27 Christmas projects for kids

Discover the best festive recipes to keep kids busy this Christmas. Our easy projects include colourful biscuits, cupcakes and chocolate bark that are fun to decorate.

Peppermint polar bears

Getting the kids in the kitchen doesn't have to be all play; help them package up their creations as homemade Christmas gifts for family and friends, then you've got presents with the personal touch checked off your to-do list. Even if they don't have the perfect finish, granny will still be impressed.

Sweet Christmas treats 

1. Polar bear peppermint creams

We've fallen head over heels for these polar bear peppermint creams and the good news is that they're super simple to make. Kids will love rolling the minty paste into balls and flattening it to make bear heads, then decorating the faces. Sure to make the lucky recipient smile!

Polar bear peppermint creams
 

2. Christmas tree crispy pops 

Kids, marshmallows, icing sugar and sprinkles might sound like a sticky combination, but the mess is worth the reward. Kids are bound to love putting these Christmas cones together. Once the tricky cooking and assembling bits have been done, stand back and let them decorate with abandon.

Christmas tree crispy pops
 

3. White chocolate unicorn bark 

Unicorn bark

Tailor this edible gift to anyone's tastes by playing around with colours, toppings and sweets you know they'll love. Kids can get creative and the results are always magical. 

White chocolate unicorn bark
 

4. Jolly marshmallow snowmen

Already made cotton wool snowmen? Up your game with this seriously cute recipe, which makes a lovely creative project for young children and is a big treat (whether they eat them or not). These jolly men also make lovely cake toppers or Christmas decorations. Happy crafting! 

Jolly marshmallow snowmen
 

5. Hot chocolate stirrers

Our stunning hot chocolate stirrers are simply made in empty fromage frais pots. Let little hands get busy decorating with hundreds and thousands, mini fudge pieces, chocolate buttons or chopped-up peppermint candy canes. Or experiment with flavours like cardamom, candied peel and freeze-dried raspberries using another sophisticated stirrer recipe.
 

6. Giant jam tart

Giant jam tart

This giant jam tart makes the perfect dessert for a family party or even for the big day itself. Let little kids get busy cutting out the pastry topping with gingerbread cutters and they'll be proud to show off their handiwork to friends and family. 

Giant jam tart 
 

7. Candy cane lollipops

Wrap these pretty homemade sweets in cellophane and tie with a bow for a stocking filler that's sure to impress. With only three ingredients and minimal effort involved, they make a great last-minute gift that children will love to decorate.

Candy cane lollipops
 

8. Perky penguins

What could trump a perky chocolate penguin complete with frosted bobble hat? These charming little guys make a lovely Christmas project for kids, who can get as creative as they want with the accessories. This no-cook project is bound to keep older and younger children amused for hours.

Perky penguins
 

9. Snow globe hot chocolate 

Snow globe hot chocolate

Fill empty jam jars with all the ingredients for a luxury hot chocolate, paired with marshmallow snowmen. With extra treats like a cookie to dip, marshmallows to swirl, and a chocolate for afterwards, this is one edible gift that older children will love to give and receive.

Snow globe hot chocolate
 

10. Sweet snowballs

Let kids roll and coat these scrummy sweet snowballs. The smallest of hands can help squishing the mixture into balls. Just keep them from eating too many, then you'll have Christmas presents for family and friends. Add a bit of shimmering edible glitter into the mix and the kids will be in heaven. If the kids are still in a creative mood, let them loose with a few felt-tips on some homemade gift tags and your presents will be complete.

Sweet snowballs


11. Sugar-dusted mince pie parcels

Fill your home with the aroma of cinnamon and spice without lots of hassle this Christmas. These super-simple mince pies don’t require the trouble of lining tins. They are also easy enough for small hands to pretty much go free-style once they’ve been shown the technique. Make the project even more magical by leaving a pie or two for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Sugar-dusted mince pie parcels
 

12. Reindeer & snowman chocolate bark

Chocolate reindeer bark

The kids will have a blast decorating this easy chocolate bark and it makes the perfect gift for friends and family. You only need a handful of ingredients, a bit of imagination and you're good to go! 

Reindeer & snowman chocolate bark
 

Christmas biscuits and cookies

13. Rudolph shortbread

Reindeer shortbread

These melt-in-the-mouth shortbread triangles are easily transformed into something magical. Help decorate with Smarties or other sweets and wrap the creations in cellophane bags with pipe cleaner 'reindeer' antlers. If you've got under-10s, most steps can be done independently, except handling the oven and cutting out the shortbread. Over-10s can do everything by themselves if they want to, so you can relax with a cup of tea. 

Rudolph shortbread
 

14. Spiced & iced Christmas trees

Everything tastes better when eaten off a stick, and these warm and spicy biscuits are no exception. Kids will enjoy stamping out Christmas tree shapes and sandwiching them together. Enjoy a biscuit warm from the oven with a cup of tea (it's Christmas after all), then sit back and watch the kids decorating their trees.

