10 Easy to Make Christmas Crafts For Kids, Toddlers and Preschoolers








Keep your little ones busy and happy as they wait for Santa this year with some fun winter crafting ideas that toddlers, pre-schoolers and even older kids will enjoy making.

These easy crafts are sure to become sweet treasured mementos, and some could make awesome homemade gifts for grandparents from kids as well.


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1. Paper Plate Snowman Craft 











This simple snowman Christmas craft is perfect for 2-year-olds and 3-year-old toddlers to make, and it is so stinking cute!

Learn How to Make Paper Plate Snowmen at Crafty Morning.



2. Handprint Reindeer Craft






Kids will love making their own handprint reindeer, and it is a very easy Christmas decoration for preschoolers and toddlers to make. Plus, this cute masterpiece would be awesome framed and given as a special handmade grandparents gift. Just make sure to have your kids make more than one cute handprint reindeer so you can save one of these special Christmas mementos for yourself!

Learn how toddlers can make this cute handprint reindeer craft at Mommysavers.



3. DIY Snowman Christmas Countdown Calendar











This Snowman Christmas Countdown calendar is one of the cutest countdowns to Christmas I have ever seen! Imagine how much fun the kiddos will have counting down the days until Christmas using this adorable snowman. 

Get the easy-peasy step by step directions for this simple Christmas craft for kids at From ABCs to ACTs.




4. Rudolph Jingle Bells Sticks







These adorable jingle bell Christmas sticks make such a fun easy winter craft for toddlers and kindergarteners. Besides all that Rudolph red nose cuteness, (seriously, who can resist Rudolph inspired anything??) this has to be one of my favorite winter crafts for toddlers because little ones can have fun shaking their jingle bell sticks to holiday tunes all season long!!

Find out how to make Christmas Jingle Bells Sticks with your toddlers at Crafts on Sea.



5. Christmas Tree Peppermint Candy Paper Ornament







These easy peppermint candy ornaments made out of paper and popsicles sticks will make any Christmas tree look festive and beautiful, and is a holiday project the whole family will love working on together.

Learn how to make DIY Peppermint Candy DIY Paper Ornaments at Parents.com.



6. Homemade Santa Hat Ornament 







If you are looking for easy homemade Christmas ornaments for toddlers to make, then you have to check out this adorable Santa hat decoration. All you need are some popsicle sticks, cotton balls, and glue. Oh, and a little red paint, of course. I think red crayons would actually work just fine as well.

Can you imagine how many smiles this simple DIY Christmas ornament is going to bring you every year you hang it up on the tree?


Head on over to Buggy and Buddy to get the step by step instructions.




7. Santa Handprint Salt Dough Christmas Ornament






Want more awesome ideas for salt dough ornaments kids can make this Christmas? These Santa Christmas Ornaments are adorable, and toddlers, babies, and kindergarteners can make this Christmas craft using a super easy salt dough recipe (you will only need three ingredients that you probably already have at home) and of course, your kids' handprints. 

Learn the How to make Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments at Messy Little Monster.



8. Holly Christmas Tree Ornaments 






Omg, I can only imagine how sparkly these homemade red and green Christmas tree ornaments will be when the tree lights shine on them! These DIY decorations are so pretty, you might almost think they are too complicated for kids to make. But nope, this is a fantastic kids craft for the holiday season, that undoubtedly will become a favorite holiday keepsake to pull out of your Christmas tree decoration box every year.

Learn how to make DIY Christmas Holly Ornaments at A Little Pinch of Perfect




9. Salt Dough Ornaments 






Kids will love making their own salt dough ornaments for Christmas. Because, really, who wouldn't love squishing colorful homemade dough around and creating a fabulous piece of art?

Learn how to make salt dough ornaments at I Heart Arts and Crafts.




10. Handprint Christmas Wreath

  




If ever there was a simple, inexpensive and heartfelt Christmas gift that kids can make for grandparents, this sweet handprint Christmas Wreath is it. All those little handprints will bring smiles for years to come, and become one of your favorite Christmas keepsakes for sure.


Head on over to My Name is Snickerdoodle to learn how your kids can make their own Handprint Wreaths.

5 Quick and Easy Week Night Dinners When the Family is Tired and Hungry




School is back, fall sports are in full swing, and that means busy nights with little time to cook big fancy dinners. Now is when we need to have easy weeknight dinner recipes for the whole family that are quick and filling, and I have rounded up some of the best!

These are some of the yummiest budget-friendly healthy meals for your entire family that will have them asking for seconds (So you might wanna make extra. Just saying.)


