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Crafts and Activities

Crafts and Activities

"Tis the season for glue and glitter, Fa la la la la ...la la la la"   Get your scissors, ribbons, pinecones and Christmas spirit for family craft fun! Prepare yourself and your family for the joy of the season with ideas for holiday fun, decorations, tree ornaments and gifts for kids to make.

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Candy Cane Reindeer

Candy Cane ReindeerMaterials Needed:
Candy Cane
Glue
Brown Pipe Cleaners
Small Wiggle eyes
Small Red Pom Pom
Thin Ribbon - optional
Small Bell - optional

Bring pipe cleaner under curve -neck- of candy cane and then twist to tighten into a V shape. Bend into a Z shape to look like antlers. Glue on two small wiggle eyes and the small pom pom for a nose. String the bell through the ribbon and attach it to the candy cane. You may need to use a hot glue gun - with adult help.

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Reindeer

Magic Reindeer Food for Christmas Eve

Mix together oatmeal and glitter. Put some of the mixture in a small plastic bag.

On a heavy piece of construction paper cut to about 2 x 4 1/2, print the following instructions.

Magic Reindeer Food for Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Eve, sprinkle the Magic Reindeer
Food on your Lawn--The Magic Glitter sparkling
in the Moonlight and the smell of the Oats
will guide Rudolph to Your House!

After you've finished writing the instructions, fold the paper rectangle in half and staple to the top of the plastic bag.

This makes a perfect Christmas gift for kids to give out to their school-mates before being let out for Christmas holidays.

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Holiday Play Dough Recipe

Mrs. ClausMaterials Needed:
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 Tablespoons Oil
1 Cup of Water
Food Coloring of your kid's choice.

Making your own play dough can be a great family activity. One advantage is the ability to mix and make your own play dough colors. This recipe doesn't take long and the kids will be thrilled with the end result.

Be prepared for a white kitchen. Yes, kids and a bag of flour usually equals a Christmas snow scene, and they will probably resemble Frosty the snowman when the recipe is complete. Don't forget to keep a camera handy for this event.

First choose an empty area on a hard surfaced floor and spread newspapers if desired. Make it a challenge to the children not to spill anything... Be prepared for the mess!

Get a large mixing bowl, a measuring cup and measuring spoons for a Tablespoon and a Teaspoon. Have the child take the measuring cup and measure one cup of flour and pour it into the bowl. Then using the same measuring cup, let the child measure about 1/2 Cup of Salt and add it to the flour.

Using a wooden spoon, have the child mix the salt and flour. (first photo op) Now have the child measure 2 TEASPOONS of cream of tartar. Add and mix. Now have the child measure 2 TABLESPOONS of oil. Add and mix again.

Measure 1 CUP of WATER and slowly add as the child mixes, or you can mix while the child slowly adds the water. Are you in a mess yet?

Now comes the fun part of choosing a color for the play dough. Add a few drops of a color at a time, then mix. Keep adding color until you have a color you like. This is a good opportunity to show a child what happen when you mix colors such as yellow and blue.

Now the parent must take over the process. Place the mixture in a pan and cook and stir the mixture over medium heat. Safety comes first and children are only allowed to watch this part.

The mixture will eventually turn into a ball in the mixing bowl. When it has reached a pliable stage, place it in the refrigerator to cool before allowing the kids to play with it.

There is no preservatives in this play dough recipe. Store the play dough in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Discarded margarine and yogurt containers with replaceable lids are great for play dough storage.

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Pinecone Christmas Ornaments

Go for a walk with the kids and gather pinecones (a good way to spend an afternoon).

The pinecones can be left natural, or they can be spray-painted or dipped into paint.

While still wet, add glitter.

Glue a ribbon or strong thread to the top of a pine cone leaving a large enough hole so the ribbon can be looped over the branches of the Christmas tree.

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Jar Lid Magnets

Materials Needed:
Jar Lids - Baby food jar lids are a perfect size
Glue
Glitter
Scraps of trim
Magnet
a photo

Cut the photo to fit inside the lid. Set it aside. Around the outside and inside lip of the lid apply glue and sprinkle on glitter. If you have scraps of trim apply it to the outside edge. When dry, glue the photo inside and a magnet to the back.

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Christmas Puppets

Materials Needed:
Little Paper Bags
Glue
Crayons
Construction Paper
Misc. Craft Items - such as fabric scraps, beads, etc.

Get creative and make all sorts of Christmas characters. Make Santa Claus; make eyes, ears, etc, and then use cotton balls, felt, etc for the hair and beard. Don't forget the hat and red nose - like a cherry. You can also make Rudolph, Mrs. Claus, elves...

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Snowman

Melted Snowman

This is a cute "gag" gift. Older children have loads of fun making it for relatives!

Take a baby food (or other small glass jar) and fill with:

7 black beads (2 eyes and 5 for the mouth). You could also use small buttons or rocks

small piece of carrot (nose)

2 small pieces of twig or straw (arms)

OPTIONAL: you can even buy tiny black plastic hats at craft stores and put one of those in.

Fill jar with water and put on a gift tag or label that says "Melted Snowman"

OPTIONAL: Cut a circle of fabric a little bigger than the jar. Put over the lid and tie with a ribbon.

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Homemade Christmas Cards

Cut out pictures from last year's Christmas cards or Christmas-related pictures from magazines. Combine them with a special Christmas poem.

Paste the pictures and the Christmas poem on a big piece of red construction paper.

The construction paper can be pre-cut into a special Christmas-themed shape or just decorated however you'd like.

If you'd rather make it look like a traditional Christmas card, just fold the card and add the poem to the inside and then decorate as desired.

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Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Mrs. ClausMaterials Needed:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water, divided

Mix salt and flour; add half the water, then gradually add the remaining water.

Knead until the dough is smooth, this could take awhile.

Roll out the dough on a flat surface.

Use cookie cutters to cut out holiday designs.

Dust dough with flour (add designs using a toothpick, if desired).

Use a pencil to make the hole for hanging the ornament on the Christmas tree.

Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 hour or until the dough is dried.

Remove from oven and cool completely.

Paint with acrylic paints; add glitter, glue on beads, add stickers.

Thread ribbon or string through the hole and hang on the Christmas tree.

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Surprise Christmas Ice Cubes

Freeze green limeade in ice trays with a red maraschino cherry in each well.

When the ice melts in a glass of Christmas punch, a cherry is left behind as an added treat.

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