Introducing the 12 Days of Christmas Crafts (and how we will choose just 12!)

When the Christmas season comes around, we like to include several extra crafts and activities into our homeschooling days. This year, we have decided to do a holiday themed craft each day for the 12 days leading up to Christmas and we are calling it 12 Days of Christmas Crafts (check out Teaching Little Hearts #12daysofchristmascrafts on Facebook and Instagram).

There are so many adorable crafts this time of year that it's going to be hard to choose only 12 of them!

Here are some of  characteristics of the crafts that  I consider when choosing crafts for us to do (not just Christmas crafts, but anytime of the year):

1. Can this craft be made with simple items that I already have?

I don’t choose crafts that require lots of special item purchases. Most of the crafts and art projects we do use basic art supplies and simple crafting items like construction paper, pompoms, and wiggle eyes.

Simple items to have on hand for homeschool art and craft projects

2. Is it possible to add your own touch to this craft?

We like crafts that allow for creativity. Yes, they may all look similar, but you can add your own personal touch.

3. Is this craft easy to assemble?

With a 3 year old and a 6 year old, it is important to choose projects that aren't too complicated and become difficult instead of fun.

4.  Will this craft capture moments of my children growing up?

I especially love handprint and footprint crafts.

I also think about photo opportunities with the craft (in making it, or with the finished project).

Family handprint hand painting craft

5. Is this craft something that we will be able to use/keep?

I have a very hard time throwing away my children's artwork and crafts. So when I am planning art projects, I consider if it will be something useful or cute enough to keep. I also like edible crafts for this reason - they make something cute, take a photo, then they eat it and it's gone.

And that’s how we choose our art and craft projects. (We do occasionally buy painting or peel and press Melissa and Doug Craft Kits when they are deeply discounted).

I hope you will follow us as we complete our 12 Days of Christmas Crafts. Just maybe you will find some craft ideas that are a good fit for your family.

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I would love to hear from you. What are some of your favorite Christmas crafts? How do you choose what crafts to do with your children?

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