Full of blog entries to be written!
There is so much I want to say, Blog posts I've been writing in my head, but these holidays, they are crazy on the schedule!
To add to the fun, the kids are dropping like flies around here to some sort of sore throat/bronchial irritation/fever and the little tickle in the back of my throat warns me I may be next.
One of the posts in my head is a "To-Do" list for 2008 (I hate goal setting, but can make to-do lists; but that's another post). Somewhere on that to do list is "learn to auto-post to the blog". Until then, I'm afraid you'll all have to bear with the holiday randomness a bit longer.
While I work on sorting out all these posts in my head here are some crafty things you can do with the kids during these last couple of days before Christmas.
This "Santa Mask" is a new addition to our home this year. We actually have two of them, which we created at our Library's Preschool Program. All the cutting was done for us, we just had to do the pasting. It's made by cutting the center out of a paper plate, then gluing on a construction paper (or cardstock) red triangle for the hat with a cotton ball tip and quilt batting for the beard and hat trim. Rosy pink cheeks, a red cherry nose (paper again) and voila! The kids really had a blast making these. Especially when our librarian got crazy and ripped out the glitter glues. Kids + glitter glue = win!
Next, check out our awesome snowflake:
Isn't it sweet? The Princess made it at Sparks last year.
White glue! I kid you not! Perhaps I'm the last mom on the planet not to know this, but you can EASILY make your own window stickies with cheap white paste. It almost knocked me out when I saw this. Genius! And again, why didn't I think of that?
They both stick and peel better than the store bought window decorations. Just "draw" your design on waxed paper with your glue (and a toothpick if you want to get fancy) and allow to dry overnight. Getting your kids to allow it to dry is the hardest part, I promise. When it's completely dry, just peel and stick to any glass surface. When you're tired of it, peel it off again and stick it back on some waxed paper (or toss it, no biggie). Not only is this fun and cheap, but you can use coloured glues (or glue with food colouring) to decorate for any season--flowers in the summer, hearts at Valentines, etc. Let your imagination run wild! We all know how much kids love glue, and this will keep them occupied for as long as the glue holds out, allowing you oh, 2 or 3 minutes of peace. And every glass surface of your house will thank you for it's seasonal decor. You could probably branch into stainless steel too. Go wild!