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With kids at home so close to the holidays, it can be tough to keep them engaged in activities that don’t involve the computer or the TV. On one hand, they might have discovered the phrase “I’m bored,” making it tempting to let them take in some extra gaming time. On the other hand, they might be so excited about Santa Claus coming that they want to decorate, decorate, decorate. Either way, you can put them to work with projects creating holiday decorations without spending a lot of money. You probably already have most of the needed supplies at home. You can pick up the others at the discount store while you’re out shopping, or just order them online.
Festive Picture Frames
Take your framed pictures and hanging mirrors off the walls. Pull out some wrapping paper, curling ribbon and bows. Let your kids wrap up the pictures to resemble gifts, then hang up the “packages” on the walls. This is excellent practice for school-age children who can use scissors but don’t have much practice with wrapping presents without a gift bag. Remind your kids to avoid covering up the picture wire on the back of the frame so you’ll still have a way to hang them.
Gather together a few wide vases, brandy snifters or pretty jars. Fill them with round Christmas tree ornaments that are shatterproof and don’t have hooks on them. This is a great way for your kids to get creative with color schemes or compare things that are big versus small. Wind decorative beads and garlands among the ornaments for a little extra bling. You can also tie a pretty ribbon around the base for a touch of elegance.
Santa Refrigerator Art
Use a white paper plate or a sheet of construction paper as a base for a Santa Claus face. Cut big triangles out of red party plates or paper for a hat. Use a red half-moon shape for Santa’s smile. Glue down some cotton balls on the background and on the brim of the hat for Santa’s beard and hat. You can also put one on the tip of the triangle for a tassel. Use googley eyes
or tiny stick-on bows for his eyes. Let it dry completely before hanging it up on the refrigerator or a bedroom door. Don’t forget to put your child’s name and age on the back if you save it for posterity.
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