Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Guest Numbers: 5
Venue: Your Home
Budget: Under $100
This time of year there are work Christmas parties, school Christmas events, family gatherings and social get togethers but they are all aimed at older kids and adults. What about those little people who love Christmas the most? For who the magic of Christmas is alive and tangible? I host a Christmas craft party for my preschool kids with a few of their friends and it is always enjoyed. It is a lot of fun and everyone walks away with something they made themselves to have at home or give as a gift.
Your house is the best place for the craft party. With any crafting there are a lot of supplies and not having to take them anywhere is wonderful. It will be messy but you can minimise the mess with your setup either by doing it outside, enclosing the area with playpen style gates or choosing the less messy crafts
I keep this one simple with a text or email to the parents of the few kids you want to invite. Specify if you want the kids dropped off or if parents are welcome to stay. Because I do this for my non school kids I always run it on a school day during school hours. This may not suit a lot of working families but you do what works for you.
If you hold the party after your tree is up then half the decorating is done! Decorate your house as you would for any Christmas then just add a few more kid friendly decorations lower down. Think wrapping paper chains and empty boxes wrapped as gifts. If you have any big boxes they always make the little kids super excited to think what could be in there.
Food and Drink
As this party is intended as a craft session there isn’t a need for a great deal of food. Having said that preschool kids are some of the hungriest kids you will ever meet so having a fruit and veg platter, a few Christmas lollies and maybe a Christmas cupcake each will be enough to keep their energy up. Serve water as the drink. Young kids done need to be drinking anything other than milk and water really.
There are endless Christmas craft options if you want to Google or look on Pinterest and you can be as elaborate or simple as you feel comfortable. How much prep work is also up to you. I’m a fan of the less work the better so I have picked a few simple but effective crafts all 3-5year old kids should be able to do, some might just need a little help from you or another parent.
Snowflakes –You will need paper and scissors for everyone.
Some kids can fold the paper by themselves but other wont be able to so having some prefolded papers to get started means everyone can craft right away. Be ready for millions of tiny pieces of paper to sweep up after the event. The paper doesn’t have to be white, there can be rainbow snowflakes too, although my 10 year old doesn’t like the yellow snowflakes…
Reindeer Puppets – You will need brown lunch bags, glue, pens, other coloured paper.
Trace the childrens hand and cut them out to make antlers for the reindeer. Glue them onto the bag were its sealed so that your hand can still go inside to make it a puppet. Let the kids decorate however they wish.
Paper Plate Wreath – You will need paper plates, textas or paint, glue and pop poms.
Have kids paint or colour the wreath then glue on pom poms for baubles. You could offer bows to glue on the bottom as well. The kids can take them home and hang the wreath on their bedroom door.
Pine Cone Painting – You will need paints, pine cones and string
Before the party collect enough pine cones for at least one each. Have a few spare in case of dropping and breaking. Tie a string around the top of each pine cone so that they can be hung on a Christmas tree when dry. Each child paints the pine cone how they like. If you are brave have glitter for them to sprinkle on the paint while its still wet.
Stained Glass Window – You will need clear contact paper, cellophane, cardboard.
Before the party cut out a ‘glass’ panel from the contact and a frame to go around the edge. Have the cellophane in small pieces. To make the stained glass window stick a frame on the contact, then fill in the middle with the cellophane. You can make pictures or just have the cellophane in random spots. Blu tac it to a window and when the sun hits it, it should shine.
There is no need for a cake per se but in next weeks post I’ll show you have to make some super cute Santa hat cupcakes that you could serve.
Party Bag/Thank you
Once again these aren’t necessary as each child will be going home with a few crafts they have made.
To help make your party planning easier I have created a printable party plan that you can write all your information on to keep in one handy location. You can download a free 2 page A4 black and white version here or purchase the colour planner in my Etsy store.