Category: Crafts

Eggspiring Easter Hunt For Newborns

Easter egg hunts are fun to do and one that we enjoy doing in our home. With my daughter being three, her understanding of the Easter Egg hunt is impeccable especially if it involves finding chocolate. This makes the preparation for the Easter Egg Hunt easier but with a new addition to the family I had to think of a way to involve her as I would hate for anyone to feel left out (my newborn niece won’t notice but I will). 😉

My sister is the much more creative one and she has always come up with ways to make holidays and occasions fun for my daughter so this time I wanted to do something special for her daughter this Easter season.

I thought long and hard about how I can incorporate a newborn friendly Easter Egg Hunt and after a trip to my local dollar store…I came up with a simple way and it was going to include the parents!

I am calling this activity, “Eggspiring Easter Hunt.” So how does it work? Let me give you my simple instructions for some Easter fun for all.

Eggspiring Easter Hunt

This Easter Egg Hunt will involve the parents to do the hunt on behalf of their newborn but of course they can carry their baby with them as they search. There will be decorated eggs hidden in the areas that you have picked for the hunt. As each egg is found, there will be an inspirational quote attached to each one. These messages can be kept to inspire the baby as they grow. These can be used as good wishes for the baby.

Instructions

  1. Purchase Easter eggs that are either already decorated or that you need to decorate yourself. We purchased our ready decorated Easter eggs from our local dollar store.
  2. Come up with some inspirational quotes to add to each egg. We used some classic Disney inspiring quotes as they mean a lot to our family.
  3. We added the quotes to a bunny shape template. Once the quote is added you can cut out the bunny and if you have an older child, they can color it for the baby. If you would like a printable template, click here.
  4. Attach the bunny with the inspirational quote to each egg. We used a pipe cleaner that we attached to the string already on our eggs.
  5. Then on Easter, hide them when the parents are not looking. 😉
  6. Then start the Easter Hunt magic. Watch as each message is read out loud and see the parents enjoy the inspiring wishes for their newborn.

With these steps above, you will have included one of the youngest members of your family and even though they may not know exactly what is happening. They will appreciate the thought as they grow with the inspiring messages around them. But this too will make the parents of the newborn glow with love. I know this is how my sister will feel.

We can’t wait to try this activity out this Easter and spend some great family time together. That is the one thing that I love the best about the different occasions we celebrate as we get to spend time with those that we love and care for.

If you are celebrating Easter, I would love to hear from you on how you are celebrating in the comments below.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga


 

 

 

Myfunvelope Brings Creativity Right To Your Door

Have you ever wonder what crafts or activities that you can do with your child? Have you looked for a craft subscription option to help you?

There is a solution and an affordable one. Let me first introduce you to Kyla.

Kyla is a mom of six wonderful children in Saskatchewan, Canada. Five of her children were all under the age of five and it was a bit of a challenge as she needed to find ways to keep her older children engaged in activities. Kyla thought that a craft subscription would be a perfect solution to help her. However, after a lengthy research she found very few affordable options were available in Canada. Therefore, she began prepping little crafts in snack bags to give to her children and they LOVED them! This is where the idea of “Myfunvelope” bloomed. Kyla wanted to offer the opportunity for other moms to access an affordable monthly craft subscription and this is exactly what she did.

Myfunvelope is for children ages three to nine. Every month your child will receive a funvelope in the mailbox. They will discover and have fun with four unique craft projects that follow a fun monthly theme. They will also receive a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activity for hands-on building that is fun and sometimes hilarious! Markers and scissors are also provided with your package and the cost of this no tie-ins subscription is $18 on a month-to-month basis. All children can enjoy the activities every month as the themes are never holiday related to make it inclusive for all.

We got to try this month’s Myfunvelope and I have to say it was a great one! It is superhero month and my daughter loves superheroes!

The first thing that our daughter noticed was the cape and mask which was the first to go on (and stayed on for hours after)! Then we got to try the fun activities throughout the weeks.


There was the Pop-Up Superhero Activity, Superhero Straw Shooter, Superhero Magnet, Cape and Mask and the STEM activity was creating a flying superhero to measure distance. That one was really fun!

