas activity for kids is AMAZING because kids can make them as silly as they want! Christmas sweaters are supposed to be funny!

 

christmas sweater craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

christmas buttons

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B. Set-up

 

Create some sweater shapes on paper and cut them out!

 

If you want to include any main characters (reindeer, Santa hat, or candy cane) you can make these and cut them out too. These are optional!

 

C. Activity

 

Put all the items for the kids to choose from in a tray. I find this the easiest way for them to grab and create!

 

They can use stickers to stick objects on or a little glue to put items on each sweater!

 


Activity #5: Peppermint Mocha Sensory Bin

 

I have a slight obsession with Starbucks and their holiday drinks. But, even if you don’t share this same obsession, this sensory bin is still AMAZING.

 

There is mashed-up chocolate cake inside this bin! It’s the best sensory bin you’ll ever make, I promise you that!

 

peppermint mocha sensory bin

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

 

ikea storage container

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B. Set-up

 

Make the chocolate cake by following the directions on the box. Let it cool, then start mashing it up using the spoon. Once it looks good, dump it into the sensory bin! In the mini red cups, add in some whipped cream and crushed-up candy canes. I placed unwrapped candy canes in a ziplock bag, crushed them, and then dumped them on top of the whipped cream.

 

C. Activity

 

The kids can make their own kid-friendly peppermint mochas by adding cake, whipped cream, and marshmallows!

 


Activity #6: Ornament Counting Mats

 

One of my newest supplies that are on my must-have list is foam shapes. I’ve been loving how you can do several different learn and play activities with them!

 

This Christmas activity for kids perfect to get some learning in! They will love all the Christmas-themed objects!

 

ornament counting mats

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

foam Christmas shapes

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B. Set-up

 

Write the numbers that you want to work on with your child on the shape. I focused on numbers 10-20 with my 3 year old!

 

C. Activity

 

Your child should identify the number first. Then, have them count out that specific number of items and place them on the shape.

 

RELATED: How to Teach your Toddler Numbers

 


Activity #7: Christmas Learning Activity Book

I really enjoy making these activity books for the seasons and holidays. It gets the kids excited about the holiday, and also it is JAM PACKED with learning.

 

In this activity book, your little ones can work on the following skills: alphabet matching, colors, shapes, patterns, beginning sounds, counting, numbers, feelings, and they can even build their own gingerbread house!

 

Check out what is in the entire activity book by checking out this video!

 

How to do this activity

 

A.  Materials you need

 

laminator

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B. Set-up

 

This does take some set-up but believe me, it’s well worth it! Laminate only the sheets that need it (these are the pieces). The other main sheets can go in sheet protectors inside the binder. Cut out the pieces once laminated. If it’s an activity that would need velcro circles, you can add those on there and on the binder so they will stick together.

 

C. Activity

 

Your little one can complete the activities over and over again! This is a great way to practice new skills as well as work on recognition!

 

I just bought this laminator for my house! I love having my own laminator because I can laminate all the activity sheets that I want to do repeatedly. It saves so much on ink and paper.

 

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Activity #8 Gingerbread House Craft

 

Sometimes building real gingerbread houses stress me out. This version of a gingerbread house wasn’t like that at all!

 

This paper gingerbread house is the perfect Christmas activity for kids to work on shapes!

 

gingerbread house craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

You will need to draw some shapes for the kids to create this fun gingerbread house! I created a square for the house, a triangle for the roof,  and a rectangle for the chimney.

 

Then, I created shapes for windows, make peppermints, gumdrops, and candy canes! If your little one is old enough to create and make these on their own, by all means, have them go for it!

 

C. Activity

 

Let the kids create their own house using the pieces that you made! They can use a glue stick to paste all the items on! We used blue paper as the background and they fingerprinted some snow in the background!

 

RELATED: Shape Activities for Preschoolers 

 


Activity #9: Stick Christmas Crafts

Popsicle stick crafts are one of my favorite crafts to do with the kids for the holidays! They get so excited to play with them after they are all done too!

 

What I love about these Christmas-themed ones, too, are that you can make them into ornaments by adding some twine to them!

popsicle stick crafts

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

 

acrylic paint

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2. Set-up

 

If you have colored popsicle sticks, you can use those; if you don’t, you’ll have to prep the popsicle sticks by painting them! Look below for directions for each one.

