A while ago I worked as child carer in my own home. Leading up to Christmas, I wanted to do some Christmas activities with the kids, as you do!
I was also on a budget but I found this activity worked really well – it cost nothing as I had stuff lying around, the kids were amused for hours and got creative (and developed fine motor skills of course), and by their nature, parents had somewhere to display their work (there are only so many paintings that fit on a fridge!)
Cardboard Christmas Tree decorations
As I was working with two year olds, I did a lot of the preparation work and divide the instructions for an adult and kids. If you have older kids, they may be able to do some of the earlier steps as well.
instructions for the adult
Cut out Christmas shapes from cardboard (cereal boxes work but washing powder boxes are thicker cardboard so are better). Stars, stockings and bells are easy, but get as creative as you want!
Punch a hole near one edge (poke the hole with scissors if you don’t have a hole punch).
instructions for the kids
Decorate the shapes! Glue on bits of coloured paper, tinsel and cotton wool balls, add stickers, glitter and paints.
Let it dry.
Thread gift ribbon (or string) through the hole and tie into a loop.
Hang the loop on the Christmas tree (or a door handle).
Stand back and admire your beautiful work 🙂
Love Santa says – send us photos of your creations, too!