The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear. The best way to creatively play in December, is to build the North pole out of boxes with the kids. This has been one of my children’s all time favorite holiday activities yet. All you will need are a few random boxes, a role of packaging tape, a little left over wrapping paper and whatever lights and Christmas decor you have left over as well as the imagination of a kid or two. Create your very own North Pole playhouse your very own living room!
Well December is here and that means…..our Elf on the shelf is BACK. Our special little Elf means exciting, memory filled mornings as the kids wake to see what his daily antics are. They love him so. I had to come up with a great way for them to say good bye to him each Christmas until the following year. Last year a special gift appeared all wrapped under the tree on Christmas morning from our friendly little elf. It was a yearbook of his visits for the year and a goodbye message too including a message about the reason for the season.
Christmas time is near and things get busy! I always try to make the holidays extra special at our house, and it certainly doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time to do so. I do a lot of little things during the holiday season to try and make everything memorable without going crazy wasting too much time or money. Here is a super fun way to warp a simple gift like a movie or game, that will simply delight your kids. By using plain paper and adding a few little extras with a dab of glue, the Christmas wrap goes from boring…to quirky and cute and super fun.
Have you ever had to give a joint gift to two little ones in your family? If you have, then you know that wrapping it is key! If they are different genders you have to find something that works for both, and keep both of their interests in mind. Here is a super fun way to wrap a gift for two that makes it fun for both of them to open together! By wrapping half the gift in one kind of paper and the other half in another, they both get the trill of opening their own gift. Not only does it make it fun for them both to anticipate, but it makes sharing the job of opening it a little easier too. They both are busy opening and reading their cards at the same time, and both have an “end” to open before revealing the surprise inside.
I love making Valentines Day just a little bit out of the ordinary for my kids. Things like a special packed lunch at school, heart shaped doughnuts for breakfast, an afterschool scarvenger hunt or a special dessert are just a few of the things that I have done to make their Valentine’s day special. It doesn’t take a lot of extra time, or money to make their day exciting. Here is a great recipe that is perfect for any get together where you need to feed a crowd, or a special after dinner treat for your family that is made with love. We will be enjoying this on Valentine’s day as a special treat. It is super simple, fast, tasty, and festive topped with red cherry pie filling that your family is sure to love.
Here is one last Holiday treat idea for you all. We will be making our Christmas cookies this weekend and here is a never favorite on our families list of cookies to bake for Christmas time. Mint creme and special red holiday oroes turn from good to amazing after they are dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with candy cane pieces. These are easy to make and taste great too! They are super fun and festive to make during the holidays and will be a hit at any holiday gathering. We have made three batches of these so far this year and let’s just say they are a new favorite.
I am so excited for the kids to be on Christmas break. A week of family time, fun, lots of pj wearing and activities with the kids. Here is a great preschool friendly activity to do with the kids while they are home on break that will really get them in the holiday spirit. Gingerbread Christmas trees made from sugar cones take seconds to set up and frost so the kids can decorate them however they want. An assortment of candies and sprinkles make this a simple, and ultra kid friendly, gingerbread project that will keep there attention just long enough for them to finish the job. If you have little ones – try these fun gingerbread Christmas trees.
Here is a fun little craft to make your little girl’s holiday extra special! What little lady wouldn’t love a comfy little red dress with a sparkly Santa adorning the front? This comfortable pillowcase style dress was fashioned from an unworn t-shirt in just a few simple steps. The small amount of time that it took me to make this was well worth the effort because my little lady wants to wear it every day! Skip the store bought kids clothes and hit the clearanced out holiday shirts so you can refashion them yourself! Easy, inexpensive, and super cute too. A comfy, fun little dress for any holiday party.
Here is a fun way to spice up the kid’s packed lunch at school for the holidays that takes little extra time, but will be extra fun for them. Reindeer sandwiches are the perfect way to make a lunch with a little holiday magic for the kiddos. A heart shaped cookie cutter turns a regular old Pb&J sandwich into an adorable little reindeer sandwich. Pretzels for antlers ,chocolate chip eyes, and a red M&M nose make this reindeer as cute as they are tasty. The kids will love them and request them every day until Christmas arrives! Make them for school, for a fun lunch at home, or for a kid friendly dish to pass at any holiday party.
Simple dollar store mugs adorned with the kids sweet handwriting and pictures is the perfect gift for those teachers who love and nurture their curiosity throughout the year. A simple, but useful gift that the kids can help personalize with the handwriting that those teachers helped form. We wrapped our mugs in brown paper lunch sacks transformed into cute reindeer with a few simple supplies that thank their teachers for helping to make their futures bright. These gifts are inexpensive and easy to make, but are full of heart because they are made by the kids for their teachers.