Naptime Creation

Bedroom Door
Wreath

When I was a little girl I felt so grown up when I got to decorate my bedroom door for Christmas. This wreath uses craft basics and a dollar store garland to make a wreath the perfect size for a bedroom door!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, cheap dollar store garland, pom poms, a small bit of ribbon and a hot glue gun.
  2. Cut the middle out of your paper plate.
  3. Start by putting half the garland through the hole. Then start wrapping on end of the garland in and around your paper plate. Don’t glue anything yet.When you get to the end ( all the plate is covered cut.
  4. Add hot glue to your plate and glue down both ends.
  5. Add some pom poms and ribbon with the hot glue.
  6. Time to put this adorable, fast and cheap wreath up for all to see!

Environmentally Friendly Christmas Lights !

christmas craft for kids I love how this turned out, but don’t be fooled this isn’t really a toddler craft. Even though my son had fun , I did most the work for this one. Older children could do this with little to no instruction but toddlers will need one on one help for the painting to look like lights, they can also just have fun with the sponges , or both!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a kitchen sponge, washable markers, scissors, some plain white paper, some bright thin paint, tape and black construction paper.
  2. Start by drawing a light bulb shape on the sponge. Cut out, then wash the marker off.
  3. We used the paint rollers for our paint, but you could use any paint or even an ink pad. Essentially you are stamping the sponge.
  4. Stamp! If like me you have been house bound due to weather and are a little crazy and want to try this with a toddler here are my tips… Ask your child where they want the sponge, then place it there, then have them slap the sponge and FREEZE. My son loved this , he loved freezing and it helped get nice prints for the effect. We managed to have fun with these tricks, he also directed which color to use. After he rolled the roller on his head I took over those duties too.
  5. Do another color…and repeat. I blotted my sponge between uses but I didn’t bother washing it.
  6. Let the bulbs dry. Here is where I gave my son the sponge and roller and let him be free! While I finished up .
  7. Add squiggly circles at the neck of each bulb.
  8. Connect the bulbs with a marker “wire”
  9. Trim and tape to a black piece of paper. I am using tape because plain white paper is thin and glue could ruin the prints.

** Also as a mom who has been saying “Please don’t touch the lights, that’s your warning!” for days now, I was so happy tonight when my son went to touch the lights on the tree I said ” You can go get the lights we made and touch those!” and it worked , we’ll see if it does tomorrow! **

Scrap Wrapping Paper Stocking – Easy Christmas Craft For Toddlers

easy christmas craft for toddlers

I hate wasting anything and those little bits of wrapping paper start adding up if you don’t throw them away. So I decided to use them up with this fun and easy Christmas craft for toddlers. My son loves seeing his name up on his stocking and keeps asking if we can “marker” his real one…um no!

  • Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard, I am using a gift box that is ripped and can’t be used this Christmas, you’ll need scissors, glue,markers, one piece of construction paper, and some wrapping paper scraps.easy christmas craft for toddlers
  • Draw a stocking shape on the opposite side of your cardboard and cut out.stocking craft for children
  • Have your child draw on the stocking to start with. As you can see my son also drew on himself. Washable markers are a must. stocking craft for toddlers christmas
  • While they color, cut the wrapping paper into smaller pieces, I am using pinking sheers to make it look fancy!wrapping paper stocking craft
  • Time to add glue! I let my son add and spread the glue himself today, lots went in the mouth but overall he did well. stocking craft for toddlers
  • Now add the wrapping paper.stocking craft for little kids
  • While your child is adding the paper , cut out a rectangle of construction paper and write their name on it. If they can write even if it’s not perfect, or very legible they should try!
  • Add glue at the top of the stocking for their name.stocking glue
  • Glue the name on and let dry!scrap paper stocking



Books!

“What Is Christmas?” by Michelle Medlock Adams is a great book for little children about Christmas. It touches on all the fun and cultural aspects of Christmas in a positive way but reminds the readers that really it’s about Jesus’ birth. I like the book because it doesn’t make the rest of the traditions out to be wrong or bad but explains that the holiday’s origin in a simple matter of fact way.


“Merry Christmas, Mouse! “ 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.

 

Spice Jar Snowman Blocks

I wasn’t going to post this for a few days but when my son wouldn’t stop playing with them , I couldn’t wait to share. The idea came from my son and his constant stacking of cans, spices and boxes of mac and cheese. It it super easy and although we kept our decoration to a minimum you can glue whatever you want to embellish your snowman!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 or more small plastic spice jars, some construction paper, googly eyes, glue , scissors and cotton balls.
  2. Soak your empty spice jars in hot water, remove all the glue and labels, let dry.
  3. Fill your spice jars with cotton balls, count as you go! Put on the lids tightly.
  4. While your child does that cut out some black circles for buttons, an orange triangle for a carrot and black semi circle for a mouth. You can also do arms, a broom or more, I kept it simple for my 2 year old.
  5. Add glue and the buttons to one “block”
  6. Add the googly eyes, carrot and mouth on another.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Build your snowman! My son has been enjoying putting the head on the bottom and laughing hysterically!

Easy Unbreakable Ornament Craft For Kids

ornament crafts for kids My son eats glue, he likes paint too but glue is his snack of choice during art time. This craft is perfect because it used sticky back foam that requires no glue, but you can easily use regular foam or paper if you don’t have a glue hungry toddler. This unbreakable ornament is perfect for trees that are going to be admired by kids or cats. It’s an easy Christmas ornament craft for kids of all ages.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2-3 colors of sticky back sparkle foam sheets, a yogurt or other plastic lid, some ribbon, a marker and scissors.
  2. Trace the outside of the lid on the back of one of your foam sheets. Cut out.
  3. Peel the backing off and press onto your lid, I lined it all up for my son and he pressed it down.
  4. While your child marvels at the sparkles, cut out some shapes from the other foam sheets. I made a few diamonds, rectangles, triangles and squares. Make any shapes you like!
  5. Add them to your circle. I kept them out of reach, and had my son ask for each by it’s name, we haven’t done much with shapes lately so I wanted this to be a mommy lead lesson. If it’s just fun time, I would ask him casually as he was adding them what each was without being so blatant.
  6. Keep adding them until your ornament is full!
  7. Poke a hole in the top of the ornament
  8. Thread a ribbon that is folded in half through the hole, tie a knot.
  9. Hang up and marvel at this super easy but super cute ornament!