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42 Christmas Activities for Kids

42 Christmas Activities for Kids

As we gear up for the holiday and Christmas season, that means there is a lot of crafting going on! For those who need ideas, we have 42 of the best Christmas activities for kids to keep them busy through the season. Some of these crafty projects would make excellent gifts, so start the crafting early! 

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Enjoy our list of the Best Christmas Activities for Kids!

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Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

You can make these ornaments in 4 easy steps and the recipe to make the clay only requires pantry staples! Perfect for craft time and gifting. 

Free Printable Neighborhood Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt

As you and your family drive around looking at lights and decorations, don’t forget to take your scavenger hunt! This activity is great for kids of all ages and is so much fun! To make it more competitive, offer a prize for the winner! 

Christmas Rock Painting

Not only do painted rocks make for nice decor, but it also helps to bust the boredom on holiday break. All you need are flat rocks and acrylic paint!

Free Christmas Charades Printable

This classic game is great for families during Christmas time. Smaller kids may need some help as they may not be able to read the cards, but other than that get ready for a night full of laughs!

Christmas Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Decorating sugar cookies is so much fun for kids and they taste delicious too! Invite their friends or neighbors over for a decorating party, then pack the cookies up in festive tins for edible gifts. That is, if the kids don’t eat all of them first. 

Wood Slice Snowman Ornaments

These little snowmen are the cutest things! Not only is this a simple craft, but it’s budget friendly! Great for making at home or in a classroom setting. Be sure to crank up the Christmas music while you are crafting. 

Christmas Play Dough

Scented holiday Play Doh offers hours of entertainment and is less messy than the slime your kids love! Grab a cheap set of cookie cutters and they can create all kinds of holiday figures! 

Edible Candy Cane Slime

We aren’t encouraging the kids to eat this peppermint slime, but if they decide to have a taste, it’s made with natural ingredients! They will create pink and white slime by using marshmallows, how cool?

Pom Pom Christmas Tree Slime

Here’s another festive slime recipe that’s bright green and filled with glitter and sparkly pom poms. This would be a great party favor for home or school. 

Kid-Made Christmas Tree Picture Frame

These frames are such a cute keepsake and grandparents love them! Use cardstock and stickers to make a Christmas tree, then place their photo in the middle. It stands by using a toilet paper roll. Such a cute idea!

Handprint Angel Kid-Made Christmas Card

Making a card like this one is simple, budget friendly, and you probably already have the supplies on hand. Perfect for little ones to give to their family or a craft that is easiest enough to make at school.

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Craft Stick Christmas Ornaments

All you need is 30 minutes and Dollar Tree supplies to make these DIY ornaments! With a little paint and glitter, they sparkle with Christmas spirit!

Paper Straw Christmas Ornaments

Learn how to make Christmas trees, candy canes, and angels using paper straws and other common craft supplies that will jazz up your tree!

Christmas Ornaments Made Out Of Old Toys

If you have tons of happy meal toys laying around, this craft tutorial is such an easy way to repurpose them. 

Christmas Sensory Shaker Bottle

This sensory toy is easy to make and great for younger children, especially when you are running short on time and need something quick to occupy them. 

Free Christmas Bingo Printable Game

Bingo is perfect for the classroom or a family fun night during the holidays. The boards are Christmas themed, of course, and are great for all ages. 

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Festive and Fun Christmas Mad Libs

Ready to tell a funny story? Kids love the idea of Mad libs and this one is a fantastic holiday version and is great for a party activity. 

Printable Santa Claus Word Search

Simply print out this holiday word search and let the kids go to town. Since this one is so easy you may want to pair it with another activity on this list. 

Paper Tube Santa Craft for Kids

Use this recycled Santa as an ornament or as a present topper. This craft is good for toddlers and younger kids, but is also fun to make and you can use the supplies you have on hand.

Easy Quilled Christmas Lights Kids Christmas Craft Idea

These Christmas lights are absolutely beautiful! It’s different colors of paper rolled into lights, so adults and kids can join in on the fun. 

