My husband and I were recently discussing Christmas crafts we made when we were younger. My husband remembers decorating his room as a child with paper garland. On a recent day off from work he made some garland with J & A. It was nice to sit back and let the three of them do their thing.
Recently I saw an idea for a Christmas ornament in a magazine. I think the magazine was Family Fun. The ornaments were made of reused cereal boxes. I thought it was a perfect craft to try. I think one of the fun things with these is that you can literally use anything to make and decorate them.
If you’ve ever stepped foot into a preschool, elementary school, or anywhere that has young children in November you will most likely see turkeys. You’ll see them in all colors and made out of almost anything. I’ve seen a turkey made out of men’s ties. (If I can find the photo I’ll post it.) It was really cool. Most often you’ll see turkeys made of little handprints. I personally think they’re pretty cute, some would say that their stifling children’s creativity. I recently read a blog post that I can identify with, so my philosophy is why not use handprints? It’s a tool that’s always with the child. To me it’s a perfect gateway to self expression.
As a child I loved play dough! It’s no wonder that my kids always have play dough on hand. It’s super easy to make and there are so many developmental benefits to playing with play dough. I recently added a Fall twist to the homemade play dough recipe that I use. (Recipe included at the end of this post). I added nutmeg and cinnamon to the dough. In addition to the scented play dough I gave the children different tools and accessories. I loosely suggested that they make turkeys and the results were pretty unique.