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Holiday Crafts: Christmas Light Fingerprints!!

It is my favorite time of year. The holiday time can be really busy and hectic, and I find that with little kids under the age of four to entertain while I get everything done it is best to have some sort of art or busy activity to keep them happy. I love to give them activities that will turn in ot keepsakes for me later on. Bonus if they are something that I can use as a decoration. 

This fun craft is perfect for holiday time, it is festive, uses fingerprints so it reminds you how tiny your little ones were every time you see it, and it can be put out every year as a Christmas decoration. It can be messy, so if you do not have children that can handle that alone they will need help. I have a designated art space in our kitchen area that is easy to clean so I allowed my toddler to do this craft alone. 

I found this fabulous craft at Camp Slop, a fabulous blog that has incredible activity ideas perfect for camp, pre-school, home-school, or at home play. You can get the full details on how to create the craft at their blog. They even have other fun handprint/fingerprint holiday crafts. 

As I said earlier I allowed my little man to do this craft on his own, it was the perfect distraction while I wrapped presents. I simply made the line for the christmas lights ahead of time. I even made this as a christmas gift for the Great Grandmothers in the family. So I simply made the canvases with the “string” line pre-made and let my toddler go nuts with the finger paint. I always leave a picture of the sample so my son can see what it will look like, but gives him the chance to make it his own as toddlers will do.

Now I just have to wait for them to dry and I can package them up as gifts for the holiday season, but do not worry, I always keep one for myself! 

Elf on The Shelf Returns!

Does your family participate in Elf on the Shelf? We are on our fourth year and we absolutely love it. The holiday’s have always been about magic and making the day meaningful in my family, so adding the elf has given us a chance to bring joy and magic back in to our daily lives. It also gives us the chance to see our kids react with genuine awe and excitement. So much of our world is filled with chaos, stress, and fear. It makes me sublimely happy that I can bring them innocence and joy even if it is only for a few weeks with the help fo a small stuffed elf. We try to incorporate lots of different stories and bring in Jesus and the importance of giving during our month with the elves (yes I am that crazy mom that has two!) but we also try to have as much fun as possible with them. For us it isn’t about reporting back to Santa. It is about bringing joy and interacting with our kids all month long. You can find dozens upon dozens of ideas all over the web, especially on pinterest. We are preparing for our two elves to arrive and I love to leave a letter from them for the kids. This year I found two different letters I love, and cannot decide which to use. I may print both and pick one in the heat of the moment when I place them the night before. What are your plans for your elves? Be sure to check out these two free printables for your letters, one from Yummy Mummy Kitchen and one from I Think We Could Be Friends, and while you are there see their ideas for elves and try a few!

Have Yourself a Salt Dough Christmas

This year we are making special keepsake ornaments for the grandparents. My kids are at that age where they are still small, but in one more year they will be practically grown children. They still have that sweet baby-like look to them, and their hands are still so small and beg to be held. I want to remember all of that. So this year we will make some special salt dough Christmas ornaments that will keep their little hands small and baby-like forever.

The fun thing about salt dough is that you can make practically anything with it. Your ornaments do not need to be plain, ordinary, or even the same shape or theme. There is a world of possibilities even when you are using a handprint or footprint as your shape.

Salt dough Christmas

I Heart Arts n Crafts has 27 different salt dough ideas that will blow your mind. So be sure to head on over and check them all out for full tutorials. We have chosen to do Santas and Reindeers for our gifts. We cannot wait to see the joy on all of the grandparents faces this Christmas!