Happy Holidays from Dreamworks
The holidays are fast approaching, which means it’s time to find fun and exciting things to do with your children during the long cold winter days. While many mothers choose to find activities and crafts that aren’t “messy,” it’s a well-known fact that for most kids the statement, “the messier; the better!” applies. Well, how much messier can you get then my breaking out the paints? Below are several fun holiday crafts your kids will love doing that all involve painting! Happy Holidays from your friends at Dreamworks Animation! Here’s some fun printable cards / tags for your holiday gift giving this year from your favorite Dreamworks series!
Give each one of your children their own placemat and let them use the fabric paints to design their own holiday masterpiece on it. If you have small children, you will need to supervise this activity, but older children can be left alone during this. You will need to explain to your children that they need to make sure and not get the paint too thick or else it will be hard for their plate, bowl or glass to sit on top of it during meals.
Another great modification to this craft is to let your kids use old Christmas cards, wrapping paper, store catalogs and newspaper ads to create a collage for their placemat. You can have them tape or glue the various papers to the placemat and then complete the project by covering the placemat with contact paper.
Holiday Wooden Ornaments: A great painting craft for young to middle school aged kids is making Christmas tree ornaments for friends and family. Most crafting stores sell plain pre-cut wooden ornaments that you can purchase for a reasonable price. While most of these ornaments are plain, there are some that have lines to show your kids where to paint. Other than getting the ornaments, you just need to remember to get various colors of paints – and of course paint brushes. Your children will enjoy working at the table together painting different holiday ornaments to hand out as holiday gifts.
Holiday Glass Ornaments, Vases and Stemware: This is much like the previous craft, but it involves glass so it’s a craft that is suited best for older children and teens. You can find clear glass ornaments, vases and stemware at department stores like Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Target. What you will need is glue, paints and fine glitter. Your kids will enjoy painting holiday designs on their glass items. Once they are finished with the paint and it has dried, your children can go back and put small amounts of glue here and there (real thin layers) and sprinkle the fine glitter on top for extra detail. Glass ornaments, vases and stemware are perfect items for older children to make for gifts because not only are they classy, but they’re homemade which makes them much more valuable and one-of-a-kind.