Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Quick and Easy Crafts

If your kids aren't already out of school for Winter Break, they will be soon.
Here are some simple things you can do to pass the time.

If you missed it, here is a link to our
Hannukah Gift to you

If you have already been through all those ideas, here are a few more. Some of these ideas were contributed by nannies from Nanny Mall St. Louis

There are so many beautiful things to do with snowflakes.
If you don't know how to cut out a snowflake you can learn by going here:

How to Cut a Snowflake

Nanny Barb suggests:
Once you cut your snowflake, the children can decorate it and hang it or you can take a picture of the child and put it in the middle of the snowflake, glue it down, hang it on the tree, use it for a gift tag or just put it in the window.

Another thing you can do

You can take clear glass or plastic christmas ornaments, and put glue on it and then use glitter to make any design or you can use plastic ones that snap open and put glue on the inside with the childs name or nicknames and then use glitter to be able to see it. You could also add some of those little confetti pieces on the inside to shake around. Either the kind you buy at a party store in holiday shapes or just make your own with shiny paper. Cutting tiny pieces of shiny paper is a great way to develop fine motor skills.

Another thing you can do with your Glass ornaments: If you have access to a computer, you can print out a picture of the child on Clear transparencency. When it is dry, you can cut it out and put it inside the ornament. You do this by taking off the top of the ornament and rolling the picture gently to fit down inside. Once it is inside, it will usually just pop out but if it doesn't, just use tweezers to arrange it. (be gentle around the glass top) Replace the top of the ornament and add a ribbon.
If you have a 2 inch ornament you will need a 2 inch circle. You can use a compass or an editing program on your computer. I use Printmaster.

I have uploaded a google doc with a 2 inch, 3 inch and 3.5 inch template on it. This should be helpful.


Nanny Frances shared this with us.

Footprint reindeer.

Paint the bottom of the child's foot brown, and make a print on a piece of heavy paper. When it is dry you make a red nose on the bottom of the heel and put black eyes on either side about where the balls of the footprint are, and make 2 antlers coming from the top of the toes. You could use the childs fingerprints to make the nose and eyes and pipe cleaners for the antlers.

We hope that you enjoy these ideas and make them with the children in your life.
If you have a craft idea you would like to share, please let us know.
You can email us or post it in the comments section.

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