8 Local DIY Holiday Activity Kits

It will be a holly jolly Christmas so long as keiki stay entertained.

Photo: Courtesy Ice Cubed Hawai’i

Make a Snowman Kit-Updated 

Most of the highly-anticipated snow play days are canceled this year, but this kit gives our Hawai‘i keiki a chance to build their own Frosty with ‘real’ snow and then enjoy a shave ice with the leftovers. The box includes 5-6 pounds of food grade ‘snow,’ snowman decorations complete with palaka scarf and straw hat, shave ice cup and syrups. Dec. 16 update: Pre-orders have opened for pickups in town on Dec. 19 and Hale’iwa on Dec. 20

  • $30 ($10 from each kit benefits Make-A-Wish Hawai‘i)
  • Pre-order by Friday, Dec. 18 (or until sold-out) for pickup at Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 or Matsumoto Shave Ice in Hale’iwa, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20.
  • (808) 230-0069
  • icecubedhawaii.com, @icecubedhawaii

Photo: Courtesy of A Cake Life

Gingerbread House Kit

If you want to up your gingerbread house game this year, check out A Cake Life’s scratch-made gingerbread packed with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. The building supplies include six house structure pieces, a 3D cookie Christmas tree, pre-filled icing piping bags, decorations and sprinkles. If you’re a fan of the bakery’s cookie decorating kit, those are available, too.

See also: 33 Christmas Gifts Ideas for Toddlers From Hawai’i Makers and Shops

Photo: Courtesy @busykeiki

Paint Your Own Christmas Tree Kit

Keep your little ones from messing with your Christmas tree by getting them their very own which they can decorate and touch all they want. Each kit comes with an unfinished wood tree, stand, ornament shapes and tree topper. You will need to source your own acrylic paint, paint brushes and wood glue to complete the project.

Photo: Courtesy @messymommy.co

Tristan and Torrey with their Ben Franklin crafts.

Holiday Craft Countdown

Keep your keiki busy with a craft a day until Christmas. Check out Ben Franklin Crafts’ advent calendar for 25 holiday-themed projects such as a gnome ornament or string art tree. Instructional sheets listing all the supplies needed can be printed at home or picked-up in store. For those who are less crafty, follow along with the helpful YouTube videos (offered for some projects).

  • Cost varies per project
  • Ben Franklin Crafts has four locations: Enchanted Lake, Mapunapuna, Pearl City and Market City
  • benfranklinhawaii.com

See also: Family Holiday Events in Hawaiʻi-2020

Photo: Courtesy of @busykeiki

Christmas Playdough Kits

Sensory play is all the rage right now, so get your hands on some homemade playdough for your littlest elves. Busy Keiki’s kits include red and green colored playdough and various trinkets like cookie cutters, jingle bells and pipe cleaners to sculpt a snowman or Christmas tree.

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai’i Children’s Discovery Center

Christmas Craft Kits                                                         

The make-and-take kits from the Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center are simple, fun and inexpensive. This month choose from a pinecone Christmas tree project or sparkle star ornament kit. Instructions and supplies are included, but you will need to provide glue and a paintbrush.

  • $5 per kit
  • Order online for curbside pickup available during operating hours: Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center, 111 ‘Ohe St.
  • (808) 524-5437
  • discoverycenterhawaii.org

Photo: Courtesy Keiki and the Pineapple

Ornament Craft Kit

This is not your average ornament craft kit – it spins! The whirling action allows keiki to hold their marker still to draw swirl lines creating a custom design. And parents will rejoice because this mess-free kit doesn’t require any glue or glitter. Make sure you have four AA batteries (not included) to power the device.

  • $15 includes three ornaments with hooks and eight markers
  • Keiki & the Pineapple, 909 Kapi’olani Blvd., Ste. B
  • (808) 369-7025
  • keikiandthepineapple.com

Photo: Courtesy of A Cake Life

Christmas Cookie Decorating Kit

No flour required! Get your kids busy in the kitchen with these interactive sweets kits. The cookie decorating kits include pre-baked sugar or gingerbread cookies in gingerbread man, stocking, star and Christmas tree shapes, icing prepped in piping bags and festive sprinkles.

  • $35 for 12 gingerbread and sugar cookies, $13 for three gingerbread man cookies, $10 for three sugar cookies
  • To order, email info@acakelife.com, call or send a direct message to @acakelife on Instagram
  • A Cake Life, 2320 South King St., Honolulu
  • (808) 542-0131
  • acakelife.com