I thought I would come up with a few ideas for cards, gifts and decorations that all families can try.
Make snowflake decorations
- Use a square of white paper and fold opposite corners over to make a triangle, then keep folding corner to corner to make a smaller triangle.
- Now, using a small pair of scissors (younger children may need to ask the adult to do this part) cut out small shapes from the edges of the folds.
- Once you have cut as many holes as you want (you can unfold the snowflake to see what it looks like and refold to continue cutting) open the snowflake out flat and then decorate with glitter.
- You can then use string to hang the up or Blu tak or cellotape to stick them to windows and doors.
I love making Christmas cards with the children (possibly more than them!) Here are some examples of cards we have made in the past.
You will need:
- Blank card
- Paints-colours depending on what you are painting
- Googly eyes
Pencil pot for present
Make a pencil holder for the desk.
- Collect cardboard tubes of different height and size. (toilet rolls, kitchen rolls, tubes from Clingfilm, tin foil and wrapping paper)
- cut them all to the height you want-it looks better if they are varying heights and then you can have the smallest to store the rubber and pencil sharpener, the next ones for pens and the tallest for rulers.
- Make sure you measure the items you are going to put in the holder so that you get the right size.
- You may need an adult to help you cut the tubes.
- Once you have them at the size you want you can enjoy the decorating. Try wrapping paper, newspaper or painting the tubes.
- You now need a piece of cardboard to use as the base for you pencil holder, it can be any shape you want. (Remember not to make it too big-it has to fit on a desk or table neatly!)
- Once your decoration is dry cut slits up each tube all the way round the bottom end about 1cm high.
- Bend these tabs inwards.
- Put glue on all of the tabs and stick the tube to the.
- You may want to put something on top of the tubes until the glue dries to hold it on.
You will need:
- 4 tbsp water
- 500g Icing Sugar
- A few drops Peppermint Extract
- Food colouring (green) optional
- Edible glitter optional
- Melted chocolate to decorate - optional
- Mix the water with the icing and peppermint extract.
- Mix with a spoon until the mixture is smooth and firm.
- Dust a work surface with icing sugar and knead the mixture. Add a couple of drops of colouring or edible glitter.
- Sprinkle a rolling pin with icing sugar and roll the mixture out until it is slightly thicker than a £1 coin. Use cutters to cut out shapes. These can now be decorated with melted chocolate if desired.
- Leave to dry overnight (for at least 4 hours)
Who can resist a sock puppet!?
- Ask your parents for any OLD socks that you can have.
- Use buttons, beads or googly eyes to give your puppet a face.
- Older children may be able to sew a face or buttons on. PVA glue will work just as well.
- Be imaginative-use wool for their hair, stick on big ears.
- You could make the puppets into animals, people, your family or friends or monsters and aliens.
- Pingpong balls make great eyes.
- Try gluing on shells or dry pasta.
- You could give your puppet a tongue or teeth too!
You will need:
- Plain teatowels
- Fabric Paint
- Fabric Pens
- Washing Machine
- Iron the teatowel so that it is completely flat
- Use the paint or pens to decorate the towels. When I have done this in the past my children have used the paint to do hand and footprints.
- Make sure you name and date the artwork so you know who made it in years to come!
- Some pens and paint need to be ironed or washed to secure-make sure you read the instructions.
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