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1. Beefy Noodle Skillet Dinner





Sooo good! This Cheesy ground beef and elbow noodles skillet dinner is warm and filling and is ready to serve in 15 minutes. I love how this dinner is served in mugs - what a fun dinner idea for kids! Get the recipe at Family Favorite Recipes.






2. Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Rice 






There is absolutely nothing easier or better than throwing various ingredients into your crockpot in the morning, then coming home to a delicious dinner ready for the family to enjoy. This hearty healthy easy chicken and rice crockpot recipe is going to become a family favorite, pretty much guaranteed! Get the Recipe at Julie's Eats and Treats.


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3. Mexican Pizza With Crispy Tortilla Crust




Image From Two Peas and Their Pod


Mexican crispy tortilla pizza is a healthy cheap meal your whole family will love. This quick weeknight dinner takes about 15 minutes to prepare ( and probably less for it to disappear, LOL) Get the Recipe at Two Peas and Their Pod.






4. Easy Broccoli Chicken and Rice Casserole





All you need are 5 ingredients to make this one-pan broccoli, rice, cheese, and chicken casserole. It is comforting, warm and makes a healthy easy dinner everyone will love. Get the Recipe at The Seasoned Mom.



5. Cheesy Angel Hair Pasta With Lemon



Picture From Delish.com


 Cheesy lemon angel hair pasta is a quick delicious family dinner perfect for busy weeknights. From start to finish, you can get this meal on the table in about 20 minutes. And even though everyone in the family will enjoy this yummy dish, it is hands down one of the best kid-friendly recipes I have tried as well.  Get the Recipe at Delish.com

10 Magical Christmas Books Kids Want To Read With You







The holidays are right around the corner, bringing busy days, last-minute shopping trips, and holiday parties. But no matter how hectic this year's holiday season gets, I hope you can get some hot chocolate-snuggling time in with your kids, reading lots of favorite Christmas books together!


This list includes classic Christmas books that make Christmas Christmas, plus newer and very popular Christmas books for kids that have heart-warming stories and messages for the season. So grab your snuggle bugs and enjoy this most special time of the year with a good book.







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1. Merry Christmas, Stinky Face, By Lisa McCourt







This cute Christmas book for preschoolers has sold over a million copies since being published in 2016. It is a fun story about a little boy who is worried about possible mishaps on Christmas Eve, like the wind blowing his Christmas tree away, or one of Santa's reindeers getting his antlers stuck in the branches that hang over the roof. Luckily, his mom has just the right answers to all his questions!

Buy Now at Amazon.com.


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2. Construction Site on Christmas Night (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site), By Sherri Duskey Rinker  



Construction Site on Christmas Night by [Rinker, Sherri Duskey]


Written by the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site, Construction Site on Christmas Night is on the top ten list of best selling Christmas books on Amazon, and no doubt will join the list of favorite Christmas books for little ones.

October 16, 2018, is the first day you can buy Construction Site on Christmas Night - so save the date if you have little ones at home! Better yet, pre-order your copy today!

Preorder now at Amazon.com.






3. The Snowy Day, By Ezra Jack Keats






The award-winning children's book, The Snowy Day, is a must-read holiday classic. The beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a little boy who experiences all the wonders of a magical snow day. Definitely, one to snuggle up and enjoy with your little ones!

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4. The Polar Express, By Chris Van Allsburg







Who doesn't love this classic Christmas story of a little boy who takes a magical trip to the North Pole?

Buy The Polar Express Anniversary Edition at Amazon.com.

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5. Little Blue Truck's Christmas, By Alice Schertle







If you are looking for sturdy board books for your little ones, one of the best Christmas pictures books this year is Little Blue Truck's Christmas. Preschoolers can practice their counting skills as they help count the Christmas trees Blue delivers to his animal friends at Christmastime.

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6. Dream Snow By Eric Carle







This classic Christmas picture board book for toddlers and preschoolers tells the heart-warming story of a farmer who remembers in the nick of time to put out gifts for all his barn animal friends. Little ones can count along as the farmer places gifts under the tree for each of his friends. Definitely one of the best picture books for Christmas ever!

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7. Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving, By Jan Berenstain






The awesome Berenstain bears are back in a Christmas story that helps kids learn about the joy of helping others.

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8. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, By Karina Yan Glaser







Both children and parents are going to love reading this story about 5 siblings who try to find a way to save their family's beloved brownstone home at Christmas time - and they only have 11 days to come up with a plan.




9. Christmas in the Manger By Nola Buck, Felicia Bond






The story of the first Christmas complete with gorgeous illustrations in a sturdy picture board book for younger children.

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10. How The Grinch Stole Christmas By Dr. Suess






It just wouldn't be Christmas without Dr. Suess's all-time classic Grinch!

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