(Watch This, Do That)
For so many families, watching holiday movies together is an unbeatable festive tradition—it’s a good time for everyone, guaranteed. But what if you’re looking to cut down on screen time this season and get your kids involved in more hands-on activities? Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that you need to forget about your yearly Christmas movie marathon.
Next time you sit down to watch a favorite holiday film with your family, use this experience to inspire other activities you can introduce to your kids. First, take a closer look at the various themes, motifs, life lessons, and more from each of the Christmas movies you indulge in. Then, use these ideas to help create a unique Christmas craft project for you and your children.
Are you less than familiar with “watch this, do that”? In that case, here are a few movies and crafting ideas to get you started on this hands-on fun.
Christmas Crafts Inspired by 4 of Your Favorite Holiday Movies
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
First, let’s start with one of the most famous holiday season classics: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Despite being released in 1964, this film is just as enjoyable for today’s kids as it was for those of any prior generation.
Looking for the perfect Christmas crafts inspired by Rudolph? Here are a few to get you started:
- Make reindeer treats.
- Let your kids search for their own “misfit toy”—a toy or doll they haven’t played with in a while. Meanwhile, just think: What did they love about this toy, to begin with? Then, allow your kids to rediscover these feelings.
- Using the “Silver and Gold” song to inspire your craft, make your very own metallic slime.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Another long-time classic of the holiday season, why not get your kids engaged with Christmas crafts based on A Charlie Brown Christmas? Here are some ideas:
- In honor of the movie’s lesson about there is no “wrong” tree, allow your kids to build their very own—check out this cup tower challenge to craft a unique and unconventional Christmas tree of your own.
- In a similar vein, maybe you’d rather create your own decorations for a tree. Charlie Brown Christmas ornaments are always an option, and they’re a fun craft to do with your children.
- Do your kids want to learn to draw Snoopy and Charlie Brown? Here’s an excellent tutorial to get them started on this limited-screen activity.
The Polar Express
Although it hasn’t been around for quite as long as the previous two movies, The Polar Express has really risen into the role of a go-to holiday classic. This unique and heart-warming film even combines digital animation and live-action film, letting the characters move realistically while preserving the magic of the story.
A few Christmas crafts and activities inspired by The Polar Express are:
- Looking for something new to add to your holiday reading list? Consider picking up the book that inspired the film—The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.
- Make Christmas cards that fit with the movie’s story and capture some of its whimsy.
- There is a lot that we can all learn from the Lonely Boy and his story. Unfortunately, not every kid out there can spend their holiday season the same way. Encourage your kids to help those who are less fortunate by donating to a toy drive.
There’s hardly a Christmas movie that’s more fun than Elf—it’s both lighthearted and packed with essential life lessons for your kids. For instance, it’s always okay to be yourself, no matter if you’re judged by other people. The film also shows children the value of taking significant risks and trying new things.
Some Christmas crafts and other activities inspired by Elf would be:
- Wind down and get into the mood of the season with some holiday music. Consider putting on a holiday playlist and have a fun time dancing.
- Make no-bake Buddy the Elf cookies, based on the lead character’s inventive (and very festive) spaghetti breakfast.
The Holiday Season is Here—Time for Christmas Crafts & Activities With Your Kids
If Christmas crafts aren’t already a part of your family’s holiday traditions, then why not change that? The possibilities are endless, and it’s always fun to take inspiration from some of the holiday films your kids already know and love.
Happy holidays, and have fun working on these screen-free and limited-screen activities with your children!