Best of 2009

Let the Countdown Begin!

Over the next week I will be counting down the top 7 posts of 2009, I determined the order base on your suggestions on Twitter, Facebook and via email as well as which posts got reposted the most on other blogs, and the most hits. Here is # 7 !

Bandage Lightning Bugs

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 yellow bandages for each bug and one of another color, we chose orange but any color with enough contrast will work. You will also need 2 googly eyes for each bug, a yellow and a white crayon and glue.
  2. Start by drawing your night scene, a moon, some stars!
  3. Open your bandages.
  4. Stick the bandages you are using as bodies on first.
  5. Next criss cross the yellow bandages over the body to make wings.
  6. Using the yellow crayon make antennae
  7. Add the glue for the eyes and add them.
  8. Let dry

Merry Christmas !

He won’t sit for a picture by the tree but our little performer will happily sing to you. Thank you to everyone who visits my little blog, and that we get a chance to share with all year round.  May this coming year be your best yet!

Happy Holidays!

Grandad and Gingerbread !

gingerbread house

On Friday I went into the city while my parents soaked up some time with their only grandchild. After reiterating that the candy was to decorate not eat I left for the ferry and have only been told about what happened next. Time with grandparents is so precious and having a special activity makes it even better! My son was so excited to show my husband and I his “Cool gingerbread house” and since making it with my parents he has pointed to every gingerbread house he’s seen and said ” I made one of those with Grandma and Grandad! ” pretty cool!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a gingerbread house kit , icing and candies. Our house came with everything you see here but when this activity is repeated next year more candies will be bought. Also make sure you have a permissive grandparent and eager grandchild.
  2. Start by icing the house. gingerbread house 013
  3. Add the candies.
  4. Add some more for bushes.gingerbread house 023
  5. Don’t forget the door nob! gingerbread house
  6. Add some icing icicles.gingerbread house
  7. Eat some icing with help from Grandad! I love this picture even though I am sure I would have said “Dad don’t ?!” had I been there, so it’s good I wasn’t.gingerbread house
  8. Beam with pride when it’s all done!gingerbread house

Salad Spinner Painting – Christmas Ornament Craft

chirstmas ornament crafts

I love doing spin art and my $5 salad spinner is perfect for it. To give it a Holiday twist we drew holiday shapes on our paper first then did the spinning. My son begged to turn these into ornaments but they would be just perfect as is. Smaller bits of paint would make a a cool effect but when a 3 year old is the artist you go with the flow.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a salad spinner, some paint( thin it a little if you want), glitter glue if you wish, a marker and card stock or my favorite recplacement for cardstock plain paper plates. They are already round so it’s easy to trim for the spinner. Salad Spinner Art
  2. Start by drawing some holiday shapes, whatever you wish!Salad Spinner Art
  3. Trim the paper and place in your spinner.Salad Spinner Art
  4. Add paint.Salad Spinner Art
  5. Pop on the top and spin!Salad Spinner Art
  6. Keep going until all the shapes have had a turn.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Cut outSalad Spinner Art
  9. Punch a hole in the top and add ribbon if you are making it into an ornament.Salad Spinner Art

Pretend Play- Holiday Charity

This is not the first year that we did this, last year a much more rudimentary  yogurt container and jingle bells were used to solicit money from my husband and I .   I was so pleased when he was just as into it now at 3 and I was able to work in more learning about coins, and why we give money to the Salvation Army. Today when we were out he almost burst with excitement to tell the bell ringer all about the one we made at home!  Have fun.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a large clean plastic tub, some red paper , double stick tape, scissors and some ribbon. For the pretend play you will also need some coins and a bell ( we use a Christmas tree ornament). Holiday Pretend Play
  2. Start by wrapping the paper around your tub. Use the double stick tape to secure it.Holiday Pretend Play
  3. Cut out a circle of paper for the top, cut a slit in paper and lid, then tape it on.Holiday Pretend Play
  4. Poke holes in the sides of the tub ( not the lid).Holiday Pretend Play
  5. Thread the ribbon through and tie at the top.Holiday Pretend Play
  6. Grab some coins, a bell and play!  Holiday Pretend Play
  7. Games you can play: simply follow your child’s lead, ask them to match coins up then deposit them so they have to find 2 pennies then pop them in, make a certain amount of money say 55 cents then pop it in… the sky is the limit. Don’t forget to talk as you play all about why we give money to charities.