What we loved about the craft package was that it had everything that we needed to do all the activities. It saved us a lot of time and running around in getting any of the little things needed to make craft success.

For this #MelandNikkiReview, we give “Myfunvelope” 5 super powers out of 5! If you would like to try this subscription it is super easy to start! All you need to do is sign up and let the crafting begin! Don’t forget to follow Myfunvelope on Facebook and Instagram for some great crafting ideas!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

4 Halloween DIY Party Games

Written By: Karen Silva
Twitter

Okay my mombies gather your little monsters and let’s make your Halloween party a big hit. I will share with you some fun Halloween games you can have at your party, that’s also super easy to do.

Remember to use your best judgment on which tasks your child can help you with.

Strike Those Ghosts!

What you will need: A ball, six clear or White plastic cups and a black marker

  • First create your ghost faces on your cups, remembering to have the opening of the cup face down on the table.
  • Once you have completed that you can place them in a corner, stacking them to create a triangle shape.
  • Decide where you want the starting line to be.
  • Then each person can take a turn to roll or throw the ball to get strike out the ghosts.

Feeding the Monsters

What you will need: Large box, scissors, paint and balls

  • With a large box you will create three monster heads, so there are three different eating levels.
  • With scissors cut the mouth holes and make sure it is large enough for a ball to be thrown in.
  • Then together paint your monsters and add some details. Then once dried, decide where you want your starting line to be and have people take turns throwing a ball into any of the monster’s mouths.

*Fun Tip: You can use glow in the dark paint and put a black light on during the game. You can also add some creative features such as teeth to make the monsters look more realistic.*

What do you feel?

What you will need: Empty tissue boxes, Black paint, foods that would resemble body parts and a blind fold

  • First paint your boxes with the black paint and set aside to dry.
  • Once that’s done fill your empty tissue boxes with your food ideas. You can label each box with the “item” that you want it to be, for example “eye balls”.
  • Once your guests are ready to play have them put on a blind fold and stick one hand in the boxes to feel the objects. Some examples you can use is:
    • Noodles with tomato sauce as mushed brains
    • Grapes as eye balls
    • Jell-O as guts

*If you wish not to use food you can add Halloween items and have them guess what they are, for example, you can put fake spiders in a box.*

Witch Ring Toss

What you will need: Black construction paper, tape, paint, card board and rings

  • First cut your Black construction paper into a Triangle shape.
  • Then fold the corners together, closing the Triangle shape and creating a cone shape.
  • Then with another Black construction paper cut out a circle to complete the witch hat look.
  • Together decorate the witch hats with paint.
  • Once you have taped the two pieces together and set aside to dry. Once completed tape or glue each of them onto the cardboard leaving some space between each of them.
  • Then create your starter line where your guests can each take turns in throwing the rings trying to get it around each witch hat.

Whether you decided to do one of these or all of them, your guests will have a great time at your Halloween party. Remember that sometimes not keeping score can create a more fun, laid back atmosphere and will help you avoid the “competition” conflicts that may arise.

Until next time… Happy Haunting!

 

5 Halloween DIY Decoration Ideas

By: Karen Silva
Twitter

My niece and I are super excited that fall is finally here and Halloween is the cherry on top of the cake for us! Now that she is three she has a lot more opinions on what she wants to be this year and boy let me tell you how she surprised me with her suggestions. Some of her costume ideas were a zombie, cat and a witch. Not your typical little girl asking to dress up like a princess.

Now shopping for a costume this year with her will probably go without a hitch. So I decided to roll up my selves and focus on Halloween art projects to do with her instead.

Here are my top five Halloween art activities that you can do with your children.

*Please use your best judgment on which tasks your child can help you with for each activity, as you may have to do some of the tasks that involve using sharp objects alone.

BOO!

What you will need: White balloons, Black markers, White mesh sheet, string, tape, and scissors.

  • First blow up your balloons (as many as your heart desires).
  • Then together with your child draw on your ghost faces.
  • Once completed drape over your White mesh sheet over you balloon and with your finger roughly estimate where you should cut a small hole at the top of the sheet (make sure you don’t pop the balloon).
  • Then in the small hole on top tape one end of the string and the other end, use it to tie it up somewhere.
  • To add a nightly effect to your ghosts you can add a small glow stick into your balloon before blowing it up.

