Oh I really do just LOVE snowmen. So when I found these amazing ideas from an absolutely brilliant website called thesoireecafe.com, I was bursting with excitement and planning a snowman party for my kids. I thought you might like some of these super cute ideas…AND enjoy a few more I’ve listed below.
As the mother of a teen and a tween, I’m always on the lookout for ways to connect with my kids. They’re changing daily, and the things that kept their interest even a week ago may not work today. If you work with teens or want to spend some quality time with your adolescent children this holiday season, try some of these fun ideas.
At our home, we always start with crafts.
If you’re anything like me, you love all things etsy.com. There’s nothing better than a homemade item…even if you order it and let someone else make it! This wire ornament can be ordered online through etsy’s website, but your kids might enjoy making their own versions with various wires, beads, and jewelry pieces. Try making stars, circles, angels, or crosses. There’s no right or wrong way to do this one…just have fun!
Who doesn’t love thumbprint art? There is no end to what you can make with a stamp pad, a thin-tipped Sharpie, and your hands! In fact, Ed Emberley has written entire books with unique ways to make handprint art that will take any family far beyond the holidays, but the folks at Squidoo.com put a few of their favorites ideas together for Christmas cards.You might enjoy making some of these holidays scenes for cards, an art board, a scrapbook, or personalized gifts….maybe at a paint-your-own pottery studio.
And two of my favorites, especially for baby’s first Christmas, came from the fabulous Craft Rookie. Take a look!
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Oh how I love glue, glitter, and all things that kick creative little minds into gear. Today, release your inner Martha Stewart with this super-simple starter. The options are endless, and your kiddos might create an entire forest for your mantel, coffee table, or special shelf.
How? You’re going to love this!
- Open a pack of white Solo water cooler cones.
- Break out the art supplies. Think paint, markers, glitter, yarn, felt, stickers, paper strips, buttons.
That’s pretty much all there is to it! Of course, the cones are flimsy and young children will need your help as they decorate them, but that’s where the family bonding comes in! And older kids might really enjoy letting their minds run free. (Don’t forget about supervision of course…I know I don’t have to remind you all about the risks of choking on things like buttons and swallowing things like paint, but I have written way too many magazine articles not to hear the editorial department shouting at me about the many ways this fun little craft could put the universe out of whack with such a high “danger factor.” :)
Remember, I’ll be posting a new idea each day throughout the Christmas season, so be sure to check out ideas for teaching kids about the epiphany as well as giving your kiddos 25 Books of Christmas. Also feel free to subscribe to Julie’s Journal if you’d like new posts to be sent directly to your email inbox.
Out of money, time, and ideas to keep those little hands busy today? Grab a stash of pipe cleaners or a roll of aluminum foil and encourage your little ones to create balls, angels, monsters, animals, or any imaginary creature they can design.
Foil can be folded, crumpled, drawn on, etched into, or torn into a wide array of structures. With a few bends and twists, pipe cleaners are the ultimate art tool. Get creative. Have fun. And see what you can create as a family with these common, inexpensive household items.
Help your children carry the ceremonial Olympic torch with this simple project.
- 1 sheet of white construction paper or poster board
- Clear tape
- Red, yellow, and orange tissue paper (12″ x 12″ square of each color)
- White craft glue
- Roll the construction paper into a cone shape and secure with tape.
- Layer the tissue paper squares, red on the bottom, then orange, and yellow on top.
- Gather from the center of the squares and hold in your hand like a bouquet of flowers.
- Put some white craft glue into the sides of the opening of the cone.
- Place the tissue paper into the cone and let the glue dry completely.
Alternative Materials: If you don’t have tissue paper, use construction paper or printer paper. Simply cut the paper sheets into flame shapes and glue inside the cone opening.
While your children may have seen highlights of the opening ceremony, including the lighting of the final symbolic torch, they may not realize that the torch had been carried across Canada’s beautiful landscape for 106 days (45,000 km)! Take a moment to view a video documenting just a few highlights throughout the breathtaking Journey of the 2010 Olympic Torch. Then, have fun discussing these interesting facts.
- The torch was originally lit during a special ceremony in Olympia, Greece. It was then carried on an airplane all the way to Canada.
- Nearly 12,000 people helped carry the torch across Canada.
- The torch passed through more than 1,000 communities and special sites.
- The torch was carried for more than 100 days.
- Torch bearers carried the torch in many unique ways, including bike, canoe, paddle wheeler, and on top of the Grouse Mountain Sky Ride.
- Anyone could apply to be a torch bearer. Even teams of up to 20 people could work together to carry the torch. And guess what — kids carried the torch too!
- The torch relay was added to games the 1930s, but the tradition of burning a torch at the Olympics dates all the way back to the original Greek games.