Christmas Button Wreath

This one will take a little more time, but kids love using buttons to make this wreath craft! It also makes a great gift and looks good for home decor! 

Super Cute Christmas Paper Plate Snowglobe Craft for Kids

Spare an hour and let kids 10 and under make their own snow globe! These are cute, easy, and look pretty hanging on the fridge. 

Gingerbread House Paper Bag Craft [Free Template]

These would be perfect for a contest! Kids get to design their own gingerbread house with all of the mess by drawing on paper bags. 

Free Printable Buddy The Elf Craft For Kids

Who doesn’t love Buddy? Children will crack up laughing as they put their face on an elf body using different colors of cardstock! 

Handmade Christmas Decorations: Pine Cone Trees

If you have a ton of pinecones in your yard, repurpose them! These look amazing for home decor and you can use any type of paint you would like! 

Christmas Reindeer Hunt

Kids will search high and low for Santa’s lost reindeer! You can even laminate your cards so they last longer, and turn these into different hunts for all occasions. 

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Free Printable Secret Message Letter FROM Santa

Let the Elf on the Shelf deliver this top secret message or have an official letter from the North Pole mailed directly to your mailbox! Either way this activity is magical! 

Free Christmas Printable: Template For Letter To Santa

Here you have a free envelope and letter to Santa that is super festive! Once they are finished, just drop it in the mail! 

Free I Spy Christmas Printable

Play I Spy with the whole family using this free 5 page printable! No reading required so even your smaller kids can participate. 

Rudolf Races – Balloon Physics Christmas STEM Game

You’ll need a couple of extra supplies for this activity, but for those who love science will definitely be entertained. The air leaks out of the balloons making them “race” across the twine.

Paper Plate Grinch Craft

Have toddlers? Pair this holiday craft with a premiere of How the Grinch Stole Christmas for a fun filled family night. 

Snowstorm in a Jar Science Experiment

Already played in the snow for hours? Take the fun inside and create your own snowstorm without the frigid temperatures. 

How To Make Snow Using 2 Ingredients

You will be shocked at how easy it is to make fake snow using just baking soda and shaving cream! This is perfect if you are waiting for the snow to fall, or if the weather forecast was a bust. 

Christmas Tree Cones

This edible activity may get a little messy so break out the paper plates. Kids will decorate an ice cream cone and turn it into a beautiful Christmas tree.

Christmas Light Suncatchers 

Lightbulb suncatchers are simple and fun to create! Basically you’ll need tissue paper and contact paper. You can even recreate this craft into other holiday shapes. 

The Grinch Christmas Ornament Craft for Kids

These ornaments are super cute! A glass ball filled with different shades of sparkly green pom-poms makes a great gift or classroom craft.

Fun Holiday Kids Craft: Oatmeal Reindeer Food Recipe

The reindeer need food too! Not only is this entertaining, but you can watch the spark in your children’s eyes as they dream of Santa and his sleigh. 

Stunning Sparkly Icicle Craft

Bring winter magic into any space when you hang these DIY icicles. All you need is foil, glue, and ribbon or cord to attach to the top! 

Gingerbread House Ornaments

Making real Gingerbread houses is fun, but these are such cute keepsakes! Turn an old terracotta pot into a decorated house that kids of all ages enjoy! 

Paper Ball Reindeer Craft

You can make these cute reindeer in just a few minutes and all you need is paper, glue, and googly eyes! Younger children will enjoy this activity as it is pretty simple, also great for classrooms. 

DIY Jumbo Stuffed Gingerbread Man Craft 

Make a stuffed gingerbread out of recycled paper grocery bags! The kids can even practice their sewing skills by weaving the yarn in and out around the edges

Santa Christmas Paper Plate Craft for Kids

Looking for an activity that is quick, easy, and only uses supplies you have at home? Make these cute Santa plates! This is a fantastic way to keep small kids entertained and get in the holiday spirit!

When it comes to Christmas activities for kids, this collection should have you covered through the holiday season! We hope they enjoy these as much as we do. 


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