3 Festive Craft Ideas To Try With Your Little Ones

3 Festive Craft Ideas To Try With Your Little Ones
December 20, 2015 admin

If you’re looking for some festive craft ideas for your little ones over the Christmas holidays, why not have a go at these?  We’ve had fun making them in our creche, and we’ll sure you will too!

IMG_3854Tree decorations:  print and cut out the shape of jingle bells, a heart, or a star on thick A4 paper.  Punch a hole at the top and thread through a piece of ribbon.  Get some newspaper down on the floor or table, and provide PVA glue, lots of small pieces of scrunched up tissue and some glitter for your little one to decorate with.  When its dry, get it up in pride of place on the Christmas tree.

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Christmas biscuits: cooking is a great activity to share with children. We used a basic biscuit recipe at creche (pictured above), but you could also try making these lovely Viennese Vanilla Kipferl together.  Wash their hands, don that apron, try not to worry about the mess and get your little one involved in unwrapping, cutting, weighing and mixing!

copyright Sabine Harfmann

prep time:
30 mins making the dough, 30 mins chilling time in the fridge, 10 mins forming the biscuits, 10-15 mins baking.
ingredients:
150g butter
210g flour
80g ground almonds
80g icing sugar
one whole egg
60g caster sugar
3 tablespoons vanilla sugar
Method:
Sift the flour into a large bowl. Cut the cold butter into small pieces and mix with the flour. Add caster sugar, ground almonds and the egg. Rinse hands with cold water and quickly knead mixture into a crisp dough. Chill for half an hour.  Form thumb thick rolls from the dough, cut into 1 cm wide pieces, roll and form crescents.
Cook at 160° Celsius for 10-15 minutes, or until very light gold in colour.  Turn the crescents in a mixture of powdered sugar and vanilla sugar while still hot.
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Winter collage:  This is a great way to teach children about the seasons as well as helping them develop their creativity and fine motor skills. This is what we created with children at the creche, using a range of materials and the children’s ideas about what Christmas means to them.  Why not make one too, and send us in a picture!

Creative arts are an important part of our creche programme.  Find out more about how your little one can come along and join in the fun on our Parents Workspace page.  

 

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