Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hand Print Christmas Card to do with your Child

We're having a blast crafting the last few days.  Emma and I have been making Christmas gifts and cards for all the family members!  Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends!  We're even thinking of doing one for the teacher :)  Its been going really well and we've been on a very good track of doing 3 per sitting! :D

I'm sharing this first one with you, its so simple and easy to do and really a lot of fun.

What you'll need:

Construction paper
Colours (brown, green, red, blue and yellow)
Brushes
Little hands

We only had red, blue and yellow colour. So we used blue and yellow to make green, and blue, yellow & red to make brown.... I didn't get the balance right with this last combination so our brown looks a bit purplish.  If you need brown, you should just mix red & green and it would turn out ok.  I skimped on yellow because we were running low and I really needed it for the green.

Take construction paper and fold in half to make a card.

Use brown colour to make the tree trunk.  Paint your child's hand green and have her stamp around on the page until you create a Christmas Tree shape.


toddler craft hand print Christmas tree painted hand
Emma LOVED doing this!
Once the tree is somewhat dried, have your child dip her finger in red paint and stamp around the tree to make red ornaments.

toddler craft hand print Christmas Tree finger print ornaments
toddler craft hand print Christmas Tree finger print ornaments
 toddler craft hand print Christmas Tree finger print ornaments

Continue doing so with as many colours as you like.  We used blue and yellow to create this beautiful Christmas card for her aunt and uncle :)

Emma really enjoyed herself, she really liked using her hands and fingers to paint.  She is so proud of her creation.  Its really hard for her to keep it a secret... (hopefully none of our family members will check out this blog before Christmas!).

** Jan 4, 2011: Just a small added update since we've made quite a few of these as Christmas gifts.  We also glued mini pompoms in addition to finger prints to the card.  Its the blue and white ones in this pic.

toddler craft hand print Christmas Tree card

toddler craft hand print Christmas Tree card



  

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - Christmas II

Another week and another holiday theme.  And for us that's Christmas! 

Muffin Tin Meal Christmas theme

I'm using my orange Muffin Tin, not very Christmasy I know but Emma asked for it and what she says goes! :)

So, what's in the tin?  Homemade crêpe with blackberry jam (rolled into a funny looking ornament), homemade blackberry jam, grapes (more Christmas ornaments), Christmas Tree sandwich, the negative of the sandwich (Emma used it to dip into the jam) and plain yoghurt.



Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth



  

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Painting out of the box

Emma loves painting, whenever I ask her what shall we do, more often than not she'd say paint.

However, if I let her paint with her brushes I really need to be around to make sure she stops at the point where her work looks like a beautiful abstract painting, otherwise we'd pretty much be left with a giant brown blob :o)

So the other day instead of brushes, I gave her empty toilet rolls. And what she created was just beautiful.

toddler craft painting with paper rolls

toddler craft painting with paper rolls

toddler craft painting with paper rolls

toddler craft painting with paper rolls

toddler craft painting with paper rolls

toddler craft painting with paper rolls

toddler craft painting with paper rolls

I'm planning to frame and hang this somewhere very visible :o)

  

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - Christmas

We've had a very busy weekend.... shopping, office Santa parties for kids, name days, guests & celebrations.... That's why I'm a little late with my Muffin Tin!

But with no further ado, here's our very rushed Christmas snack:

muffin tin monday christmas theme

Top row: cheese pie, Cinnamon covered squirrel & reindeer (or moose) chips which Emma helped create
Bottom row: apple (Emma's been into biting whole apples lately), homemade blackberry jam to dip the Cinnamon chips into and a mandarin.

I'll post the recipe for the chips soon! This is another great inspiration I got from the Muffin Tin Mom! :)


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