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Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. No actually–it is my VERY favorite time of the year. My oldest daughter is almost three and already LOVES doing crafts of all kinds.
Honestly, I am not sure where she got it from as I never was crafty growing up, but I have to admit I am glad.
Doing crafts with your kids gives you a real opportunity to spend some quality time watching them learn and grow. Creating things together is a great bonding experience and it’s something your child will remember forever.
With the upcoming Christmas holiday season, I have found that I am VERY excited for doing crafting this year.
My little one is still a bit too young to understand the point of Christmas, but I think illustrating this through art projects is the best way for her to learn.
Christmas crafts for toddlers are all over the internet, so I tried to find the very best ones that I plan on doing with my own daughter.
My self-set parameters were that I did NOT want a craft that was going to be too difficult for either of us, and I tried to find crafts that were flexible and would allow for a little creativity.
I did include a couple of keepsake crafts, but I think the ones that allow your child to explore their own creativity tend to be more enjoyable.
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Also, I am TERRIBLE at throwing things away that my kid made.
I am not typically a pack rat, but something about the adorable scribbles my daughter does makes it almost IMPOSSIBLE for me to throw out her artwork.
This means we really WANT to do some keepsake crafts, but we also NEED to do some that are more about the process, and that we will feel perfectly fine throwing in the garbage later.
Either way, I hope you enjoy this list of crafts. It was a lot of fun to put together and I really look forward to making these Christmas crafts for toddlers this year.
The Best Christmas Crafts for Toddlers
Christmas Tree Pasta and Macaroni Art
I LOVE macaroni art crafts because you can get pretty creative with macaroni noodles! This Christmas tree pasta art is simple to make and your toddler will think painting noodles is really neat!
Recycled Toilet Paper Tube Christmas Snowmen Craft
This is probably the CUTEST snowman craft I have ever seen–I mean, look at those earmuffs! I love being able to make something with materials I have around the house, and a toilet paper roll certainly fits the bill!
Twas the Night Before Christmas Footprint Craft
This is SUCH a cute and original idea. This Christmas footprint craft would be a great introduction to help your kiddo get excited about this book! I love art projects that go along with stories, and this one definitely fits the bill.
Gingerbread Salt Dough Recipe & Ornament Tutorial
Your toddler is probably old enough that they love helping in the kitchen, so have them help you bake these gingerbread salt dough ornaments! As long as you save a few for the tree, you are bound to have a keepsake that you will enjoy for many years to come.
Toilet Roll Angel
This blogger has a huge list of toilet paper roll crafts for Christmas, but her toilet roll angel is one of my favorites. There are parts of this that your toddler will definitely need assistance with, but it’s something they will enjoy making and playing with over the holiday season.
Melted Snowman Craft with Homemade Puffy Paint
Pine Cone Activity
Whoever came up with pinecone Christmas trees is brilliant. Keep in mind that this craft can be decorated with a multitude of little crafty things so you don’t have to limit yourself to the little pom poms.
Santa Handprint Ornament & Salt Dough Recipe
To be honest, I haven’t quite decided whether or not Santa is going to be a thing in our home. Regardless, I don’t see any harm in celebrating a character that is portrayed the way that Santa is, and I definitely think MOST toddlers would have a lot of fun with this Santa handprint ornament craft. If you don’t have a salt dough recipe you are currently using, you can find one from this blogger!
Puffy Paint Snowglobe Card
Fluffy paint is fascinating to toddlers! This puffy paint snowman snowglobe card is 3-d and would be a lot of fun to make together. Consider having your little one help you make a few of these for close family and friends–it’s definitely a keepsake card your toddler will be proud of!
Salt Dough Fingerprint Christmas Tree
I think the idea of using fingerprints for the ornament placement is totally adorable! These salt dough fingerprint trees are definitely something meaningful that you could save forever.
Scrunched Tissue Paper Christmas Tree Craft
This is a creative use of tissue paper that honestly would not have ever occurred to me. My toddler loves crumpling up paper and so this tissue paper Christmas tree craft will be a fun activity for her. Scrunching up tissue paper can help with your child’s developing fine motor skills, so it’s a great activity to do!
Handprint Angel Christmas Card
This handprint angel Christmas card is pretty adorable. I am sure your little one has an auntie or grandparents who would LOVE a little keepsake card like this.
Reindeer Pom Pom Magnets
Little creatures made with googly eyes and pompoms always turn out really cute, and these reindeer pom pom magnets are no different. Consider taking a couple of white pompoms and making a snowman too. Most toddlers love playing with magnets, so this should be a quick and easy win.
Five Minute DIY Advent Calendar
Advent calendars are one of the best ways to get your little one excited about the upcoming holiday. This DIY advent calendar is particularly fun as your child gets to see Santa’s beard appear over time! This blogger also includes a FREE printable in her article, so it’s definitely worth picking up!
What was your favorite Christmas craft as a child? Are you planning on making any of these crafts with your child? I would LOVE to hear about it in the comment section below.