Christmas is a great time to get busy in the kitchen with your little ones. So here's some ideas for easy Christmas baking ideas for children

It's nearly Christmas! With term ending and schools and pre-schools breaking up for the festive fortnight, you might be eagerly searching for some extra activity ideas to keep everyone occupied (and away from the tree). Christmas baking is a brilliant activity you can all get involved in and hopefully produce some tasty treats everyone will love, too.

Christmas baking is a brilliant activity you can all get involved in. It keeps everyone busy for ages, it's creative and messy and you can hopefully make some tasty treats everyone will love, too - that might also be handy as last-minute personalised Christmas presents.

Remember, if you want to make sure anything you get up to in the kitchen doesn't boil over, read our tips on stress-free baking with toddlers.

Here's some easy Christmas baking ideas for children (and grown-ups!)

If you want something sweet but simple, try Amy Treasure's candy cane hearts with white chocolate centres (warning, the canes will get hot to you might need to step in at this point).

A childhood classic, these stained glass biscuits for your Christmas tree from Actually Mummy are sure to evoke a lot of memories. We're not sure how long they will stay on the tree, though...

If your children are very little they probably won't have the patience for complicated recipes and it's likely you'll end up with a kitchen covered in flour. So why not take some shortcuts, skip the baking stage and go straight to the decorating? Buy a packet of Rich Tea biscuits and use them as your base. We like this idea to decoratesnowman biscuits.

For a really healthy alternative to sugar-laden cakes and biscuits that you can do in minutes, try these candy canes - but with a fruity twist.

Or for another easy option you can all do, we like Eats Amazing'ssnowflake tortilla chips - yum! Eats Amazing has a treasure trove of Christmas recipes for you to choose from, like her coconut ice, strawberry Santa hats and snowman smoothies.

Happy baking! Let us know how you get on - and send anything tasty our way

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