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Crafting with 5 year old kids for Christmas – craft ideas and cool activities

Christmas crafts with 5 year old children girls and boys

The development of a 5-year-old is full of emotional extremes and contradictions. At this age, many children are still in the not-so-distant infancy, preschool, and future “big kid” stage. The following craft ideas and activities are specially designed for your little one and adapted to support early childhood development. The Advent and Christmas seasons are ideal for crafting with 5-year-olds.

Crafting with 5 year olds: Paper snowflake table runner

Crafting with 5 year old children snowflakes from paper table runner

When it comes to Christmas crafts, there are two things that are addictive: pompoms and paper snowflakes. And a 5-year-old can already cut along a line with a pair of child scissors. Making paper snowflakes can help kids develop their cutting skills and fine motor skills . And the best part is that there is a little surprise magic inherent in each unfolding. This excites the little ones even more!

Table decoration crafting with 5-year-old children at Christmas paper snowflakes

Take a sheet of A4 size paper (21 x 29 cm) and fold it into a triangle. Cut off the protruding part so that you now have a perfect square. Fold this triangle in half again, then fold it once more. Cut off the bottom and paint a pattern on it. Now cut out the prongs and lines. Now carefully unfold the snowflake and voila! A beautiful, symmetrical snowflake!


To make the table runner, arrange the snowflakes on the table and then tape the edges together with small strips of tape. To really show off the white snowflakes, place jute fabric underneath. This creates a festive, wintry and inviting table decoration with a vintage flair!

Craft with 5-year-olds: Scented play dough

Christmas trees from play dough do it yourself decorate craft idea for Christmas

Homemade playdough is a wonderful way for children to explore their creativity and experiment with different shapes. Playdough improves sensory learning and can be used to make Christmas ornaments. The Christmas designs are then decorated with beads and sequins.

Ingredients for mint play dough:

120 grams of flour
1 tablespoon oil
200 ml water
50 ml peppermint essence
80 grams of salt
2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
Green food coloring
1 tablespoon glitter

Make your own fir tree out of play dough and decorate it with beads


Place all dry ingredients, flour, salt, glitter and cream of tartar in a saucepan. Add oil, food coloring, peppermint essence and water to the dry ingredients. Stir everything with a whisk to remove lumps and mix the ingredients well. Then heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens.

Transfer the mixture to a clean surface and knead until flat. If the play dough gets a little sticky, sprinkle a little flour on the surface.

Allow the play dough to cool before the children play with it. Store the play dough in a plastic zipper bag or an airtight container.

Crafting with 5 year old children girls for Christmas

For crafting, you will need Christmas cookie cutters and beads of all kinds. Using a rolling pin, first roll out the play dough. Then press the cookie cutters into the dough. Now the kids can let their imagination run wild and decorate the ornaments as they please.

Play dough make your own cinnamon cloves brown Christmas gingerbread

If you want to make an even more Christmas-scented play dough, you can add the following spices:

2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of ground cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg

The brown mixture will look almost like real gingerbread dough.

Christmas crafts with children gingerbread man from play dough

Christmas gift making – making soap with 5 year old children

handicrafts with 5 year old children christmas gifts ironing beads soap

Ironing beads are available in three different sizes and in numerous colors. Children from 4 years may already play with the normal ironing beads. So these little craft beads are perfect for making Christmas gifts. Here is an original idea for DIY hand soap with a toy inside. These soaps would be the perfect gift for teachers, grandmas, aunts, moms, and pretty much anyone who loves getting practical gifts.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ironing beads and pegboards
  • Melt & Pour soap base
  • Soap molds
  • Essential oils (optional)
  • Iron

Soap with ironing beads ornaments make yourself craft idea for Christmas

1. Have your child create different designs with the iron-on beads. Make sure they fit into the soap mold. You can find some nice templates here .

2. follow the instructions on the ironing beads package to iron the craft beads.

3. Cut the soap base into small cubes and place them in a microwave safe bowl.

Put glycerin soap in a bowl and melt it in the microwave oven

4. Allow the soap base to heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave and then stir the mixture well. Microwave for another 30 seconds or until the soap is completely melted.

Pour the melted soap into the soap mold.

Soap crafting with 5-year-old children at Christmas

Add a few drops of the essential oil to each soap mold.

