Easy Unbreakable Ornament Craft For Kids

ornament crafts for kids My son eats glue, he likes paint too but glue is his snack of choice during art time. This craft is perfect because it used sticky back foam that requires no glue, but you can easily use regular foam or paper if you don’t have a glue hungry toddler. This unbreakable ornament is perfect for trees that are going to be admired by kids or cats. It’s an easy Christmas ornament craft for kids of all ages.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2-3 colors of sticky back sparkle foam sheets, a yogurt or other plastic lid, some ribbon, a marker and scissors.
  2. Trace the outside of the lid on the back of one of your foam sheets. Cut out.
  3. Peel the backing off and press onto your lid, I lined it all up for my son and he pressed it down.
  4. While your child marvels at the sparkles, cut out some shapes from the other foam sheets. I made a few diamonds, rectangles, triangles and squares. Make any shapes you like!
  5. Add them to your circle. I kept them out of reach, and had my son ask for each by it’s name, we haven’t done much with shapes lately so I wanted this to be a mommy lead lesson. If it’s just fun time, I would ask him casually as he was adding them what each was without being so blatant.
  6. Keep adding them until your ornament is full!
  7. Poke a hole in the top of the ornament
  8. Thread a ribbon that is folded in half through the hole, tie a knot.
  9. Hang up and marvel at this super easy but super cute ornament!

Book Showcase

Board Books
No craft or song will ever surpass the importance of reading to our kids, a house can never have too many books so here are a few more for you to consider!

” How Big Is A Pig” by Claire Beaton has fast become a favorite in our house around bedtime. I love the felt illustrations, the detail amazes me and helps distract me from noticing that I have read it 20 times in as many minutes. The story itself is great too, it focuses on opposites in the farm yard with a zippy rhyming text.


” Moo , Baa , La La La ! “
by Sandra Boynton is brilliant and cheeky little book for your toddler to love. Young children will jump at the chance to correct the silly story that has pigs saying “La La La” instead of oink!




“The Little Fire Engine” by Lois Lenski is a simple little book about a fire engine that goes to put out fire. Nothing special right? Wrong! My son can spot this book from 3 shelves over at our library and in the past 6 months we have signed it out 4 times! The bright retro illustrations and simple text is perfect for your fire fighters in training!

“Brown Bear Brown Bear” by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle is a classic, it is genius in it’s simplicity. So often we think things have to have fancy bells and whistles to keep toddlers and preschoolers interested and this book proves us wrong yet again. I haven’t met a child who hasn’t responded well to this book about colors and animals!


Chica Chica ABC” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault is a fantastic board book and a shorter version of the ever popular “Chica Chica Boom Boom”. My son loves this book and it’s the perfect amount of text for a toddler. The illustrations by Lois Ehlert are so bright and bold that even a very young baby will respond to it. A must have for all home libraries!


” Good Night Gorilla”
by Peggy Rathmann is a silly story about a zookeeper and his charges that follow him home to bed. Luckily his wife is on her toes and gets those silly animals back to the zoo ! I love to use this book as a bedtime story.

“One Duck Stuck” by Phyllis Root looks like an everyday book , but inside you will find a brilliantly repetitive storyline, that promotes teamwork, and mathematical skills! My students a few years ago were nuts about this book and yours will be too!

Parent’s Corner

My Art Closet

Let me start by saying this is NOT what my art closet looks like right now the holiday craft bonanza has not been kind to it, come January I am cleaning it up again! I have been flooded with questions lately about how I keep my supplies organized so here it is!
  • Gather your materials. I use a shoe hanger from Ikea , and I slide in it baby wipes and Gladwear containers they fit perfectly! Inside those I keep markers, crayons, cotton balls, pencil crayons, paint, glue etc…
  • Then on the bottom few slots I keep newspaper ( just a few sections at a time) toilet paper rolls, and other recyclables that I can use for projects.
  • Also the top section has foam sheets, they fit perfectly, and pipe cleaners in it.
  • Now onto my cheap shelves that in June broke and I used some pipe cleaners to hold them together, call me McGuyver ! Anyway on those shelves I have white paper construction paper and card stock on top. As well as scrap printed paper in the silver box.
  • On the shelves I have one with tissue paper and paper bags, the one bellow it has my son’s easter basket with all the fun big sponges, bath poofs etc.. for free painting.Under the basket are a few brown paper grocery bags.
  • The square closest to the door has a large box for scrap paper. It also holds my magazines I use for crafts.
  • The square above it has all the specialized things- like googly eyes, pinking shears, buttons, sequins, sparkles etc… in a container so I can grab all the non kid friendly things fast if need be. It also keeps my paper plates close at hand.

