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Mess Free Entertainment for Christmas

Mess Free Entertainment for Christmas

Every parent knows the scene – you’ve been working all day long to make the house look as stunning and as festive as possible, ready for the arrival of Christmas visitors, when a toy box is overturned – or a toddler decides to decorate a wall in bright blue crayon.

So how do you keep the kids entertained without the mess?  Well you can put a Christmas movie on loop for two weeks – or you can try something a little more constructive, like some Christmas crafts maybe? – mess free of course.   

Here are a few ideas, there may be one table of the house in disarray but most of your abode will still look spick and span when Auntie Cheryl pops in for her festive mince pie.  

Here are a few ideas:

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Paper plate baubles

 

How amazing do these look?  Find some tissue confetti dots in your local craft shop and stick to paper plates with a child friendly glue stick.   Yes, it may create a little mess but you can keep it contained. Then cut a square of glittery paper and stick it to the top of the plate – attach a small piece of silver ribbon with glue or sellotape.  Then hang them on the wall for a bit of festive colour.

 

 

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Toilet Roll Reindeer 

A really cute addition to any child’s craft portfolio – these are really simple to make.  All you have to do is take a toilet roll, cut it in half and ask the child to paint with brown or beige paint.  Once dry, take some cotton wool and stick it on and then add some googly eyes (easy to find in Tesco). Pop some holes in the top of the toilet roll and roll up brown or red pipe cleaners to act as antlers.  Use the finished piece as an ornament or add some string to hang it to the Christmas tree.

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Toilet Roll Angels

If like us, your kids go through toilet rolls like water then you can also try this little angel.  Take two pieces of A4 paper and ask your kids to draw around their hands – cut out two hand shapes. Paint a toilet roll with silver paint or festive silver spray (supervision essential), let it dry and add a smiley face with red and black felt tip pen. Stick the hands to the back of the toilet roll and ta-dah.

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Egg box Christmas tree decorations

Another classic.  Cut circles from the base of an egg box and use them to build this lovely little Christmas tree.  Cut out a piece of green card into a triangle and add the circles from the base of the egg carton. Create a row of six, then five, then four etc to create a Christmas tree. Then stick on pompoms, stars and bows to create your very own decorative tree.  A beautiful centrepiece for any festive home.

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Lollipop Christmas trees

Finally the lollipop stick Christmas tree.  All you need are a few lollipop sticks which you can buy online or in a craft store, paint and decorations.  Help your child cut off the ends of each stick making five pieces of different, shortening lengths. Paint each stick in the colour of your choice and stick on tiny sequins. Glue onto another vertical lolly stick and add a star to the top. You can even give them to relatives as little homemade gifts.

 

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