The story of our little home, orchard, and us.
Winter break is a great time for families, but it also has us looking for activities to keep our little ones busy while they are held captive inside due to weather. So before you take down your Christmas tree, here are three quick and easy crafts to make now and enjoy the next Christmas season!
If you enjoy a real Christmas tree, one of our favorite traditions is cutting a slice off the end of our tree before tossing it. We then collectively decide the best memory from that year and put it on our tree slice. Drilling a hole in the top and threading with string makes it a great ornament for next year. You can easily modify the idea and allow each child to create their own memory ornament, or even have them draw instead of write it.
When our first duckling was in preschool, her teacher sent home an ornament they made in class that I loved so much, we've carried on the tradition. You can purchase a package of simple clear ornaments and insert a favorite picture either from the school year, or that Christmas season for each little and decorate it with some faux greenery and ribbon. We have a tree full of precious memories for each of our ducklings.
And lastly, using our littles' handprints to make pictures allows us to reflect on their growth each year. There is something so special about baby handprints. For this one, using simple craft paper and paint we created Santa. The back shows the name and date of each child, and making it with two layers allowed for stuffing in the middle to make it 3D.
Three fairly simple and easy crafts for you to do now and enjoy the memory of it as soon as you open that ornament box next year.