Fun Christmas Ideas for Kids
Make your list and check it twice: we’ve got Christmas in the bag! We’ve got homemade gift ideas, DIY cards and decorations, and our top gift picks by grade for every kid on your list. Take a look.
Homemade Christmas Gifts
These pretzel reindeer cookies are a great holiday recipe for kids to make. They taste like peanut butter cookies and look like Rudolph and his friends.
Is there anything more enticing to a young child than a snow globe? Here's a snow globe that your kids can not only play with, they can make it themselves!
Don't leave Fido out of the holiday goody fun! These dog treats are super simple and will give your child helpful fraction practice.
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Get into the Christmas spirit with this fun and messy finger painting activity. This fun activity will light up the day like holiday lights!
Help your little one create reindeer antlers for every member of her family!
In first grade, children are introduced to fractions. Here's a recipe that combines fraction practice with winter fun!
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Homemade Christmas Decorations
Before you sit down for a delicious holiday dinner, feast your eyes on this festive candle centerpiece! This easy paper craft is made from recycled toilet paper tubes, and ...
These spaghetti ornaments take seconds to make and are a great festive addition to a tree, gift or window display.
Want to add a bit of holiday sparkle to a bland patio or dinner table? Just add Christmas lights to Mason jars!
Who knew math could be so fun? Your preschooler will delight in this counting activity that results in a beautiful holiday decoration for the whole family to enjoy.
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Pin the nose on Rudolph the reindeer in this homemade holiday game! Kids can practice their crafting skills with this Christmas spin on an old party favorite.
Challenge your third grader and a few friends to teamwork and laughs with these boisterous indoor Christmas games.
Want to give your child some writing practice over the holidays? This holiday-themed writing activity will have your child matching Christmas clauses!
Your little preschool elf will develop some important fine motor skills while creating an entertaining game: Pin the Star on the Christmas Tree!
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Christmas Coloring Pages
Up in the sky with the moon big and high Santa's sleigh is making its way during Christmas. He could use your help with some color. Are your crayons handy?
Did you know that robots celebrate Christmas too? Spread some holiday cheer with a cute coloring page, and give this Christmas robot some festive colors!
This little Christmas tree is loaded with lights! You and your children can have fun making them bright and filling them with holiday colors.
Invite your little one to make her own Christmas stocking with this cute template! Add some holiday colors, and be sure to help her cut it out and paste the parts together.
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- Three Recipes for an Olde English Christmas
- Prepare Creamy Christmas Peppermints
- Forget the Mall: Get Kids in the Kitchen!
- Oatmeal Pancakes: Cooking with Fractions
- Whole Wheat Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
- Winter Crisp
- Oatmeal Cookies
- Cook Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
- Bake Chocolate Snow Balls!
- Non-Alcoholic Mulled Spiced Wine
- Make Fresh Apple Cider
- Make Chocolate-Covered Apples
- Homemade Holiday Granola
- Make Homemade Candy Canes
- Make Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes
- Give a Holiday Toast with Wassail
- Whip Up Some Eggnog!
Christmas Book Picks
When Snowball, a delightful North Pole bunny, falls asleep in Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve night he embarks on an unforgettable adventure. Adorable illustrations and simple text make this perfect for preschoolers through first graders.
Mrs. Claus doesn’t see why her husband should get all the travel time, so she hitches up the reindeer and takes off to see the world. Follow Mrs. Claus through her travels to her reunion with Santa. A great read for third through fifth graders.
The Holly Joliday
While Judy practices for the holiday school recital, all Stink cares about is whether it will snow for Christmas. This chapter book is a great holiday read for first through third graders.
This short story, about the true gifts of Christmas, was written at the turn of the century. It is brought to a new generation of readers with P.J. Lynch’s eloquent illustrations. A great book for high schoolers to enjoy at Christmas.