These would make the perfect gift from your daughter to grandma or aunt, and be loads of fun for you to make together. Remember these come gift-giving time- the holidays and birthdays. Also fun to give to any friend that loves ‘girly’ stuff.
If you still need something fun to occupy the kids while you do all you do for the Holiday, these cute treat trees might be just the thing. Little supervision or help required if they’re in Kindergarten or above.
While your out and about, just pick up some tinsel rope and wrapped candies or lollipops- that all you need besides paper, scissors and tape. There’s even a full picture tutorial on the site the kids can just follow while you do something else.
Perfect for setting out on side tables during the holidays, and they’ll be proud you did!
Get the right books about Christmas for your young child with the help of the list and reviews: Christmas Books For Toddlers. Maybe get introduced to some new authors that your child enjoys along the way!
Our kids will grow up in and to a very diverse world, at least here in the US. They get, or at least mine did, some ‘diversity lessons’ in school, but we can augment that at home, and playing the dreidle game together is an easy and fun way to start.
Hopefully, to start a family conversation. My girls we’re lucky enough to grow up knowing kids from different backgrounds and being invited to share in those different celebrations. From our really small family to a family gathering of 50+ at the BFF’s house for Christmas Eve. From the Christmas Pageant at our church to Passover seders. I do believe it’s has helped to make them more tolerant.
Celebrations being generally happy occasions, they’re the perfect time to share our different heritages in a non-threatening and welcoming environment.
There’s so much hatred and intolerance in our world today, let’s open our kids eyes and hearts to different traditions.
When they’re still too little to help with making your Christmas cookies, paper cookies are the answer! And those clever Quirky Mommas have a whole set of printable templates for you to print, cut out and supply along with the crayons, markers, paints, glitter, whatever, that will keep them happy while you bake the edible kind.
A different, ‘right-brained’ take on the addictive Japanese game of Sudoku. A strategy game for kids age 8 and up, and their parents, using colors instead of numbers. And unlike Sudoku, Colorku can be played by 2 working to solve the puzzle together.
104 different puzzle cards provide 5 levels of difficulty. The object of the game is to fill the game board grid and the 9 small grids within it with colored balls such that no column or row within any grid contains a repeat. It’s a brain challenge of the best kind teaching thinking, problem solving and logic skills.
Keep this stimulating game on your list for great gifts– for the Holidays or Birthdays.
A bit involved, so these are perfect for artsy or preteen girls. Keep them involved with this craft while you do all the other things you need to do. Set 2 or 3 of them up at the kitchen table for an hour or so while you make holiday treats.
And if you’ve got a December birthday for an older girl, this would make an excellent party craft to keep them happily involved, chatting and snacking for a good while.
Make a recycled jar pretty with ribbon, paint, stickers, whatever you’ve got that works. Buy or dye popsicle sticks, or use them natural. Write your messages on the sticks (wide ones work better for this purpose), and it’s done. Mess For Less has even included 35 different message/activity ideas for the sticks.
This effective yet simple idea works for all kinds of things beyond Advent Calendars.
Use it to distribute party favors at your next birthday party, where the messages are the favors like “go for pizza with Joey” or “a sleepover with Suzanna” or “ice skating on a Saturday afternoon with Paul”.
Collect lots of jars and ribbons for the kids to make pencil holders to take home from your next birthday party.
Dress up jars for your silverware next time you’re feeding a big gang buffet style.
Sometimes the width of the mouth of a jar is the perfect thing for a bouquet from the garden or the supermarket.
The problem with piggy banks is you can’t see your progress. Use a pretty jar instead to keep all the coins that they can watch grow. Paint cute little piggies on it- copy from web clip art.
I’m sure there’s a million other ways use to use these prettied-up old jars. A great idea from Mess For Less.