Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Kiddie Christmas Craft!

I'm home from helping my daughter at her farm for a few days and catching up with all of you!  Of course, caring for her six kids, two dogs, cats, pigs, goats, horses, ducks and chickens has taken all the elegance out of me!

It has, however, given me lots of ideas for Christmas decorating that are doable for moms with small kids.  When I arrived on Sunday evening we got in the Christmas mood by watching The Polar Express.  The youngest two had never seen the movie and it's so magical watching their earnest faces as they declare they would get on the train!

The craft we made was simple, not too time consuming and educational.  I had cut out pennants from a leftover piece of painters cloth.  The kids chose Merry Christmas as the words they wanted to display.  I had alphabet stencils from the dollar store and magic markers.  The kids had to count how many letters we needed and find the stencil letters to spell the words.  This was a pretty big accomplishment for grades SK to four. Christmas is a tough word!

Then they taped the stencils on the pennants and coloured them in with the magic marker. ~

Don't I have this wonderfully under control?  No matter how many times they say, "Grandma is this - can I - I need - he took my, etc.", I am completely calm and relaxed!  They jiggle and jump and squeeze in closely to watch me hot glue gun the pennants to the hay binder twine we brought in from the barn.  We proudly show my daughter the first word and can't understand her confusion until I turn it around. ~

YRREM?  Okay, so it's a little harder to concentrate when you are working with very young children!

I reheat the glue to melt it and start again.  More jiggling, jumping and squeezing and we have a banner to hang in the sun porch to greet Daddy when he gets home from his conference in a few days.  He says it is the best Christmas decoration they have and the kids were thrilled!

I'm not even going to apologize for the photography!  Between meals, lunches, laundry, homework, baths, racing for school buses, doctor appointments and barn work, it's a miracle I picked up a camera at all!

Have a simply wonderful day!