Borax crystal ornaments {101 Days of Christmas}

This is such a fun craft / handmade gift / science project all rolled into one! With a little borax and water, you can cover pipe cleaner shape in sparkling crystals to make snowflakes for the windows or ornaments for the tree. The best part is that kids (and adults!) can spend their time getting creative with the…

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3-D paper snowflakes {101 Days of Christmas}

I love these 3-D snowflakes, and while they're a bit labor intensive, this is the perfect craft to keep older kids busy for a few hours. And they're so pretty! In fact, my husband liked the first one I made so much that he asked if I could show the girls how to make them…

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Pony bead candy canes {101 Days of Christmas}

As a mom, I can often use the reminder that the simplest crafts are the ones that my girls enjoy the most, and this one is no exception. Yesterday afternoon during quiet time, I pulled out the pipe cleaners and pony beads and asked my 5 year old if she could make candy canes. What…

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Popsicle Stick Snowflakes {101 Days of Christmas}

It doesn't take complicated crafts to make my girls happy or keep them occupied; in fact, it's usually the simplest projects that hold their attention best. This is one of those projects! Chances are you remember this craft from your own childhood, and the fun part is really in customizing your snowflake since the possibilities are…

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Design-your-own-snowflake cookies for kids {101 Days of Christmas}

Last week I shared a recipe for royal icing with the promise that I would show you what we used the icing for. This project wasn't even on my list for this year's series, but it turned out so cute that I had to share! Our oldest daughter turned 10 last Friday, and she has been begging to make Frozen…

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Footprint calendar {101 Days of Christmas}

As I was searching for footprint ideas for this year's calendar, I couldn't help but laugh. It would seem that most of the ideas on Pinterest are either made by adults with tiny feet or children with exceptional artistry. Needless to say, our footprints are less about a perfectly cute work of art and more…

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Fill-in-the-blank thank you cards {101 Days of Christmas}

The following post is from Jason & Jennifer Bruce of New Season Design: Christmas is an easy time for kids to focus on what they're getting. And it's no wonder. I can't count the number of times that Emma is asked what she'd like to have for Christmas. One way to encourage a heart of…

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Easy sew felt ornaments {101 Days of Christmas}

These felt button trees are one of our very favorite Christmas crafts; we've made them with each one of our preschoolers at least once because they're so simple but so fun. As our girls are getting older, though, I decided they needed a more advanced ornament craft to keep them busy. All four of them enjoy…

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101 Days of Christmas: Cookie Cutter Painted Gift Tags

The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved: During the holidays we like to do at least one simple Christmas craft or activity every day. One of my favorite open-ended activities for kids is painting with cookie cutters. Last year we shared how we used cookie cutters to make gift wrap. This year I am…

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101 Days of Christmas: Mini Christmas Coloring Book

The following post is from Jason & Jennifer Bruce of New Season Design: If you're looking for something fun to keep the kids occupied, try this printable Christmas activity book. With coloring pages, a word find and a fun mad lib, it would make a fun stocking stuffer, holiday party favor, gift or busy bag…

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