Although many holiday decorations are for adults to hang and take care of, little fingers are always looking for a way to help out. There's several ways they can help decorate, so make sure you stock your house with materials for these special activities!
1. Photographs: Taking photos is a fun and easy way for kids to help decorate. Although photos are usually hung on the wall or placed in scrap books, try letting them snap a few shots that get placed on your holiday tree, across your mantle or even on a string down your hallway.
2. Paint Pens: They're perfect for decorating plastic ornaments found in bulk at most retail stores. If you have the patience, add a glue pen and some glitter into the mix as well! Don't forget a cookie sheet to contain as much fall out as humanly possible, making clean up all that much easier.
3. Salt Dough: Growing up I assumed everyone's tree was filled with salt dough ornaments like ours. Once the dough is made, they're as simple as cutting out cookies with the cutters you already have on hand. Paint them when dry and you have treasures that will last for years to come.
4. Food Garlands: Popcorn, cranberries, even candy are great places to start. Stock up on ribbon, fishing line and fat quilting needles that will help small hands create such crafts. Hang them inside or out, either way they're a great way to keep little one's busy for hours on end!
5. Snowflakes: The old traditional stand by, paper snowflakes. No two are created the same in nature and the same will hold true for your house. The sharper your scissors the better (just make sure your little ones can handle them first), make them from year to year or save them and keep adding to your collection!
6. Paper and Felt: Tissue paper and felt can be applied to almost any form to create something special for the holidays. Try taping up a few cardboard trees and applying felt to them like this recent find over at Re-Nest to make your table handmade and more importantly, kid made!
What other ways to you let kids help decorate for the holidays? Share your ideas below!
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