Boost Creativity and Family Togetherness By Decorating With Your Kids
Children develop an understanding of the world through the senses. The changing seasons provide a great opportunity to engage them through sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and feelings of the world around them, especially as we decorate our homes to reflect the seasons.
This year, don't resign your little ones to school crafts and jack-o'-lanterns—get them involved in decorating your home. Whether it's baking cookies, hunting for leaves, or arranging evergreen branches, there are plenty of opportunities for the entire family to get involved in your home's holiday decor.
Here are some inspiring family Christmas crafts and fall ideas that are kid-friendly and family-approved. Keep your kid clean during these crafts with a silicone bib!
1. HANG AUTUMN LEAF WALLPAPER
Go on an outdoor trek with your children and collect bunches of colorful leaves around your yard, street, or local park. Press them under a book overnight, then glue them to cut squares of textured paper. The result of this Thanksgiving family craft will be stunning enough to stay up year-round.
While you're out collecting leaves, grab a few extra to adorn your mantle. Twigs and leaves add a natural, whimsical element to existing fall decor and give your children a fun way to put their stamp on your home.
2. ARRANGE DECORATIVE PUMPKINS AND GOURDS
These lumpy, bumpy gourds add festive fall color, and the unique textures make them fun and interesting for little kids to check out. Decorations that engage the senses are always a plus. This can also be a great Thanksgiving family craft to go along with pumpkin carving and painting.
3. EXPLORE THE WONDER OF JAPANESE WASHI TAPE
Washi tape — decorative Japanese tape made of paper — is a great tool for kid-friendly decor. I love how this homeowner made a simple vignette with a washi tape tree on the wall. It is easy to use, is incredibly affordable, makes a big statement, and comes down without a fuss. There's no need to stop at a tree with this stuff—encourage your kids to create snowflakes, stars, and present shapes out of washi tape, too.
Encourage your children to go beyond traditional holiday colors with this family Christmas craft. Give them free rein and see what creative color schemes they can create with a little low-VOC paint, some supervision, and a few tree branches or blank ornaments. Who knows? They could come up with the star of your home's holiday decor.
4. GET CREATIVE WITH CLASSIC CANDY CANES
Some of the best holiday decor is the simplest. Give your children some craft glue and candy canes (maybe one or two extra for snacking) to turn something as simple as a white candle into a colorful holiday accent. This easy DIY project satisfies both the taste and smell sensory categories: once you light the candle, it'll give off a slight peppermint scent.
This family Christmas craft can even be good for toddlers when you have them paint or make ornaments in a high chair. They’ll be snug and secure, but they won’t risk making a huge mess with the easy-clean tray.
5. PICK A BUNCH OF BRANCHES
This decorative branch family Christmas craft makes us think of adventure! Just imagine the fun you could have while hunting for the perfect collection of twigs or branches with your children. Add simple store-bought or homemade ornaments for a homemade Christmas tree. Or, decorate it with leaves and turkey pictures to make it a Thanksgiving family craft. You can also let your children paint it with kid-friendly paint.
Have a baby but still want to walk around and collect branches with your older kids? Tote around your kid in a comfy baby carrier. You’ll be able to collect your supplies while still bonding with your children!
6. CREATE A ONE-OF-A-KIND CHRISTMAS TREE
Spur children's creativity by encouraging them to use everyday items in unexpected ways. This holiday tree made of straw hats is a great example. I love how this clever family Christmas craft can be dressed down (as with the straw hats in this photo) or dressed up (by using top hats, bowlers, or other fancy hats).
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