Archive for December, 2012

Christmas Art Play Date

We had a fun Chirstmas Art play date last week at our house.  It was a very low-key affair, as many of our friends were sick.  We made four crafts:  toilet roll reindeer, sandpaper gingerbread men, wallpaper Christmas trees, and shredded paper snowmen.  Pictures below!!  Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Sensory Bin of the Month: Pretend Snow Village

This month I made the messiest sensory bin yet, but it is super fun!  I put a tablecloth down under the bin, but the kids got it all over themselves and of course tracked it around.  So, if you do this, consider yourself forewarned.
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I got the idea here and it is a fabulous idea.  It is a pretend bin of snow based on cloud dough, which we played with this summer, except I added a bit of glitter (8 cups flour to 1 cup oil).  The cloud dough will hold together to make “snow” balls.
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I also added a few Christmas village houses, a snowman, a couple of trees, and some little people to the bin. All of them I bought at Dollar Tree. They are ceramic, but the bin is on the ground, so I don’t think I have to worry too much about them breaking. They are covered in fake snow now, but it should just rinse right off to put away in the Christmas box for next year.
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We’re here making ornaments!

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Been a while since I blogged, but rest assured while I’ve been gone, the girls and I have been decorating our Christmas tree. Some day, when I have teenage girls who are about to leave me and strike off on their own, I hope to have a tree of only girl-made ornaments to keep me company.

I recently found the fabulous blog, Happy Hooligans and all of her wonderfully easy Christmas ornaments for small children to make. I’m making my way through a lot of them. Here are some pictures!

Toilet Roll Snowmen
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Tinfoil Trees
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Initial Ornaments
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Clara also made these great (and also super easy) woven tree ornaments from The Crafty Crow.
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And my sister Kristen helped the kids make these stuffed felt Christmas trees. Drew, my nephew, even sewed the entire outside himself (with some support right by him on the couch).
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Coming up later in the next couple of weeks, I’ll have a Christmas sensory bin and a Christmas Art Play Date with four different Christmas crafts. In the meantime, here are some links from Christmases past: