That’s French For Christmas !

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I have been trying to work in some letter learning into our holiday crafts, this was today’s effort. This will work for any celebration , you can spell out Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Happy New Year… the sky is the limit. I chose to do Noel because 1. I want my son to understand that his mommy’s country speaks 2 languages and because 4 letters was the perfect amount for a 2 year old! In a class allowing each child to do one letter is a great option.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard, paint , a plain kitchen sponge, thin ribbon, scissors, a marker and a few jiggle bells.
  2. Write out the letters on the cardboard. Don’t cut them all the way out, this way your child especially if they are young will be more likely to paint to the edges of the letter. Ho Ho Ho is another great option for Santa fans!
  3. Time to paint. Sponge painting is a great way to encourage lots of paint , within a toddler or preschooler’s attention span. We added yellow sparkle paint to our green for some flair
  4. Alternate between the red and green paint.
  5. Let all the letters dry.
  6. When dry cut them out, older kids can do this, but cardboard is tricky for little hands.
  7. Poke tiny holes in the top of the letters and thread your ribbon through.
  8. After adding your first letter add a jingle bell and tie a knot, continue with the rest of the letters and jingle bells.
  9. Hang it up!
Books !

” Madeline’s Christmas” was published after Ludwig Bemelmans passed away, it had been published as a book insert in McCall’s magazine in 1956 and as a book in 1985. The story itself is a curious Christmas tale about a rug seller who brings a little magic to Madeline and her friends. My toddler say for the whole thing and laughed at many of the rhymes, which if you have read others in the Madeline series you will know are awesome. If you are working on rhyming words check this and the rest of the series out!


“Babar and Father Christmas” by Jean De Brunhoff was one of my very favorite Christmas stories as a child. As an adult i have had some great belly laughs at some of it’s writing which I still think is awesome. Babar goes looking for Father Christmas because he wants to ask him to visit Elephant country. He searches all over Paris and finally ends up in the north pole and finds after much effort Father Christmas. I love the details in this book, as a child I would lay looking at the pictures of Santa’s workshop and imagine what visiting it would be like. As an adult I appreciate the smallest details like how Father Christmas’s flying machine ( not a sled) has P.N #1 on it , meaning of course Pere Noel #1.

Comments

  1. Katie says

    You have such great ideas that are simple enough to do with my toddler but cute enough that people who see her artwork are impressed. Thanks for giving me so many good ideas!

  2. Allie says

    You are welcome Katie, thanks for coming by.

    My son was so excited to show his dad the banner and kept pointing out the letters all evening, I love it when things go just as I planned!

  3. Debbie says

    Another great project.

    I have to chuckle at your little guy. He seems to enjoy sampling his art medium as much as using it. Very cute.

  4. (fairy) Godmother says

    Madeline is the BEST! We also have the DVD andI highly recommend it. Nothing cuter than a 3 yo little boy walking around singing “I’m Madeline! I’m Madeline!” LOL

    We made a craft and I TOTALLY thought of you the other day… it has to do with Christmas dinner place cards and what to do with leftover paint… it’s on the new blog (EntertainingMom@wordpress.com)

  5. Renée aka Mekhismom says

    That is a great idea for a holiday project. I might actually make a banner with my 18month old son.

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