Lightweight and versatile, Styrofoam balls are an affordable base for many festive Christmas crafts for kids. Available at craft stores, they come in a variety of sizes, ranging from about an inch to several inches in diameter. They are easy to cut and decorate, making it ideal for kids to work with.
Create homemade Christmas ornaments from the Styrofoam balls. Tailor the craft according to the age of the kids and the type of materials you have.
Coat the Styrofoam balls with acrylic paint as a base for the decorations. Accent the ornaments with glitter, glitter glue, sequins, beads or ribbon. Glue on small pieces of fabric to create a patchwork ornament. For display purposes, hot glue a ribbon loop to the top of the ball to create a hanger.
Use a Styrofoam ball to create a Santa replica. Slice a small piece off the bottom of the ball to create a flat side so the Santa craft can rest on a table or shelf. Add cotton balls for Santa's beard, googly eyes and a pompom for his nose. Top it with a miniature Santa hat. If you can't find a small Santa hat, make one out of red felt. Cut out the front and back of the hat from red felt and sew or hot-glue the two sides together. Glue the hat to the top of the ball. Any size of Styrofoam ball works well for this craft, depending on how big you want the resulting Santa face.
Create a snowman that won't melt using three Styrofoam balls of graduating sizes. Start by slicing off a piece of the bottom ball to create a flat surface. Join the three balls together using toothpicks or a wooden skewer. This will be the snowman's structure. For the snowman's facial features, use paint, felt, construction paper and other craft materials. Allow the children to get creative. Cut a strip of felt and glue it around the snowman's neck as a scarf. Add brown pipe cleaners for the snowman's arms.
Create a distinct Christmas tree display using small Styrofoam balls glued to a piece of construction paper or poster board. Paint the Styrofoam balls with green paint. Glue the Styrofoam balls in straight rows on the paper. The bottom row will have the most Styrofoam balls. The exact number will depend on the size of balls you choose and the size of the paper you're gluing it to. Move up the tree adding one less ball to each row until you only have one ball in the last row to create the top of the tree. Add other decorations such as glitter and sequins so it resembles a decorated Christmas tree.