Organising a craft room in the run up to Christmas each year is a great idea. Crafts are always a big hit and can prove to be a real fundraising success. The PTA craft room can be run alongside the Christmas fair as a paid activity. Alternatively, it can be run as a stand alone event beforehand, where each year group makes something different that the children can sell themselves at a Christmas stall or buy as family gifts!
This is a fabulous opportunity to sell any PTA Christmas fundraising items to your captive audience too!
There is no end to what they can make, cards, calendars, tree decorations, wrapping paper, gift bags, candle jars. The after-school or Christmas stall can then sell the creations alongside tuck, raffle tickets, reindeer food and hot chocolate cones.
T-shirt decorating is also good fun and an activity the children enjoy! Check out Primark for T-shirts and pens from Baker Ross or similar. The children absolutely love it and often ask to do it again. It is a simple and effective fundraising activity. Most children just want their name and lots of Christmas decorations around it.
Decorate paper plates which the children design for the cookie or mince pie to leave out for Santa.
Bauble fun - A little squirrel told us that Homebase has been known to donate a tub of plastic baubles which the children decorate with glitter, sequins, buttons etc. so maybe worth a reckon!
Buy a big bag of white rocks (donated from a garden centre if possible), some Sharpie pens, glitter glue and googley eyes and let the kids loose on designing their Christmassy stone ornament. This also works well as a quieter time for children that don’t like noisy activities but enjoy Christmas fun!
Try decorating gingerbread men, mugs and ice-lolly stick Christmas trees and lollipop reindeer noses. All easy enough for primary school aged children.
Sock snowman are very effective and great fun to make but need a bit of adult help. They sell well at the fair however :)
A little tip is to have the children themselves run the stall, this could draw more parents to attend and buy!
A word to the wise, if not organised well, there can be a constant flow of kids and it can unmanageable. Especially if you have a different craft on each table, some children like to stay and do them all. So plan well in advance and make the crafts cheap and quick to make.
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