There’s no other time of year that has brings about the level of excitement in children that Christmas does, is there?! Coming up with fresh and fun Xmas activities each year can be tricky, so we’ve compiled a few that children will love — and so will the environment.
Creating a healthy and happy future for the children in our care also means caring for the planet. There are many ways to go green in child care, and being conscious of the environmental impact of our Xmas activities is a great place to put in a little bit of extra effort.
These Xmas activities will help you get creative while being sustainable, and make sure children get an engaging learning experience too.
Xmas activities for kids
Tin can succulent planters
These are not exclusively a Christmas craft idea but are very adaptable and always a well-received gift. Using recycled tin cans, a bit of potting mix and some succulent cuttings, you can create a beautiful houseplant gift. Before planting, paint the tin in Christmas colours or add string, ribbon and other decorative touches. These instructions will help you get started.
Tasty Christmas treats
Rarely are edible gifts wasteful! Help children to whip up some delicious Christmas shortbread biscuits to give as gifts. Once their made and decorated, they can go into a recycled or reusable glass jar to stay fresh. This Christmas shortbread only has three ingredients and is perfect for making with children.
Pinecones — they are a favourite of children and can make a very versatile craft item. This craft involves turning the pinecones into cute reindeer Christmas decorations. Excellent for a gift or hanging on the tree at home.
Egg carton Christmas characters
Transform egg cartons into little elves, Santas and Christmas trees for an adorable Christmas decoration! A simple and fun recycling craft.
Custom Christmas wrapping paper
This is a sustainable Christmas craft you might have already done unknowingly. All those paintings and drawings children have done over the years make fantastic wrapping paper for family and friends. Get out the biggest sheets of paper you have, get children to create some beautiful Christmas themed artwork and gift a roll of custom wrapping to families!
You’ll be amazed at how many gorgeous decorations can be made with the humble twig. These ideas will inspire you and have children creating beautiful Christmas craft that will last a lifetime.
Focusing on the environmentally-friendly factor in each activity gives children an insight into caring for the planet and being resourceful and creative. Not to mention doing our part in reducing, reusing and recycling in early childhood education.