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Christmas Activities for the Kids… December 16, 2008

Filed under: Activities,Holidays,Mothering,Uncategorized — Leah @ 6:00 am

We’re on a snow day (week??)  here in Oregon and my husband and I brainstormed some activities that we might do with the kids this week.   Here are some we might be gearing up for at our house:

  • “Stained Glass” Christmas Trees (or wreaths or bells or ???): shave or grate up vaious colors of old broken crayons hanging around your house and let you kids place the colorful shavings on a piece of wax paper.  Place a second piece of wax paper on top (waxy sides on the inside) and with your iron on LOW melt the shavings into your “stained glass” window.  Then using construction paper, make a frame (in the shape of a Christmas Tree – or whatever else you desire) for the “stained glass”.  Hang it in a window and let them enjoy their handiwork.
  • Cut out three large circles of construction paper and stack them to make the outline of a snowman.  Put some glue and a pile of cotton balls on the table and let your kids fill in the snowman with snow (aka- cotton balls).  Later they can dress their snowman with old fabric making a hat, scarf, buttons, and mittens.  A twig from the yard can be hot-glued to make arms for you snowman.
  • Cut a toilet paper tube in half end to end (make two semi-circle halves — does that make sense??) and then glue them rounded side to rounded side – making a mini manger.  Cut small pieces of yarn (about an inch in length) and glue in the manger as hay for baby Jesus (who can fairly easily be made out of construction paper).
  • Get out the red and green paper, glue sticks (or stapler if your lazy like we were) and get that paper chain made!  Our kids are too small to understand the difference between two weeks, two days, and two hours- so this has been a GREAT thing for us.  We let them decorate the strips of paper and then we link them after they are done (while they work on coloring a “Christmas is here!” sign to hang it from).
  • Take a (1 inch) square of tissue paper, twist it around the end of a pencil, dab it in white glue and then glue it onto a colored piece of paper.  Kids can easily create the outline of a wreath, Christmas tree,  stocking, candy cane, or anything else they desire using multiple squares of tissue.

I hope this inspires you to do something fun with your kids this week!  Let me know what you do (and maybe even how it goes!!).


2 Responses to “Christmas Activities for the Kids…”

  1. Megan Says:

    Thanks for the great ideas! I am short of creative art projects since we have been stuck inside for so many days (I have lost count!). I think we may try the stained glass today or tomorrow. how do you make the stained glass stay in the frame?

  2. Leah Moffat Says:

    Ohh, you know…cut the waxed paper/stained glass to the shape you want and then just glue your paper frame (make 2 – one for each side- cut in the same shape as your stained glass) on your stained glass insert. Hang in the window and let the kids admire their beautiful handiwork.


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