Children’s Christmas Table

Christmas is a time for family and celebration. There’s wonderful opportunity to establish family traditions that are enjoyed and remembered for years to come. If you’re having Christmas at your place, and are looking for kid friendly table ideas, here’s a way to set up a table that is fun, cheap, and easy to clean up.

Kids Christmas Table

Materials Used List

  • Brown Craft Paper Roll
  • Permanent Marker
  • Packing Tape
  • Silver (or other colour) Spray Paint
  • 3 recycled magazines
  • Pom Poms
  • Craft Glue
  • Textas or pencils
  • Stickers
  • Heavy paper or cardboard (I used matte photo paper)
  • Small containers/tins
  • Plates, Candy Canes, Napkins, Cups, Paper Straws (in your chosen colour scheme)
  • Wooden Toy Trains (optional)

Other: Keep other fun items in a tuff tub, for example: chalk, water balloons, pipe cleaners.

I’ll break this down into parts to show how easy it is to set up.

Kids Christmas Table Idea - brown paper table cloth

1. Make the Magazine Christmas Tree

Recycle a magazine (or you can pick them up at second hand shops and turn it into a table centrepieces. All you need is spray paint. I folded the magazine into a tree shape (full instructions on how to do this are here: Magazine Christmas Tree), sprayed with paint and allowed them to dry before adding a simple pom pom to the top.

When I set the table up, I added a tub of pom poms on the table so the kids could decorate the tree themselves as an activity (I used craft glue; use whatever glue is appropriate for the age group of the kids).

Kids Christmas Table Idea - magazine christmas tree table centre

Kids Christmas Table Idea - decorate the tree

2. Brown Paper Tablecloth

I purchased a wide roll of Brown Craft Paper from BIG W for $4.00. For most tables, you will need two lines of brown paper to cover the table. Tape the paper under the table with masking tape and you’re done. The good thing about this is there is no washing needed, it doesn’t matter if the kids get mess all over the table…and it’s super fun because the kids can draw all over it if they want!

Kids Christmas Table Idea

3. Set the Table

Once the paper is down, then it’s a matter of placing everything on it: Magazine Christmas trees in the middle, plates, cups, straws etc.

Kids Christmas Table Idea

4. DIY Placemats

Another activity idea for kids is to allow them to decorate their own placemats. Use either thick card for placemats or laminate them beforehand (if you laminate them, the kids will have to use only stickers to decorate).

Kids Christmas Table Idea - make your own placemat

Kids Christmas Table Idea

Kids Christmas Table Idea

5. Other Fun Stuff

I used ribbons around little tins to put in the middle of the table and filled one with the glue and pom poms to decoration the tree, and the other with stickers and drawing items for the placemats (and the table).

Kids Christmas Table Idea

5. Draw the Train Track etc. 

After the table is set, draw a few fun things on the table with permanent marker. Below are a few fun prompt ideas:

  • Decorate the tree
  • Make your own placemat
  • Draw in train tracks (and suggest to make the train track longer)
  • Draw a picture on the table
  • Have a competition of the best Santa drawing

Kids Christmas Table Idea - Train track on the table

Kids Christmas Table Idea - Train track on the table

Kids Christmas Table Idea - draw ideas on the table

Kids Christmas Table Idea - Train track on the table

That’s it! The kids can go crazy with their own space and clean up is so easy! 

Kids Christmas Table Idea - Train track on the table / magazine christmas tree

Kids Christmas Table Idea - Train track on the table

Kids Christmas Table Idea - Train track on the table


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