Time is the thing we need most during the holidays. Keeping kids entertained while keeping up with holiday preparations is challenging. So, here are a few of our favorite low-mess, no-stress holiday crafts to entertain kids with minimal supervision while you prep for festivities.
As always, all of our crafts are kid-tested and approved. Plus, you probably have most of the supplies around the house. If not, they’re inexpensive and easy to find at your favorite stores like Dollar Tree, Michael’s, and Walmart.
1. Snowflake Chandeliers
- Fun wire
- Foam or paper snowflakes
- Curling ribbon
Cut wire into 12″-16″ legnths and loop one end.
Place beads in a bowl. Kids will love searching for beads to string onto wire.
Add a snowflake with some gems to the bottom using tape or poking through foam.
Hang in a window or on a tree!
2. Marshmallow Snowmen
- Marshmallows – one bag each of jumbo, standard and mini
- Food markers
- Coconut flakes
- Blue food spray or blue sugar
- Paper plates
Place marshmallows on plates.
Kids select marshmallows and assemble snowman using toothpicks.
Add pretzel arms and marshmallow mittens.
Draw a face and clothing using food markers.
Speinkle cocunut on plate, add blue spray (or sprinkles) for color.
3. Pom-pom Jewelry
- Pom-poms in assorted sizes and colors
- Spiral wire bracelet
Create a loop at one end of wire bracelet. Carefully push pom-poms onto wire – the trick is to get the wire through the center of pom-pom. Continue varying sizes. Loop the other end and tuck into pom-pom.
4. Painted Pizelles
- Pizelle cookies – store-bought or homemade.
- Sparkle gels in assorted colors
This is a favorite Art Truck party activity – kids love it! Note that Pizelles have two different designs on either side, so kids can paint several cookies. Simply place cookies on plates and let kids paint in the shapes using sparkle gels. Encourage them to create wreaths, stained glass windows and snowflakes.
6. Scribble Ornaments
- Sharpies in assorted holiday colors
- Plastic ornaments with silver, gold or white coating.
Simply arrange Sharpies and ornaments on a table using paper plates as work stations and watch kids delight in scribbling and swirling abstract designs using all the different colored markers. Add a ribbon and hang on a tree or in a window.