Spiced & iced Christmas trees
 

15. Melting snowman biscuits

Melting snowman biscuit

Want something fun to do indoors yet don't want to create loads of mess? We think we have the perfect Christmas project. These biscuits might be sticky but no actual baking is required so there's minimum washing up. And the kids can get stuck straight into the best bit – the decorating.  Everyone's a winner.

Melting snowman biscuits
 

16. Edible name biscuits

Want to keep the children entertained without causing havoc in the kitchen? These edible name biscuits use ready-made cookies so they can get straight to the finishing. Help little ones ice the names of your guests on the biscuits and they can take pride in displaying their work on the Christmas table.

Edible name place biscuits
 

17. Orange & ginger stained glass biscuits

A brilliant way of getting into the Christmas spirit. These magical biscuits will transform in the oven from a heap of crushed sweets in the middle of some biscuit dough to beautiful stained glass decorations. They're almost too pretty to eat, but will certainly look fab on the Christmas tree. You can also bundle them up in some pretty packaging for a lovely homemade present.

Orange & ginger stained glass biscuits
 

18. Snowman biscuits

Snowman biscuits with bobble hats

Who can resist these beautiful snowman biscuits? Not us. If your children would prefer a decorating project to a baking one, then you can freeze the biscuits in advance and bring them out for a cold winter's day activity. 

Snowman biscuits 
 

19. Gingerbread bunting

If you want a neat finish, this hanging thread of festive biscuits requires a little work from parents – the fondant icing might be tricky for little hands to manage. But kids will love mixing, rolling, and cutting out the biscuits, and if you buy ready-to-use tubes of coloured icing, they can design their own patterns too.

Gingerbread bunting
 

20. Gingerbread people

It wouldn't be Christmas without the aroma of homemade gingerbread baking in the oven. Make decorating these adorable gingerbread people even easier (and less messy) with tubes of shop-bought icing and sweets.

Gingerbread people

Christmas cakes

Rudolph cupcakes with pretzel antlers


21. Rudolph cupcakes

It's hard to resist Rudolph and when on top of a chocolate cupcake, even more so. Children between three and seven should be able to line the muffin tin, stir the mixture and spread the icing. Kids seven and upwards should be able to make the cakes with assistance but will still need help with the oven and hot tin. Of course, all children will love applying the final touches. Pop the decorative bits into bowls to give them freedom to work – and remember to leave some out for Santa as an extra special treat.

Rudolph cupcakes
 

22. Reindeer cake pops

It's Rudolph again! These chocolate cake pops make the perfect afternoon project for older children who want to put their creative resources to good use. You will find it's amazing what you can do with some pretzels, icing and Smarties. They also make great homemade gifts for junior bakers to give to their friends.

Reindeer cake pops
 

23. Snowman cake

Snowman Christmas cake with green hat and orange nose

This charming snowman cake is almost too cute to eat, but the vanilla buttercream filling is too good to miss. Using ready-made fondant icing means that children can help roll the nose and eyes with very little help and they'll love mixing the cake batter and buttercream, too. 

Snowman cake 
 

24. Christmas cupcakes

This easy-peasy cupcake recipe offers plenty of scope for creativity. From making the frosting to the white chocolate button snowmen and piped Christmas trees, lots of fun is guaranteed even if the results aren’t altogether perfect.

Christmas cupcakes
 

25. Christmas pudding Rice Krispie cakes

Everyone loves a chocolate Rice Krispie cake, but this recipe is three steps better. Children will love mixing up the rice puffs, chocolate, raisins and peanuts and that's without mentioning the decorating. These cute puddings will be adored by everyone, so be sure to make plenty. 

Christmas pudding Rice Krispie cakes
 

Savoury kids recipes 


26. Super sausage rolls 

If you're in need of a savoury treat, then look no further. These moreish sausage rolls will not disappoint and are perfect for entertaining over the Christmas holidays. The recipe is simple enough for children to enjoy and there are just three easy steps. 

Super sausage rolls 
 

27. Cheese stars

Let the kids show off their cooking skills and get into the festive spirit with these playful and easy, cheesy treats. They make great party food or a lovely homemade gift. 

Cheese stars

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Are you whipping up festive treats this Christmas? We'd love to see your homemade creations! Tag us @bbcgoodfood and use #bbcgoodfood and we'll share some of our favourites. 

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fatface
21st Nov, 2017
What would we do without tons of refined sugar? Sadly, my grandson cannot eat this, or wheat so pretty much all of this is forbidden for health reasons. Next year, maybe someone at the BBC can come up with beautiful, tempting treats for children who can't eat sugar and wheat? (or dairy, or eggs)
ingridb
21st Dec, 2017
I feel your pain. My son is nut and seeds free (especially sesame and poppy), he also can't have partially cooked eggs. I would welcome a section "special diets" on this website. I know people have different allergies, but eggs, wheat, nuts, diary are some of the most common ones.
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