 

3. Activity

 

a. Santa stick– Paint half the stick and the very top red. Then, paint a little white stripe on the hat. Make a black stripe in the middle of the bottom of the stick to be Santa’s buckle. Hot glue a white pom at the top of the hat and a yellow pom in the black stripe’s middle. Glue on some eyes, a red pom, and glue half of a cotton ball on as a beard!

 

b. Snowflake– Paint 4 sticks blue and hot glue them together by creating a cross, then place the others diagonally on each other. Put some glue on the sticks and dump some glitter on, then shake off the access—lastly, hot glue white poms at the ends of each stick.

 

c. Tree– Grab 4 small popsicle sticks. Paint them green. Use one stick as the center then, you will cut the ends off the other ones. You will make them different lengths by having the longer ones at the bottom gradually getting smaller. Place a star sticker at the top and hot glue Christmas gems to be the ornaments.

 

d. Snowman– Paint the tops of 5 popsicle sticks black and the bottoms white. Paint another whole stick black to be at the top of the hat! Glue on googly eyes, use orange cardstock for a nose, and black cardstock circles for the mouth. Glue on a button and holly at the top of the hat!

 

e. Red truck– Paint 5 sticks red. Two sticks will go at the bottom, and 3 of them will be cut. Two will be glued on the sides, and one will go on the top. Cut the ends off of the sticks. Hot glue buttons on the bottom of the truck and glue on a mini tree on the back, so it’s sticking out like it’s in the truck. Lastly, glue a picture on so you can see it through the window!

 


Activity #10: Pine Cone Tree Craft

 

Have you ever tried to craft with pine cones? You won’t regret trying this Christmas activity for kids!

 

Pine cones make the perfect little Christmas trees! I love these can work for decor around the house as well!

 

pinecone christmas tree craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

pine cones for crafts

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B. Set-up

 

Use acrylic paint to paint the pine cones! We did some green ones and a white one!

 

C. Activity

 

Hot glue the pine cone to a wood ornament once the paint is dry!

 

Add on buttons, poms, or glitter! I just used regular glue to add on the glitter and buttons! You can just stick in the poms and they will stay there!

 

This is such a fun Christmas activity for kids! So simple and a fun way to use objects in nature to craft! 

 


Activity #11: Stocking Name Craft

 

Kids love seeing their name on crafts! This Christmas activity for kids is a festive way to practice name building.

 

The fireplace was so fun to make, it looks so cozy, I want to turn on my fireplace right now!

 

stocking name craft

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

Create a square shape for the fireplace with brown and red paper, a rectangle for the bottom and top, and some other shapes to create the fire and decor at the top of the fireplace.

 

Draw some rectangle shapes on the red square to look like red bricks! Lastly, create the stocking shapes from red and green paper!

 

C. Activity

 

Help your child glue all the pieces in the right spot! Then, either you or your little one can write the letters of their name on the stockings!

 

They will glue them in order on the fireplace. Lastly, add some gifts to the side of the fireplace!

 


Activity #12: Free Count and Color Book

 

Practice counting skills with my FREE Christmas Count and Color Book!

 

By doing this book with your child, you will be working on number recognition, colors, and coloring skills!

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

Click HERE to grab your FREE Christmas Count and Color Book

 

B. Set-up

 

Print off the pages to color and grab your art supplies!  Cut out the pages but don’t staple them just yet!

 

C. Activity

 

You or your child can read the sentence at the bottom of each page. Then, have them identify the color they are supposed to color each object!

 

Once they are all done coloring the pages, you can staple them together to create a little booklet!

 

RELATED: Kindergarten Activities for Kids

 


Activity #13: Santa Sensory

Here’s another sensory Christmas activity for kids! Creating Santa crafts is my kid’s favorite thing to do!

How cute is Santa’s beard? We love using choo choo wheels in crafts.

 

santa sensory craft

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

art trays

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B. Set-up

Paint the pasta noodle individually or you can place them in a ziplock bag, add some acrylic paint and shake it up! For the rice, you can use this method!

 

Dump out the noodles/rice on an art tray and let them dry. You may need to use a paintbrush and get the spots where the paint didn’t reach!

Lastly, on a piece of cardboard, draw and paint Santa!

