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Seasonal Treats. Holiday favorites are sure to please, and popcorn drizzled with chocolate and caramel is easy to make for a crowd. Serve a handful or two in small bowls so each kid can have their own.
Activities for Elves
Santa's Bakery. Set up an area where kids can decorate Christmas cookies to take home. Bake and cool cookies ahead of time, and set out bowls of icing, sprinkles, edible glitter, and small candies.
Holiday Sing-Along. There's nothing like merry music to make those spirits bright. Most kids will know basic holiday carols, but you can download a free printable holiday song book from BHG.com so you don't forget any of the words.
Tabletop Tree. For this fun craft, use a building set such as Tinkertoy. Place eight equal-size rods in a wheel and assemble rows of branches in graduating sizes. Put the tree together by placing a center rod between each horizontal layer of branches. Build the tree from the bottom to the top, starting with the wheels of larger rods and ending with the wheels of smaller rods. Add a foil star at the top and slide a few small ornaments onto the branches.
Yarn Ornaments. Colorful pom-pom ball yarn ornaments are great take-home favors for kids to make. Have them wrap scads of yarn around the middle of an empty paper towel roll. The more yarn, the fluffier the pom-pom. Slip off the yarn and tie at the center, leaving a long end to make a hanging string. Clip the loop ends and fluff up.
Baked Ornaments. Just bake a variety of shapes the day before, and let the kids deck them out at party time. Thread a thin ribbon or sparkly string through the hole in the ornament for a hanger. Note: These are for decoration only--not for eating.
Homemade Wrapping Paper. All you need is a roll of white or kraft paper, colorful acrylic paints, sponge rollers, and sponge stamps in Christmas shapes. Roll colorful stripes onto the paper, and let the kids stamp shapes onto the paper to make it festive and unique.
Let one paint color dry before starting with the next, and set up a fan near your work to minimize drying time. Once completely dry, gently fold or roll up the paper for kids to take home.
Cozy Mittens. Have kids bring a pair of plain knit gloves for this fun Christmas craft, or supply them yourself. They'll have fun fastening pom-poms onto the gloves with washable fabric glue.
Make a snowman by gluing a large white pom-pom to the front of the glove. Use smaller pom-poms in different colors for the eyes, nose, and mouth, or fasten small pom-poms to snowflake sequins for a frosty glove design.
More ho-ho-ho for your holidays!