Haunted House

What you will need: Brown recycled boxes, black marker, Ruler, scissors and tape

  • Using your ruler draw out wood stake shapes out of your recycled boxes.
  • Then with the black marker draw on some lines and fake “nails” to make it look like its pieces of wood.
  • Once you have a couple made, tape them to your windows to make it look like a haunted house.
  • You can also use the recycled box to make “Keep out” signs or other creative Halloween themed signs.
  • Once you have decorated the outside of your home, be sure to add some cob webs and throw in some fake spiders for a creepy look.

Halloween treat bowl

What you will need: A plastic serving bowl, Halloween stickers, fake spiders and a hot glue gun

  • Let your child go crazy and decorate the whole bowl with Halloween stickers. I found a box with over 250 Halloween stickers at my local dollar store (we did not use them all).
  • Once completed ask your child where they would like the fake spikers to be placed as you hot glue them down.
  • Then fill your bowl with Halloween candy and either treat yourselves leading up to the day or use it as your serving bowl for your trick or treaters.
  • Another idea is to glue a bunch of fake googly eyes all over your bowl.

 

Oh my monsters!

What you will need: Construction paper, scissors, tape and markers

  • Cut all your construction paper into different shapes (circles, triangles, ovals, squares, etc).
  • Then have your child be creative with how they want their monster faces to look using markers.
  • Once completed tape them around the house or on your doors and windows for all to see.

*You can also make the faces using other colored construction paper and then gluing them down to add more detail*

Fake Hands

What you will need: Clear latex gloves, fake red blood, Pudding, Jell-O or candy

  • First make your pudding or Jell-O recipe and fill up your latex gloves (This will give your hand a very squishy and creepy feeling). Remember not to fill it up all the way to the top because you need to tie it so the liquid doesn’t spill out.
  • Then using a string or laundry clip hang the gloves in your fridge until the pudding and Jell-O harden.
  • Once completed dip or splatter some fake blood on your fake hands and set aside to dry. Once it is dried, place them around your yard or even around your house as a Halloween decoration.
  • You can also fill your latex gloves with candy instead and place them around the yard, splattering some fake blood over it. If your little monsters are a little scared of the look of fake blood then just skip that step all together.

I hope this inspired you and your children to be creative this year and create some of your own Halloween decorations instead of buying them. They add a personal touch and create great memories.

Until next time my fellow mombies!

About the Author

Karen graduated from Sheridan College with an Early Childhood Education Diploma. She worked with children for about five years before expanding her skills in Administration. Karen is a loving Godmother/Auntie to one. Combined with her ECE background and passion for DIY projects and baking, she has recently joined Momma Braga and has become an expert writer for the blog. Karen hopes by sharing her knowledge, tips and tricks, she can bring families together through her creative ideas.

5 Fun Activities For A Rainy Day

By: Karen Silva
Twitter: @Karenbabydoll22

Some parents cringe when it starts to rain as they worry about their children having meltdowns from being indoors all day or at the thought of them getting messy in rain puddles. But really there is no need to fear if you can make it a fun day for them and for yourself.

Here are my top five favorite activities to do using simple recycled material that is perfect for a rainy day.

*Please use your best judgment on which tasks you may need to assist your child with*

Talent Show

What you will need: Empty tissue box, paper towel roll, elastic bands, tape, straws, caps from jars, popsicle sticks, rice and decorative materials (for example: markers, paint or stickers).

Throwing a talent show will not only keep your kids busy for a long time but it will get them to show off their talents. You can make fun instruments and more using recycled items if they want to show off their musical skills.

To make a guitar, glue the paper towel roll onto the side of a tissue box. Then stretch out the elastic bands over the opening and tape it into place. To make a flute, get a bunch of straws and cut them from smallest to largest; then tape it all together. To make a mini guitar, first wrap the elastic bands over the cap, then glue the popsicle stick to the cap of the jar. Finally, to make the shaker, cover one side of the paper towel roll with paper and tape, then fill it with rice and cover the other side. Don’t forget to decorate your instruments, then its lights, camera… Action!

