Best of 2008 !

The new year is fast approaching and leading up to it I will be doing

BEST OF 2008 !

The week leading up to January 1st I will feature my reader’s favorite NTFFC activities. So I need you to email me and tell me what your favorite was. Then I will re-post the 7 most popular favorites to celebrate the end of this fantastic year.

Snow Globe Snowman Craft For Kids

snowman craft for preschool

I love snowmen and am so excited that my 2 year old seems to share this love. Snowmen are great because they aren’t attached to one religious tradition or specific culture. This craft is a easy and relatively mess free way to add sparkles to your holiday decor. Have fun making this snowman craft for kids with this easy tutorial.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, some orange and black construction paper, 2 buttons, some sequins, sparkles, contact paper, scissors, double stick tape, a stapler, and some ribbon. I also used some paint because my son wanted to paint and I like how it looks but you can skip this step if you want.
  2. Have your child paint the paper plate, and let dry. If you use a sponge paint brush the paint will go on lightly and dry fast.
  3. While they do that cut out a nose from the orange paper, a hat and some coal for the mouth.
  4. Cut a rectangle of contact paper and fold in half , make sure it’s big enough to cover the hole you will be cutting in the plate.
  5. Peel back the contact paper backing and let your child shake the sparkles on it.
  6. Add some sequins.
  7. Fold the contact paper so it sandwiches the sparkles , seal it. You may have to use some tape to make sure it’s sealed and nothing falls out.
  8. Cut out the middle of the plate.
  9. Add glue to the cutout middle for the coal mouth, nose and hat. Obviously older kids can do this themselves but it gives toddlers a great guide to be independent.
  10. Add the face pieces.
  11. Add the button eyes.
  12. While your child is adding the face pieces , attach the contact paper to the inside of the paper plate ring, I used double stick tape cause it holds contact paper well.
  13. Staple the face to the belly, I use staples with coated paper plates because glue doesn’t always work very well.
  14. Add the ribbon as a scarf to cover the staples.

Snow Books

Here are a few cute books about snow that pair well with this craft. All book suggestions include affiliate links.

The Mitten by Jan Brett is visually impeccable, each page is so full of details that you will find yourself staring at them long after you have read the words. The story is about a little boy who looses a mitten and what happens next. It’s a sweet retelling of a Ukrainian folk tale but the detailed and layered illustrations really steal the show!


Birthday Snow by Kim Messinger and Michael LaLumiere is such a sweet book about believing in something even when all the facts say maybe you should give up. Daniel doesn’t give up hope waiting for the snow to come on his birthday , but who really steals the show is his mom and her continued support of her little guy and his determination. A very cute book and a new addition to my must buy list!

Holiday Gift Showcase

Made By You!

This week’s showcase is filled with things made by our loyal readers. Nothing makes me happier than to share these awesome holiday gift ideas with everyone .

Finding unique gifts can be hard, what about the person who has everything? The Perfect Profile is the perfect gift! What mom or grandma wouldn’t love one of these? Because they are custom made you can match them to your decor. Oh and don’t think they are just for parents, pet owners can have their fur baby’s profile done too!


Another personalized gift is this classy embossed glass ornament . Kids love things with their names on it and if your child isn’t a Jacob or a Madeline it can be hard to find something special , and custom gifts can get so pricey, not a problem with this ornament! It’s under $10 and worth every penny, there are lots of other cute handmade gifts at Scraps ‘ n ‘ Stuff.


There are lots of cute toddler shirts out there but I had to share this cowgirl shirt with you, you can find it and more at Pilarina’s Boutique . If you have a little girls don’t miss her adorable hair bows!


If you have been to my site before you may know I have a deep appreciation of all things that sparkle. These ornaments are not only beautiful , sparkly and affordable they can be customized too! Head over to Say It’s By U and check it out!


As a mom I am always toting everything except what I really need around town, now I can do it in style with one of Jen’s beautiful and functional bags. Her beautiful bags can be made into a stroller bag with a extra attachment! Swing by Handbags By Jen and you won’t be disappointed!

Sticker Advent Calendar

 

sticker advent calendar
Growing up we always had the chocolate advent calendars and I usually ate it all by November 25th! I doubt I will be able to avoid this with my son but at 2 I still have the upper hand. Stickers are big treats in our house, so capitalizing on that and the fact my son has no clue there are calendars with chocolate in them ( yet) I made him this simple but cute countdown to Christmas.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, a scrap piece of paper, some double stick tape or glue, a marker, scissors, some sparkle glue and stickers.
  2. Draw a rough draft of a Christmas tree with the numbers 1-24 on it, I organized it with one on the bottom and the numbers going up the tree numerically. With older kids having the numbers all over the place would add a search and find activity too !
  3. Cut out a tree from your green paper. I folded mine in half to make it symmetrical and even though it worked , it made a yucky line down the middle. So I would do that with a scrap and make a stencil them trace it and cut out . That was the last of my green paper though so I was stuck with it.
  4. Add your numbers , use your guide so you don’t end up with extra or not enough space on your tree! If you have an older child you will want to have a larger tree so there is enough space for them to write the numbers themselves.
  5. I added circles around the numbers to give my son a clear spot for the sticker to go but there is no right or wrong way to do it!
  6. Add sparkles if you so desire,I can’t imagine a tree without some bling!
  7. Glue or tape your tree to the back paper, and add a title if you want.
  8. As the days go by add your stickers- I added them here for you to see what it would look like closer to Christmas.