 

C. Activity

 

Once the noodles and rice are dry, add a little bit of glue down and add some rice to the hat and Santa’s nose.

 

Then, glue on the wheels individually on Santa’s beard! Lastly, add some googly eyes and you have a sensory Santa craft!

 


Activity #14: Christmas Cookie Cloud Dough

 

Are Christmas cookies a big thing around your house during the holidays? They sure are over here!

 

We end up making several batches throughout the season. Why? Well, because Christmas calories don’t count, right?

 

christmas cookie cloud dough

 

This activity isn’t really about eating, though, unfortunately. It can be eaten, but I will say it’s not very tasty! However, it is a blast to play with!

 

How to do this activity

 

1. Materials you need:

cookie cutters

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B. Set-up

 

In a large mixing bowl, add two cups of flour and 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Then, you can add in 1 tablespoon of vanilla to make it smell good! I also put some Christmas cookie sprinkles to make it seem like they were making Christmas cookies! Once all the ingredients are mixed, dump into a sensory bin.

 

C. Activity

 

Add in the cookie cutters and cups for the kids to play along with! They can pretend like they are making cookie shapes with the cutters!

 


Activity #15: Candy Cane Craft

 

Whether or not you are a fan of the way candy canes taste, this a is fun Christmas activity for kids!

 

Plus, it’s super easy to pull off too. If you are looking for a quick and easy Christmas craft, this one is for you.

 

candy cane craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

Create a candy cane shape out of paper. We used both red and white paper. Then, paste the candy cane onto another sheet of paper.

 

Dump some white and red paint into a paint tray.

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids place a craft pom inside a clothespin, so it’s easy to dab into the paint. Then, have them create stripes on the candy cane with the pom! That’s it, such an easy and fun Christmas activity.

 


Activity #16: Stocking Activity

 

Do anyone else’s children circle every single toy in the Christmas idea books that come out from the stores?!

 

There are SO many choices inside these books, and it’s so hard to actually determine what to get your little ones. The kids had a BLAST picking out their favorite gifts of the ones they circled.

 

How to do this activity

 

1. Materials you need:

 

kids scissors

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Click HERE for your FREE Stocking Activity.

 

2. Print off my stocking Christmas shape on red or green cardstock paper (it holds up better).

 

3. Have your little ones circle the toys that they would want this year. Then, have them narrow down to their favorites and cut those out and paste them on the stocking!

 

RELATED: The ULTIMATE Toy List for Preschoolers

 


Activity #17: Christmas BINGO

 

Playing fun games during the holiday season is one of my favorite things to do with the kids.

 

Bingo is a great first game to introduce to kids because they learn how to follow the rules of a game, they learn vocabulary words, and you can even work on beginning sounds for children who are old enough!

 

Christmas BINGO

 

Plus, it’s just fun! Whether you are just sitting at home with your family during the holidays this year or you are getting together with family, this is one that everyone will enjoy!

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • Christmas Bingo boards
  • Christmas candy
  • paper

 

Click HERE to grab your Christmas Bingo Cards. 

white cardstock

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B. Set-up

 

Print off how many cards you need! I provide 10 different cards with the same objects in the set, just in different spots :). Cut out the playing cards.

 

C. Activity

 

Have one player pull the cards out of a bowl. They will say what’s on the card and show the card to all the players (this helps toddlers and preschoolers). They will place their game piece on the picture that is called. The object is to get 5 in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally! 

 

Once this happens, they will say BINGO! You can play until the entire card is filled or start back over.

 

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Activity #18: Christmas Color by Code

 

What’s better than FREE around the holidays? Nothing, right?

 

My Christmas color by code activity is fun and it’s a great way to get the kids working on numbers!

 

christmas color by code printable

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • crayons
  • markers
  • Christmas color by code

 

Click HERE for your Christmas Color by Code Printable.

 

B. Set-up

 

Print out the pages and grab your coloring supplies!

 

C. Activity

 

Have your kids use the color key at the top of the page to color in the picture. They can tell you the number and the color. See if they can find all the numbers on the sheet and color them the correct color!

 

RELATED: Holiday Resources

 


Activity #19: Candy Cane Counting

Candy canes are a staple Christmas item, aren’t they?

 

I thought it would be fun to create a play and learn craft that worked on some gluing skills! My little guy just loves anything dealing with glue.

