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!
- 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.
- Start by tracing your child’s hands on one piece of paper.
- Now trace their foot on another piece. Cut everything out.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the eyes
- Don’t forget the red nose!
- 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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Maisyâ€™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. Maisyâ€™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 .
Merry Christmas, Mouse! (If You Giveâ€¦) 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 Starâ€¦ 2 angelsâ€¦ etcâ€¦ Itâ€™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.
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 sinâ€™t fast enough to get her teddy bear finished in time to be in Santaâ€™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 doesnâ€™t give up doing her best work even knowing Santa is already off to childrenâ€™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