2 Projects for Crafty Kids

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Nov 18, 2011 7:58 PM
Set aside some time over the holidays for a craft session with your young ones.* Consider shooting a few minutes of video footage while they're getting down to business, and squirrel away a couple of their crafty creations for safekeeping. When they're adults themselves, they'll appreciate a peek back at a tender moment from their childhood, packaged with the craft that you lovingly kept.

Reindeer Gift Tags
This is a quick, easy craft for kids that will put a personal touch on presents for friends and family.

Construction paper (brown and green)
Safety scissors
Googly eyes (optional)
Small red pom pom

Fold a piece of brown construction paper in half. Draw a triangle along the fold and cut out the shape. Cut two holly-shaped antlers from green paper and glue to top of triangle head along fold. Draw two eyes with a marker (or glue on googly eyes), and glue on a tiny, red pom-pom for the nose. Attach to presents as gift tags, with "To" and "From" written on inside.

Tissue Paper Christmas Tree
Your child will delight in watching this holiday decoration slowly come to life. He or she can just as easily create a tissue paper wreath, snowman, Santa hat - or any holiday symbol they can draw themselves (or that you can draw for them).

Construction paper
Green tissue paper, cut into 2-inch squares
Brown tissue paper, cut into 2-inch squares
Small pom poms (assorted colours)
White school glue
Safety scissors
Popsicle stick

Draw and cut out a Christmas tree shape from a piece of construction paper. Cut green tissue paper into many 2-inch squares. Cut about 10 one-inch squares from brown tissue paper. Place popsicle stick in centre of a square and scrunch tissue paper around it to produce a wrinkled effect. While holding popsicle stick in place, dip centre into glue and paste onto tree. Repeat until entire tree is covered with scrunched tissue paper squares. Use brown tissue paper squares to cover trunk in same fashion. Glue pom poms throughout to "decorate" Christmas tree.

* Depending on your child's age and ability, he or she may require some help and/or supervision.