Category: Holiday: Christmas Activities

Holiday Crafts 8

Holiday Crafts

This is by far my favorite craft we did this year!  You glue toothpicks onto a star (cut out from cardboard or poster board).  Then you spray paint it with gold paint and glue a toilet-paper roll on the back.  Easy and quite beautiful! DD loved the cardinal art lesson from Art Projects for Kids. Below the kids made a few ornaments for the tree this year: little reindeers, a...


Homemade Christmas Lanterns

We’ve been doing lots of holiday-related activities. Today we brought out our hammers and cans (filled with ice) to make lanterns. LD especially like this, though I was impressed with how long ED worked at it as well! Once the ice melted, we were ready to light them with small tea candles inside and set them along the driveway to welcome Daddy home! You might be interested in some of...

Happy Holidays! 0

Happy Holidays!

Our family went out to view the Christmas lights aroundtown last night. The winning families spent days settingup their display. The family pictured below spent 12 fulldays and 15 half-days putting up their display. Anotherfamily started putting up lights in September. In the second photo below you’ll see Santa on his sleigh with“Six  White Boomers” (or kangaroos). This is in reference to asong by Rolf Harris.  Since  Santa’s reindeer can’t...

Christmas Candy 0

Christmas Candy

I made a batch of Christmas candy that was a big hit withthe kids. I used the candy corn recipe, and added greenand red food coloring. It took long enough that I had toplace the candy mixture in the microwave for 10 secondsseveral times, but I thought it turned out well. What doyou think? I also made a small batch of fudge today from the BetterHomes and Gardens Cookbook: *Cook...

Christmas Math Tracks Game 0

Christmas Math Tracks Game

Because of our road trip and swim lessons, we haven’t been doingmuch in the way of academic school work lately, but I thoughtI’d share a math-game I put together this weekend.  This is a place value game I made using two sets of dominoes pictures from Both LD (6) and DD (age 4) enjoyed playing the game, thoughI only had LD tell me the number value of the dice(ie. saying...

A Place Value Game 0

A Place Value Game

Each player gets one figure (Santa, Rudolphor the snowman in each of the four colors) On the player’s turn he/she rolls all four dice and placesthe proper color on the dice board. (See 2nd picture) The player moves each of his/her Rudolphs (orSantas or Snowmen) the number of spaces indicatedby that color dice. I have my older child say one thousand, two thousand, etc.or ten, twenty, thirty, etc. as he...

Fudge Cookies 0

Fudge Cookies

I love this recipe and it’s really easy to make, especiallyif you need something quick and easy for holidaycelebrations. They are VERY rich. MELT:1 cup semi-sweet choc. chips2 oz (2 squares) unsweetened choc, chopped2 Tbsp. butter ADD and MIX:2/3 cup sugar2 eggs1/4 cup all-purpose flour1 tsp. vanilla1/4 tsp. b. powder1 cup chopped pecans or other nut BAKE:8-10 minsat 170/350 in the oven By the way, you can store this dough...

Christmas Ornament Activity 0

Christmas Ornament Activity

Here’s a little activity I put together for theseason. I got some cheap little ornamentsto hang on this little Christmas tree. I madethe tree out of pipe cleaners and placed someself-hardening clay in a little plastic cup sothe tree would stand up. I wound up needinga bit more support for the tree, so used thebottom of a paper cup to make it a little morestable.