Table of contents for Advent Calendar 2012
Today I planned to make felt cookies. I originally envisioned round cookies with various felt toppings that the kids could use in their play kitchen for pretend play, but I noticed two things that changed my mind a bit. First Lovey has really enjoyed the gingerbread activities from our last two advent days. Second Tinker is very interested in naming and identifying body parts and facial features right now.
So I changed our plans a bit and decided to create a felt gingerbread set. I used a simple template to cut out large gingerbread men.
DIY Felt Gingerbread Set
I gathered our bin of felt scraps. Then we looked through some of our favorite gingerbread books to get ideas. Lovey chose things she wanted to have for decorating them, and I did my best to create something similar. I am not too artistically inclined, but the pieces work well enough. Next year to dress them up a bit we may add some sparkly decorations like we did with our felt tree.
For now Lovey is having fun coming up with her own gingerbread creations, and Tinker is happy to sit and name all of the facial features of the gingerbread men that we create together.
We will place the felt gingerbread set on cookie sheets for the kids to play with during our play date this weekend. Later in the month we will also be doing a gingerbread mini-unit, so we will use the felt set again at that time.
Have you made a felt gingerbread set? I would love to see some more ideas.
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Less stress, more connecting this holiday season? Yes, PLEASE!
From the arrival of fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas, the last four months of the year can be a wonderful opportunity for making family memories and spending time together, but they can also be stressful as we try to collect ideas, recipes, and activities to try together.
Stephanie Morgan, founder of Modern Parents Messy Kids, a site that’s been voted Best Craft Blog in Parents Magazine and one of babble.com’s Top 50 Craft Mom Blogs, recently released a new eBook to help us have a little less stress and more time to connect with family this year.
Stephanie’s goal is to make it easier on all of us to enjoy the holidays with our kids. Hands-On Holidays is 100 pages full of her family’s very favorite ways to connect as a family over the holiday season. I love the convenience of having so many ideas in one place, and most of them are simple enough for even my toddler to participate in.
The book includes picture book suggestions, DIY decor, activities, and treats. Bonus sections also offer even more ideas to enjoy. Click here to view more details.
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