Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Activities: Santa Spotting Binoculars

It is getting very close to Christmas .... only 3 more sleeps! Yesterday we made some Santa Spotting Binoculars ready to search the sky for Santa on Christmas eve.
I don't have any step by step instructions with pictures for you this time but

You Will Need
Toilet Paper Rolls
Sticky Tape or Stapler
Hole Punch
Ribbon or String

To Make
1. Paint each toilet roll - you may need a few coats
2. Let Dry
3. Staple or Sticky tape the rolls together
4. Make 2 holes and then tie your ribbon through

I'm not sure if there will be another blog post before Christmas so I will take this opportunity to Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Crafts: Ornament Gift Tags (bubble wrap print)

My kids like to make gift tags for grandparents, friends and other gifts they give at Christmas. Handmade gift tags are a nice personal touch and they can also double as tree ornaments in the years to come if the recipient wants to.

You will need
Thin Card - something plain on both sides works best
Paint - 2 or 3 colours
Paint Brush
Bubble Wrap
Ribbon or Cord
Hole Punch

To Make
1. Draw the ornament shapes on the thin card and then cut them out. If you need a template try google for 'Christmas ornament template'
2. Cut pieces or bubble wrap I found on piece per paint colour worked well
3. Paint the bubble wrap but not to thick as the print isn't quite as good

4. Press the painted bubble wrap onto the ornament and then carefully peel off. Keep going until your child is happy with the look

5. Let Dry
6. Punch a hole in the top of the ornament
7. Tie a ribbon through the hole and attach to your gift

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Crafts: Christmas Wreath (fork print painting)

Fork print painting is an easy way to create a needle like effect and is great for creating Christmas Trees or a Christmas Wreath.

You will need
Paint - red and green
Card (you could try a paper plate)
Glue (we used hot glue)
Paper Plates or similar (for paint)

To Make
1. Cut a wreath shape from your card
2. Squirt your paint onto the paper plates. Putting it onto a plate makes it easier to dip the fork into the paint
3. Dip the fork into the green paint and then print it onto the wreath shape. Repeat until your child is happy with the look

4. Dip your finger or thumb into the red paint and press onto the wreath. Repeat until you child is happy with the look

5. Let Dry
6. Tie a bow with your ribbon and then glue onto the wreath
7. Display the wreath, Liam choose to put it on his bedroom door.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Crafts: Star Ornaments (cotton bud painting)

Holding cotton buds (q-tips) is such a great work out for little fingers and spotting and dotting paint can be lots of fun. We will be hanging ours on our Christmas Tree but you could string them together to make a cute garland or use them as gift tags

You will need
Thin Card
Cotton Buds
Hole Punch
Ribbon or String
Star Shaped Stencil

To Make
1. Draw around your star shaped stencil. We used a large star playdough cutter
2. Cut out your stars. Neevah was very proud of the ones she cut out with no help
3. Dip your cotton bud into the paint

4. Spot and Dot the paint all over your star, you could also try squiggles and other shapes.

5. Let dry
6. Punch a hole in each star

7. Tie the ribbon through the hole and then hang

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Crafts: Tinsel Painting

This idea is much the same as Ribbon Painting but we used tinsel to make it a fun festive activity. Open ended activities are a more about the process than the end results but you could turn this painting into cute gift tags, greetings cards or possibly gift wrap.

You will need
Old Tinsel in small lengths
Paper plates or similar

To Make
1. Squirt paint onto paper plates
2. Dip tinsel into the paint

3. Blob, swirl, drag and splodge the tinsel across across your paper

4. Keep going until your child is happy with their painting

Tip : Turn on some Christmas Music while they paint it can be a lot of fun to paint to the rhythm

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