With Christmas around the corner and the cold weather keeping the kids inside, what can you offer to occupy your kids? How about giving Christmas coloring pages for the very young ones? They are a great way to keep your kids’ hands and minds active and out of your way while you get a few things around the house ready for the holiday season. You can search the internet for nice looking coloring pages that are easy for any age level. There are tons of Christmas coloring pages featuring Santa and his elves, stockings, reindeer, sleighs and a variety of decorated trees for your kids to enjoy coloring.
You can also find great religious coloring pages for fairly young children. This is a wonderful way to introduce your kids to the true meaning of Christmas. You can also use your creativity and help your kids shrink the page and glue it to a solid and sturdy surface like cardboard for a Christmas ornament. Why not use the coloring page and frame it somewhere in the kitchen for everyone to see it. Coloring pages can occupy more than just your preschoolers. Kids of any age love to color and you probably should print a more complex and detailed page to encourage the older kids’ minds and hands to stay focused so they can do an excellent job and impress the little ones with their piece of art. Older kids prefer shrink art and they would have a blast to shrink their coloring pages into ornaments. Coloring pages are simply fun for everyone! Another way to preserve original artwork is to scan it and print it on cardstock to create cards for any occasion. This is a great way to showcase your child’s artwork.
No matter what your crafting needs are you will find something for kids of all ages to keep them occupied for hours. There are so many things you can do with a coloring page besides simply printing and coloring it with crayons. The kids can use watercolor paint, washable markers, chalk or acrylic paint for a more permanent project. Once you find the perfect coloring page to color, print it out on card stock or heavy paper to send to anyone you like for any occasion. You can use glitter to accentuate your kid’s art as well. Use your imagination to turn a simple coloring page into so much more.
Another fun craft for children of all ages to do is to give them a copy of color or black and white photo of them or of the family to paint with acrylic paint. You can either make a copy of their favorite photo from a copy shop or simply from your own computer, then have them apply the color of paint of their choice. Allow the paint to dry before you make copies of the new colored picture to create the perfect personal card to give to friends, neighbors and family. Introduce the salt painting to your children as well using clear self-adhesive vinyl, salt, watercolor paint, scissors, paint brush, construction paper and glue. This cool project takes at least a couple of days to complete but the results will be well worth the wait. For whatever special occasion, kids love to make their own gifts to give. You could help them create gift bath salts to give to someone special in their life. This will help save money on gifts by giving them all they need to create their own fragrant bath salts. This is a wonderful activity to do with your kids. The kids will be using food coloring instead of paints, markers or crayons but the result is simply stunning.