Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Crafts

Wednesday are our school-at-home days, and since the kids' school doesn't really have time for crafts (they attend a 4-day-a-week, 3-hour-a-day school) we dedicated our Wednesday to them!
Because it was snack time by the time we got started, I pulled out the edible play dough for our first fun. With 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup dry milk powder, and 2-3 tablespoons of honey, you can play and eat! And it's really not all that bad for you either, if you count all the protein you're getting! (Hmmm, dip balls of this in chocolate for a yummy treat, anyone?)
Here's what the kiddos came up with on Wednesday:
 Oh, and I failed to mention that pretzels, chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, craisins, etc, make this play dough even more edible and even more fun!
The boy immediately created his rendition of a zhu-zhu pet.
The oldest was a little more holiday-minded with her Christmas tree, and the boy's second creation was a long, spotted snake.
After the kids had played a while, I got the idea of using food coloring to create colored edible play dough! I'm sure everyone else has already been doing this, but we were all very impressed with the results!
 After creating colored volcanoes spilling out raisins and pretzels, the kiddos gobbled up their creations, and we were on to craft #2.
I have appreciated the teachers in the past that have helped the kiddos create Christmas tree ornaments with their pictures in them. There is one from a few years ago of the oldest, where they apparently dressed each child up like an angel to take the pics. The expression on the oldest's face (then 4) is so funny and un-angelic that it makes me laugh every time I pass the tree! Anyway, I wanted to create something like that for the kiddos this year.
We started out with wire, lots of beads, pictures of the kids, card board, hot glue, and ribbon and ended up with bead-framed picture ornaments that are now front and center in our family room tree. Here's what we did:
The kids each received one piece of floral wire to string whichever beads they wanted to. Make sure the wire will wrap around whichever picture you are using. I found that even the 2yo was able to put the beads on the wire, even though she has trouble putting beads on string. When the wires are full, make a loop with them by twisting the ends together and tucking the extra wire back under the beads. Glue the pic onto the cardboard, make a loop of beads around the pic and hot glue it there. Hot glue the ribbon to the back of the cardboard as well. These ornaments were quick and easy and after just a few minutes of momma gluing, the kids were able to put their handiwork on the tree!
Happy Christmas crafting!
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  1. what a great day for crafts...:) so very special! i love the play dough! my girls and i will def. have to try soon:) photo ornaments are the best! we do the same kinds of things to our tree....happy holidays!:) stay warm!

  2. Cute! My grandma used to make us peanut butter playdough and I've been trying to find the recipe formy kids for YEARS! Thanks so much for reminding me! great pictures!

  3. thats what I am making my nephews and niece for christmas I am making playdough in colors and holiday scents

  4. So fun! Love that pic of the oldest. "So un-angelic..." LOL!

  5. Awww, those are so sweet! I LOVE hanging homemade Christmas ornaments on our tree. And, the kids love finding theirs in the boxes. The older boys get a lot of laughs out of their pictures!