 

candy cane counting

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

easel paper

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B. Set-up

 

Draw a bunch of candy canes on the easel paper! Cut strips of different colored construction paper to fit on the candy canes. By drawing, write a number next to it!

 

C. Activity

 

Your children will use the strips you cut out to paste onto each candy cane you drew. They should look at the number near the candy cane, so they know how many strips to put on each one!

RELATED: How to Teach your Toddler Numbers

 


Activity #20: Sprinkle Writing Tray

 

Whenever sprinkles are involved in learning, it will be a winner; I can promise you that!

 

This is a way to work on handwriting that won’t be frustrating to your kids. There are no specific lines they have to be within; they can just try their best to create the letter or number.

 

handwriting tray

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

Click HERE to grab your Christmas Letter Tracibles

 

art tray

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B. Set-up

 

Print off the letters and numbers you want to work on with your little ones! Dump some sprinkles onto your tray

 

C. Activity

 

Have your child look at the letter or number in front of them. Have them use the paintbrush or their fingers to create the letter/number. Shake up the tray and repeat for each one you want to practice!

 

These printables can also work if you just want to work with a pencil as well! Just print them out and have them trace each letter/number! 

 

RELATED: FUN Handwriting Activities for Kids

 


Activity #21: Christmas Tree Handprint Art

 

I am such a sucker for handprint art. How cute is this Christmas activity for kids?

 

There are so many fun little holiday art supplies that kids can use to decorate the trees!

 

christmas tree handprint art

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

Trace your child’s hand on green paper. Tip: I place multiple sheets under so I just have to cut it out once.

 

Create tree trunks out of brown paper and paste them on the hands at the bottom.

 

C. Activity

 

Have your little ones glue on some fun Christmas-themed supplies! They can fingerprint some ornaments on, or glue on some buttons or poms!

 

Hang this up and keep it for years to come. Looking back at their handprints is so cute. It’s such a great memory to keep!

 


Activity #21: Christmas Tree Letter Matching

Here are my foam shapes, yet again! But, this time it’s Christmas trees!

 

Cutting these foam trees in half is a festive and fun way to work on alphabet matching! This is an important skill to work on because knowing both the upper and lower case letters is something your child needs to know before heading into kindergarten.

 

alphabet tree matching

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

foam christmas trees

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B. Set-up

 

Cut the trees in the middle. You can do straight lines, curvy, or zig-zag! Write the upper and lower case letters on each side of the tree. Mix up and set out for your child.

 

3. Activity

 

They should put the trees together so the upper and lower case letters match-up! The pieces should go together perfectly, so they will know if they are correct or not! They should identify each letter before beginning.

 

When I do activities like this, I give my 3-year-old one piece then give him three options to choose from. This narrows it down a little more for them and shows me he can identify the letter out of a group.

 

RELATED: Alphabet Activities for Preschoolers

 


Activity #22: Letter Building Mats

 

My kids love doing letter-building activities! They know I bring out the Play-Doh typically for these sorts of activities, and that always gets them excited.

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

(You can use any one or all of the listed items for this activity!)

 

Click HERE to grab your Christmas Letter Building Mats. 

 

dry erase folders

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B. Set-up

 

Print off the letters you want to work on with your child. Place them inside a folder so they can’ be used repeatedly. Grab the materials you want to use to build with.

 

C. Activity

 

Your little one should use the item(s) to create each letter! Have them identify the letter before beginning. If you decide to use gems/beads/M&M’s, you can extend the learning by asking how many it took to create each letter. 

 

This is a great pre-writing activity, as well. Learning how to make each letter is the first step to learning how to write!

RELATED: How to Teach your Toddler the Alphabet

 


Activity #23: TP Roll Christmas Crafts

 

Toilet paper roll crafts are really fun, and they always turn out super cute.

 

The best thing about them too is that you ALWAYS have them on hand! So all you need is a few craft supplies, and you are set.

 

TP Roll Activities

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

craft TP rolls

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B. Set-up

 

Paint one TP roll green, one brown, and one white.

 

C. Activity

 

a. Snowman– To create the face, glue googly eyes on, cut out a small orange triangle from cardstock for a nose, and draw in a smile with a Sharpie. Add on some buttons and wrap a pipe cleaner around its neck for a scarf. Lastly, hot glue a pipe cleaner to the top of the roll and two poms for ear warmers.

