Thursday, December 05, 2013

Holiday Fun Round-Up: Kid-Friendly Crafts & Treats

Yesterday after school I set my kiddos up with a Christmas craft---painting and be-glittering pine cones to make into ornaments for their teachers. We're going to package a pine cone ornament up with some homemade treats for each teacher's holiday gift later this month.

That got me thinking about, and looking up, various Christmasy kid activities I've done with my babes over the years, which brought back all sorts of old posts and memories and photos (and ultimately made me super nostalgic and teary---omg, I remember that night we made those cookies, with Vivi in those jammies! I remember those size 3T jammies!---but, er....never mind about that part).

That gave me the idea to run a list here of some of my tried-and-true, kid-friendly holiday crafts and treats. So here are a few things to get you going. If you're looking for an activity to help fill a chilly winter morning or no-nap afternoon, a gift to make for a beloved teacher, or some treats for giving to neighbors this season, try one of these. And then let me know how it goes!

Glitter Pine Cone Ornaments
Shaved-Soap Snowmen
Handprint Santas
Christmas Buttons
Chocolate-Dipped Candy Canes (great for homemade gifting!)
Snowflake Mix (good teacher gift!)
Homemade Peppermint Bark (ditto!)
Classic Gingerbread Man Cookies

I know I have more in my archives, but these should get you started. Put on some Christmas music, break out the paint smocks or aprons, and have some fun. Take lots of pictures. Because they won't fit into those size 3T jammies forever, you know. And then you'll be glad you have that picture of the Christmas that they did, on that day you made those cookies.

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