Bowling

What you will need: Ten empty water bottles, a ball, paper and decorative material (for example: markers, paint or stickers).

First decorate all ten empty water bottles. If you do not have a ball you can always use a yarn ball or make one with crimpled up paper wrapped in tape. If you want to make this game a little more challenging you can add some water into the bottles to weigh it down.

*Fun tip: You can paint the empty bottles with glow in the dark paint. Then all you need is a black light and you have your very own glow in the dark bowlerama.*

Painting like a Pro

What you will need: A few water bottle caps, a large container cap and hot glue.

First, cut a hole in the large container cap, large enough to fit your child’s thumb. Then once that is done, hot glue the water bottle caps to the large container cap. Fill the caps with different colors of paint and then they will have their very own paint palette.

Sink or Float

What you will need: Half of a soda bottle and decorative materials (for example: markers, paint or stickers).

First, cut the soda bottle in half and tape the top so it isn’t sharp to the touch. Then decorate it as your boat. Then together think of some items that you want to put in it to see if they’re going to sink the boat or if it will float. You can write these items onto a piece of paper to record your results. Example of items you can use for this game is an eraser, paper clip, a bag, rice, marbles, stones, etc.

Octopus, Bubble bees and Butterflies? Oh My!

What you will need: Toilet paper rolls, googly eyes and decorative materials (for example: markers, paint or stickers).

Making little characters out of toilet paper rolls is not only fun but a great way to decorate your bathroom. To make the bumblebee have your child paint the toilet paper roll with yellow paint. Once that is dried, they can paint on the black strips. Finally cut out the details with construction paper to add on and glue on your eyes. To make the Octopus, first paint the toilet paper roll and then set it aside to dry. Then with scissors cut slits on one end of the toilet paper roll and bend them to make the legs. Then decorate it together and don’t forget to glue the eyes.

Even though it may be gloomy and rainy out doesn’t mean that your home has to be. Creating fun art activities and games to play around the house will keep your kids happy and entertained. If you decide to do any of these ideas or others on a rainy day, I would love to see them. You can tag me on Twitter @Karenbabydoll22.

 

About the Author

Karen Braga graduated from Sheridan College with an Early Childhood Education Diploma. She worked with children for about five years before expanding her skills in Administration. Karen is a loving Godmother/Auntie to one. Combined with her ECE background and passion for DIY projects and baking, she has recently become an expert writer for mom blogger, Momma Braga. Karen hopes by sharing her knowledge, tips and tricks, she can bring families together through her creative ideas.

 

Five DIY Craft Ideas For Mother’s Day

By: Karen Silva
Twitter: @Karenbabydoll22

We all depend on her, she is always there for us and is our rock during hard times. Yes I am talking about Mothers! Who would we be without our moms? I can’t imagine my life without mine. Some may say that they are “daddy’s girl”, but I am all “momma’s girl” and damn proud of it. I still remember my mom’s expression every time I presented her with a homemade gift for Mother’s Day. Seeing her so proud and happy with my crafted gift, made me feel like a million bucks.

So what better way to show your mom how much you care then to take the time to make something special for her! I will with you my top five favorite Mother’s Day crafts that are simple to do with your kids.

*Please use your best judgement on which tools and materials you will need and feel is the safest to use with your child*

A Handful of Compliments

Material Needed: Colored construction paper, scissors, pencil, glue and markers.

First draw a vase and cut it out. Put the vase aside as you will be using it afterwards. Now with your child pick about five different colored construction paper. On this construction papers, trace your toddler’s hands and once all traced, cut the hand prints out. On each hand print ask your child 5 reasons why they love mom. Write each answer on each handprint. Write the question on the vase that you cut out too. Then cut out five strips out of green construction paper for your stems. Glue the handprints to the stems and then the stem onto the vase.

Cooking with love

Material Needed: An apron or oven mitts and fabric paint.

