Crafting is a wonderful way to bond with your infant during the festive season, introducing them to the joy and wonder of Christmas. While little ones may not be able to manage complicated crafts, there are plenty of simple and safe projects that infants can enjoy. Here are a few Christmas crafts for babies and toddlers that are so much fun to do.
Handprint Christmas Tree & Lights
This is an adorable and easy craft idea. All you need is green paint, a piece of paper and some decorative items like glitter or stickers. Dip your baby's hand in the paint and press it onto the paper to make Christmas tree shape. Once it's dry, let your baby decorate their tree with the stickers. Also how about Christmas lights for another easy Christmas craft?
Paper Plate Snowman Or Santa
A simple craft that requires a paper plate, some paint, and construction paper. Paint the plate white and use the construction paper to create a hat, eyes, and a carrot nose. Best part of making a snowman is you don't need any white paint.
Pom Pom Christmas Tree
Another great sensory activity for infants is making a pom-pom Christmas tree. All you need are some green pom-poms, a paper cone, and glue. Let your infant help you stick the pom-poms onto the cone to create their own unique tree.
Festive Handprint Wreath
This craft is similar to the handprint Christmas tree, but this time you'll use red and green paint to make handprints on a paper plate. Then, cut out the center of the plate and add some ribbon or string for hanging. It's a simple yet cute decoration for your home. You could always me this into a photo ornament and frame them.
Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments
Creating salt dough ornaments is a classic Christmas craft that's safe and enjoyable for infants. To start, you'll need to mix together two cups of flour, one cup of salt, and one cup of water to form a dough. Roll out the dough and help your baby press their hand into the surface to create an imprint.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out a circle around this print and poke a hole at the top for the ribbon. Bake the Christmas ornaments at a low heat until it hardens. Once cooled, you can paint the ornament and thread a ribbon through the hole to hang it on the tree. This craft can be used to provide a beautiful Christmas ornament of your baby's first Christmas. Why not give one to granny as a Christmas gift!
Felt Stocking Garland
This craft will not only keep your baby entertained, but it also makes for a cute decoration. Cut out felt stocking shapes and let your little one decorate them with stickers or markers. String them together to make a festive garland. And for older children who like to craft, why not try a needlepoint stocking kit.
Using brown paint, make a footprint on a piece of paper. Once it's dry, add googly eyes and a red pom-pom for the nose to create a cute reindeer. If you have any plane baubles you could put the print on and make Christmas ornaments. Your baby can help with the painting and decorating too. These are a great way to cherish a baby's first Christmas.
This is a fun way to capture your baby's footprints while also creating a cute Christmas decoration. Paint your infant's feet green and stamp them onto a piece of paper, making sure the heels touch to form a "V" shape. Add some red pom-poms for berries and you have yourself some adorable mistletoes.
So, Give It A Ho Ho Go!
There are endless possibilities when it comes to Christmas crafts ideas for infants. Just remember to choose age-appropriate materials and supervise your little one during the crafting process. Crafting with your infant not only creates special memories but also helps develop their fine motor skills and creativity. Have fun creating together this holiday season!
So, don't hesitate to try out different craft projects and make this Christmas even more special for you and your baby. With a little bit of creativity and a lot of love, you can create beautiful keepsakes that will be cherished for years to come.
Have a merry Christmas and happy crafting.
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Christmas Craft Ideas FAQs
What are some safe materials I can use for Christmas crafts with my infant?
Non-toxic paints, soft felt, washable markers, and large, non-swallowable pom-poms are great for infant crafts. Always ensure to supervise your infant during crafting activities.
How can I preserve my infant's Christmas crafts for future years?
Once dried, artworks can be laminated or framed. Clay or dough handprints can be baked or air-dried, according to the product instructions.
How does crafting benefit my infant's development?
Crafting can help enhance your infant's fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and sensory awareness. It also fosters creativity and can be a fun way to introduce colors, shapes, and textures.
My baby is very young. Can they still participate in Christmas crafts?
Absolutely! Crafts like handprint or footprint art are perfect for even the youngest babies. Just be sure to use baby-safe, non-toxic materials and keep a close eye on them during crafting time.
I'm not very crafty. Can I still do these activities with my baby?
Definitely! The main aim is to have fun and engage with your baby. The crafts don't have to be perfect. It's all about the process, not the end product.
Remember, the key to a successful craft session with infants is to ensure their safety while having fun and creating memories. Enjoy this festive season with some delightful crafting!