Christmas Activities For Kids

Christmas is almost here and one of the best ways to get your family in the spirit is to get crafty. So pull out the pipe cleaners, glue, glitter and icing because with these simple ideas you and your kids will be inspired to create beautiful, festive keepsakes and gifts, not to mention whip up some wonderful treats to eat, too!

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Star candleholder

Your table will shine a little brighter with these homemade candleholders. Use a 5-pointed star for a Christmas theme or a 6-pointed star for a Hanukah theme.

What you will need:
Polymer clay (Sculpey III or Fimo) in your color of choice
Scissors
Waxed paper
Star shaped cookie cutter
Pencil
Glass baking dish
Tin foil
Candles, of course!

What to do:
1.  Knead the clay on a sheet of waxed paper and then roll it out to a thickness of about 1 inch using a non-wooden rolling pin.
2. Cut out stars using the cookie cutter.
3. Using the pencil, steadily make a hole in the center. Be sure to go slowly so as not to deform the shape of the star. Test the hole size with the candle. When you obtain the perfect fit, set the star in the glass baking dish.
4. Bake the stars for about 30 minutes.
5. Once the stars have cooled, insert candle, using an unbaked piece of clay to secure it if needed. To prevent possible leaks, cut out an identical shaped star out of tin foil and place it under the star.
6. Light and enjoy!

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