Handprint Christmas Trees

We are celebrating Christmas at my sisters house this year and since she doesn’t have a Christmas tree the kids and I decided to make her one. new pics 892

I’ve been making handprint Christmas trees and reindeers this week with the family daycare children, so Jas, Billy and I decided to do some handprints of our own.

1 hour and 112 handprints later we had enough for a big tree.

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The tree is about 1 metre in height, which doesn’t seem too big except when you compare it to the ones I do with the children. A4 size, perfect to send off to Grandparents!

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These really are effective and I know there are many tutorials out there.

So here’s what I do-

Paint your child’s hand with green paint and stamp at least 12 handprints onto white paper. (I do six of each hand so the thumbs point out on both sides of the tree).

Leave to dry and then cut around each handprint.

Stick then all together with a glue stick in the shape of a tree, add a trunk and a star on top and that’s it.

Simple, fun and most of all MESSY! Look at that concentration.

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Advent calendar

Hi everyone, I’m still here. I’ve been battling a shocking chest infection these past two weeks and have not felt like doing much at all. I refuse to take antibiotics, they seem to cause me more problems then help. So I decided to battle through and I now feel like the elephant has been lifted from my chest and I can breathe again. Yippee!

We have jumped head first into the Christmas spirit and have been busy putting up the Christmas tree, Christmas crafting and I even made my very own advent calendar with scraps of material.

It’s pretty crazy but oh so fun, I put a little surprise in the pocket each night for the children to find in the morning.

Advent

We don’t spend allot on our children at Christmas time as we believe less is more. So an Advent calendar with some little treats each day is a fun way to celebrate as well. A few of the things that I have for the advent calendar are:

  • Notes with little clues- this sent us on a search and at the end there was a Christmas book and we have also found a colouring book and a felt board.
  • New Toothbrushes
  • Some funky pens
  • Door Letters for their bedrooms
  • Chocolate
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Glitter pens
  • Little ornaments
  • New socks/undies
  • Art supplies

You really can have fun with the concept and do what suits your family. The kids love it!

Wow, Christmas

Just popped in to let you all know I’m still around. I’ve been crazy busy for the past week. Time just seems to be flying by and I just cant seem to keep up.

I can’t believe Christmas is upon us. Luckily I am all organised with gifts all packed away and wrapped, plenty of time to get into some Christmas crafting.

There are so many ideas out there for the children to get their craft on. Here are a few links to some of the things we will be doing over the next month.

So many great ideas over at Christmas geek, I just love the reindeer cookies.

Jasmine has been making handprint reindeers.

Here’s some of the things we did last year.

I love handprint Christmas trees and do one of these every year.

These homemade Advent calendars are very cool, although I think I’ve left it a bit late to make one of these.

Beware terrible photos below. These are a few of the things I have done and placed in the children’s scrapbooks for previous years.

 

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