If you choose to use over mitts to decorate, remember to decorate only the top and not the bottom. For either one of these ideas have your child suited up and ready to go just in case things get messy. With hand over hand guide them with the fabric paint to decorate the oven mitts or apron. Once you’re both satisfied with how it looks, set it aside somewhere that’s at room temperature and let it sit to dry completely before gifting it.

Pandora’s Box

Material needed: Wooden or White jewelry box, glue, picture of your child with mom, paint brushes, regular paint and glitter paint (optional).

I found my wooden jewelry box from my local dollar store along with all my painting supplies. Together with your child decorate the outside part of the jewellery box and set it aside until it dries. Once it is dried, glue the picture you have inside the jewelry box on the bottom.

My Cup of Tea

Material needed: A white mug, a plastic bowl, lukewarm water, toothpick and nail polish.

First make sure that your white mug is washed and dried. Then have your toddler choose the color of nail polishes they would like to use to decorate mom’s mug. In the lukewarm water add drops of the nail polish in without having the tip touch the water. Continue this process until you both are satisfied with the amount of drops you have put. Then quickly with the tooth pick swirl it around to make a design with the nail polish colors. Together dip the white mug into the water, only half way and hold it in there for ten seconds. Then place the mug somewhere to dry before gifting.

*In case you get nail polish on either of your hands or on the bowl remember that you can always remove it with nail polish remover.*

A Whole Pot of Love

Material needed: Flower pot, paint brushes, paint and flowers

Together with your toddler visit your nearest flower shop and pick out flowers for mom. Together decorate the flower pot with the paint supplies you have and set aside to dry (I found my flower pot at my local dollar store). It is best to choose flowers that come in a plastic pot, as it will be easier to insert it into your decorated flower pot once it is dried.

I hope I have inspired you to try one of these great Mother’s Day crafts for your loved one. Remember to always add your child’s name and the date somewhere on the craft as a keep sake. To all the momma bear’s out there reading this… Thank you for all that you do. You’re doing a fantastic job and your child/children are proud of you, love you and honour you, even if they don’t show it all the time.

Have an amazing Mother’s Day!

About the Author

Karen Braga graduated from Sheridan College with an Early Childhood Education Diploma. She worked with children for about five years before expanding her skills in Administration. Karen is a loving Godmother/Auntie to one. Combined with her ECE background and passion for DIY projects and baking, she has recently become an expert writer for mom blogger, Momma Braga. Karen hopes by sharing her knowledge, tips and tricks, she can bring families together through her creative ideas.

 

Easter Activities For Toddlers

By: Karen Silva
Twitter: @Karenbabydoll22

It’s that time of year again where you hang up your “mommy” or “daddy” title and become the Easter bunny. I am super excited for this year’s Easter because my niece is now two and half years old and she has a better understanding of going “Easter egg hunting”. I know how much children love chocolate and the headaches parents get with the sugar rush resulting from the chocolate eating (can you say Halloween all over again); therefore, I decided to give my niece a different type of Easter egg hunt. One that will not only keep her entertained but one that will save my sister and brother-in-law from a toddler sugar rush.  

I got two bags of colorful empty Easter eggs, Easter themed stickers and stamps from my local dollar store. In each egg, I added stickers and since I had four Easter themed stamps I added one to four different eggs along with some stickers. Of course I didn’t just stop there, I knew that if I didn’t incorporate some sort of chocolate we may have a tantrum on our hands. So I got her one chocolate surprise egg. My recommendation is to have the chocolate found last, by either hiding it after all the other eggs are found or it is given when you feel is right. Also as a bonus add on, I hid a small sticker book (also found at my local dollar store) so that she had something to put all her stickers in.

The Easter egg hunt and just playing with the stickers and stamps can keep your toddler entertained for quite some time. However, if your toddler is anything like my niece, who loses interest in something quickly. Then you can try one of my top three favorite Easter activities to do.   

Decorate Easter cookies

For this activity you can make a batch of your favorite sugar cookies or you can buy a prepackaged cookie decorating kit. Together with your toddler you can decorate these cookies with icing, chocolate chips and even some sprinkles. I have purchased my prepacked cookie decorating kit at my local Wal-Mart.

Fluff up that bunny!

