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.

Chuga Chuga Choo Choo !

Cut and Paste
Train

This craft does have a little prep, but don’t get turned off by the cutting, older kids can do it all themselves, and younger ones won’t care if your lines aren’t perfectly straight! My son loves trains and when I asked him what he wanted to do for art today he pointed at a train ornament on our tree and this is what we came up with !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need various colors of construction paper I used scrap paper, one piece of white paper, glue, scissors, a round paper punch if you have one and markers or crayons.
  2. Have your child color the background , if they are old enough you can have them draw tracks and scenery, if they are younger just let them at it. My son drew a “ringtone” and “onion” <------ Reindeer and a snowman.
  3. While they do that here is the cutting that needs to get done, if your child isn’t the type to color for a long time do this before settling your wee one down in their chair.My son drew two pictures while I cut.
  4. Cut out 8 wheels. I cheated and used my paper punch.
  5. Next for the engine you’ll need 2 skinny rectangles, one with an angled end ( that’s the top of the engine, the other is the base), and 2 fat shorter rectangles, 1 with an angled end and the other with 2 U shape windows.
  6. For the cargo car you will need one rectangle and a few various shapes to be the cargo.
  7. When your artist is done with the scenery, add the glue for the wheels.
  8. Put the wheels on.
  9. Now add the glue for the base of the engine
  10. Add the piece
  11. Add the glue for the front and cab of the engine and add the pieces on.
  12. Now the glue for the engine roof
  13. Add that piece on.
  14. Add the glue for the cargo car and it’s cargo and add those pieces.
  15. Let dry !

Books!

“Tip Tip Dig Dig “ by Emma Garcia was an instant classic in our house. My son loves vehicles and this book was the perfect length with the right amount of text and awesome almost Eric Carle like illustrations. Usually books about vehicles just name the trucks and diggers but this book shows children not only what they do but how they can work together to make something. Great book for the digger and backhoe obsessed!


“Terrific Trains” by Tony Mitton is another great book. My parents bought my son this whole set and at first I was sceptical of it just because it is a set and I guess I judged a book my it’s cover because I love all the books in the set. They are informative, fun, have great rhyming text and my son will sit for them and often requests them at bedtime too!

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!