Craft ideas for the holidays anyone? I want to get my 4 year old involved.

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Sara - posted on 11/07/2008

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Go to Walmart and get a package of minature wooden flowerpots and miniature wooden balls. If you turn the flowerpots upside down and hot glue the ball on top it looks like a person. Paint the wooden pieces before glueing and clothe with cut up felt for a cute nativity set! I am doing this with my 2, 4, and 7 year old this year. :)

Heidi - posted on 11/07/2008

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make some handprints in cement. you can buy some at hobby lobby or michaels...any craft store. use a small pan, cover with plastic wrap. after you mix the cement and poor into the pan, you'll have to move quick. it will dry fast. you can use a knife to write a name under it and 2008. add some buttons, glitter, colorful gems, whatever you would like to decorate. after it dries, cut a whole in the middle on the top and tie some ribbon through it so it will hang on the wall. grandparents will love it. we've also made some for the garden if you didn't want to hang them.

Emily - posted on 11/07/2008

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My son will be 4 right after Christmas. We are making our ornaments this year for the tree. He's helping do the basic painting and I will do the finishing touches after him. We'll see how it goes. I got all the supplies at Micheals for $25.

Cecilia - posted on 11/07/2008

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How about creating your own ornaments with your son. You have the ingredients already at home and xmas cookie cutters. All that is needed is acrylic paint (can buy anywhere like WalMart or Menards). Just decorate with paint after harden. Here is the recipe and directions: I recently made some simple salt dough and then rolled it out and let the kids cut out cookie shapes of stars, gingerbread men, and Christmas trees. I inserted a cheap metal Christmas ornament hook in the top and then baked them. Then the kids painted them with the bottles of acrylic paint from Walmart that are about .50 cents each.

They really came out very cute. I'm going to look for some shellac or shiney acrylic or something to put on one and see if the shiney looks nice.

Anyway, here is the recipe for the salt dough if anyone would like to do a cute little craft with their kids one Saturday. It would make really cute gifts for grandparents, teachers, daycare workers, and so forth.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup warm water

Mix well and then add a little more flour if too sticky. Turn out on floured surface and roll to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Let the kids cut out shapes. Insert little metal hooks in the top and then bake at 200 degrees for an hour to two hours. Turn over half way through baking time.
Enjoy.

Jan - posted on 11/07/2008

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My kids love making ornaments with chenille stems and beads (pony or tri-pod). We mostly make candy canes and wreaths. The grandparents love them!

Krista - posted on 11/07/2008

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my favorite memory from growing up is making homemade decorations from the tree and actually putting them up. the paper chain was my favorite. my brothers, sister, and I really got into those.

Mandy - posted on 11/07/2008

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I cut out ornament shaped cards and i'm going to have my kiddos decorate them. Walmart has gingerbread house kits that are fun.

Bettina - posted on 11/07/2008

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here is one that I will make this year. I will get some big cookies, then I will make tiny little cones out of parchment paper, glue them togehter. I put them pointed side down into the back of an egg carton so they can be filled. Then I will melt chocolate and fill the cones, let them set. When they are set I'll remove the paper, then I will use green melted chocolate wafers to paint the cones, before they are dry sprinkle them with sprinkles, coconut or whatever, those are Christmas trees. Make some icing that will get hard, paint the cookie with it if you like, then glue the christmas tree on with the icing, glue on some Gummibears, marshmallows, m&m's etc and you have cute little gifts eg. playgroup, friends, classmates etc.

Therese - posted on 11/07/2008

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The dollar tree sells little foam ornament kits. My son loved them last year. He had an absolute blast and it is making our Christmas tree more kid friendly so I can keep my good ornaments off the tree so as to not get broken until he is older.

Rachel - posted on 11/07/2008

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Well it's pretty simple, but we made christmas cards for family out of green/red/white construction paper and foam or felt letters as well as other christmas type stickers to put on the cards. We punched holes in the card to run ribbon and tie bows to them. they turned out really cute and the family loved them.

Jayna - posted on 11/07/2008

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I highly recommend Family Fun Magazine. I think they're website is familyfun.com. They always have great, simple ideas you can use with your children. Enjoy!

Elaine - posted on 11/06/2008

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Micheals craft store and also orential trading company online he great ideas for under 5 dollars

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