Gift Tag Ornaments – Christmas Crafts For Kids

gift tage ornament for kidsHere is another craft to add to our Christmas crafts for kids list. Before my son came along I used to make all my own gift tags with nice card stock, ribbon etc… this year 90% of my tags have Lighting McQueen or Cinderella on them and I did not make them. However I thought I would make a few picture frame ones for our family far away! Oh and I swear this is the last sparkly foam craft til next Christmas, or at least Valentine’s Day !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some foam, sticky back works but you can use regular , or even card stock, some wallet size photos, glue, a marker, scissors and sparkly pipe cleaners!
  2. Start by cutting out your picture, and using it as a guide for how big a piece of foam you will need for the frame. 
  3. Cut out.
  4. Cut out a larger piece for the back.
  5. Glue your picture to the larger piece
  6. Cut some small pieces or shapes and have your child glue or stick them onto the frame.
  7. Place the frame over it, glue it down.
  8. Poke a small hole at the top and thread a pipe cleaner through.
  9. Write your message on the back with a marker!
  10. Add them to your gifts or tree !

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Folded Paper Dreidel
Whether you are Jewish or not playing dreidel games are fun!
Thanks to my friend Andy who shared this craft with us! For a full overview of how and why dreidels are played with during Hanukkah click here

  • You will need two pieces of construction paper and a pen or pencil, and tape.
  • Draw out lines to denote the fold for the top, the side, and then the bottom. I’d make the bottom part a bit longer than I have them so they’ll come together better and so the pen/pencil won’t be lopsided like mine is. It makes 3 sides, but you only need 4 or 2 if you’re doing 2 different colors.

  • This is what each side should look like once cut out. Draw the symbols on now, before you make it into the box.

  • The four sides place together for the top. Poke the hole now

  • Once you fold the four sides up and tape them, fold the corners of each bottom section to form a bit of a point to lead down to the spinning part of the pen/pencil (I think a pencil may work better).
  • This is a picture of all the folds that will need to be done

  • Then tape all the angled bottoms together and stick the pen/pencil into it.
  • Bottom view:

  • Top view:

For instructions on how to play with your dreidel and the symbols click here

Books!

“Hanukkah Moon” by Debra Da Costa is a magical book, reading it reminded me of reading “The Red Tent” it was very empowering , to see a little girl learn about her aunt’s Mexican Hanukkah traditions and all about Hanukkah moon ! The book is wonderful for anyone, I know for me when I think of Hanukkah I think of friends I grew up with in Canada celebrating and family friends from Isreal but in my limited experience I didn’t think of people in Mexico celebrating and how their traditions would be different from those in Canada or Isreal. Very cool book!


“Hanukkah Haiku” by Harriet Ziefert is a bright and cheery look at the traditions surrounding the holiday within the parameters of a haiku on every page. The illustrations by Karla Gudeon are so detailed I spent ages just looking at all of it. Each page is a haiku that goes along with a night of Hanukkah and it also explains briefly some of the other traditions like playing driedel , eating latkes and chocolate gold coins!

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!