Winter and Christmas Crafts for Toddlers and Children

A few more winter crafts as Southern California is pillaged by a storm.  Ok, greatly exaggerated, but cold rain means no going outside.  No going outside means tornadoes on the loose inside.  I would like to dedicate these crafts to Outside Voice as she said “Just the thought of buying all the things you need for each one tires me out!” on my last craft post.  I expect most of you have these items around the house.


Gingerbread Men

(My sons are crazy about Gingerbread Men; I don’t know if it’s because I made some last week or that we are watching too much Shrek.  We used crayons and fabric paint to decorate them, but you can use a variety of different mediums.  Evan loved squirting the fabric paint, making a Santa Clause and elves.  If you don’t have a cookie cutter, then try this page for a template.  I actually liked the medium ones better than my cookie cutter.


Things you need:

  • Cardboard or brown construction paper
  • Gingerbread man cookie cutter or template
  • Black marker or pen
  • Scissors
  • Crayons, markers, fabric paint, finger paint, glitter glue, white out, (whatever you want to decorate with)


Trace the cookie cutter or template on the cardboard or construction paper.  Cut out pattern.  Let the child decorate the gingerbread man.



Snow Scene

(We did this in Girl Scouts; the girls loved it.  My boys loved it.   Watch toddlers carefully as they are known to eat chalk.)


Things you need:

  • Black paper
  • White chalk
  • Hair spray


Let the child draw a snowy scene with the chalk, making hills, snowflakes and snowmen to create the scene.  When the child is finish, spray it with hair spray to keep the picture.  If you don’t have hair spray, the picture will fade away eventually.




(Just because sometimes we can’t think out of the box, let’s remember how much fun it was to cut out snowflakes.  Of course, my boys were too little to cut them, but they had fun playing with them and hanging them up.)


Things you need:

  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Bowl (optional)
  • Pen (optional)


If you want circle snowflakes, trace the bowl and cut out the circle.  Fold the paper as many times as you like as the more you fold the more complicated the pattern.  Cut.  Cut squares, triangles, circles, and random shapes.  Unfold the paper.


8 Responses to “Winter and Christmas Crafts for Toddlers and Children”

  1. ck Says:

    CK peeks over her shoulder; coast is clear. She pulls a voice recorder from her pocket and whispers into it: “Note to self: Faemom still has hairspray in her possession. Read subsequent posts carefully to discover whether or not she still uses it on her bangs…”

  2. faemom Says:

    Actually I have no idea where the hair spray came from, so if I randomly have some (which I haven’t used any since middle school), I figured those put together women did.

  3. jc Says:

    I giggled at the hair spray too. Aquanet will survive nuclear blasts.
    There was a momentary brain lapse at “contact paper” on your previous craft post until I flashpow remembered all the horrible hours of contact papering of textbooks and posters in grade school. And then contact papering the pantry shelves, and the kitchen drawers, pretty much every measurable surface had $%#$@#* contact paper.

  4. faemom Says:

    I do hate contact papering shelves. God, I hate that. At least on crafts it’s small areas.

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