Holiday Crafts + Activities

This year is extra special because we teamed up with Julia from @weneedmoreglitter to share some fun (and easy!) holiday crafts and activities.  She is amazing- each of her posts remind us we can use a lot of what we already have at home to create fun and simple activities with our kids- that truly make their day.  Without further ado, let’s get playing! 

CHECK BACK WEEKLY FOR NEW ACTIVITIES! 

 

ACTIVITY: MELTED SNOWMAN

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 Prep time: 5 minutes  

Ingredients: construction paper, scissors, shaving cream, white glue

Optional ingredients: white or clear glitter

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Mix 1/2 part shaving cream and 1/2 part white glue together until it’s meringue-like consistency.  (Start with 1/2 cup of each and go from there if you want more.)

2.  Cut construction paper in snowman shapes (eyes, nose, hat, buttons, etc.)

3. Spread mixture onto construction paper. 

4. Add snowman accessories however you'd like. 

5.  Add glitter if you would like and let it dry.  

 Please note: It takes a long time to dry, but once it does it’s so puffy and fun and will bounce back when it’s lightly pressed! 

 

ACTIVITY: MAGNETIC CHRISTMAS TREE

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Prep time: less than 5 minutes

Ingredients: construction paper, regular magnets or magnatiles and magnaformers  

DIRECTIONS:  

1. Cut Construction paper in shape of a Christmas tree or in triangles like we did and stack them in a tree shape.

2. Place magnets on the side of the tree and let your babe decorate away!

Insider tip: Great activity to set up while you are cooking so that babe has something to do in the kitchen.  

ACTIVITY: CHRISTMAS WREATH EXCAVATION

Prep time: freeze overnight  Ingredients: bundt pan, water, food coloring, random items such as jingle bells, pom-poms and some Christmas erasers (all from dollar store or target), random tools like water dropper, fork, & hammer if you are comfortable and assisting!  .  DIRECTIONS:  1️⃣Pour water in a bundt pan with some green food coloring  2️⃣ Place random fun items inside  3️⃣ Freeze overnight  4️⃣ Enjoy! Place on a tray with tools 🛠 and watch your kid be entertained for an hour.

Prep time: freeze overnight

Ingredients: bundt pan, water, food coloring, random items such as jingle bells, pom-poms and some Christmas erasers (all from dollar store or target), random tools like water dropper, fork, & hammer if you are comfortable and assisting!

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DIRECTIONS:

1️⃣Pour water in a bundt pan with some green food coloring

2️⃣ Place random fun items inside

3️⃣ Freeze overnight

4️⃣ Enjoy! Place on a tray with tools 🛠 and watch your kid be entertained for an hour.

ACTIVITY: CHRISTMAS CRAYONS

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Prep time: 20 minutes

MATERIALS NEEDED: BROKEN CRAYONS, COOKIE CUTTERS, ALUMINUM FOIL, COOKIE SHEET, OVEN

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 275. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.

  2. Have kiddos unwrap and break old crayons. Fold foil tightly around one side of metal cookie cutter. Fill cookie cutters 3/4 full with crayon pieces. Bake for 20 mins (or until completely melted)

  3. Remove from oven and transfer entire cookie cutter onto a plate and place in freezer for 15 mins. Once crayons are completely cooled they should easily pop out of the cookie cutters and be a new large festive crayon!

    These make a cute DIY stocking stuffer or a kid-to-kid present. Fun for the kids to make them together and for each other and to remind the kids that it is the season of giving.

From Julia of @weneedmoreglitter:

I worked in special education for many years and loved finding ways to connect with my students- mostly nonverbal- through art and sensory activities. Now I am a bio Mama of 2 and a foster Mama and have found so much joy in creating activities together with my children. I was inspired to start @weneedmoreglitter as a creative outlet for me as a stay at home mom and a way of sharing easy and fun ideas to enjoy time with your family. I like to share simple, cheap activities that use mostly supplies you already have in your home and have minimal prep. I'm all about process art, getting messy and making memories!

 

 

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Babies and Toddlers

little gifts for your little one

perfect for the smallest member of your family

reindeer

why we love it: the sweetest little reindeer is so sweet and a simple way to add holiday spirit to your nursery

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nou nou bear

why we love it: so soft and snuggly and my 2 year old carries him everywhere

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wander and roam  

 why we love it: these mats are gorgeous and the right amount of squishy. we love that they are two sided and gorgeous in your space while keeping your baby’s play area padded. our only complaint: wish it came in bigger sizes!

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happy oak toys 

why we love it: we love wooden toys, especially when they can be used for making learning fun.

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hippo

why we love it: comes in blush and gray and small and large. love to give this in a baby shower gift - who wouldn’t love to snuggle up to an adorable hippo

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noah’s friends

why we love it: stuffed animal parties are all the rage and who noah’s friends bring a lot of charm to the party

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jellyfish

why we love it: definitely on our list for new babies! this new product is not only adorable, the octopus “arms” are supposed to remind your new baby of an umbilical cord and help soothe

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tegu stacker

why we love it: we love tegu so were excited to see this new stacking and colorful product. would be a nice start or addition to any collection

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doughnut rattles

why we love it: sure to be a hit at a baby shower - doughnuts are almost always a good idea

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gorilla

why we love it: his long arms truly make him adorable

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pretzel rattles

why we love it: the New Yorker in us obviously loves this rattle toy

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little book of you

why we love it: one of our favorite gifts this year (you’ll also find it under our personalized gifts gift guide) because it is so unique and really makes baby books easy to put together. love that you can read this book to your little one to and tell them everything from where you lived when they were born to what the weather was like to how much milk cost that year

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banana brush

why we love it: super easy to hold and great for teething babies

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wiwurka toys

why we love it: literally almost everything is on our list from this place. perfect and safe way for your little climbers to explore

image courtesy of wiwurka toys

image courtesy of wiwurka toys

bath toys

why we love it: every babe needs bath toys and we love that these next two won’t get moldy and gross

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grapple toy

why we love it: great for restaurants or on the go. this handy toy holds other toys. (now don’t you want to put this on your highchair already?)

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melissa and doug wooden blocks

why we love it:  they will use these for years and years.  We also found it a good toy both our 1 and 3 year olds could play with together and still play with at 2.5 and 4.5 years.   

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Advent Calendars

We love countdowns - and there is nothing like the countdown to Christmas! Below you’ll find some of our favorite Advent Calendar ideas - and all you have to do is click on the image to purchase.

Pip Sticks Sticker Advent Calendar - Sticker Lovers click HERE

image courtesy of pipsticks.com

image courtesy of pipsticks.com

Meri Meri Advent Calendar - Train (recommended for 6 and up)


Meri Meri Advent Calendar - Woodland Creatures



Petit Collage Tree Advent Calendar

LEGO City Advent Calendar (recommended for 5 and up)