Happy Monday! I’m popping in from the midst of our chaos to jot off a quick list of ways to make some memories this week, and to once more give myself a nudge to start posting more often. After a dozen or so years of doing this I tend to get a bit lazy at times!
In any case, I hope you’re having a magical December so far. Here’s a few ways to add a little magic with the kiddos…….
1. No snow where you live? Head to the beach and make an adorable sandman instead. I love this lovely pic from Zontini Studios!
2. Make some homemade gifts together. You can try your hands at some DIY beeswax modeling clay or a felt board busy box (with a baby wipes container as a base!) or homemade watercolor paints or some wonderful edible treats. Check out my homemade toys board or my handmade gifts board on Pinterest for some of my favorite ideas.
3. Cut up a zillion paper snowflakes and decorate the house. Paint them with watercolors to make them extra special. Coffee filters make it even easier.
4. Give each child a small amount of money and go shopping for the food shelf. Let them choose what they buy, reminding them to look for stuff they’d want to eat but also that they can get a lot more by buying inexpensive items and they should aim for healthy too. Go together to the food shelf or drop off spot.
5. Turn a box into some sort of awesome hideout. You can make a bear den or a cave or any number of other sweet little cubbies. Add a reading light and a pillow, and it becomes a fantastic place to bring a pile of books!
6. Make real sugarplums. These are so much fun and healthy too! Just fruit with a bit of orange juice pulsed together, then rolled in sugar, coconut flakes or something similar. Here’s the instructions.
7. Start a nightly read-aloud. This time of year, we always gather and read “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” as a family over the space of a few nights. Make some time to read aloud besides just at bedtime, particularly from books that suit all ages.
8. If you get some snow, try snow dyeing. Isn’t this the most beautiful effect?!
9. Try making some LEGO holiday creations. Here’s some ideas and help finding patterns.
10. String cranberries, popcorn and other edible goodies on trees outside for the birds and squirrels. Be sure to put them near a window where you all can watch them being enjoyed!
And with that, chickadees, I’m off to make a little magic with a few kiddos of my own. Have a wonderful week and don’t forget to take care of you!