Pre-cut the shape of a bunny out of White construction paper. Together with your toddler glue down some cotton balls. Once dried have your toddler create the face with some paint.

Decorating Eggs

Once you have boiled your eggs and let them cool completely, the real fun with your toddler can begin. Together you can decorate them using markers, paint, or even food coloring. Just remember that it can get messy so be prepared with some extra clothes and a large space to work on. If you choose to use the food coloring, remember to add only a few drops of the food coloring into a bowl of water (a little goes a long way) and instead of using your hands to dip the egg in, you can use a spoon.

Remember that you can’t control the activities you have planned, whatever happens will happen, but the important thing is that you are creating memoires and having fun.

If you choose to do any of these activities or any other ones, I would love to see them. Be sure to tag me on Twitter @Karenbabydoll22.

 

About the Author

Karen Braga graduated from Sheridan College with an Early Childhood Education Diploma. She worked with children for about five years before expanding her skills in Administration. Karen is a loving Godmother/Auntie to one. Combined with her ECE background and passion for DIY projects and baking, she has recently become an expert writer for mom blogger, Momma Braga. Karen hopes by sharing her knowledge, tips and tricks, she can bring families together through her creative ideas.

 

Tis the Season for Christmas DIY Projects

By: Karen Braga
Twitter: @Karenbabydoll22

The holidays always bring people together and sprinkles a little special magic in the air. So for this holiday season why not do some fun Christmas activities with your toddler.

I will share with you my top ten favorite DIY projects that you can do to either decorate your home or to give as a personalized gift to someone special. Remember when doing activities with your toddler always set up a good working station. Also make sure you and your toddler are wearing old clothes if you are working with paint. So play your favorite Christmas songs and let’s get started.

Top Ten DIY Projects

  1. Personalized Christmas Ornament

*Please note that you can find some ornaments that are thicker and will not break easily; however in case you don’t, just work over a soft surface.*

Materials Needed: Plain White Christmas Ornament (I got a couple of mine from the dollar store), Paint, Glitter (optional) and Glue.

First, have your toddler pick the colors of paint that he/she wants to work with and put some on a paper plate. With hand over hand, guide your toddler to add some paint on their brush and have them decorate the ornament. For a more simple/personalized decoration, you can add some paint onto your toddlers hand and have them hold the ornament. This will leave their hand print on the ornament. Once dried you can have your toddler add some glue and then sprinkle some glitter over the glued areas.

Photo Credit: Pinterest
Photo Credit: Pinterest
  1. Christmas Stockings

Materials Needed: A Plain Christmas Stocking, Hot Glue Gun (for your use only of course) and some decorations of their choice. Some art decoration ideas for your toddler would be pom poms, Fabric Paint and Christmas Foam Designs.

Place the stocking in front of your toddler and have them hand you the decorations that they would like on it and where they would like it placed. You can also have your toddler fill the stocking with some Christmas treats and little gifts.

  1. Stuffed Snowman’s

Materials Needed: A sock of your choice (you can use a plain White one or get a Christmas themed one), Rice, Three Elastic Bands, Materials to make a snowman face and hot glue gun (for your use only of course).

This idea is super cute, fun to do and also a great sensory play for toddlers. Hold open the sock and have your child scoop up some rice with a scooper or with their hands and put it in the sock. Together fill the sock close to the top but not all the way and tie it tight with an elastic band. This will leave a little piece of the sock sticking up and that’s ok as that will be the bottom of your snowman. You can either hot glue it down so it can stand up straight or fold it up. Now create your snowman layers by tying two elastic bands in two different spots. If you want to cover the elastic bands you can tie a ribbon around it. Once completed your toddler can hand you the materials for the face of the snowman. I used materials I already had around the house. For the eyes we used small buttons. For the nose I colored a tooth pick orange and cut a small piece (I put the pointy part sticking out however I added a small drop of hot glue on it so it wouldn’t be sharp). Then for the mouth we drew it on with a marker. Feel free to be creative by using different materials you already have and doing your own snowman design.

