Top 10 Educational Holiday Kids Crafts
The holidays are a time for snowflakes, celebrations, and holiday foods and crafts. There are many great projects and activities for kids at this time of year, but it’s especially helpful if you can find fun handicrafts that are educational, too! To that end, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite educational holiday kids crafts, broken down by educational subject so there’s something for every interest and category.
Science Holiday Kids Crafts
Courtesy of Life Over C’s, used with permission
A Christmas sensory book is a fun, hands-on way for children to use all five senses to explore the holiday season.
As parents, you can play an active role in teaching your kids all about STEM. Whether you’re familiar with the ASCII Binary Alphabet or not, making ornaments with coding is a great way to stimulate the budding scientist in both you and your child.
Art Holiday Kids Crafts
With just a few pieces, you can make clothespin snowman ornaments, perfect for creating fun holiday mementos. Add some character with scarves, hats, or even some fun buttons or noses—whatever your heart desires.
Making ornaments is a perfect activity to do as a family during the holidays—and the creations will stay with your kids into their adulthood! These peppermint candy ornaments are a great place to start. They’re easy to make: simply place the candies in metal cookie cutters and bake. And they don’t have to be ornaments. Try putting them on top of presents as a decoration, or even in a candy dish for others to enjoy.
Math Holiday Kids Crafts
Practice symmetry, counting, comparing, and more with this fun candy cane activity. If your child hasn’t learned about symmetry yet, try this interactive activity to introduce the concept first.
Create a simple, fun, and educational game for your student to explore. This snowman counting and number recognition game is quick to put together and uses easy-to-find household objects.
History Holiday Kids Crafts
Courtesy of Lia Griffith, used with permission
Make a paper poinsettia from a napkin, and learn about how the flower became the official plant of Christmas as a fun fact. Another holiday kid craft you can use for decorations around the house or as a gift topper.
Literary Holiday Kids Crafts
A good book can ignite a child’s imagination, and there are so many favorite holiday books to choose from. My personal favorite is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and you can make this slime to accompany the holiday story.
There are plenty of holiday books that incorporate snow. From The Snowman to The Christmas Miracle, snow is a fun part of the holiday season, even if you live someplace warm. Along with reading one of your favorite holiday books, why not make your own play snow? Only two ingredients, and your kids will be in for hours of fun.
What crafts are you making for the holidays? Tell us in the comments!
This post originally published December 2014 and has been revised and republished.
Brittany Marklin is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a community manager for K12. She coordinates all K12 student contests and connects with families who pursue online education. She attended George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, with a minor in tourism and events management. Brittany spent her first five years at K12 on the social media team where she aided with content and strategy for multiple channels, and helped construct K12’s user-generated content site, “What’s Your Story?” When she’s not working, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and daughter in North Carolina.