Here are 5 fun and simple Christmas crafts for toddlers ages 1-2 that will keep them busy and happy during the holiday season.
Toddlers love to be part of the Christmas celebrations just like anybody else. At times it is very difficult to keep them busy and occupied while working on preparations around the house. Here is a list of some ‘Christmas Arts And Crafts Projects For Toddlers‘ that will help settle their excitement and keep them out from between your feet. Involving them can be great, but every once in a while it’s nice to get something done on your own and these christmas crafts for toddlers ages 1-2 will come in handy!
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Christmas Crafts for Toddlers Ages 1-2
Here are some basic ideas for how toddlers can get involved in Christmas too with these fun activities and projects!
Project # 1: Christmas Card
This is one of the most common of all toddler projects made around the world whatever the season, and Christmas is no exception. All that a child would need are:
-a blank card or a card cut out from chart paper
-pencil and eraser for drawing a picture
-colors to complete the picture
-markers for writing
The child may draw a picture of a Christmas tree perhaps or a bunch of flowers, a star, or even a gift box with a ribbon around it. This may be followed by the picture being colored and the card then gifted to somebody. Children love making cards and a child may make many Christmas cards for each one in the house or cards to be mailed out to friends and family.
Make a Christmas tree cutout and let toddlers stamp ornaments with q tips dipped in washable paint.
Use these printable handprint and footprint art templates to kick the card making up a notch!
Project # 2: Christmas Angel
Things you will need are:
-gold color paper
-white lace or white netted discarded material from an old dress perhaps
-strands of bright yellow wool for the hair
Cut the paper into a semicircle with a circular protrusion at the center. This circular bit should not be cut off from the main semicircular body. Fold the sides of the semicircle in order to make a cone with the circular bit above the cone as the head. This will be the frame for the angel. Strands of yarn or wool may be cut out and glued on as the hair.
Eyes nose and mouth may be drawn. Paper strips may be cut out and glued to the main body as hands. Using the lace or material, cut out and stick on to the cone to present the angel’s dress. Finally when the angel is ready, wings made out of gold paper may be glued on or fastened from behind.
This is a very simple and easy project for kids, and if the adult only draws the outline on the paper, the child may be able to cut it out using a pair of safety scissors depending on ability. Once the angel is assembled, let the toddler color and decorate their angel however they like!
Project # 3: Bright Star Craft
Things you will need:
Stars are easy to draw and cut out, especially if a model star is used to trace the outline. The stars may then be cut out and painted with fluorescent colors to be stuck on the wall. A child may find this a very exciting project. We have made these with homemade glow in the dark puffy paint too!
Project #4: Decorating the manger
Assembling and decorating the manger scene may be a tedious task for the parent when a child is around, or it may also be exciting for both parent and child depending on what the child is allowed to do. If your child likes to touch and play with the real nativity, but this isn’t safe or the parts are breakable, make your own!
Build a little nativity scene from scratch, using cardboard box houses, or huts made of sticks and leaves, or a little rocky cave like home to depict the Baby Jesus’ place of birth. The child may be allowed to hang the newly made Christmas angel, or even use the little fallen leaves and leaf stalks from the Christmas tree to decorate around the manger.
The child may also be allowed to place the many items of the crib in place such as the ceramic or plastic images of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the three kings, shepherds and the flock of sheep. We love to use this Fisher Price Nativity Set for toddlers or these wooden nativity blocks.
#5. Baking the Christmas Cake or Cookies
Those who have tried and tested this will see that it is a pleasure to let children pitch in with mixing the dough for the cake. They might help with counting the cups of flour, or the number of eggs, or even perhaps keeping track of the ingredients put into the mixing bowl.
Whatever it may be children love to feel important and just one ingredient might do the trick to let them sit back and watch the result of ‘their help’. When the cake is ready they have a sense of pride that they have been part of the ‘cake making process’. Do let them take turns in mixing the dough too. That is one part that’s most fun.
Have so much fun with these Christmas crafts for toddlers ages 1-2!
In order for a child to understand the spirit of Christmas and how certain traditions came about is by getting a child involved in the activities within their own capabilities. This can be an enriching experience – a bonding experience for both, adult and child.