Christmas is coming up fast next month, and I am excited about sharing my children’s favorite Christmas crafts and activities with you! My kids want to repeat these Christmas activities year after year!
Each of these Christmas activities take only a few minutes to set up. I also love that simple DIY ideas can be used as holiday decor or handmade gifts!
Our low-prep, kid-friendly Christmas activities include:
- DIY Christmas Ornaments
- Christmas countdown activities
- Handmade Christmas cards
- Faith-based Christmas activities
- Christmas learning activities
1. DIY Christmas Ornaments
(a) Yarn-Wrapped Cardboard Tree Ornaments
Here’s how the DIY cardboard ornaments look on our Christmas tree! My kids love pointing out which ornaments were created by them!
Last year when my daughter was 5 years old, she could decorate it independently, while my 2-year-old felt proud of his choice of orange yarn 😍.
(b) Trilingual craft stick ornaments!
Every year, my kids make their on craft stick ornaments with colorful craft sticks, ribbon, and jewel stickers!
To incorporate their 3 languages (Chinese, Korean, and English), we like to write trilingual messages on each craft stick ornament!
Learn about the materials we used for the trilingual craft stick ornaments here!
2. Christmas countdown crafts
(a) Paper Chain snowmen Christmas countdown (free printable)
A few years ago, my daughter practiced counting backwards with our printable paper chain snowmen for our Christmas countdown!
Now, my youngest child is is excited to rip off each paper chain as we approach the next Christmas!
You can find the instructions and free printables in Korean, Chinese, and English in this post about the paper chain snowman activity!
(b) Bilingual Snowmen Christmas Countdown (Chinese & Korean)
To encourage our children’s minority languages (Chinese and Korean), our nanny and I made these paper plate snowmen to encourage bilingual counting practice!
This activity was inspired by the amazing paper plate Christmas snowman from Happy Tot Shelf!
In hindsight, we should have put 남은 날 (Days Until) on the Korean snowman’s hat to keep the language consistently in Korean.
3. Handmade Christmas cards
(a) Washi tape Christmas cards
These washi tape Christmas tree cards are some of the best cards that my daughter has made for friends and family! No need to run to the store when you can quickly make your own beautiful Christmas cards at home!
In each of these cards, my daughter has been copying bible verses for handwriting practice and also adding the sweetest, personal messages.
Read about our teaching tips and favorite sparkly washi tape in this post about the Washi tape Christmas cards!!
(b) Handprint Christmas Tree Cards
As I’ve mentioned before, my daughter is like a Hallmark factory and makes dozens of cards every week for friends and family!
Handmade cards are the best way to personalize greetings, and cards have also been useful for improving my daughter’s reading and writing skills.
Inspired by the Glued To My Crafts blog, she instantly began to grab green paper and traced her hands!
4. Faith-based Christmas crafts
(a) Washi Tape Crosses
My kids have fun making these every year for both Easter and Christmas!
Find out about our favorite washi tapes in our DIY Washi Tape Crosses post!
(b) Jesus is King Crown Craft and Coloring Pages
Here’s another favorite faith-based Christmas activity that celebrates Jesus as our King! To compliment the fine motor strengthening of the beaded words, I also created free printable coloring sheets.
You can learn more about these Jesus Crown activities and download the coloring pages in English, Korean, and Chinese here!
5. Christmas learning activities
(a) Felt Christmas Tree Busy Bag Activity
These felt Christmas Trees have been enjoyed by both of my children year after year, even though they have a 3 year age gap!
Felt Christmas trees are easy to set up, and I recommend using stiff felt.
They’re a simple way for kids to get creative while exploring shapes and patterns.
To encourage your child to speak Chinese, Korean, or other minority languages, I recommend pointing and holding different pieces while describing observations!
Just keep an eye out for the small felt parts – you will need to supervise kids under 3 years of age who are mouthing non-food objects!
This is a smaller, portable version of an awesome giant felt tree that we saw on Amazon which you can buy from this link!
(b) Paper roll Christmas tree word matching
A few years ago, we made Paper Roll Christmas Trees for a word matching lesson, and my daughter wanted to keep them! Since then, we have been taking out these recycled trees every year!
(c) Free Chinese Christmas coloring sheets
If you’re too busy to set up crafts, download and print our educational Chinese Christmas Coloring sheets! It’s a great way for young children to review Chinese Christmas vocabulary, numbers, and shapes.
Click here for the free printable Chinese Christmas Coloring Sheets!
(d) Recycled polystyrene Christmas tree poking
Here is a fun and low-prep Christmas-themed activity that I set up for my son last year!
In addition to strengthening fine-motor skills and eye-hand coordination, we also reviewed shapes and Chinese characters.
For more details and teaching tips, check out this post: Christmas Tree Polystyrene Poke – Learn Shapes, Colors, Words, and More!
(e) Christmas sensory writing tray
Children who are learning to write might enjoy the tactile experience of a sensory writing tray!
Read about how I set up our Christmas sensory writing activity and download free printable writing prompts in this post!
(f) Christmas craft stick puzzles
Craft stick puzzles are very easy to set up, and we’ve covered a variety of topics and vocabulary through these puzzles!
The above photo is an example of Christmas-themed puzzle, and you can check out other DIY puzzle ideas here!
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