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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Just Add Glitter!

Thanks for hopping over from Kiddy Charts and welcome to my post for the fifth day of #12daysofparenting. We have many prizes to giveaway including Sand Art Pictures. Full details can be found on the 12 Days of Parenting Facebook page, and all entries are to be completed via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

When it comes to crafts, I'm not so great. Pinterest is both my friend and my nemesis. I love so much that I see there, but when I try the ideas out I invariably fail! And trying to do anything off Pinterest with the kids just results in everyone getting frustrated. So, today, we're going old school. Primary school to be precise. Those were the days, eh! Simple crafts, specifically designed for small children to do fairly unaided. The only Christmas crafts I can remember making at school are angels made from Art Straws, and gift tags made out of old Christmas cards. In the absence of any Art Straws - do they even make those anymore? - I have opted for the gift tags. While I suspect that most of you know how to do these, let's pretend you've never experienced the fun that is chopping up Christmas cards. Or perhaps you didn't attend school in the late 80s/early 90s and these might be new and amazing to you!

Materials:
  • Old Christmas cards - or some new ones you've lost the envelopes for.
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors - preferably pinking shears, or other fancy shaped blades
  • Hole punch
  • String
  • Bowl of buttons
  • Parcel tags
  • Glue
  • Christmas stickers
  • Glitter glue

Method:

Encourage your child to go to the toilet, to prevent their jigging around causing a finger to be chopped off.

Give your toddler a bowl of buttons to play with, to keep them occupied for at least 30 seconds.


Using your pencil and ruler draw a gift tag shape around the part of the Christmas card you wish to use.

Hand card and scissors to your child, and let them cut out their tag. Great for those motor skills. 

Stick some blobs of glue on some real tags and get the toddler to stick buttons on.

Once child has finished cutting, and is feeling pretty proud of themselves, get them to punch a hole in the top of their tag.

Shove a piece of string through, and tie a knot.

Add some glitter glue details. There, now it's even more Christmassy.

Leave to dry.

Repeat, whilst providing the toddler with stickers for their tags.

Take photos of their proud little faces and their beautiful creations.

Stick the tags to presents for extended family - they'll be delighted, you won't have to keep every single thing your children have made.




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