I try to make a kids ornament craft with my children every year. Keyword: try. I'll admit, sometimes I fail miserably. With kids as young as mine, it can be a challenge getting them to cooperate.
This year, though, was a HUGE success. We came up with what I think is one of the cutest kids ornament crafts I've ever seen, all because I didn't try too hard to push them into some elaborate concoction. The lesson I'm learning the further I get into parenthood is that simplicity is key. Provide the right supplies and let your kids run with their own creativity. Nobody likes a micromanager.
An Easy Kids Ornament Craft
We worked with Elmer's for this kids ornament craft, and I set out some flat wooden Christmas ornaments that I picked up at the craft store along with Painters® Paint Markers. Painters® Paint Markers have long been a favorite supply for our whole family. I first discovered them years ago when I used them for my DIY Terrarium and DIY Spice Rack. They work much like pens but actually flow paint out smoothly, giving projects a really nice finish. Plus, they can be used on just about any surface. We've painted with them on wood, metal, glass and even rubber and cloth.
I painted the ornaments white for our kids ornament craft so we were starting with a nice, evenly-colored surface.
Then, I let the kids go to town scribbling and drawing all over their kids ornament craft!
The only real challenge is getting them to actually stay on the wood pieces as opposed to taking this project all over the entire house.
But I like that this kids ornament craft encourages them to share and talk through their activities together.
When asked what they were drawing, Sidekick exclaimed, “Toot toot tracks” and Some Boy described his as, “Everything in a circle.” He eventually started pressing down to expend as much ink as possible from the pens and then stamping his kids ornament craft all over everything in sight.
Note to self: next time we do this kids ornament craft, I'll have the children wear shirts that I'm not particularly attached to.