  1. Hot cup of love

Materials Needed: Tin of Hot Coco Powder, Mini Marshmallow, Plain White Mugs or Mini Jars, Candy Canes, Little Bags, Ribbon and Paint. Tip: I like to get my mugs or mini jars from Walmart as I can get a set for a lot less money than purchasing them separately.

This is one of my favorite DIY gift ideas because it is not only fun to do, you can also make a lot with it such as giving this as a gift to many people.

Make sure your mugs or jars are all washed and dried. Then by using hand over hand, guide your toddlers hand with the paint brush to create your design. Once your toddler is done painting, set them aside to dry. Hold open a small bag in front of your child and have them place some mini marshmallows in the bag and then tie it closed with a piece of ribbon. Repeat this step with your child with the coco powder. Have your toddler put a candy cane, bag of coco and a bag of mini marshmallows in the mug.  If you decided to use the mini jars instead of the mugs, you can put the coco directly in the jar followed by some mini marshmallows on top, then seal the lid and tape the candy cane onto the jar. Finally, don’t forget to add a tag with the person’s name on it.

  1. Christmas Wreath

Material Needed: Ring foam (You can find this from Michaels Craft store), Christmas bows, Christmas Tinsel garlands, Pom Poms, Hot Glue Gun (for your use only of course) and any other decorations you would like to use. *If you’re on a tight budget please feel free to cut out a reef shape out of a paper plate instead. However if you would like to use the ring foam from Michaels Craft store please check out their website, as they have coupons you can use towards your purchase.*

This gift is super cute and a great decoration piece. Add some hot glue onto the ring foam to secure on the end of the tinsel garlands. Together with your toddler wrap the rest of the tinsel garland around it until it is all covered and then glue the last piece down. Put some hot glue onto the Christmas bows and with hand over hand, guide them to place the bow on the reef. Other decorations such as pom poms, have your child hand them to you as you glue them down. Once you have completed your look it is ready to be given or displayed.

  1. A “Hand-Full” Christmas Tree

Materials Needed: Green construction paper, Brown construction paper, Scissors (for you of course), A Pencil, Glue and some art decorations of your child’s choice.

First trace your toddler’s hands onto a Green construction paper with your pencil. You will need a couple of them so if your toddler is getting inpatient have them walk away from the activity until you have traced and cut out the hands that are needed (you will need about 10). Also cut out a rectangle piece of Brown construction paper for the stem of the tree; however make sure it is long as it will be the support for the hands. Together with your toddler, glue four hands together (have the fingers facing down) onto the brown stem, as the bottom of the tree. Then glue three hands onto the stem, then two on top of that and then finally your last hand on top. With the decorations of your choice decorate the tree from top to bottom and don’t forget to add a tree topper. For a personalized touch you can add a small family photo as your tree topper.

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  1. Christmas lights

Material Needed: White Paper, Different Colored Paint and A Black Marker.

This activity is safer than it sounds. Together with your toddler add a small, thin amount of paint onto your toddlers thumb and place it onto the paper, leaving a thumb print. You can also add some of your thumb prints as well. Continue this process until you both have reached your desired look. Then with the black marker draw lines to connect the lights together (you can use hand over hand guide).

  1. Just for Santa

Material Needed: White Plain Plate (I got mine from the dollar store), different Colored Paint and a Black Permeant Marker (just for you of course).

This activity is super cute and will get all children excited for the big jolly guy. As you explain to your child how Santa gets really hungry after making all his stops, he likes to munch on snacks; so creating a special plate just for him will make him feel special.

Have your toddler paint the plate and then set aside to dry. Once completed you can write a message for Santa on the plate for example: “Dear Santa, hope you like these tasty snacks I have left you.”

Photo Credit: Pinterest
Photo Credit: Pinterest
  1. Mittens

Material Needed: Colored Construction Paper, Glue, Scissors (for you of course) and the decorations of your child’s choice.

Cut out mitten shapes with the colored construction paper that your toddler has picked. Then with hand over hand, add some glue onto the mittens and encourage them to add the decorations that interests them. For a more complex activity you can get a solid colored pair of mittens for them to use; however decorate them with fabric paint.

