Card and Gift Making

To combat the Christmas busy-ness we have been finding quiet time to make cards and gifts. Daisy has been set up with blank cards, stamps, stickers, markers and asked to create cards for friends at daycare. This request has been met with an enthusiastic burst of creativity.

I was working on our family Christmas cards (yes they will be late!) while Daisy worked away beside me.

The 2 flowers in red, a photo on scrapbooking paper on a blank card. Luckily I like things simple.

Her sense of pride in creating these cards is infectious. Rose joined in when she woke up from her nap and used bingo markers to decorate Christmas trees on her cards.

We enjoyed making tree ornaments a few weeks ago from very simple materials. For friends, Daisy made a kit containing beads, bells and a glitter stem put into a gift bag. I seem to have collected far too many! These we added to a candy cane and the card. Now her friends can make an ornament for their tree at home.

I enjoyed reading a post from Cheryl’s Child Care Blog today about giving children ownership of their decorating. While I loved stylized trees before I had kids, I now love seeing huge pom pom decorations, random pipe cleaners bent into strange shapes and coloured circles of card adorning our tree. Themed trees are overrated!

Here Daisy is counting and sorting and bagging. A little sneaky math thrown in.

Craft: DIY Christmas Ornament

We are finally getting around to Christmas preparations. The tree was picked, put up and decorated last weekend. Now to the fun activities. I am seeing so many beautiful ideas floating around the web and blogging circles. Thanks to Pinterest we can now keep track of them all.

I couldn’t decide which activity to do first so I opened it up to Daisy’s creative side. Here are your options:

Rose loved playing with the bells. Rolling, dropping, shaking and unfortunately throwing; we are working on that one!

I did not give any structure to this craft but simply said it would be great to make something for the tree. Daisy knew what she wanted to make immediately.

Spot the magnet being drawn to the metallic beads.

I enjoyed playing too and discovered you can bend the stems into whatever shape you want.

Playing with sequencing and patterns.

Here is Daisy’s creation.

She made me promise to let her come back to this activity and make more decorations. My response was “Of course!”