 

b. Reindeer– Glue on googly eyes and a red pom for the nose. Use brown pipe cleaners to create antlers and hot glue them on the inside of the roll. To create the antlers, cut one long stick and attach two small ones to the long one!

 

c. Tree– Hot glue craft lights (hobby lobby) or poms to the roll. If you grab lights, you can connect them by drawing strings to each. Place a mini bow on top!

 


Activity #24: Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin

 

I love creating sensory bins that the kids can eat! This one was a huge hit because we don’t typically buy sugary cereals.

 

So, when I broke out the Cocoa Puffs, they literally ran to see what I had planned for them.

 

hot cocoa sensory bin

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

mini red cups

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B. Set-up

 

Dump some cereal into your sensory bin. Add in some mini marshmallows, cups, and spoons!

 

C. Activity

 

Let your little ones make their own “hot chocolate” by scooping the Cocoa Puffs into the cups! They can add in some marshmallows as well! They can also use the spoons to scoop out some whipped cream from the mini red cups and put it on top of the cup!

 

Don’t worry… I ate some too. Don’t feel bad :).

 

RELATED: BEST Sensory Bins for Kids

 


Activity #25: Santa Beard Cutting Craft

 

This is a great Christmas activity for kids to practice cutting skills!

 

Plus, it’s just cute and fun for the kids to do. They will love cutting Santa’s beard.

 

santa beard cutting craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

kids scissors

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B. Set-up

 

Create some Santa faces using paper! Then, place the face on top of a white piece of paper so you can see how long you should make the beards.

 

Make the beards and attach them to the face using a glue stick. Draw lines (straight, zig-zag, curvy, etc.) on each beard.

 

Make Santa’s hat using red paper and glue on a pom at the end of each hat!

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids try their best to cut along the lines to cut Santa’s beard! What a fun craft activity and craft for kids!

 


Activity #26: Make Yo’ Self a Christmas Tree

Want something a little bit more active? This Christmas activity for kids is SO much fun!

 

Do this activity with family or friends! It is a cooperative activity, where kids have to work together to turn each other into a Christmas Tree!

 

Christmas Tree Activity For Kids

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

Get your materials ready!

 

C. Activity

 

Choose a partner and work together to turn each other into a Christmas tree! One person should do the wrapping first by wrapping as much streamer around their partner as they can. Place bows on them as well. Then, switch, so the other person gets a turn!

 

Want to turn this into a game for the older kids? See which partner group can create their trees the fastest and have a certain number of bows on their trees.

 


Activity #27: Dot Gobble

 

I am a really big fan of the minute to win it games! Especially this one. I change it up with each holiday, and it’s a fan favorite each time!

 

I always use whipped cream and seasonal candy! The kids are always chomping at the bit, literally, to get started!

 

Dot gobble whip cream eating game for kids

 

How to do this activity

 

1. Materials you need:

dots for kids game

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B. Set-up

 

place a few Dots onto a paper plate and put some whipped cream on top.

 

C. Activity

 

Have your little ones attempt to eat the Dots without using their hands! They have to eat the Dots with just their mouths.

 

Want to add some in some competition for older ones?

 

Place the same amount of Dots on each player’s plate. Add on the whipped cream and see who can get all the gumdrops out of the whipped cream first. Have the kids place the ones that they found on the side of their plate. As hard as it is, tell the kids not to eat them till the end; that’ll waste time :).

 


Activity #28: Hot Chocolate Craft

 

There’s nothing like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day right?

 

This Christmas activity for kids is PERFECT because it involves a little treat!

 

hot chocolate craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

On a piece of cardboard, draw and paint a coffee cup!

 

C. Activity

 

The kids can decorate the cups however they want. They can use stickers, gems, or any other fun Christmas-themed supplies you have at home.

 

They can create faces on the cups or just add designs! Lastly, they can add some mini marshmallows in the hot chocolate or even a candy cane!

 


Activity #29: Gingerbread Making Craft

 

Tray play activities are perfect for your little ones at home or with a larger group of children!

 

Every time I set up a tray play craft activity, the kids will create at least 3 or more of them! It’s so cute how they want to come up with different ideas each time.

