Rudolf Craft For Toddlers { and older kids too }

christmas craft for toddlers I am sure this Rudolf craft is not new to all of you, but I still wanted to do it with my son and figured I’d share it! Any craft that uses hand prints is a great keepsake, every year you can pull it out and see how small those little hands were and how much they’ve grown!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3-4 pieces of construction paper or card stock, some googly eyes, a red pom pom, glue, red and green crayons and glue.
  2. Start by tracing your child’s hands on one piece of paper.
  3. Now trace their foot on another piece. Cut everything out.
  4. While you are cutting hand your child the white piece of paper and have them decorate it , older children can draw a nice scene or do a fun abstract like my son.
  5. Time to glue. Add the foot first if you have a little one, they can glue it , then you can add the hands under it, and your child can press it down.
  6. Add the eyes
  7. Don’t forget the red nose!
  8. I trimmed our paper with pinking sheers and added a red backing so it would stand out against the white door we are displaying it on.

 Christmas Books For Toddlers

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Maisy’s Christmas Day by Lucy Cousins is about as simple as a book about Christmas can get which is why my toddler has asked me to read it to her 300 times.  Maisy’s friends are all with her to celebrate and after opening gifts they sit down for Christmas dinner complete with paper crowns from their Christmas crackers. I like that the focus on sharing the day with people that matter .

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Merry Christmas, Mouse! (If You Give…) 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.

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The Little Christmas Elf (Little Golden Book) by Nikki Shannon Smith is a sweet book not just about Christmas but also about perseverance, attention to detail and hard work. In this story the littlest elf is working hard but just sin’t fast enough to get her teddy bear finished in time to be in Santa’s sack for Christmas. Santa delivers the bad news but encourages the little elf to keep at it and they will use the toy next year. She still doesn’t give up doing her best work even knowing Santa is already off to children’s homes everywhere. Right after she is done Santa comes back, a new baby was born and he needs that teddy bear! I loved the message and my son did too. Very sweet book

 

 

 

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

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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!