Now that December is here, the tree is up and we are on the official countdown to Christmas. Advent provides such a great opportunity for lots of fun Christmas crafts. Here are some of the things we’ve been doing this week.
Snowman Christmas Cards
1. Create snow scene with copious amounts of white paint.
2. Add pre-cut snowmen with googly eyes and carrot noses.
3. Add glue and sprinkle liberally with glitter.
A (3y) and H (5y) joined in with the action too and created their own versions. A really enjoyed cutting out the orange nose for his snowman and when I asked him what the other orange bits were that he had carefully cut and stuck onto the snowman’s tummy, he replied casually, “Nipples!” Of course – why didn’t I realise that myself?! A’s snowman had rather a lot of eyes too… H made a very glittery scarf and hat for her snowman, which she decided to paint herself, rather than using the pre-cut silhouettes.
These wonderful specimens were created by our 2 and 3 year-old playdate friends.
On Saturday, we started making some saltdough Christmas tree decorations. Very easy to make: 2 cups of plain flour, 2 cups of salt, 1 cup of water and mix well. Bake in the oven at 150C until hard.
L (7y) immediately set about making decorations with specific people in mind – us, grandparents, special school friends and her teachers. H (5y) skilfully used a combination of cutters to create quite complicated designs (a Christmas pudding made from a circle and two holly leaves, a robin sat on another holly leaf). We also rolled the dough out into long sausages and curled the tops over to make candy sticks.
On Sunday morning, while I had a much-deserved lie-in, L persuaded Dad that it was in fact the best time to paint the saltdough decorations. I awoke to find L and A painting saltdough, H (still in her nightie!) cutting out snowflake designs and N sticking pasta shapes, shells and googly eyes into blobs of playdough. Sometimes people ask me how I manage with four children and the answer’s simple: I have a fantastic husband!!!