Rudolf Craft For Toddlers { and older kids too }

christmas craft for toddlers I am sure this Rudolf craft is not new to all of you, but I still wanted to do it with my son and figured I’d share it! Any craft that uses hand prints is a great keepsake, every year you can pull it out and see how small those little hands were and how much they’ve grown!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3-4 pieces of construction paper or card stock, some googly eyes, a red pom pom, glue, red and green crayons and glue.
  2. Start by tracing your child’s hands on one piece of paper.
  3. Now trace their foot on another piece. Cut everything out.
  4. While you are cutting hand your child the white piece of paper and have them decorate it , older children can draw a nice scene or do a fun abstract like my son.
  5. Time to glue. Add the foot first if you have a little one, they can glue it , then you can add the hands under it, and your child can press it down.
  6. Add the eyes
  7. Don’t forget the red nose!
  8. I trimmed our paper with pinking sheers and added a red backing so it would stand out against the white door we are displaying it on.

 Christmas Books For Toddlers

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Maisy’s Christmas Day by Lucy Cousins is about as simple as a book about Christmas can get which is why my toddler has asked me to read it to her 300 times.  Maisy’s friends are all with her to celebrate and after opening gifts they sit down for Christmas dinner complete with paper crowns from their Christmas crackers. I like that the focus on sharing the day with people that matter .

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Merry Christmas, Mouse! (If You Give…) by Laura Numeroff is an adorable little Christmas counting book. Most of the praise should really be on Felicia Bond the illustrator because the pictures take the cake on this one. The book follows the mouse as he decorates the Christmas tree, 1 Star… 2 angels… etc… It’s a perfect to read and then count the ornaments on your own tree. After reading it my son and I found 4 bells, and 3 trains on our own tree.

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The Little Christmas Elf (Little Golden Book) by Nikki Shannon Smith is a sweet book not just about Christmas but also about perseverance, attention to detail and hard work. In this story the littlest elf is working hard but just sin’t fast enough to get her teddy bear finished in time to be in Santa’s sack for Christmas. Santa delivers the bad news but encourages the little elf to keep at it and they will use the toy next year. She still doesn’t give up doing her best work even knowing Santa is already off to children’s homes everywhere. Right after she is done Santa comes back, a new baby was born and he needs that teddy bear! I loved the message and my son did too. Very sweet book

 

 

 

Sticker Advent Calendar

 

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Growing up we always had the chocolate advent calendars and I usually ate it all by November 25th! I doubt I will be able to avoid this with my son but at 2 I still have the upper hand. Stickers are big treats in our house, so capitalizing on that and the fact my son has no clue there are calendars with chocolate in them ( yet) I made him this simple but cute countdown to Christmas.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, a scrap piece of paper, some double stick tape or glue, a marker, scissors, some sparkle glue and stickers.
  2. Draw a rough draft of a Christmas tree with the numbers 1-24 on it, I organized it with one on the bottom and the numbers going up the tree numerically. With older kids having the numbers all over the place would add a search and find activity too !
  3. Cut out a tree from your green paper. I folded mine in half to make it symmetrical and even though it worked , it made a yucky line down the middle. So I would do that with a scrap and make a stencil them trace it and cut out . That was the last of my green paper though so I was stuck with it.
  4. Add your numbers , use your guide so you don’t end up with extra or not enough space on your tree! If you have an older child you will want to have a larger tree so there is enough space for them to write the numbers themselves.
  5. I added circles around the numbers to give my son a clear spot for the sticker to go but there is no right or wrong way to do it!
  6. Add sparkles if you so desire,I can’t imagine a tree without some bling!
  7. Glue or tape your tree to the back paper, and add a title if you want.
  8. As the days go by add your stickers- I added them here for you to see what it would look like closer to Christmas.

Parent and Tot Project !

Holiday Card
Holder

Picture cards are adorable, economical but very hard to display , so here is a fun way to make something with your child that you can use as well. I used cupcake liners because I have always had a horrible time making snowflakes from regular paper, cupcake liners are a perfect fix! Do not be put off my the sparkles, they aren’t a necessity, but if you do use them get bigger ones , they vacuum up way easier than the fine stuff!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cupcake liners, I am using 2 sizes in both white and silver foil. Crayons- blue and silver, glue, sparkles , ribbon , clothes pins and a hot glue gun.
  2. Have your child draw on the white cupcake liners. My son said to me when he started “Lippy Lippy” which translates to his liner was slipping, if you have a really little guy tape it down with painters tape to keep it from “Lipping”.
  3. Next fold the liner into a triangle and make small cuts to make a snowflake. Older children can do this , but you will need sharp scissors so a parent should do this step for preschoolers .
  4. Next grab the glue, my son was very pleased to have full control of the glue .
  5. Sparkles! I like to use a paper plate to sorta keep him contained. It worked reasonably well too.
  6. For the foil liners we skipped drawing on them and just turned them into snowflakes added glue and of course added sparkles.
  7. Let your snowflakes dry. For reference my son colored all the white liners and added the sparkles to 5 or 6. Don’t expect toddlers to do this whole craft, if they do it’s a bonus but it’s too long for most.
  8. If you don’t need a card holder you can stop here and just have fun snowflakes to decorate your house! While the snowflakes dry add the clothes pins to the ribbon by hot gluing it to the underside. Alternate the direction the opening is in.
  9. Next add the snowflakes to the ribbon , I used hot glue .

10.Hang up and wait for all your cards in the mail !

Books!

“The Biggest Snowman Ever” by Steven Kroll is a cute winter book that holds a fantastic message inside. The book tells the story of a snowman making contest in Mouseville, two little mice work so hard by themselves but it’s just not enough until they join forces. Competition is not a bad thing but sometimes cooperation is even better, I really like this book.

“Snow Party” by Harriet Ziefert is a magical book that celebrates the biggest holiday for snow people, the winter solstice. I wish I had had access to this book when I was teaching because it’s a perfect way to read a story about celebrations without focusing on one tradition, or leaving out another. The illustrations are beautiful and the idea of snow people eating and dancing in the middle of the night is delicious!




Grab Some Egg Nog!

Holiday Reads
to
Cuddle Up With

I want you all to have plenty of time to check these books out of your local library, so even though it’s not yet December this is just the tip of the holiday book iceberg.

” If You Take A Mouse To The Movies” by Laura Numeroff is a favorite in our house. I love it because like how your house transforms around the holidays the ever popular “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” transforms too, every page is “decorated” with something from Christmas trees, red and green popcorn buckets, and snowmen. If you aren’t familiar with this series of books the text is cause and effect with each page taking the mouse and a little boy from different holiday situations like listening to Christmas carols, making ornaments and of course going to the movies on a winter day.

” Hurry, Santa!” by Julia Sykes is an okay book. I wanted to like it more than I did. The pictures are cute, the idea of Santa being late for Christmas morning has a lot of potential and the author tried but it just never gelled for me. I would still check it out from the library and test it out with your child, but I won’t be adding this to my must buy list.


“McDuff’s New Friend” by Rosemary Wells was a classroom classic in my last year teaching. I think I read it every day for 3 weeks straight and then a few weeks after Christmas too! In it McDuff the little Westie dog saves the day finding Santa stuck in the snow! I love Susan Jeffer’s retro illustrations and the little details like the dad feeding the baby, the doggy sweaters the McDuff wears in the snow, and how Santa gave them all gifts they needed in the story .