The Best Christmas Activities for the Whole Family

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas, and there is plenty to do, and it doesn't have to cost a fortune. Whether it’s from the comfort of your own home or if you prefer to get the kids waterproof jacket out and go outdoors, there are many Christmas crafts and activities at the moment...

Indoors activities:

Marshmallow Snowman Ornaments
Looking for some new tree decorations this year? These marshmallow snowman ornaments will look brilliant on any style of tree, and even better when you craft them with the kids.

What you will need:
• A clear fill-able ornament
• Tinsel ribbon
• Mini marshmallows
• Small buttons
• Orange paper
• Hot glue gun

Get your hot glue gun (let the adult do this bit) and glue the eyes and mouth onto the ornament. Next, cut out a carrot-shaped nose using the orange paper and use the glue gun to stick it onto the ornament. This next part is the fun bit and the part the kids love. Fill the ornament with mini marshmallows all the way to the top, making sure to stop and eat a few along the way. After your ornament is full of sugary treats, use the pipe cleaner and glue it to both sides. Finally, create a ball shape with the tinsel ribbon, then glue this to both sides of the ornament as ears.

Paper Ball Reindeer
These paper ball reindeer's are so cute and will look perfect wherever you decide to put them in your home.
What you will need:
• Light brown paper
• Dark brown paper
• Glue
• Scissors
• Googly eyes, eye stickers, or draw on your own with a Sharpie
• Pom-poms

First of all, cut out four paper strips, about the width of an A4 letter sized paper. I mean, there is no rules as to how long or how wide the strips have to be, so you can go a bit mad here if you want. After this, bend them in half, with the fold making a mark in the middle. Apply a small amount of glue onto the middle and then place another strip on top of the first one at a 90 degree angle. After you have done that, take the other end of the strip and use your glue to stick it together with the first end and make a circle loop. Continue to do this with the other strips, until you end up with a paper ball. Next, take your darker paper and cut out some antlers. You then want to fold them at the bottom, as an Lshape, and then glue together, sticking them on top of the ball. Finally, take a pom-pom and stick it on to make a nose and then add some googly eyes or eye stickers. Of course, you can just draw on the reindeer’s face if you do not have any of the above.

Christmas Tree Slime Recipe
Slime is one of the biggest children's trends at the moment, and it would be silly not to create your own Christmas slime!

What you will need:
• ½ cup of glue
• ½ cup of water
• Food colouring
• Glitter
• ¼–½cup of liquid starch

First, get a bowl and add in ½ cup of water and ½ cup of glue and mix them together so they will completely combine. Next, add your food colouring, and mix it with the glue and water mixture. After that, get your liquid starch and pour ¼ cup into the mix and you will see the slime will start to form more or less straight away. Continue to stir until your slime is fully formed. Now, time to knead your slime, it might be a bit stringy at first but eventually you will notice that the consistency will change. You could put your slime into a clear container for three minutes to let the consistency change on its own.

After your slime is in full form, it’s time to decorate! Gather your materials and create your Christmas tree themed slime. You can either use a Styrofoam cone to shape into a Christmas tree or simply add all of your bits of glitter onto the slime and have a colourful Christmas-themed slab of slime for your little one to play with!

Elf Christmas Handprint Card
Want to make a family member or a friend a homemade Christmas card? Your little one will love creating and decorating these adorable handprint cards!

What you will need:
• White card
• Red and green paint
• Googly eyes
• Sharpie
• Red and white pom-poms
• Cotton balls
• Glue

First of all, grab a piece of card and fold it in half. Trace your handprint and make sure that the folded part of the paper is at the little finger. Next, paint the middle three fingers of the handprint green, to represent your elves hat. After that, get your cotton ball and spread it out to make the brim of the hat and glue it down. Next, add your pom-pom nose, googly eyes and draw the mouth (slightly smirking) — of course you can use whatever materials that you have to make the face. After that, you can use your pink paint to add two circles to represent the cheeks. Finally, you can also use your white pom poms to glue onto the top of the hat. Don’t forget to write your message on the back to a loved one or perhaps just ‘Merry Christmas’.

There are so many indoor activities that you can be doing over the festive period. What's more, craft sessions are a really good way to let children use their imagination, get creative, and make something they get to keep. If you need help with what to make, you can find free design resources here which will really help give you ideas about what is possible with a bit of imagination. 

Outdoor activities:

Build a Snowman
Do you want to build a snowman? Of course you do. It's a more traditional activity for wintertime and this is the perfect time to have some fun in the snow, while spending quality time with friends and family. The first ever illustration of a snowman was in 1830 in The Book of Hours, and the famous Italian artist Michelangelo was commissioned to build one by prince Piero the Unfortunate of Florence in 1494, in the Medici courtyard.

Building a snowman just takes a bit of creativity, and plenty of snow. Add a carrot for the nose, and collect plenty of stones to make his eyes, mouth, and some for the buttons of his snow jacket. Sticks or twigs make great snowman arms, and you could even try to make a giant snowman by rolling the snow over and over again. Or if you don't have any of that, just be creative...

Snow Tubing
Snow tubing is a great activity to do with the whole family all-year round, however, it’s better when it has been snowing, right? Of course, the forecast will need to be in your favour and a decent layer of snow will be required for this one. The gist of snow tubing is that you sit in inflatable tubes and slide down a hill. There’s no skill required, but you’ll want to stay balanced throughout and holding on to the tube handles will be essential. Maybe be suitable for the older children and adults for this one!

I hope you enjoy making these festive crafts and getting involved in some fun activities with your loved ones. Have a great festive season!


  1. Thanks for the inspiration x

  2. Brilliant ideas - a MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU TOO to

  3. Some great ideas there! I love the sound of the Christmas Tree Slime!

  4. Not just inspirations and ideas but the tools and ingredients, too. Thank you!

  5. Some great ideas here, thanks for the inspiration