Ornament Buffet – Creative Christmas Crafts

easy christmas ornament craft for kidsThe kids wanted to make ornaments for the tree but now that they are older and doing less art with me I didn’t want our time together to be spent with a mom directed activity. I wanted to let the creative juices flow and spend time chatting while we did. When I think about making Christmas crafts,  the thing I love the most is the casual chats and camaraderie that I feel while creating next to my kids.  This is what being together looks like. These ornaments won’t wow you and I don’t have any big step by step  tutorial for you to follow but hopefully it inspires you to grab what you have on hand and create and connect with your kids.

Gather your materials. In this case that means grab what you have. Ribbons, garland, jar lids, glue, paint, glitter, jingle bells, glue, buttons, really anything sparkly. There is no wrong way to do this. You will want some divided plates to make a fun presentation. I also used paper plates to contain the mess. Each child had three so if an ornament needed to dry I just lifted the plate up and they were ready to make another.

I created a place for each child with the plates, glue and a place mat. ornament making buffet

They dove right in. ornament making buffet for kids

My son created with garland and my daughter attacked the glitter while I painted some candy canes.ornament art project buffet We talked about Christmas when I was a kid ( you know in the dark ages), and we speculated about what the elves might be doing right now up in the North Pole. ornament buffet

After the glue dried and it took a while… I added hooks with a hot glue gun. open ended ornament creation

Now our tree has more ornaments with great memories attached.

Making Family Time More Fun Together

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As an energy ambassador for Together Counts I get to share fun ideas to get families moving and fun ideas for family crafts that make meals together even more meaningful. Now I want to share them with you!  If you aren’t familiar with Together Counts check out their website here or read my post about why I love working with them.

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Balance is one of the main goals of Together Counts and last spring I wrote about how to help teach your children to find balance in their lives. Something that isn’t always easy for kids or parents.

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Another goal of Together Counts is to get your family moving together.  We know that as our kids age this might not be as easy as it is now. Our favorite family fitness activity are hikes in the nearby forest. As anyone with little kids knows a fun family hike can quickly turn into being 2 miles into the bush with a screaming banshee. This post about how to make hikes fun for everyone is one of my favorites and hopefully useful for your family too.

Moving together is important but making sure that kids are moving at school is too. In this post I shared some of my favorite simple playground games to play no matter what equipment your playground has.

At Thanksgiving I got to get back to my familiar style and shared 10 Terrific Turkey Crafts from blogs all around the web. If you are looking for fun crafts to make during family time check out the blogs I linked to in the post because they are hands down some of the best on the web for craft and early education ideas.

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My favorite post though was this one about how to spark conversation at dinner by making plates with conversation starters on them. They are so simple to make and a fun way to keep your family talking around the table.

 

You can find all my posts and other great ideas for your family on the Together Counts Blog.

Santaland Field Trip

Have I ever told you how afraid my son iswas of Santa? That is the first picture we have of the two of them together, it’s kinda self explanitory. I waited 4 years to get another picture and thanks to Macy’s, their inviting Santaland and a fantastic group of Seattle area bloggers it was worth the wait. 

When I got the invite from Jenny  to head downtown for some kid centered holiday cheer I couldn’t wait and I was praying he’d be ready. And he was!  My daughter, not so much. She was so upset she couldn’t even watch her brother sit on Santa’s lap. She screamed ” Bubba, no ho ho ho, no ho ho!” until I turned her to face the reindeer .

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I gave my attention back to my son just in time to hear him tell Santa he wants a discountinued lego set for Christmas ( seriously ?! What’s wrong with the 300 easy to find ones ? Good thing he asked Santa for it  right?). Little missy  did sit with the whole group of mamas, but only because letting go of me was worse than getting close to Santa. I suspect we’ll get a pic of her on his lap come 2015.

Clockwise from bottom left – Me and little missy, Marie from Make and Takes,Tammy from Tammy’s Two Cents, Jenny from Jenny On The Spot , Kat from Mama’s Losin It, and Mandy from The Haps!  Lousie from Mom Start, and Lyndsey from The Stationery Place.

 As a blogger I have no staff room and  no after work happy hours so getting to hang out with some like minded local bloggers and their kids was a treat for me too.  Some of these women like Marie and Jenny have been friends of mine for a while but we often only see each other at blog conferences on the other side of the country. It took our kids and Santa to bring us together. The other mamas are bloggers I follow on Twitter and read their blogs ( I have read Kat and Mandy for ages!) but seeing them and their ridiculously cute offspring in person reminds me that mom bloggers really are fun, busy, awesome ( stylish!) moms. 

After hitting up a busy coffee shop with kids, strollers ,moms chatting non stop and many looks that could kill (especially when I started nursing my 18 month old, hipsters aren’t all pro extended nursing I guess) we hit the carousel.

She loved it.  I am still dizzy.

I hope you have a chance this holiday season to make new friends, see old ones, and get very dizzy while listening to your kids giggle in unison . Cause it’s rad.

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Disclosure : This event was sponsored by Macy’s , this post was not. As always I only work with companies professionally that I would recommend personally.