 

gingerbread play tray

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

art tray

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B. Set-up

 

Create a tray or have separate bowls for different supplies. Make sure to have a way that the kids can put all the objects on with (glue or glitter glue).

 

C. Activity

 

Let the kids create their own gingerbread men! They can get as creative as they want by making fun designs and adding different items to their gingerbread men.

 


Activity #30: Bowl with Frosty

 

Think your kids may get restless during the party doing a bunch of crafts? Snowman knockdown is a perfect way to keep the kiddos who love to be active happy!

 

This is a great way to work on rolling and aiming skills as well. You can make it as easy or as challenging as you want, depending on how old your children are!

 

snowman bowling

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

fake snow balls

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B. Set-up

 

Create the snowman eyes and mouth using a Sharpie and cardstock paper for a nose! You can create 6 or 12!

 

C. Activity

 

Have your little one roll the fake snowball at the cups to try to knock them over! You can place a cone or some painter’s tape on the floor, so they know where to start from. They can start close and then back up if they need a challenge.

 

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Activity #31: I Spy Christmas Activity

 

I SPY Activities have been a favorite around here lately. The kids always get really into finding each of the items.

 

I created two activities for this since my kids have been LOVING them so much. The first one is a FREEBIE printable of mine.

 

Christmas I SPY

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • I SPY worksheet
  • writing utensil

 

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B. Set-up

 

Print off the sheet and that’s it!

 

C. Activity

 

Have your little one say what each picture is at the bottom. They will find the items at the top of the page. Place an X on it once they find it, so they know they already found it!

 

Then, either you or they can write the amount of each picture there is a the bottom on the line!

 

This is a fun counting and writing activity for kids!

 

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Activity #32: Paper Plate Santa

 

It’s honestly amazing what you can do with a simple paper plate. The number of activities is endless!

 

I love these kinds of supplies! It’s the best when you have all the supplies on hand!

 

paper plate santa

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

Paint 3/4 of the paper plate with the beige acrylic paint. Then, paint the top and a little of the side with red acrylic paint for the hat. Cut two circles for the eyes with the cardstock paper!

 

C. Activity

 

Once the paint dries, paint on a red nose. Then, glue the eyes and the cotton balls on. Glue the cotton balls at the bottom of the hat and for a beard!

 


Activity #33: Rudolf Sensory Craft

 

Here is a fun way to use some colored rice in a craft!

 

The kids love sprinkling the rice onto the craft! It’s a wonderful sensory activity for kids.

 

rudolf sensory craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

acrylic paint set

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B. Set-up

 

To color the rice, you will dump some in a ziplock bag. Add some acrylic paint to the bag. Then, you’ll shake it up to make sure it covers all the rice inside the bag.

 

You’ll dump it out onto an art tray that has parchment paper on it (easier clean-up). Wait for it to dry (only 30 minutes or so!)

 

C. Activity

 

Create a reindeer shape out of brown construction paper. Create Rudolf’s red nose and add some eyes! Paste the shape onto a white piece of paper.

 

Once the rice is dry, add a little bit of glue to Rudolf’s face. The kids can sprinkle the brown rice on.

 

Lastly, if you want to create rainbow rice-follow the directions above but with every color of the rainbow. Add it on the antlers to look like lights!

 


Activity #34: Paper Christmas Tree Craft

 

Looking for a simple Christmas activity for kids? This is such a fun and cute one!

 

This Christmas tree was one of my son’s favorite projects that we have done!

 

paper Christmas tree craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

Cut strips of paper that are different sizes. The kids will be organizing them on paper from longest to shortest!

 

C. Activity

 

The kids will paste on the strips of paper according to size to look like a tree! We used two colors of green paper. Once they are done, they can add a star on top and Christmas buttons for the ornaments!

 


Activity #35: Reindeer Sponge Painting

 

I love using sponges for art projects! They can make so many different shapes and characters!

 

We made Rudolf by creating a simple circle out of a sponge!

 

reindeer sponge craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

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B. Set-up

 

Create a circle shape on a sponge with a Sharpie and cut it out.

 

C. Activity

 

Dip the sponge into brown paint and make prints on white paper! Then, add googly eyes on, hot glue a red pom in the middle to be the nose, and draw antlers on using a brown marker!

 


Activity #36: Snowglobe Craft

 

You can’t forget about Frosty the Snowman on Christmas!

