Light A Candle

A few months back I posted a link to

Jenny’s Light

It is an organization that is devoted to helping families struggling with Post Partum Depression. Exactly a year ago Jenny Gibbs Bankston and her infant son Graham tragically died . Now through this foundation her family and friends are making sure that their lives however short were not in vain. On this tragic anniversary I hope that this post reaches someone who needs it and makes a difference.

To see the memorial video
click here

Candy Cane Craft For Toddlers

candy cane craft I am always trying to sneak in different textures and use different tools during art time , this craft does both. Using things you have around the house you can make a delightful little candy cane !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard ( like an old cereal box), some red paint, a marker, glue , cotton balls and something to paint with. We are using a dish scrubber because it’s been a while since we’ve painted with it but anything will do, finger painting is a great option too!
  2. Start by drawing a candy cane on the cardboard.
  3. Paint it red and let it dry.
  4. Add some stripes of glue.
  5. Pop on some cotton balls and Let dry.
  6. When it’s all dry cut it out and you have a sweet , soft and fluffy treat!

 

Books!

” Not Until Christmas Walter!”by Eileen Christelow is a cute book that captures the relationship between a girl and her four legged best friend! Walter the dog is eager to get at his present before the big day, when he opens it before Christmas he ends up in the doghouse! It takes a few events to earn his position as a best friend back but he finds a way! The book is broken into 3 chapters and would be a great book for children in the gap between picture books and chapter books.

” Merry Christmas Ollie” by Olivier Dunrea captures the feelings of children leading up to the holidays…wait…wait…wait… I remember those feelings well. Patience is a hard thing to learn for big people, but it’s almost impossible to be patient when you are waiting for something as magical as Christmas when you are little. This book is a great vehicle for talking about being patient, and the little geese will enchant you!

” Mooseltoe” by Margie Palantini is a funny holiday story with the characters from Moosestash , this time Moose is set on making Christmas perfectly perfect, only ooops he forgot the tree! Luckily he offers up himself and doesn’t do too bad a job as a Christmas tree! This book was to long for my toddler but older preschoolers and even school age kids will love the humor and fun illustrations.

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! **

Brr It’s Chilly !!


Iceberg
Painting

We’ve been doing a lot of crafts and young children need to have free art time to create, as well a variety of sensory experiences to discover new things, so this was the perfect answer! Also the ice cubes don’t melt very fast so we were able to pack them up to use for another day!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an ice cube tray, some paint, water, a few paper towels, paper and a pan.
  2. Start the night before and put some paint in the ice cube tray. Add water and freeze.
  3. In the morning or after , pop the ice cubes out and let soften for about 5 minutes.
  4. Line your pan with a layer of paper towel add a piece of paper .
  5. Start painting ! While painting ask about how it feels, see if they will hold the cubes long enough to make a few drips of water etc… there is no wrong way to do this.