Now that my family has arrived for the holidays we have been watching Christmas movies, football, running out for errands and generally off our regular schedule. Sticking to a familiar routine helps my kids and stealing my daughter away from my mom for a few minutes to have some quiet time with me was just what we all needed. I got her up to the playroom with no plan at all. I looked at what we had and the time we had to do it in and this idea popped into my head. This is a simple Christmas tree craft but never seems to lose it’s magic even with older kids. Using the glitter glue was a perfect amount of shimmer without any mess.
The kids wanted to make ornaments for the tree but now that they are older and doing less art with me I didn’t want our time together to be spent with a mom directed activity. I wanted to let the creative juices flow and spend time chatting while we did. When I think about making Christmas crafts, the thing I love the most is the casual chats and camaraderie that I feel while creating next to my kids. This is what being together looks like. These ornaments won’t wow you and I don’t have any big step by step tutorial for you to follow but hopefully it inspires you to grab what you have on hand and create and connect with your kids.
Gather your materials. In this case that means grab what you have. Ribbons, garland, jar lids, glue, paint, glitter, jingle bells, glue, buttons, really anything sparkly. There is no wrong way to do this. You will want some divided plates to make a fun presentation. I also used paper plates to contain the mess. Each child had three so if an ornament needed to dry I just lifted the plate up and they were ready to make another.
My son created with garland and my daughter attacked the glitter while I painted some candy canes. We talked about Christmas when I was a kid ( you know in the dark ages), and we speculated about what the elves might be doing right now up in the North Pole.
Now our tree has more ornaments with great memories attached.
Don’t worry I am not trying to dive into 2014! I want to share some of our favorite New Years crafts so when the rush of Christmas is over but the kids aren’t back to their regular routines yet you still have something fun to make with all the left over glitter from Christmas crafts! I love New Years because it’s a great time to talk to children about change. Change as you likely know is hard for kids who crave the security of routines and predictability so finding a time when they aren’t going through a major change to bring it up is always good. New Years does that for us. We look back, notice changes then make goals and predictions for the year ahead. Here are some great crafts that can spark that discussion for your family as well as a bunch of firework crafts because when I mentioned New Years both my kids mentioned fireworks.
New Years Memory Game
Confetti Pop Fireworks
Every Year I Get Bigger – Photo Book.
New Years Wishing Tree
Shaving Cream Fireworks
Playroom Art Retrospective
New Years Eve Scavenger Hunt
Cupcake Liner Fireworks
I didn’t plan this easy Christmas tree craft at all. I grabbed these little wooden Christmas trees off an end cap at Walmart to appease my daughter. I was zooming around the busy store looking for a specific gift that was not where one would think it would be and she was threatening mutiny from the cart. “What’s that you want a tree? Two? Don’t unclip yourself and we have a deal!” She sang to them while I finally found the obscure item and made a beeline to the check out just in time to get us home for the school bus. After we got home I looked at what we had on hand and this craft took shape.
Gather your materials. You will need little wooden trees, paint ( we used acrylic glitter and metallic paint ) , painter’s tape, some brushes ( we ended up using sponge brushes and q-tips but I had already taken my supply picture. We also used a paper punch to punch out the tape stars.
Let dry. Now hours later I am staring up at these next to their elf houses from last year and loving our growing collection. So thankful my daughter spotted them and I didn’t have the patience to do anything other than grab them to keep the peace.
Winter may not technically be here for a few more days but last week sure felt like winter ! I thought I would take a break from all the Christmas posts and share some of our favorite winter crafts and activities for kids. Some of these are really old and it’s fun to look back at how little my kids were but it’s also great for all of you looking for activities for kids of all ages. I hope you can find some fun.