This morning we had our first annual Cousin Christmas Craft Day. Basically my sister texted me this morning and said "hey we should do some Christmas crafts with the kids". I ran to Wal-Mart and grabbed a few things. I took a plastic tablecloth and covered the coffee table, turned on Christmas music, and put out some snacks.
We decided to make candy cane ornaments using pipe cleaners with red and white beads. It is a super simple craft and is great for toddlers.
We then made Rudolph ornaments with popsicle sticks. I glued the sticks together while they worked on their candy canes. We let them paint the sticks and while those dried we read a few Christmas books. We then let them glue on eyes and we just cut out a circle from red glittery ribbon we had onhand.
Our last project was to make a Christmas tree with their hands. Canvas is really expensive so I found a package of big foam pieces for a lot cheaper and with a lot more pieces. I just glued on a yellow cardboard star because I can not paint a star at all. You should have seen how many stars I had to draw before I got the one we used. My lack of skills does not stop me from crafting with my kiddo.
We were going to also bake cookies but crafting with those two boys about did us in so we are going to save that for another day.
I started making a Christmas paper chain (it is such a classic) while we were finishing things up. It is going to be a work in progress for awhile. Eventually I'm going to hang it over our large windows in the living room.
It was so fun and I love that it wasn't something planned but I already know that this will be a tradition for years to come. I'm looking forward to Maybree getting a little older and being able to take part as opposed to having to watch from the highchair. Next year I want to put out more intentional snacks and organize things a little more but for something not planned it really was a lot of fun. I love making memories with the kids and giving them something tangible for them to remember our fun day together.
What Christmas crafts are you doing this year?