Christmas time has arrived and the kids are filled with excitement and looking forward to the holiday. To keep them occupied and engaged this holiday, we have lots of fun traditions and activities planned.
A fun Christmas activity is to paint nutcrackers, but if you don’t want the kids to deal with messy paint, then we have just the craft for them.
They’ll love creating this nutcracker card craft out of basic craft supplies! Just grab the scissors, glue, and the free template to get the kids going on this fun paper craft!
In no time, they’ll have a festive card to send to family or friends. The card could also be used as a gift tag or even as a Christmas decoration to enjoy.
They don’t have to just stop at one! They can make a whole army of nutcrackers to spread Christmas cheer this season.
Our sleigh is filled with lots of festive Christmas crafts for the kids to make. Be sure to save some or all of our favorites to create with your kids this holiday season.
Easy Nutcracker Card Craft
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Nutcracker template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)
Begin to make the nutcracker’s hat by gluing the hat crown to the bottom of the hat.
Take the hat band and glue it to the middle of the hat. Glue the top hat decoration to the top and back of the hat.
Fold the nutcracker card base in half along the dashed line and cut it out, leaving the flat, top part uncut. Place the completed hat on the top of the card base and glue it to the front.
Next, take the eyebrows and glue them, one on each side of the face, just below the hat.
Glue the nose in the middle of the face.
Take the eyes and glue them on, one under each eyebrow.
Next, glue the teeth to the bottom of the nutcracker’s face.
Finish up the face by gluing the mustache to the top of the teeth.
Place the hair behind the back of the card and glue it in place.
Open up the card and write a special message inside!
Your kids will love giving this festive card to someone special this Christmas. Check out our other card crafts to make this season as well!
Looking for some more fun Christmas activities to keep the kids busy? We’ve got you covered with this Christmas printables bundle! There are color by numbers, pattern block mats, do a dot printables, letters from Santa and so much more. No more hours of screen time – these activities will keep them engaged and happy!
Christmas Ideas For Kids
This is a great time of year to engage kids with fun crafts and activities. We have lots of ideas to keep them learning, all while creating something festive and fun.
Christmas is the perfect time to create, so we gathered some of our favorite ideas that your kids will have a blast doing. Keep reading below to choose projects and activities that will get the kids in the holiday spirit!
Christmas Books For Kids
This Christmas season, give the gift of reading to your kids. Reading out loud together is a great way to bond as a family, and it’s also a proven way to help kids learn and succeed in school.
Kids who are read to at home tend have better literacy skills than those who aren’t. And it’s not just early reading skills that are improved by reading aloud – kids of all ages benefit from being read to.
So this Christmas, curl up with your kids and enjoy some quality time together with some great books. It’s the perfect way to make some wonderful memories – and gives your kids a head start on their education!
Below are some of the top Christmas books to read to your kids!
Dasher: This wonderfully illustrated Christmas book for kids gives you the back story on one of Santa’s favorite reindeer, Dasher! Girls will especially love to read this since Dasher is a girl.
Construction Site On Christmas Night: Fans of the fun characters of the construction site books have to add this Christmas-themed story to their collection. See how the trucks get ready for Christmas!
How To Catch An Elf: Kids everywhere love the silliness of this Christmas story. The rhymes and the illustrations will draw the kids in as well. This is a Christmas book kids will want to read every year!
Christmas Crafts For Kids
Crafting is not only fun but a great educational tool. It’s a way for kids to gain decision-making skills, hand-eye coordination, and practice following directions.
It’s also a way for kids to build confidence by taking pride in their completed work. Try adding in some or all of the crafts below to see how your kids will express their creativity!
Elf on the Shelf Gingerbread Man Disguise – Have the kids keep the gingerbread man safe from getting eaten this holiday by making him a disguise. With this Elf on the Shelf disguise, no one will know he’s undercover – they’ll just think he’s visiting from the North Pole!
Gingerbread Man Paper Bag Puppet – Skip the baking and make gingerbread men with the kids with this fun paper bag craft! They’ll love creating and personalizing their own puppet, and then have a fun time pretending with it.
Santa Handprint Craft – Give Santa a hand with this craft. Kids will personalize their Santa craft with their own little handprints. It’s a great keepsake for you, and the kids will have a jolly time making their own Santa decorations. This craft comes together easily with just a few basic supplies!
Clothespin Reindeer Craft – Clothespins are way more useful than just hanging up laundry. For example, they make the perfect antlers for our reindeer. Your kids will love creating their own reindeer, so grab the free template and get to crafting with them!
Christmas Activities For Kids
These festive Christmas do a dot printables will keep the kids learning and engaged this holiday season. They are filled with different skills for kids to work on such as the alphabet, counting, identifying objects, and more. All you have to do to get started is grab the dot markers and print!
If you’re looking for a fun and festive activity, we’ve got you covered with these adorable reindeer coloring pages. There are three holiday reindeer pictures that the kids will have fun coloring while also working on their fine motor skills. Make some memories by turning up the Christmas music, and get to coloring together!
Gather your little elves and have them practice handwriting, letter recognition, and scissors skills with these free elf worksheets! Santa’s helpers not only make toys, but teach kids that E is for elf, scissor skills, handwriting, and letter recognition. These free worksheets are great to use at home or in the classroom!
Santa filled our stocking with some fun Santa do a dot printables for the kids to do this holiday! They’ll love the engaging activities on these different sheets featuring the big guy in red! Kids will work on their fine motor skills, letter recognition, counting, and more with these free printables.
- Grab this custom Santa sack to stuff your kids’ presents in for Christmas!
- This felt Christmas tree will keep the kids busy rearranging their tree instead of yours!
- Get one of these personalized gingerbread man ornaments for each of your kids.
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More Christmas Ideas For Kids
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Nutcracker template
- Begin to make the nutcracker's hat by gluing the hat crown to the bottom of the hat.
- Take the hat band and glue it to the middle of the hat. Glue the top hat decoration to the top and back of the hat.
- Fold the nutcracker card base in half along the dashed line and cut it out, leaving the flat, top part uncut.
- Place the completed hat on the top of the card base and glue it to the front.
- Next, take the eyebrows and glue them, one on each side of the face, just below the hat.
- Glue the nose in the middle of the face.
- Take the eyes and glue them on, one under each eyebrow.
- Next, glue the teeth to the bottom of the nutcracker's face.
- Finish up the face by gluing the mustache to the top of the teeth.
- Place the hair behind the back of the card and glue it in place.
- Open up the card and write a special message inside!