Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
We hope you have a blessed day!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Stained Glass Candle Holders

M saw me making some Christmas presents and told me she wanted to make a present for her godmother. We went through several ideas and she finally settled on making a "stained glass" candle holder. She simply glued tissue paper to the outside of a recycled glass jar. It looks great when the tea candle inside is lit, and she feels great to have made a gift all by herself.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Faux Gingerbread Houses

I had purchased one of those pre-made kits to make gingerbread houses with the other day. Unfortunately, when we opened it at home the house was completely crumbled. The kids wanted to make houses then, not wait for me to make gingerbread, so we made faux-gingerbread houses using graham crackers instead.

They were just as much fun to decorate as the real thing, and still edible!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Visit to Santa

We have a tradition where each child gets their photo taken with Santa for their first Christmas. This weekend it was Baby B's turn.

He didn't cry, but he didn't want to sit down, either.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Crafty Countdown Continued

We have continued with our plans to do one craft each day leading up to Christmas. Some of our recent projects include paper bag reindeer:

sock snowmen:

handprint wreaths (this idea is courtesy of No Time for Flashcards):

and papercup penguins.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Reindeer Cupcakes

I saw this idea in Family Fun magazine and of course had to duplicate it.

I served these at J's Destination Imagination meeting and they were a hit!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Tree Patterns

I found this activity on KidsSoup, and M is loving it.

There are cards which have pictures of a Christmas tree decorated in different ways. I laminated a blank tree and then the various ornaments and cut them out. M then makes a tree to match the card.
One of the nice things about this is that there are a lot of cards so it doesn't get boring. You could make your own version using clip art very easily.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Crafty Countdown Days 2-4

I am behind in posting, but we have been keeping up with our plan to do one craft each day to count down to Christmas. Here is a quick recap of what we have done the last few days.

M made the oraments for our Jesse Tree (we use the tree itself as the symbol for day one). We made bread dough ornaments, and then I printed the symbols onto paper. They were colored and then M glued them onto the oraments. She coated them on both sides with white glue thinned with water to keep the bread dough from getting soft. They won't last past this holiday season, but she is really enjoying putting on the ornaments she made.

She and J helped make Sugared Cranberries one day. These are so tasty!

M wanted to "glue a tree", so she glued cereal onto a construction paper tree.

This week we will be doing a lot of angel and gingerbread crafts.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Crafty Countdown: Frosty the Snowman

Last year The Crafty Crow did a countdown to Christmas with 25 days of books and crafts. I thought this was a fun idea, and the crafts were beautiful, but many of them were too advanced for Miss M. This year I created my own list of book and crafts and we will be doing one each day until Christmas.

Today we read an old favorite, Frosty the Snowman, and painted plaster snowman ornaments I picked up at JoAnn's. J was home sick, so he participated with us.