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heart reindeer

December 13, 2010

3 foam hearts

2 googly eyes

1 poof-ball nose



(dobber’d) Christmas Tree

December 10, 2010

We love Bingo dobbers at our house, and I’m a sucker when finding new colors and variations.  Usually we just do “free art” with them, but for Christmas I needed something simple to do… ah yes, a Christmas tree!

We got out our green dobber for the tree, let dry, then used our yellow and red dobbers and used our fingers to make the “star” and “decorations.”

Sometimes simple is best, don’t you think?!


ps. sorry about the gross yellowing discolored mat.  white mats are only white until you put them over a piece of white paper!


kidsparkz free Christmas printables

December 9, 2010

They can be found here.

I love the concentration game – print out 2 on cardstock!

This page is cute to write letters to Santa (there are other stationary pages, too).

And that page is great for “what comes next” practice with patterns.


Christmas Countdown Activities with Kendra

December 9, 2010

My friend, Kendra, is doing a fun Christmas activity with her son, Cody, each day and blogging all about it.

You can see what she’s doing on her blog here!

Snowman Oreos

December 8, 2010

When I saw these originally (I can’t remember where, sorry!) the person stuck a lollipop stick in the oreo and dipped the cookie in white chocolate, then placed the cookie on waxed paper before decorating while the white chocolate was still wet.

We have Oreo candy molds (can be purchased here for $1.99) that let us cover a cookie in chocolate.  So we melted white almond bark and covered the oreo in that.  When the bark was set, we popped the cookies out of the mold and heated up one more square of white almond bark.  The kids put dots of the melted almond bark on their white oreos so they could use it like glue to attach the candy corn nose and mini m&m eyes and smile.

Even easier? Buy the white chocolate covered oreos so all you have to do is all the face!

(The boys were happier than they look, I promise. They just weren’t thrilled about smiling for mom’s camera when they were anxious to dig into their oreo creations!)


beaded christmas tree

December 7, 2010

The projects that I sometimes think are a bit too simple or silly sometimes turn out the biggest hits with my kids. This is an example of that. The 6, 4 and 2 year old all LOVED this little project.

We put the ornaments and lights on first. We put glue dots down and put the pretty beads on each dot.  Use more colorful beads than you think each tree will need because the colors tend to disappear in all the green later on.

Next, we smeared glue on the construction paper and put on the green beads.  The kids liked putting the green beads on one at a time, but when my 2 year old wasn’t looking I might’ve added them by the handful to make hers go faster. 😉

Finally, pose with your masterpiece before you let it dry.  My kids aren’t much into smiling for the camera these days, so I’ll take what I can get.

We have ours on our window so they won’t get touched much – we used just Elmer’s glue which I like for kids, but the beads aren’t really super super stuck and if it gets handled a bunch they fall off.  Hang it up and admire from a distance if you want it to last all season!

subway art

December 7, 2010

Have you noticed?  Is it just me?  Or is Subway Art all over the place in BlogLand?  At first I wasn’t sure I loved it.  Don’t get me wrong, it was pretty nice, but seemed blah.  But then people started doing themed pieces and holiday pieces, and maybe it was because everywhere I looked I saw it, but I soon decided that yes, I too, love Subway Art! It reminds me a lot of the whole owl-craze that started last year.  Initially I averted my eyes with every little owl project that I would see.  Now?  I love them.  Anyway…

Subway Art.

If you haven’t joined yet, it’s time.

I made this using Photoshop Elements 8, and I’ll let you in on a little secret… it was my first time using PSE.  It was complete trial and error, a matter of making layers upon layers, changing fonts and colors, rotating and re-rotating.  The above I made for my mother–in-law for her birthday, and I’ll frame it to fancy it up a bit.  I have to say, after making one, and figuring out how to make it work for me, I’m really excited to make more!

Some of my favorites for the holidays… and the *best* part – most of these incredibly thoughtful bloggers have them available as a free download so you don’t have to do the work!

{ craftily ever after }


( tatertots & jello }


( bunch of craft }


{ mine for the making }


{ a little lovely }


( betty crocker wannabe }


{ blooming homestead }