One of our family traditions is making and giving Christmas ornaments to our family. It is such a nice way to capture the essence of the year. My daughter loves painting the inside of the clear balls and making pretty swirls. We have made this ornament for about 8 years now. After realizing that our family had enough to fill a whole tree, we decided to try something new.
This year we made fingerprint Christmas ornaments. They are so much fun and easy for children of all ages.
What you will need:
self hardening clay- We used Crayola (takes a few days to harden at room temperature.)
straw to make hole
cookie cutter (shape of your choice)
Roll out a ball of clay with the rolling pin on wax paper.
Using a cookie cutter press down on clay and cut excess off around the cookie cutter. Remove cookie cutter. Using the end of a straw make a hole for the ribbon/yarn for hanging purposes.
Have your child press their thumbprint on the clay.
Using a letter stamp press the initials of your child’s name on the ornament above the fingerprint.
Lay out the ornaments on wax paper to dry. This will take between three and five days. Once the clay hardens you take a black crayon and lightly color over the thumbprint. This makes it easier to see the lines in the fingerprint. Spray the ornament with silver glitter spray. Let topside dry; flip and spray underside with glitter spray. Write the year with silver sharpie on backside of ornament. Thread ribbon or yarn through hole for hanging. And voila’! You have yourself a timeless piece that you can hang on your tree year after year.
This is such an adorable book and a neat way to retell the majestic story of Jesus’ birth. In the Littlest Christmas Kitten, a mother cat searches for her lost kitten in the stable just before Mary and Joseph arrive. Yes! The story is told in the mother cat’s point of view and we discover what it was like for the animals to witness the birth of the promised child. As mother cat is frantically looking for her lost kitten, Mary and Joseph walk into the stable, and she quickly hides in a nearby manger. There she finds her lost kitten and rests til the manger is needed for sweet baby Jesus. The hay that is a bed for a kitten is also soft enough for the newborn king. Sounds come to life in the stable as the animals rejoice and the angels sing. The words and images entangle together and will grab hold of the reader’s emotions bringing life to the story as it is read. A feline secret is shared at the end of the tale and will bring light of wonder to the littlest reader. The Littlest Christmas Kitten will delight readers of all ages!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash and the review is of my own honest opinion.
Nancy I Sanders has launched her Get to Know Series in which children are given a closer look into the lives of people from Bible times. I love this series because it gives our children a way to connect and learn about well known people of the bible as people and not a character in a story. Get to know Jesus is a great book for children ages 6-10. This book introduces Jesus and his amazing works that are found in the new testament. Learn about the life of Jesus from birth to the Crucifixion. This is an easy read that captures the mind of children using color images, maps, scripture, and fun facts. Flipping through the book you will find the Did you Know sections that explain Jesus’ family tree, the different Herods of the Bible, burial traditions, and the seven Jewish feasts and a hero section that introduces the 12 disciples, John the Baptist, Moses, and other Heroes of the Bible. This is a great resource for Sunday School and home Bible studies.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in return for an honest review
It is no secret, more and more families are decorating fake trees at Christmas time. We are one of those families. Apartment life doesn’t allow me the freedom of having a real Christmas tree. My kids and I agree that what is missed is the sweet smell of Christmas. The Balsam pine and woodsy scent mixed with cinnamon is a favorite during this very special time of year. The Columbia Fragrance Company in Toledo, Ohio has perfected a blend of cinnamon with woodsy undertones in a candle they call Home for the Holidays. Their candles are a blend of paraffin and soy wax and they burn clean. The lead free wick eliminates the grey smoke and the smell of burnt candle when extinguished. Burn the candle alone or in unison with a balsam pine candle. The scent of Christmas will fill your home.
Today has been a relax and a catch up day. The kids are enjoying Christmas movies and crafts. I have also tried to sneak in the science fair project my daughter must turn in when she returns to school next year. I will share details in a later post. While crafting today the children made waterless snow globes. They are quite easy to make and they are so pretty! They make a sweet Christmas gift from the kids.
Mason Jar with lid
Christmas Tree (mini figure can be found at the dollar tree or kmart.)
Glue the Christmas tree to the inside of the lid of the jar. Pour Epsom salt and glitter (if you desire) in to the jar a lil less then half way depending on the size of the Christmas tree. Let adhesive dry and then seal the jar with the lid (Christmas tree side goes into the jar) Shake and watch the snow fall over the Christmas tree. Super easy!!!