7. Place the iron-on bead creations in the soap molds and press down. Allow the soap to harden completely.

8. Wrap the soap in cellophane and add ribbon and a handwritten gift tag!

Crafting with 5 year old children christmas gifts glycerine soap

Stencil with 5 year olds

Christmas tree craft idea for children girls 5 years

This Christmas tree art project is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers and is easy to create using the simple sponge technique. An empty cereal box is used for stenciling. Self-adhesive rhinestones and glitter glue add sparkle and glamour to the Christmas tree. Plus, preschoolers can practice their cutting skills by cutting out gifts from paper scraps and gluing them under the tree.

You’ll need:

Empty cereal box
Pencil or marker
Scissors
Clay cardboard in white
Adhesive tape or painter’s tape
Acrylic paint in 2 or more shades of green
Painter’s palette or paper plate
Sponge brush set or anything you can use to create different textures while painting
Self-adhesive rhinestones
Glitter glue
Golden glitter paper
Wrapping paper scraps
Glue stick

Christmas tree art with 5 year olds craft template cut out

1. Cut the front or back of your cereal box. Fold the box in half and draw half a tree on it. Cut it out, unfold the tree template and glue it to the white clay paper. To keep it from moving while painting, you can tape it to the table.

2. Put the colors on the color palettes. Have the children stencil by dabbing the different sponges first into the paint and then onto the paper. When the white background is filled with all the shades of green, carefully peel off the stencil and let the paint dry.

Christmas tree craft idea for children girls 5 years

3. When the paint is dry, it’s time to decorate the tree! There are many options here, but self-adhesive rhinestones and glitter glue are great. Cut a star out of gold glitter paper and glue it to the very top of the tree.

4. Lastly, have the child cut squares and rectangles out of wrapping paper scraps and glue them under the tree as gifts. Preschoolers really enjoy cutting with scissors.

This Christmas tree artwork is just as pretty as the real thing! If you can’t part with it, you can give it to the grandparents or another special person in your child’s life.

Ice-look sun catcher as a window decoration.

Window decoration winter time grow crystals

Winter days can often be rainy and dreary, but when the sun shines through the crisp air, it’s breathtaking. This sun catcher captures the winter sun so beautifully, you’ll want to hang it in every window and on every tree. We’ll tell you how to craft it with kids during the winter season.

You will need:

two plastic lids – flat and clear
cup (microwaveable)
Popsicle stick (or spoon)
Epsom salt
string
Water
Needle
Pen (blunt pencil)
Scissors
Hot glue

Sun catcher for the window experiment with 5 year old children

Carefully cut out the inner circle of one of your plastic lids (yogurt or Pringles lids work perfectly!). Cut as close to the edge as possible. Discard the edge, but keep the inner circle for later.

Carefully poke a hole in the edge of the second plastic wrap with a needle. You can use a blunt pencil to widen the hole. You will need to thread your string through the hole later.

Make your salt solution. You will need to use equal amounts of water and salt. For example, 1 cup hot water and 1 cup Epsom salt. Put the water in a microwave safe cup and heat it in the microwave for 45 seconds. Add the salt to the cup and stir for 2 minutes.

Salt crystals experiment for kids winter time

When the salt has dissolved, place your second plastic cover with the small hole in a sunny spot. Pour your salt solution into the cover without overfilling it! Then let it sit for about 4 days to allow the crystals to form!

Once your crystals are ready, you can seal the tag. Carefully glue the plastic circle over the crystals. Be careful not to crush the salt crystals, they are fragile. Finally, thread about 5 cm of the string through the hole and tie a knot.

Making salt crystals experiment with 5 year old children

What happens during this experiment?

You discovered that Epsom salt creates crystals when it dries. When you stirred the salt into the water, the salt did not disappear. It just dissolved or mixed in the water. Then, when you let your suncatcher sit to dry, the water escaped from the bowl into the air. This is called evaporation.

Epsom salt does not evaporate, so it remains in the bowl. As the water began to leave the bowl, there was less and less room for the salt pieces to dissolve in the remaining water. Small pieces of the salt begin to separate from the water! The pieces of salt have grown together to form the crystals you saw. This is called crystallization.

Sun catcher craft winter time crystals with salt magic

Show your 5 year old these cool craft ideas and let them pick their favorite! All of the projects are very easy and can be done with simple materials. Have fun!