The holiday season is the perfect time for little ones to engage in fun and exciting activities that not only allow them to express their artistic side but also help to develop their creative thinking, problem-solving and fine motor skills.
While not all families celebrate Christmas, there are some amazing craft-worthy activities on our Pinterest board that families can take part in over the holiday period, so check them out!
We have selected our top three favourites for you try at home.
Simple and easy – you can even use items found around the house to decorate! Scatter them around the house or use them to brighten your fireplace mantle.
These paper plate Christmas trees as so easy to make and the design possibilities are limitless! Use items from around the house, or head to Spotlight for inexpensive materials to complete your Christmas trees.
Have a few leftover packing peanuts from your online shopping? Put them to good use in this STEM (Science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activity! Decorate the peanuts and watch them vanish!
Don’t forget to share your holiday activities with us – we would love to see what you create!
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