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I will always remember the year my sister made a simple wooden centerpiece with fresh greenery and a candle with the Brownies. My mother brought out that centerpiece every year afterwards and displayed it on the coffee table with pride. Our Christmas tree had plenty of store-bought ornaments, but the ones that were really cherished were the ones that some child in the family made over the years. Working on making these creations can bring the family together during the holidays, and help bring the focus of the season away from commercialism.
Crafts are a great way
to get the kids involved in getting ready for the holidays. They can feel
proud of having gifts to give, cards to give, or decorations they have made
being displayed. Most of the crafts they enjoy are the simpler things that
donít require a lot of adult help or a lot of artistic talent. Putting kids,
scissors, glue and glitter together is a no-fail way to get everyone in the
spirit. Add a little Christmas music in the background and a few cookies,
and experience the magic.
Kids can make festive Christmas wreaths out of a variety of inexpensive materials. You can cut the middle out of a paper plate, turn the resulting ring upside down, glue bowtie or other assorted dry pasta onto it to cover the surface. Let dry, then spray paint and sprinkle with glitter. Glue on a bow and hang with a hook. If you have a lot of pinecones, use two strands of wire or fishing line, make a loop around both ends of each cone, to hold pinecones together in a slightly loose row, facing the same direction. Then connect the two ends to make a circle, with the cones pointing outwards away from the center. Use a wire hanger (straightened out and bent to shape) to stabilize it if necessary. Add a bow or some gold bric-a-brac and hang to make a simple rustic looking wreath. Add glitter, sequins, or other shiny things as desired.
Cards are another easy craft that mean a lot to the kids who make them, as well as the recipients. After you make your card list by going through last yearís cards, let the kids cut out pictures from the cards. If you have extra gift tags they can also cut items from some of them. They can glue them onto folded construction paper (make sure you have envelopes that fit first) to make Christmas collages, pictures of Christmas trees, or draw a Christmas picture and use the cutouts as accents on the front of cards. Glitter glue and ribbon make nice additions to jazz up a card. Add a personalized message inside for a card that will bring a smile to whoever receives it.
year I bought wooden ornament kits for the kids. The wood was pre-cut, but
needed to be painted and glued and sparkled. This little activity kept them
busy for a couple of hours on a rainy Thanksgiving afternoon. The ornaments
bear the distinctive artistic stamps of their creators, even though the base
was a prepared kit.
Whatever holiday crafts or other activities you do with the kids this year, enjoy the holidays with them!
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