I have most of December off of work, and I'd love to do some fun holiday-type things with dd (almost 3) during this time. I'm the most un-creative person ever - what are all of you clever mamas doing with your toddlers during the holiday season?
My 32 month old and I are going to be making cookies for sure. I want to make sugar cookies and then decorate them with frosting and sprinkles. We are also going to string cheerios and other kinds of round "O" type cereal to hang on the tree. I was also thinking of having him help me to make salt dough ornaments again this year. He helped to stir the batter and to knead it last year, but painting them was a bit of a disaster, so I am thinking that this year might go a little bit more smoothly.
<span style="font-family:Georgia;">Stringing popcorn and cranberries is pretty easy for little ones. You can get those blunt needles from a craft store and use dental floss for the thread.<br><br>
We're making pinecone birdfeeders for gifts. You smoosh creamy peanut butter into the spaces in a pinecone, roll it in some birdseed and tie a ribbon to the top and voila!<br><br>
Definitely we'll be making cookies as well. I find Spritz cookies are super easy with my toddler. I squeeze the press and then she can brush on the egg wash and sprinkle sugar and other decorations on them herself.<br><br>
Marshmallow snowmen are kind of fun. And not too messy.<br><br>
Some stores selling premade Gingerbread House kits that all you have to do is assemble and decorate.<br><br>
I'll have to keep thinking...are you looking for crafts mainly?<br></span>
DS is almost 3 too.<br><br>
In the evenings, it's great to just drive around and look at Christmas lights!<br><br>
We also let him get involved in the Christmas shopping this year. We took him to the Dollar Store and told him he could pick out presents for each one of his five grandparents. He had a ball, we only spent $5, and the grandparents got a huge kick out of what he chose for them. (A spoon for one grandfather, pumpkins for another, a santa jar for one grandma, etc.)
I'm planning on letting my 2 1/2 make gift tags and cards. I bought some red and green card and we have some zig zag scissors. I'll let him go crazy with the glitter glue and stickers, pompoms etc. I also bought one of those star shaped hole punches which I think he'll enjoy. We're also going to do cookies and make play dough as gifts.
Apple Jacks (or similar store brand) are great for stringing, since they're already red and green. Maybe a mix of Apple Jacks and the smaller Cheerios?<br><br>
Definitely decorate a gingerbread house.<br><br>
If you have old holiday cards lying around, you can cut the fronts off and do lots of things with those. We used to leave the fronts whole and use them as holiday postcards. You could also cut them up and make ornaments, gift tags, collages, glue them on heavy paper to make a "new" card, etc. If you don't have any old ones sometimes you can get them super-cheap at Goodwill or the Dollar Tree.<br><br>
ETA: I forgot, I did this with my 4yo nephew last year! Since there's no snow here either we made snowmen with styrofoam craft balls. He glued different sizes together and made them hats and scarves from felt strips. We found little things around the house for arms and faces.
All of these are such great ideas! I'm not very crafty, but I know that dd likes doing art projects. I like the idea of making gift tags and ornaments - perfect for grandparents! A pre-made gingerbread kit would be fun too. My only concern with cookies and gingerbread house things is finding vegan recipes for all of it - dd is allergic to dairy and eggs, which makes baking a little bit more difficult.<br><br>
I realized that most of the things I associate with holidays involve snow and being outside, but we don't have any snow, and I don't know if/when we'll get any, so the inside activity ideas are fantastic.<br><br>
A couple of questions:<br><br>
1) What kind of paint do you use with salt dough ornaments?<br>
2) How do you make marshmallow snowmen?<br><br>
AC Moore and Micheal's have some great foam crafts. I went with DD yesterday and we got snowmen and some Christmas trees and I know they have houses and things too. They are easy enough for her to do, and aren't messy and she can play with them/decorate with them after.<br><br>
We are going to decorate a Gingerbread house at some point, and I plan on making batches upon batches of sugar and butter cookies for parties, relatives, and ourselves <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I tend to get really relaxed about sugar consumption during the month of December because we are always baking something yummy.<br><br>
We are a 10 minutes to NYC so we are going to see the window displays, the big tree, and all that jazz. It's going to be crowded but great fun since DD loves stuff like that, and has an understanding of Christmas.<br><br>
We are donating gifts, and I let DD pick them out.<br><br>
And yeah, just other crafts! Watching Christmas movies! Decorating!<br>
I love the holiday's can you tell <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
Applesauce ornaments! Mix equal parts cinnamon and applesauce until it's a nice dough. Roll out, let kid cut out shapes with cookie cutters, poke hole for hanging. Allow to dry for about a week, then you have great smelling ornaments!