I hope this helps !

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Paper Plate Santa Craft For Kids

paper plate santa craft

Santa is a good guy, even if your child is terrified of the Santa at the mall they may enjoy this Santa craft for kids . My son won’t get within 10 feet of the big guy but loved making this one! The cotton balls add some sensory discovery as well.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a a small paper plate, 2 pieces of construction paper- one red and one white ( I used natural colored and it looks a little funny), some cotton balls, googly eyes, glue, scissors and a red pom pom.
  2. Start by drawing a large U shape on the plain construction paper. This actually took me two tries. I used the paper plate as a guide for how wide it should be. Cut out.
  3. Add glue all over the beard. Make sure there is a blank spot where no cotton balls will be, for the mouth.
  4. Add the cotton balls. Talk to toddlers and young preschoolers about it being soft. If they went to see Santa ask if they touched his beard and how it felt.
  5. While they add the cotton balls cut out a small red mouth out of the red paper.
  6. Glue on the mouth. Set the beard to dry.
  7. Grab the paper plate and glue on the eyes and a pom pom nose.
  8. Cut out a hat from the red paper, add glue on the bottom edge and top of the point.
  9. Add cotton balls to the hat. Let dry.
When the glue is dry glue the beard and hat on the plate.santa craft

Song!

Santa is his name o !
( To the tune of Bingo )

There is a man all dressed in red,
and Santa is his name o!
S A N T A
S A N T A
S A N T A
And Santa is his name o!

Continue with :

*He has a loud and jolly laugh
and Santa is his name o!
*He lives with elves at The North Pole
and Santa is his name o!
*His Reindeer pull his magic sleigh
and Santa is his name o!
*He brings you toys if you are kind
and Santa is his name o!

Hanukkah Craft For Kids

Hanukkah craft for kids

 

My son is fascinated with candles, he tried to touch the burning flames on his birthday cake so I knew I had to do a flame free menorah activity this year. This is a simple but useful Hanukkah craft for kids.  If you are not familiar with the traditions and significance of Hanukkah click here for a great overview. This is a great project for an older child to do with a parent or the way we are doing it for a parent to do and have their child help with the lighting every night of Hanukkah!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 4 sheets of foam, they don’t need to be sticky back but it’s even easier if they are, especially the candles. Scissors, some ribbon, an orange marker, and a pen.
  2. If your child is helping you I would have then paint or decorate the base piece of foam or paper. While they do that you can start the cutting.
  3. Start by cutting out a semi circle. in the silver foam. After you do this fold in half and make a series of 4 small 1/4 inch wide and about 2 inch long cuts into the semi circle arching towards the center. ** For an easier more kids friendly version you can simply cut out a semi circle and add small squares on top for each holder and use a larger square for the center.
  4. Trim all but the center holder , the middle should be higher than the other 8 holders. You can see my ill fated drawings, going free hand ended up working the best.
  5. Cut out a base for the menorah.
  6. Using the white foam cut out 9 rectangle candles. Older children can do this no problem.
  7. Using the yellow foam cut out 9 flames.
  8. Draw a little orange marker in the middle of the yellow flames.
  9. If you are using sticky back foam peal back only a small part of the flames backing and attach it to the white candle.
  10. Attach the menorah base on the backing piece( foam or your own paper that was decorated) .
  11. Add the menorah to the backing.
  12. When it’s time to light your menorah just peel off the backing of the candle and stick it on. For how to properly light a menorah check out Chabad.org
  13. Poke small holes in the upper corners of the backing and thread a ribbon through, tie a knot and trim the end.
  14. This is how it will look fully lit!foam menorah

 

Hanukkah Books

These are just two of the great Hanukkah books widely available. The title links are affiliate links.



Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel is a great book, not just because it’s funny, and action packed but it explains so much about Hanukkah in an entertaining way. It is a little long for young preschoolers and the goblins may frighten some too but for the elementary crowd this is a great book! I found it interesting and loved to see Hershel outwit those nasty goblins to
save Hanukkah.


The Only One Club by Jane Naliboff is a cute book about a little girl named Jennifer who is the only one in her class who celebrates Hanukkah. Soon she finds out that there are lots of “Only Ones” in her class , like the only one with red hair, the only one who wears dresses every day and the only one with a unique last name. I like the message this book has, that we should celebrate our diversity and tell our kids it’s not a bad thing to be unique.