Activity Village has a collection of wonderful printable Christmas paper crafts that we have been waiting to try out! Last Christmas was a strange one and December didn't feel like the usual fun-filled, festive month that we normally enjoy, but we were determined to have some of our own fun, even if just us at home, so we filled up all the empty spaces in the house with colourful, festive decorations. A colourful house is just a more cheerful house!
The first Christmas decoration that grabbed our attention were these lovely printable gingerbread houses. We printed the pages out in black and white and the kids got busy colouring them in. All of the printable Christmas crafts have a colour version on the website but I always print the black and white one so the kids have to do the colouring. One of the things I like about the different Christmas paper craft pages is they are all easy to cut – so the kids can really do all of it by themselves.
Colouring in one of the gingerbread houses
A gingerbread house coloured and ready to cut out
And after a good session of colouring and listening to some audio stories we had a few gingerbread houses ready to go up on display.
Our row of completed gingerbread houses!
The gingerbread house was easy so we decided to stick with the Christmas paper craft pages on the site. Sometimes when you are busy, keeping things as easy as possible is the way forward. Next they tried the Christmas diamond.
Again we went for the black and white version and did the colouring ourselves. The two sections of the diamond need to get stuck together but we did not find it too challenging. Just fold along all the lines before you start sticking anything together.
The finished Christmas diamond
I really like this diamond design!
Here's another view of the Christmas diamond
And then we had a go at the Christmas basket. Again the printing and sticking together for this was very straight forward, but I still suggest fold along the lines before you start applying the glue.
Christmas basket before it is glued together - fold along the lines to make it easier to assemble
One of the reasons that we like this little basket so much is you could use it as a little gift basket!
Christmas basket filled with a little gift
Or you could even use it as a little chocolate bowl! We always seem to end up with a lot of chocolate over Christmas time!
A Christmas basket filled with chocolates
And just because the kids and I were on a roll we decided to add a Christmas Wreath to our collection!
Our finished Christmas colouring wreath hanging in the window
Some Tips and Thoughts
We printed all of our Christmas craft pages onto card. I would strongly suggest card and not paper as the paper would just not hold the shape as nicely as the card does. We also decorated with felt tip pens which we found worked well because the kids got nice strong colours. We could easily have used pencil crayons and I think watercolour paints would be fun too.
My kids did not want to add extras onto their finished product but I think adding some glitter and possibly some craft gems could be fun for the kids.
The Links Again
This is a guest post from Shelly. Shelly is a home educating parent of two children aged 10 and 12. She blogs at ofamily learning together where she shares ideas on the different learning activities that they do including lots of hand-on maths, arts and crafts and anything else that is part of their home educating lifestyle.
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