Christmas lights are starting to appear in shopping centres, the weather's turned nippy and here at All About Party Bags, we're feeling festive.
If you have some spare time over the Christmas period, crafts and activities are a great way to get everyone together and fire your kid's imaginations. Here are 8 of our favourites.
1. Snow Globe Cookie Jars
Kids will have lots of fun making these snow globe cookie jars by Country Living - plus they'll make great gifts for friends and family! Place Mexican wedding cookies (you can see a full recipe here) at the bottom of the jar along with some plastic trinkets to create the festive scene. You can also paint 'snow' on the outside of the jar using glass paint.
2. Yarn Wrapped Reindeer
These yarn wrapped reindeers by I Heart Crafty Things are super cute and easy to make. Simply wrap a cardboard triangle in brown yarn, add painted clothes pegs for 'ears' and add a red pom pom nose and googly eyes. You can finish them off by wrapping brown pipe cleaners around the clothes pegs.
3. Christmas Paper Plate Characters
This simple paper plate craft from Crafts by Amanda is a great activity for a rainy afternoon. You can simply use crayons to create the faces of characters such as Rudolph and Father Christmas, and then materials such as coloured card, pipe cleaners and cotton wool to finish off the design.
4. Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees
It doesn't get much simpler than this lovely cupcake liner craft from the One Perfect Day blog. Made by gluing together cupcake liners and decorating them with metallic stickers and other adornments, even the littlest fingers will be able to get involved.
5. Kindness Elves
Looking for an alternative to the Elf on the Shelf tradition? For those who don't know, Elf on the Shelf involves purchasing an elf doll, which you then move around the house so that the kids think that it's alive and reporting back to Santa. The Kindness Elves idea by The Imagination Tree involves moving elf dolls around the house and writing down 'kind' ideas such as 'let's make a friend dinner', which you pretend they suggested.
6. DIY Santa Bowling
This DIY Santa Bowling game from Red Ted Art is lots of fun to make and play! Plus, by adding a ribbon to hang them from, the little Father Christmases can double up as ornaments. They're made by painting old wine bottle corks, before adding hats made of red felt and a beard of cotton wool.
7. Magic Reindeer Food
Want to spark your kid's imaginations this Christmas? Magic reindeer food is a great way to get them excited in the run up to the big day. Make it by mixing oats and edible red and green glitter - you can find a full recipe by Kidspot here. Leave the 'food' out for Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve and hide it after they've gone to bed so that they think it's been eaten.
8. Beaded Candy Cane Ornaments
This simple craft idea from the Fountain Avenue Kitchen is an easy way to create Christmas ornaments. All you need to do is get the kids to push red and white beads onto green pipe cleaners, before curling one end and hanging from your tree.
With Christmas just around the corner, it's the perfect time to fire your kid's imaginations and spend time as a family doing festive activities and crafts.
For more great Christmas ideas read our Christmas magazine, including the post 'Countdown to Christmas: 21 Festive Things to Do With Your Family This Year'.