Need a super easy holiday craft? Create a giant Christmas art activity for your kids. It’s a quick and easy Christmas activity using supplies you already own.
A special Christmas art activity for kids
This may come as a shock but I have no formal art training. I know. Based on the photos in this post, you may have been wondering – so I just wanted to be upfront. JK. As you can see from my “Giant Christmas Art Activity,” art isn’t my forte.
But you know what is?
Aside from my clear artistic gifts, this activity was/is such a hit with my kids because: it’s personal.
Kids like things that are personalized and special, and that’s exactly what you can do when you make this Christmas art activity for your kids.
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- White butcher paper
- Giant black marker
- Markers (I bought markers in bulk three years ago and we haven’t bought new since!)
Roll out your butcher paper onto the floor or table. I added a little tape to the edges to keep things still for my kids.
I grabbed my black marker and let the kids shout out ideas for what they wanted on their Christmas coloring page.
Remember: the goal here is for this to be a one-of-a-kind coloring page. My kids gave a whole lot of input on the items they wanted me to draw and color.
It was personal because it was parent-made-art (which really is so special to kids) and they were a part of creating it.
It’s instantly more special than any other coloring page they’ve ever done before.
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Why you should make this Christmas art activity huge
Sometimes coloring books drive me a bit nuts because young kids just don’t have the dexterity or motor skills to color those intricate pages. Coloring books are too challenging and set kids up for failure.
That’s why when I make my kids this personalized art activity I make it GIANT too.
And I simplify the drawings (not that I could do much more detailed but still…). I make sure this is coloring that they can be successful at.
- Large sized
- Limit the detail
- Let kids pick what to draw
Tip – Leave this activity out all day
My kids (3 and 4.5) loved this. They stayed for about 30 minutes coloring away before leaving to play something else.
I left the paper and the markers out and they bounced back to the art later in the day.
It was the perfect activity to do throughout the day, whenever they needed it.
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Tip – Use it as wrapping paper
The Christmas art activity makes the cutest Christmas wrapping paper. Not only is it personalized and perfect, but it takes care of the age old art project question:
“What do you do with this when your kids are done?”
Something this giant is too big to save. But that giant size is what makes it so cute to wrap a gift with (the grandparents will love this).
Frequently Asked Questions
Remember: think stages, not ages. Ask yourself questions about your child: do they like art? Are they interested in coloring books? Is this something they would enjoy? Instead of basing an activity on a child’s age, base it on their interests.
Of course! We love using paint for activities and this is a great one for paint. I chose markers because it takes a little longer AND I wanted to be able to leave this out for a few days with minimal concerns.
Here are some ideas for all the kid projects in your possession: take a photo and create a photo book. Save specific pieces in a kids’ art portfolio. Mail artwork to grandparents.