Getting ready for the holidays?

Winter holidays are the perfect time for connecting with each other – through crafting, baking, reading stories, and preparing presents. We have collected our favourite pastimes of the season here, and we hope that everyone will find something of interest in our selection. We’ve got stories of winter celebrations from around the world for global citizens, shadow puppet shows for those who dream of simpler times, silhouette winter crafts for creating elegant Christmas decor at home, and playdough mats with paper dolls for getting through the last days until winter vacations in style. 

Seasons greetings from our family to you and yours!

Christmas Around the World

The closer it gets to the winter vacation, the more challenging it becomes to get any schoolwork done. Cue holiday-inspired (but secretly, quite educational) activities! Children will play board games, dress paper dolls, read and colour pages, while at the same time learning geography, history, and folklore, with the Christmas Around the World bundle.

Christmas Guess Who Game

Print and make this game of festive deducation that features twenty Christmas characters from around the world. Enjoy it as a two-player game, a classroom game, or a party game!

Christmas Paper Dolls

Dress your paper dolls as Christmas characters from around the world. From the famed Santa Claus to the mysterious Olentzero, from the sweet Christkind to the horrifying Krampus—the world is full of interesting and unique traditions associated with the season.

Christmas Colouring Poster

Celebrate the winter holidays with a free poster of Christmas characters and Christmas around the world colouring pages!

Santa & Christmas Elf Paper Dolls

Make a Santa Claus dress-up doll with this free printable design, then change his costume and he’s a Christmas elf! 

Silhouette Christmas Crafts

Engage in the elegant art of silhouette making, and create a silhouette winter wonderland in your house! Make paper ornaments, shadow puppets, lanterns, cards, tags and toys. Print and make—it’s that easy.

Christmas Window Decorations

Decorate your windows with whimsical silhouettes of a winter wonderland!

 

Snowflake Paper Fairies

Do you remember cutting paper snowflakes as a child? This is a spin on an old craft—instead of leaving it as a snowflake, put a fairy inside and make a snowflake fairy!

Christmas Mason Jars

Turn mason jars into a set of Christmas lanterns with silhouettes of magical winter landscapes.

Christmas Paper Village

Cut the printable templates out of paper and build a silhouette Christmas village for your mantle decoration! The joyous busyness of Christmas preparation is seen in every window of this little village.

All Christmas Projects

DIY Space Christmas Ornaments

DIY Space Christmas Ornaments

One of my favourite family traditions for Christmas is making a handmade ornament with the kids to add to our tree. This year's craft is space ornaments with swirling nebulae and twinkling stars! If our handmade ornament is supposed to represent the year, the space...

Nativity Shadow Puppet Set for Christmas

Nativity Shadow Puppet Set for Christmas

Begin a new family tradition this Christmas. Stage a Nativity scene shadow puppet play with kids! A couple of years ago, I held a poll among my readers, asking what shadow puppet set they'd like to see me create. I got a lot of interesting answers. The one that...

Unique Art Gift Ideas for Creative Kids

Unique Art Gift Ideas for Creative Kids

Are you choosing a gift for a kid who likes drawing, painting or sculpting? Read about our favourite art supplies and art projects we did with them! The post contains Amazon affiliate links for your convenience. I like working on art and craft projects -always have...

Winter Art Projects with Printable Prompts for Kids

Winter Art Projects with Printable Prompts for Kids

Need a winter boredom buster or a gift for kids who like making art? Try these printable art activities, which prompt kids to finish them with crayons, paints or play-dough! Making art is fun, and children like to draw and paint. It is important for them, as making...

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar: Cut, Colour and Create a Story!

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar: Cut, Colour and Create a Story!

Are you thinking about having a homemade advent calendar this year? Our silhouette advent calendar is full of enchanting characters for kids to cut, colour and paste onto windows, creating a magical Christmas story! While we were decorating our windows with the...

Christmas Window Silhouettes

Christmas Window Silhouettes

Cut our printable templates to make Christmas window silhouettes and turn your windowsills into a winter wonderland! When do you begin preparations for the winter holiday season? My son maintains the opinion that it can never be too early to start, and his enthusiasm...

Bath Bomb Christmas Ornaments with Surprise Inside!

Bath Bomb Christmas Ornaments with Surprise Inside!

You can throw together these bath bomb Christmas ornaments either as handmade stocking stuffer gifts for kids or together with them as kid-made gifts for teachers, friends and relatives. They're easy and fun! This post contains Amazon Affiliate links for your...

Mitten: Kid-Made Christmas Ornament

Mitten: Kid-Made Christmas Ornament

Make a mitten Christmas ornament from buttons and paper, using a free printable template! We made these ornaments together with my son when he was just two - we still have them and put them on each year. We love adding new handmade ornaments onto our tree. It is a...

Christmas Tree Clay Ornaments

Christmas Tree Clay Ornaments

I planned to make a set of simple Christmas tree ornaments, but my boy turned them into funny googly-eyed ornaments! The post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Our Christmas tree is up! It is a great motivation for making more Christmas ornaments. This...

Luminescent Christmas Ornaments

Luminescent Christmas Ornaments

Like other children, my son is rather partial to things that glow and shine. It was an interesting experience for him to make a Christmas ornament that glowed and shone. Since Budster was a newborn, he was fascinated by lamps. He would lay in his bed and switch his...

Christmas Tree Button Card that Toddlers Can Make

Christmas Tree Button Card that Toddlers Can Make

Make a Christmas tree with buttons! This button Christmas card is so easy that even a toddler can make one.  We have a lot of relatives and friends who live far away, so we like to start working on Christmas cards early to ensure they are delivered in time....

Magical Christmas Lanterns

Magical Christmas Lanterns

This week, we have worked on making Christmas lanterns. Out came more mason jars and paint, and now we have a set of flickering blue luminaries on our windowsill. I hope they will make our winter evenings cozier and more magical. This post contains Amazon Affiliate...

DIY Wooden Toys to Make Yourself

DIY Wooden Toys to Make Yourself

Are you thinking of giving a special gift to your kid and making a personalized wooden toy? Here is the list of our favourite DIY wooden toy projects! I have always enjoyed working with wood, and my partiality grew when Budster was born. Like many parents, I was...

Best Toys for One-Year-Olds

Best Toys for One-Year-Olds

  This post contains Amazon Affiliate links for your convenience. There is a bit of irony in the fact that while pondering what will make the best gift for our two-year-old son, I decided to work on an article about gift ideas for one-year-olds. It certainly brings...

Make a Countdown Calendar with Wooden Blocks

Make a Countdown Calendar with Wooden Blocks

Christmas is still many days away, but if you are an excited kid, it may be time to start counting them! Using old wooden blocks, help children to make a countdown calendar. After the holiday season is over, it can also be used to count days to birthdays and other...

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