Quality time is precious over the holidays. It’s what kids remember long after they tire of their material gifts. And it’s even more special when the family comes together in a creative pursuit.
We’ve compiled a range of creative Christmas activities to match a variety of interests, ages, and attention spans for inspiration. Most require only a few ordinary supplies that you probably already have around the house, or can easily run out and get.
From festive, healthy recipes to easy DIY crafts, these ideas are all simple, screen-free, and sure to create lasting memories.
Irresistible crafts for kids of all ages
If you’re daunted by the idea of crafting with your kids, you might be overthinking it. There are plenty of festive crafts and decorations you can create with little prep (and yes, minimal mess), using just basic supplies you likely have around the house.
When you craft with kids, you engage their creativity and create homemade keepsakes that loved ones will cherish forever.
With our simple ideas, kids can transform pretty ribbons into a magic wand like the Moshling Fairy’s and create a festive Christmas Tree ornament using ordinary materials.
Kids will also be inspired to practice their penmanship, with the hope of return on their effort: Our printable letter template lets them direct their handwritten gift requests to Father Christmas and Willow the Dainty Deer. (And if parents read it too, we won’t tell!)
Twistmas Tree Personalized Reindeer Bauble
Letter to Santa
Christmas coloring sheets to put minds to ease
Even the littlest kids can have fun (and practice their fine motor skills) while they color. Print out our free Moshi coloring sheet and set out crayons, markers, or colored pencils to bring to life the whimsical characters from Moshi.
Coloring isn’t just a fun and relaxing activity for kids, but a therapeutic mindfulness practice for family members of any age. You can make coloring time even more meditative by playing a soothing background soundtrack. Moshi’s soothing stories, music, and meditations add a dose of mindful magic to this Christmas activity.
Healthy holiday recipes to make as a family
When you introduce kids to cooking and baking during the holiday season, you kickstart a cherished association they’ll never forget. These easy recipes are created just for kids — easy to make with wholesome ingredients.
Turn strawberries into Father Twistmas figures; bananas into penguins; and kiwis into festive Christmas trees. And don’t forget to empower them to add their own flourishes.
As you cook, encourage them to taste, smell, and touch the ingredients — these are all ways to learn!
Peppy the Penguin Snack
- 2 Bananas
- Dark Chocolate
- Pomegranate Seeds
- Candied Eyes or Dark Chocolate Chips
Cut the bananas in half to form the bodies. Melt your dark chocolate in a microwave-safe dish. Cover the back half, top, and bottom of the banana with the melted dark chocolate.
Place the candied eyes and pomegranate seeds (1 for the beak and 2 for the feet) onto the chocolate while the chocolate is still wet. Place the penguin snacks into the fridge on a piece of baking paper (baking paper helps the dark chocolate stay in place) and allow 10 minutes for the chocolate to solidify before serving.
Father Twistmas Strawberries
- 1 basket of strawberries
- Yogurt of your choice
- Candy eyes or dark chocolate chips
- Cut the stalk off the top of the strawberries and then cut the tips off for Father Twistmas’s hat.
- Place some yogurt on the end to make the beard. Put the tip back on to make the hat. Add a small dollop on top of the tip for the hat pompom and 2 small circles on the base for buttons.
- Place on your candy eyes or dark chocolate chips to complete Father Twistmas!
- Porridge or Oatmeal
- 1 Strawberry
- 2 Blueberries
- Handful of raisins
- On top of your porridge, place two blueberries for the snowman’s eyes.
- Cut the tip of the strawberry and place in the middle to make the nose. Add some raisins to make his smile!
Waffle’s Wintery Toast
- 1 slice wholemeal bread
- 1 banana
- Dollop of cream cheese
- Handful of blueberries
- Dark Chocolate chips
- Use a children’s scissors to cut the bottom 1/4 off to use as an arm for your Polar Bear. Spread the cream cheese on the bread.
- Slice the banana and use two slices for the ears, one for the nose, and one for the paw.
- Add some blueberries on top of the bananas and two more for the eyes.
- Add some dark chocolate chips for the paw.
Christmas Fruit Salad Tree
- 1 to 2 Kiwis
- Handful of berries
- Half a banana
Slice the kiwi and place in a triangle to make the tree. Place a handful of berries to make the baubles and from a slice of banana cut a star shape. You can use a bit of the Kiwi to also make a base for the tree.
For more help spreading joy this holiday season, check out our gift guide for busy moms.