Wouldn't you like to be able to make Christmas crafts without all the annoying fuss of gathering supplies and making a mess? And wouldn't you like Christmas crafts to be unique and not involve paper plates or glitter?
And what if those Christmas projects involved cool engineering and science concepts?
You're intrigued now, right?
Meet your new favorite Christmas craft project: DIY STEM Christmas Kits.
Last weekend my 10 year old son and I spent some enjoyable, quality mom-son time and made a cool LED holiday luminary and sweet clay Christmas ornaments. I didn't have to go to any specialty stores or hunt down obscure materials. Not only was it fun and easy, but now we have a lovely visual reminder of how much fun we had with some one-on-one family time.
Note: I am a KiwiCo. affiliate and while I purchased our own monthly subscription, KiwiCo. sent us these two holiday-specific crates for review purposes.
I've previously shared our love for our monthly subscription boxes from Kiwi Crate and Tinker Crate, and we had great fun with these holiday themed boxes. We put together a Tinker Crate LED Holiday Luminary and a Kiwi Crate Clay Ornament kit. But you will love all the choices like a Santa's sleigh automation and a light up holiday workshop.
For tweens who might not normally be interested in doing crafts (especially with mom!) these were great projects to do with my son. Although the projects come with specific instructions they both allowed for creative expression and even thinking outside the box (pun!)
Note: These two kits are great for tweens, but can be done with younger kids, too. There are even holiday kits that are suitable for preschoolers!
The LED luminary kit encourages kids and tweens to exercise their engineering skills, and it was a nice complement to previous electricity based Tinker Crate projects my son has done this year. You have the option to make a snowman, gingerbread man or Christmas tree. We opted for the snowman, because as my son said, "Then we could have it up all winter."
I've never made clay ornaments before. It's a classic Christmas craft, so I was glad that we finally got to make them. The kit comes with cookie cutters but my son decided to go out on his own and craft a mini snowman to hang on the tree, too!
The included set of letter stamps means you can write a short message on your ornaments . After we had finished I had the brilliant-but-too-late idea of pressing my son's fingerprint into the clay. That would have made a great memory ornament!
Getting our monthly crates from KiwiCo. is truly the highlight of our month! I adore that I don't have to search for supplies or even come up with my own idea (how tiring!) Hop over to their website and take a look.