12.19.11

I thought I would feature a few posts I’ve done in the past and a few I’ve found out in internet world of holiday craft and projects you can do with the kids.  Some these projects your kids can do on their own while you finish those last minute holiday chores.  A big plus in my book as I try to finish up my own last minute Christmas chores.  Too much to do and too little time!

Now let the fun begin!

Holiday Kid Craft Ideas

Christmas Puppets

Gingerbread Houses

Winter Wonderland Snowglobe Ornament

Candy Cane Reindeers

Waterless Snowglobes – Tidy Mom

Have fun and Happy Holidays!!

 The girls and I have been busy making these super fun reindeer candy canes for their friends at school.  They are really easy to make and a whole lot of fun for the little ones to help…and even more fun for them to hand out to their friends. 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Candy Canes

Brown yarn (try to pick a thicker yarn)

Wiggle Eyes

Small Pom Pom’s – red or black

Ribbon or Twine

Fabric Glue

 Here is how you make these little guys:

Step 1: Take two candy canes and place them so the arc of the candy cane looks like the reindeer antlers.  Tape the candy canes together so they stay in place.

Step 2: Take the yarn and start wrapping it around the candy canes.  In order to make them look more like a reindeer face, wrap the center of the candy cane with more yarn to make it thicker.  See pictures.  Once the candy cane is all wrapped up, place a drop of glue on the back side to stick the end piece of the yarn.

Step 3: Next glue the wiggle eyes onto the top part of the yarn to make the reindeer eyes.

Step 4: Place a red of black pom pom onto the face of the reindeer to make his (or her) nose. 

Step 5: Take the ribbon or twine of choice wrap around the “neck” of the reindeer and tie into a bow.  You could also tie a bell onto the front but I couldn’t find them anywhere at my craft store.

And there you have it, I fun little gift to hand out to your child’s friends at school. Or to use on a dessert table for Christmas.  Have fun!

In my house lately it’s been all about this one question, “Mommy, what starts with A…or B…or C”…and the list goes on.  I have two busy preschoolers that are learning their alphabet at school and every week they learn a new letter.  Another thing that is on the top of their list is coloring.  I came across these fabulous coloring animal alphabet pages from education.com and had to share.  If you are looking to help your little ones learn their alphabet (and animals that start with that letter) these are for you.  These would be fun to frame after the little ones are done and place on their walls.  That way you could practice every day and have a little artwork from your little ones on the walls.

Hop over and see the complete letter animal alphabet and print your own set for free.  Have fun and happy coloring! 

Halloween is almost here and I don’t know about your house but I have 2 little girls who are very excited about Halloween this year.  We’ve already been doing several Halloween crafts and decorating the house.  They can’t get enough of Halloween this year!  You can see the Indoor Halloween Wreath I made for their door on the mom side of the blog.  I have been on the hunt for other Halloween crafts to do with the little ones and thought I would share some of my finds.  I can wait to do some of these Halloween crafts with my munchkins.

Pictured Above: Bat-O-Lanterns, Hanging Bats, Frankenstein, and Spider Pumpkins

Pictured Above: Playful Bats, Candy Corn Garland, Play Dough Monsters, and Spooky Shadow Makers

Have fun and happy Halloween crafting!

Around my house play dough is my go-to activity on a rainy day.  The girls can play with this stuff for hours.  Most of the time they end up pretending to make me a “salad” and my husband “pizza”.  Or in some cases they will decide ice cream is there choice.  The play dough we have is now a dry mess and yes I know you can add water and it comes back to life but I thought it would be fun for us to get in the kitchen on another rainy afternoon over the past weekend and make play dough.  I actually asked the girls if this is something they would want to do, they were so excited!  Actually so excited that as soon as they woke up from their nap they were pulling their chairs up to the island of the kitchen so we can start making playdough.  I decided I would do a gluten-free play dough.  If you follow my food page, then you know gluten-free is a choice in my house as of late.  However, if you aren’t a gluten-free house you can easily use regular all-purpose flour in place of the rice flour.  I’m sure if will work just the same.  The play dough is quick and easy to make and with little helpers it makes making this stuff a whole lot of fun!

Homemade Gluten-Free Play Dough

1 cup rice flour (I used brown rice because that’s what I had)

1 cup cornstarch

1 cup salt

2 cups water (warm)

2 teaspoons oil

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together in saucepan, cook on low heat, stirring occasionally for at least 5 minutes or until it forms a ball.  Don’t be worried if it is really watery, just keep stirring until it starts to form a “dough ball”

Color Options:

Food Coloring

Food Gel (such as Wilton’s)

Suger-Free Kool Aid (this adds a nice smell to the dough too)

When the dough has cooled off slightly divide into small balls and work in the coloring of choice with hands.  I used a combo of Kool Aid and Food Gel.  You can find food gel at your local craft store in the cake aisle.  I had a lot and the girls wanted pink so the gels worked better.  If you are using the gel, it doesn’t take much to achieve the color.  If using Kool Aid the colors will be subtle, but your play dough will smell yummy!

If you opt for food coloring or the gel and still want your dough to smell nice you can use scented oils, like lavendar or other calming type oils.  That way the kids stay super relaxed when playing with their play dough, wink. 

Once you have made your play dough colors, wrap them up in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.  I happen to find these little containers around the house.  They used to hold paint, which had actually dried out so it was great to re-use for the play dough.

 

Have fun!!  And I hope your little ones enjoy making (and playing) with their own play dough as much as mine did.

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