More Christmas Crafts for Children, Toddlers, and Babies

I worked on some more crafts and ornaments with the boys.  The handprint tiles and dishtowels can work with babies too, but baby handprints are hard to do.  Older children can do more of the work like making the applesauce ornaments on their own.

 

I thought I would mention some other gift ideas too.  Every year I give out the jar mixes to couples and families.  They’re a real cute gift, and you’re giving them the gift of time to spend with each other baking and eating.  This is a great site: http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/christmas/gifts/index.htm.  The people I have given these to love them.  This is also a great gift to make with children.  I have also made candles and soaps.  With the soaps I added a little toy in the middle for a neat surprise.  One year I added charms to the candles. 

 

Here is a great site for homemade ornamets: http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/christmas-ornaments-ms/.  I Plan on making the Festive Paper Pines for my soon-to-be sister-in-law.

A warning: DO NOT MAKE THE CANDY GLASS ORNAMENTS!  I did this last year, and the ornaments got sticky before I was even able to give them away.  They messed up gifts, and it was horrible.

 

 

Applesauce Ornaments

(I had a lot of fun making these last year, and I plan to make more this year.  Hopefully Evan will be big enough to help me.  These look so cute, and they smell so nice.  These take up to three days to dry)

 

Things you need:

  • ½ cup of cinnamon
  • ½ cup of applesauce
  • Bowl
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie cutters
  • Straw
  • Ribbon
  • Rolling pin (optional)
  • Wire rack (optional)

 

Mix the applesauce and cinnamon together.  It will become very stiff.  Roll into a boll and place on the wax paper.  You can either flatten it with your hand or use another sheet of wax paper and a rolling pin.  Flatten to ¼ to 1/8 of an inch.  (The thicker it is the longer it takes to dry, but it’s hardier.)  Using the cookie cutters, cut out shapes.  Use the straw to make a hole for the ribbon.  If you have a wire rack, place the ornaments there as they will dry quicker, or you can leave them on some wax paper.  They will turn a lighter brown as they dry.  String with ribbon, and tie the ribbon.

 

 

Contact Paper Ornaments

(The boys and I did these yesterday.  We tried glitter and confetti, but those did not work out.  The boys had fun.  Sean really liked putting the paper down.   If you have any of the dyed coffee filters left over {See craft section if you have no idea what I’m talking about}, they look great as collage strips.)

 

Things you need:

  • Clear contact paper
  • Cookie cutters
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Colored tissue paper or other nice paper
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Markers, glitter glue (optional)

 

Trace the cookie cutter shapes on the contact paper.  Cut the tissue paper into squares or shapes.  Allow the child to place the paper on the sticky contact paper.  When the child is done decorating, seal the artwork with another piece of contact paper.  Cut out the shape.  Punch a hole in the top.  If you wish, the child can decorate the top of the ornament.  String a piece of ribbon through the hole, and tie the ribbon.

 

 

Handprint Hot Plates

(We did this the other day.  We used ink because it shows the detail of the handprint, but you can use washable paint {That would come off easier than the washable ink}.  Don’t forget to write the child’s name and date.  Or if your child can write his or her name, let he or she do it.  I got the idea from here:

http://stepbystepcc.com/toddlercrafts.html.)

 

Things you need:

  • Ceramic tile 6×6
  • Washable ink or washable paint
  • Sealer or enamel spray
  • Magic marker
  • Felt feet (optional)

 

Paint the child’s hand with ink or paint.  Place the child’s hand on the tile.  Allow for the handprint to dry.  Write the child’s name on the tile.  Seal the time.  You can put felt feet on the bottom of the tile to protect it.

 

 

Handprint Dish Towels

(These were really cute.  And any excuse to get their hands wet is good enough for the boys.  I thought these matched well with the tiles.  And I can’t find the site I got this from, but I’ll keep looking.)

 

Things you need:

  • White dish towels
  • Fabric paint
  • Paper plate or pie tin

 

Wash the dish towels.  Paint the child’s hand with the fabric paint or dip the child’s hand into the paint on the plate.  Place the child’s hand on the dish towel.  You can do both hands or make a boarder.  Write the name and date.  Allow the towels to dry.

 

 

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Halloween Countdown Calendar

So Evan is dying for Halloween.  It doesn’t help that everywhere we go there’s a Halloween store.  He just can’t wait to be a witch, or a ghost, or a bat, or whatever it is that comes to him mind that day.  So I was reading dooce.com (a great blog, which I highly recommend if you haven’t seen it), and Heather posted about a Halloween countdown calender someone had toddler her about.  Well, no time like the present.  I will post this in crafts, but I figured parents out there might want to see this.  This will be a great activity for elementary school kids, but for toddlers, you will have to do most the work yourself.  I made the boys paper bracelets to keep them entertained. 

Materials you need:

  • several pieces of construction paper (black and orange look nice)
  • staples
  • scissors
  • Halloween picture (like a coloring Halloween sheet that you can have the kids color as you cut)

So allow the child color the Halloween picture and even the construction paper if you are inclined.  Fold the construction paper in thirds and then in half.  Using the folds as guides, cut the paper into strips.  Use the strips to make a chain, stapling the ends of each circle together.  Make as many links as there are days intil Halloween.  Staple the chain to the Halloween picture.  Now from the day you made the chain until Halloween, let the child tear off a link as a visual reminder to how far Halloween is away.

And yes, like Heather’s daughter, my son wanted to tear off all the links at once to have Halloween come sooner.  But every time, Evan asks for Halloween to be tomorrow, I point to the calender and tell him that when the links are gone, then it’ll be Halloween.