 

This Christmas activity for kids is SO much fun! They will love making their own snowglobes.

 

snowglobe craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

Create a circle shape out of blue paper and a base out of white paper. Use a glue stick to glue these parts together to make the globe.

 

Then, create a snowman shape out of white paper. Lastly, make a hat shape out of black paper!

 

C. Activity

 

Draw on some eyes, add on a nose, mouth, buttons and use a pipe cleaner to be the scarf for the snowman!

 

Glue on the snowman towards the bottom of the blue area of the globe. Then, the kids can add snow to their globe by using Q-tips to dab on some snow or snow confetti!

 

Lastly, you can create some Christmas lights at the bottom of the globe by finger painting using washable paint!

 


Activity#37: Alphabet Christmas Tree

 

The best part of this activity is the fact that it takes just a few minutes to put together.

 

This Christmas activity for kids is a great way to work on the letters of the alphabet!

 

alphabet christmas tree

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

dot stickers

dot stickers

 

 

B. Set-up

 

Create a tree shape out of green paper. Then, create the tree trunk out of brown paper and glue them together.

 

Write the letters of the alphabet on the trees in random order. Then, on dot stickers, write letters to match up. These can be either upper or lower case depending on what skills you are working on.

 

C. Activity

 

Have your child identify the letters on the tree and give them a few options of stickers to choose from. I had the stickers on my fingers so they could just choose and place them on top.

 

Tip: When teaching the alphabet, I usually give three choices, this will show you that they are able to pick out the correct letter but they won’t be too overwhelmed with 25 other choices.

 

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Activity #38: Santa Sensory Bag

 

Have you ever tried a sensory bag? It’s a must-try activity.

 

It’s a wonderful sensory and Christmas activity for kids, toddlers, even babies!

 

santa sensory bag

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • gallon ziplock bag
  • Sharpies
  • hair gel
  • water
  • cotton balls
  • rubbing alcohol
  • making tape (optional)

 

 

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B. Set-up

 

Use a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and remove the label of the bag. Then, use Sharpies to draw a Santa shape on the bag.

 

Inside the bag, you will add a bottle of hair gel and 1/4 cup of water. Get all of the air out of the bag and zip it shut to spread it around!

 

Lastly, add some cotton balls inside the bag.

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids move the cotton balls to fill Santa’s beard and pom on his hat! This is a mess-free activity that helps build fine motor skills!

 

Tip: You can also tape this bag down using masking tape so it won’t move around on your little ones!

 

 


Activity #39: Christmas Tree Name Craft

 

Here’s one more name craft idea for you that is simple and fun for kids!

 

Using a Q-tip to paint is one of our go-to activities! It’s an easy tool for the kids to use and we always have them on hand.

 

christmas tree name craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

Cut the number of triangles out that you need to make your child’s name. Also, cut a tree trunk out!

 

Have your little one write the letters of their name on the triangles or you can do this part for them.

 

C. Activity

 

The kids will glue on the triangle pieces in the correct order to build their name. They will add the tree trunk at the bottom!

 

They will use Q-tips and dip them in paint to create ornaments for their tree. We used red and green but you can use as many colors as you’d like!

 

Lastly, add a star on top of the tree!

 


Activity #40: Reindeer Paper Plate Craft

 

This reindeer paper plate craft is one of our ALL time favorite Christmas crafts we have ever done!

 

I love when kids can play with the crafts afterward. They get more into creating when they know they can play with it when it’s done!

 

reindeer paper plate craft

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

Paint a paper plate brown using acrylic paint. Once it’s dry, cut a hole at the top so the kids can see through!

 

C. Activity

 

Trace the kid’s hands on brown construction paper and use hot glue to glue them to the top of the plate. These will be the reindeer’s antlers!

 

Glue a popsicle stick on the back of the plate so the kids can hold it up to be a mask! Lastly, hot glue a red pom in the center of the plate to be Rudolf’s nose!

 


Final Thoughts and Conclusions

 

I hope you found some magical Christmas activities for kids that you can try this holiday season!

 

Crafting, playing games, and learning are WAY more fun when you involve the holidays! They will be so excited to do these activities and spend time with you while doing them.

 

I’d love to hear about some Christmas-themed activities that you have done with kids. What activities or traditions do you do at home? Please share with our community!

 

Happy Holidays!

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