I'm Helen from Arty Crafty Kids and it's a pleasure to be contributing to Rainy Day Mum's first Story Book Advent. As part of the series, we've been reading 'The Night Before Christmas' and have put together a simple paper plate Christmas stocking craft as an extension to this delightful book!
I adore the build up to Christmas. The decorating, the crafting, the Christmas events and the little family traditions that are forged along the way. On Christmas eve we always sit down together with a glass of milk (mulled wine for the adults!), hang the stockings and read a collection of special books.
The Night Before Christmas is a magical read, that captures the spirit of Christmas. With its whimsical rhymes and beautiful imagery, it's a heart warming poem that is a must for Christmas eve.
If you're on the hunt for that one special book this season or would like to start a new tradition with the kids, why not try The Night Before Christmas?
And in the meantime, let's take a look at this easy paper plate Christmas stocking to get the kids into the festive spirit.
Materials: Paper Plate Christmas Stocking
A White Paper Plate
Cotton Wool Pads or Balls
How to Make your Paper Plate Christmas Stocking
Draw a stocking outline onto the paper plate and cut to shape - this is great for developing scissor skills!
Using a sponge, paint the paper plate and leave to dry.
Stick the cotton wool pads onto the top rim of the stocking and add sequins for some extra sparkle.
The simple practice of sticking and cutting is great for developing fine motor skills while the kids are having fun!
And to extend this craft further, the kiddies could have a go at labelling their stockings with their names.
I hope you've enjoyed our Paper Plate Christmas Stocking and feel inspired to add The Night Before Christmas to your children's book list this Christmas!
Out Now! - Countdown to Christmas Ebook
When life gets hectic in the lead up to Christmas wouldn't it be great to be able to spend a little time with the family creating gifts for others, food to enjoy together and traditions that make magical Christmas Memories?
But what actually happens is you spend hours searching through Pinterest looking for ideas and realise halfway through saying you are going to start that you have only 1 thing on the materials list!
I've been there!
So that is why we've put together our 24 favourite Christmas Activities, Crafts and Recipes with full materials lists and step-by-step instructions so that you have everything at your fingertips.
Produced as a PDF you can download, print and use these ideas throughout the festive season with your children and families.
Find out more as we share with your our Favourite Ways to Countdown to Christmas.
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