  1. Pretty snowflakes

Materials Needed: This activity can get a little messy as it requires glitter so if you do not wish to use this then you can substitute it with paint or markers. Other materials needed is glue, tape and string.

Place your pre-cut snowflake designs in front of your toddler, then with hand over hand, add some glue to the snowflake and sprinkle some glitter on top. Repeat this step until all snowflakes are decorated. Then once dried tape your snowflakes onto your string and hang it up for decoration.

These are just some of the many DIY activity ideas you can do with your toddlers this holiday season. Remember to add some special touches yourself into the activity so it’s a special project made just from the two of you. Writing your child’s name and the year they made it on would be ideal to place on the back of the DIY projects as this will be an added memory for them and you!

If you make any of these DIY projects please be sure to tag me as I would love to see everyone’s creations.

Until next time…Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

About the Author

Karen Braga graduated from Sheridan College with an Early Childhood Education Diploma. She worked with children for about five years before expanding her skills in Administration. Karen is a loving Godmother/Auntie to one. Combined with her ECE background and passion for DIY projects and baking, she has recently become an expert writer for mom blogger, Momma Braga. Karen hopes by sharing her knowledge, tips and tricks, she can bring families together through her creative ideas.

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The Easter Craft Fiasco

There is nothing like a homemade gift made by a child as these gifts carry a sentimental value and they can be very fun to make.

Since Nikki is only 19 months old, I had to research to see which activity would be age appropriate and what she could12674688_912473925517070_96104385_n have fun with. I was thrilled to find an adorable craft that was a carrot made from the child’s footprint. For this craft I required paint and I decided to make my own paint which would be safe and very inexpensive to make. Here is how I made it.

Materials Used
Salt
Flour
Water
Food Colouring

Directions
Take 1/2 cup of flour and put it into a bowl
Take 1/2 cup of salt and mix it with the flour
Once all mixed, add 1/3 cup of water
Mix all the ingredients until it’s smooth

In a separate small bowl, mix red and yellow food colouring until it turns orange.
Pour the mixture into a Ziploc bag and then add the orange food colouring.
Seal the bag and squeeze to mix the colour into the mixture.
Once colour is all blended, then place the paint in a tray for easy foot dipping.

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I was getting very excited at this point as I made homemade paint (never thought I could really do it). I set up an area in the living room for our painting session. Went to Nikki and told her it was time for some painting fun. I rolled up her pants and took off her socks. Showed her the paint and explained what we were going to do. She appeared to be excited but I was wrong…..SO wrong!

After dipping Nikki’s feet into the paint, she lifted her feet in disgust and started to cry. Now I had a crying toddler with orange feet and panic started to set in my heart. So I took Nikki to the bathroom to wash her feet which stopped the crying. Dried off her feet and took her back to the painting area which then resulted in more tears with the sight of paint. As I tried comforting her with a hug, she refused it. At this point, I knew she no longer trusted me as I was the one that dipped her foot in the paint (I can see her point!).

To turn around this “epic craft failure” session, I decided to show her how fun it could be. So I tried showing her with my own hand and foot art. Nikki enjoyed seeing me do it and asked for me to do it again but to myself. I tried to see if she would do it now and I got more tears. Therefore, I knew that this craft was not in the cards for us today.

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An amazing friend of mine suggested tracing her foot with crayon instead and I thought that was a great idea. But first, I had to clean the mess that I made. Once everything was cleaned, I tried approaching Nikki to trace her foot but of course Nikki refused to give me her foot and wouldn’t even let me put her socks back on. Nikki just needed some space and I gave her just that.

As soon as she was ready, she came to mama for some TLC. I showed Nikki the paper and crayon which this time got her really excited. So I asked her to put her foot on the paper and showed her the crayon. Success! Got her foot traced!

So we changed the craft a bit and here is our final product. We hope Nikki’s great grandparents enjoy it as it was a tough mission to accomplish.

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What I learned from this fiasco, is that with toddlers you always need to improvise and never expect things to go smoothly. Allow them their space and offer alternatives. Things will get done but it may not be your way. After being originally bummed out, I remember that at the end of the day, it was made by my child. That counts for everything!

Happy Easter crafting!

– Momma Braga