I have been trying (and really required to by my darling oldest daughter) to infuse a little bit of Christmas into every day this month. She has a lot of Christmas cheer, my daughter. Yesterday, we had a rough afternoon after the little one wouldn’t take more than a fourty-five minute nap (she usually naps for at least two hours) and we needed to find something to do. I remembered this Kids Craft Weekly Newsletter and decided we would go get some supplies from JoAnn’s and get started on some beading. We got there and the parking lot was full. This should have been a sign to me, but I pressed on. We easily found all of the supplies we needed and then turned to get in line at the cash register and found that the line wound around and around the store. At least a ten minute wait. But I was already there. With all the stuff. And two little kids. Yikes. But, then a Christmas Miracle happened! The girls were like little angles in line. They were sweet, patient, and didn’t even really touch anything. And that is really hard at our JoAnn’s as the devil must have set up the area by the check out stands. One side of the aisle has candy of all kinds and the other has $1 bins full of little things that kids just can’t resist. Like snowman stickers. But, they were fine. There were no tantrums and I didn’t even have to say no more than once. I’m telling you, miracles really can happen. So, yeah. Here’s the craft we made afterward.
- Glass beads
- Sparkly pipe cleaners
- Small bells
- Ornament hangers
Then we spent a lot of time sorting our beads to find the shiniest ones:
Next, we strung beads on each side of the pipe cleaner until we had all of the beautiful beads that we pick out on there. This was incredible fine motor skill practice as they were a bit hard to get on even for me and the kids did it themselves!
Then we wound the pipe cleaner around itself to make a circle and push the beads around the close the gap. Then we hung them on the tree to sparkle and shine!