There is absolutely no doubt that one of the most enjoyable, and messy parts of the Christmas season is making decorations with your little one. While you might not create something with a lifetime guarantee, you are certainly creating memories that will be there forever.
The talented Huggies mums and dads have come up with some great ideas, and we’ve thrown in some as well so that you can make some decorations that will be appreciated by everyone involved.
Remember when it comes to any kind of decoration making, plan it around your little one’s routine. Don’t attempt anything close to nap time or bed time. Chances are the glue may end up in the wrong place and your little one may not be the only one having a melt down!
Check you’ve got all the supplies you need before embarking on your Christmas decoration making frenzy. There are few things more upsetting than a sad face if you have to halt the activity because you are missing an essential piece of equipment.
Make sure you’ve covered the space you want to work in with lots of newspaper in order to avoid unnecessary clean ups. Pop your little one into a smock and if needed, make sure that their hair is tied back. This will ensure your little one finishes the activity without needing a hose down!
As with any craft or decoration activities that you want to try with your little one, patience is key. Sometimes they’ll get stuck in and be occupied for hours helping you make something together. Other times they may wander off midway through leaving you with a half finished piece of work and lots of mess to clean up. Don’t fret.
If your little one is less than 12 months old, then they are probably not going to be able to participate in making decorations at this stage. You can save that for them for Christmas the following year. Remember to keep the festive season as one that you can enjoy and work with your little one’s needs accordingly.
The paper chain is possibly the simplest and most trusty form of Christmas decoration ever invented. It’s a golden opportunity to use the junk mail catalogues with all their Christmas colours and product in a practical, yet decorative way. Obviously you’ll probably need to keep your little one away from the cutting part, unless you’ve got a childproof scissors they can use. However, the gluing and putting together can be completely up to them and can keep them happily occupied for ages!
These are great for any and all the gifts you have to give out during the festive season. Your little one will thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to add their own personal touch to the proceedings as well.
Print our page of Christmas gift tags and have your little artists colour them in for all your Christmas presents, it really adds that personal touch to a gift. There’s a selection of images for you to choose from. No two will ever be the same!
Here’s an example of a gift tag from one of our Huggies Club toddlers:
You can download template here.
We’ve included an edible Christmas decoration here, because these look lovely as a centerpiece at the table, but they can also be eaten after the Christmas lunch has been served. We’ve highlighted in bold the parts where your little one can help you out with the cooking.
Makes approx 20