Have a crafty Christmas

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WITH Christmas just around the corner and the kids already enjoying the school holidays, what better time to indulge in some festive crafts?

Eleanor Ng, who authored Little Paper Crate with Jacqueline Ng, says that when you take the time to craft with your kids, there is a strong sense of bond and respect garnered to and from both parties.

“The parent gets to understand their child a little more through creative play, while the child learns to listen to the parent more through steps and instructions. It is a mutual learning process that I believe can help strengthen relationships, and build confidence,” says Eleanor.

Crafting with children need not be a tedious affair or something messy with parents hunting high and low for the right materials.

“Unless you’re crafting with toddlers who require assistance with tools like scissors, most children are generally easy to manage as they follow steps fairly well, and their motor skills are trained. You’d be surprised how easy it is to craft with kids in terms of materials; even a simple thing like a toilet roll and some coloured tissue can get the ball of imagination rolling!

“When choosing a craft for Christmas, you should try to choose a group activity that involves one or more family members. An easy project that the whole family can make together are decorations to hang on their trees, be it colourful popcorn garlands, or even unique baubles to represent each family member,” says Eleanor.

She fondly recalls her own Christmas crafts at school which were always lots of fun as it was an activity shared with classmates.

According to Eleanor, children love crafts that have engaging end results. “Those that they can expand through their own personalities and concepts, and those that they can share …. Game projects convey the most enthusiasm, especially since it brings families to play together,” she adds.

Here are some crafts from Jacqueline’s Gin & Jacqie Blog:

Christmas Tree on a Wall

All you need is some tape, white tack, and some ornaments or even toys.

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Create a triangle with the tape according to the size of your tree.

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Tack the ornaments within the lines.

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Remove the tape when you’re done, and there is your wall tree!

Paper Cut Snowflakes

All you need is a pair of scissors and some paper cupcake holders.

Flatten the cupcake holder down, so that you get a circular shape.

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Fold your circle in half, four times.

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When you have folded your cupcake holders into a thin stack, whip out your scissors and start snipping away at the edges of your folded cupcake holder. Think of it as if you’re creating a human paper chain – the shapes and patterns you cut will reveal itself in full once you unfold the paper.

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The best thing about the snowflakes is that you won’t know the final look until you open up your folded piece.

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Santa Handprints

All you need is some art block, red and white non-toxic watercolours, cotton balls and cotton sheets, and glue.

Use your child’s handprint as the base of your Santa figure.

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Once the red paint has dried, have your child paint Santa’s face out in the form of a rough circle.

Then use the same red paint and paint over the top of Santa’s head so that it covers over as his hat.

Paint white stripes over each arm and leg for costume detail, and draw eyes with a basic black pen.

Lastly, glue the cotton ball onto the tip of his hat, and fold the cotton sheet into a triangle to be glued as his beard.

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Cut around your Santa figure, and punch a hole on the top of his head to insert a ribbon or thread.

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Then just hang it up somewhere.

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For more craft ideas, buy the Little Paper Crate book or go to http://ginjacqie.com/blog/tag/diy-wednesday/.