Making Christmas crafts has been our go-to hibernation activity of choice. When I think of kid-friendly Christmas crafts, pom- poms always come to mind. The little poms-poms are so easy for little toddler fingers to grasp and press down into glue. Not too mention how cute they are.
The benefits of creative work are immediate with Zaphora. The minute her little fingers are in action she is in the zone. Focused and immersed in the task with the end result in the mind.
Reasons Why Crafts Are Amazing:
- There Is No Right Or Wrong Way: Most craftwork can be achieved in more than one way. When we’re working on math or practicing our reading, the answer she gets from me is usually a “YES” or a “NO”. I hesitate to point out when she is wrong because I fear “No” sounds limiting and discouraging. Instead, I want her to keep trying and focus on the effort component more than the results. Crafts teach kids that there is no right or wrong way. The end result is purely based on their creative effort.
- Boosts Their Self -Esteem: Craft activities create a sense of achievement inside kids and give a boost to their self- esteem. Zaphora, like all kids, likes to be in control. Teaching her that she can create something tells her she is in control. This is extremely gratifying for kids and it’s how they build their confidence.
- Encourages Self Expression: One of the greatest privileges of raising kids is observing their early talents and passions. At an early age, Zaphora has expressed herself in the arts. Music, painting, dancing, anything creative her heart is happy to keep exploring. These are the things that I’ve noticed bring out her true essence.
What You’ll Need:
- Cardboard Cereal Box
- Christmas Themed Cookie Cutters
- Scissor or Craft Knife
- Pom Poms
- Ribbon or twine for hanging
- Begin by cutting out your shape. I traced a tree on a cardboard cereal box using a cookie cutter.
- Repeat the same process with a circle if desired. Cut out the shapes with a craft knife. Everything will be covered up with pom poms, so it doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect!
- Working in sections, begin applying glue and placing the pom poms on the ornament.
- After the glue has dried, attach some twine or ribbon to the back with hot glue.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!