Last year I did a couple of Christmas crafts with Penelope that were really fun. She got such a kick out them, and they were all great fine motor skill practicing opportunities. For this Christmas tree button one, I bought a big bag of buttons and some pipe cleaners. You tie a little knot at the bottom for the trunk of the tree and to keep the buttons from falling off. Then you put on buttons that go from largest to smallest. Then tie a loop at the top!
For this one, Penelope enjoyed drawing the shape of a Christmas tree and gluing on the buttons. She must have made a 100 of these trees!
For these, same thing as the button trees, pipe cleaners and little beads, except you don’t make a knot at the end you make the pipe cleaner in a U-shape as your kid puts on the beads and then tie the top into a little bow to finish.
Last year I made this Rudolf Bun for Penelope by hot gluing the the nose, eyes and antlers to bobby pins and then sticking them in her bun (click here for my sock bun for toddler hair tutorial). This was such a hit! She loved it so much and it made her feel so special and festive. And all the kids at her preschool went bananas over it! I think I may make little kits for her ballet class if I have time this year.
Anyhoo, just a few simple ideas for ya. I try do some crafting each season or holiday, but I don’t go cray-cray. I want to have memories and mementos, but I don’t want to stress myself out and I always try to do the simpliest craft I can find or think of. This year I bought some popsicle sticks and will do some simple paint and gluing ornaments with them.
Hope you all are enjoying the Advent season so far and have a Very Merry Christmas!
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