Festive & Fun Kid-Friendly Crafts

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Overview

Even Santa had a fleet of little helpers. Let your kids, nieces, nephews and neighbors be part of the holiday prep this year. With these ideas from eHow Food, put your excited little ones to work and get some help in the kitchen to create a truly heartwarming holiday.

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Baking Christmas cookies
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Let Them Add Their Own Frosted Flair

Let the little ones express their inner artist by having them decorate their own sugar cookies. Fun for them and stress-free for you (you can cross "decorate holiday cookies" off your to do list), this is the perfect compromise for the young baker and hassled host. - in association with Rachael Ray

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Dip and Decorate Pretzels

Have the kids help make this sweet and salty snack. With a bag of pretzels, some melted chocolate and any other candies you have on hand, you are just a few dunks away from festive pretzels. - in association with Rachael Ray

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Homemade Chocolate Truffles

Get everyone into aprons and make sure your counter tops are cleared -- these truffles look beautiful when they are finished but the making gets messy. Kids will love the opportunity to stick their hands into chocolate (under parental supervision), just be on the lookout for any furtive finger-licking. - in association with Rachael Ray

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Pumpkin Painting

Washable paint and non-permanent markers can be used instead of spray paint to make Evette Rios's pumpkin decorating ideas more kid (and furniture) friendly. Arts and crafts for them, heartwarming decorations for you, this is a win-win all around. - in association with Rachael Ray

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Personalize Your Mashed Potatoes

Let your kitchen helpers feel extra special by setting them up with their very own "potato mashing station." Let them mash away happily while you finish roasting or seasoning the other sides and with any luck, they will channel their excess sugar-rush energy into the perfect side dish. - in association with Rachael Ray

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Easy "Elephant Ear" Palmiers

All you have to do is buy the premade dough, help the kids fold the "elephant ears" and man the oven until they brown. Ten minutes later, watch the look of wide-eyed wonder as you pull Heather's pretty French pastries out of the oven and show your beginning bakers what they just created. - in association with Rachael Ray

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