Munchkins and Moms

Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Paper Bows

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DIY paper bows from upcycled kids art!
"Brown paper packages wrapped up in string, these are a few of my favorite things."
Brown kraft paper, as plain as it may be, provides the perfect blank slate when packaging beautiful gifts, don't you think? I'll admit, I'm not normally a gift-wrapping pro. As a matter of fact, I usually just put gifts into bags (I know, B-O-R-I-N-G). But I really love when people go the extra mile to not only pick out the perfect gift, but also put time into making the outside of the gift look like- well, a gift in and of itself! My goal this season is to put in a little extra effort into presenting beautiful gifts to my friends and family.
While browsing Pinterest (my activity of choice when the kiddos nap), I came across this great idea for paper bows using upcycled kids artwork. Hey- I have kids. And I have plenty of artwork from them. Maybe I could do this... <looking over directions> Yes, I can TOTALLY do this! Want to make one too? Here's what you'll need to get started:

Friday, December 12, 2014

Snowman Puffy Paint Art

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Yes, I may have a snowman obsession (Melted Snowman Soup, Do you want to Melt a Snowman, 10 Playful Snowman Activities). But to be fair, this activity is actually part of the snowman bucket list I made in the 10 Playful Snowman Activities post (see numbers 1 and 8) ;-)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Candy Cane Christmas Ornaments

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So I think I found a simple enough ornament for my kids to make (seeing as how our wreath ornaments were not quite right for them). I actually came back to a project we did in the fall- marble painting. Since marble painting was simple and fun, I just reinterpreted the idea to work for Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Making the "Good List"

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I hear the North Pole has been pretty busy right now. So much so, that they've outsourced a few of their tasks to our little family (see how we helped Mrs. Clause with some elf laundry!) Today we're helping the Man In Red himself by making part of his "Good List" right here in our dining room!
If you've been around the blog for awhile, you're sure to have seen my VariQuest Sticker machine make a few appearances already ("Feed the Animals" and "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Costume"). It's such a simple, handy, tool that even my toddler/preschooler can use (no really, he loves it!) We used it today to make Santa's Good List- a super simple activity that also helps with name recognition!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Elf Clothes Line

Ok, how cute are these elf clothes?!? The other day I had an idea to make an elf clothes line for my boys to get in some fun, seasonal, fine motor practice. But I will kid you not, I am no designer. I can create ideas for activities all day long- but designing is not my strength. So I talked my good Friend Leah who designs invitations, cards, and more for her Etsy shop LeeLeeandSumSum. She was on the task and created the super-cute elf clothes that were perfect for my idea :-)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Wreath Ornaments

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is look through all the old Christmas ornaments that my mom has saved up through the years. All the school project ones bring back great memories. Christmas in school was (and still is!) the most wonderful and magical time of the year. All the handmade gifts (ornaments, calendars, cards) that we did in class brought me such joy to take home and place under the tree (or in this case, on the tree).

Now that I've got munchkins of my own, I really wanted to start the tradition of making handmade ornaments early. I thought what's better than these classic rice and glue ornaments that were ever-so-popular during my time in school? My oldest loves sensory bins (see our Insect Sensory Bin that he played with for days), so making these rice ornaments seemed like a natural extension to a rice sensory bin that he might play with.

  • Green colored rice *
  • Star shaped pasta * (optional, but they look like pretty berries in the wreath!)
  • Decorative bows
  • Paper clips
  • Glue gun
  • White school glue

Christmas Cutting Tray

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We finally took down our Christmas boxes from the rafters. I wanted to take my time and nostalgically look at each piece that I've collected over our 11 years of marriage, but I've got two energetic boys who aren't really interested in nostalgia. They want to play! (well, one wanted to play, the younger one went down for nap). After being cooped up inside because of rain, I knew it was high time to put something together for my oldest munchkin to explore and play with.
  • Child safe scissors
  • Old Christmas Cards
  • Tissue  paper
  • Bead garland
  • Bits of wrapping paper
  • Ribbon

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