What to do with the Christmas tree


It has been years since we went out and actually bought a real Christmas tree.  This year we decided that not only would we have a real tree but that we would make our Christmas ornaments.  After stringing popcorn and cranberries for hours and hours, and drying oranges and stringing cinnamon sticks, it looked beautiful!

When my children were younger, taking the tree out of the house was devastating so I came up with the idea of leaving it in the yard and making bird feeders for the birds.

Years have passed and my children are all teenagers, so what did mom do? Put the tree up in the yard and made bird feeders of course.

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We use to make feeders by rolling toilet paper rolls covered in peanut butter in bird seed, but this is the mom version … hollowed out oranges filled with seed.

Now to watch and wait…

here birdie birdie birdie 🙂

 

 

Easy Christmas craft for toddlers


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Super easy craft to do with preschoolers!

I had premade strips of colourful paper ready and some triangles cut out of cardboard.

The children covered the triangles with glue, then they laid the strips of paper across the triangle.

They had fun looking at the different lengths of paper

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Once dry I trimmed the excess paper away, taped a Popsicle stick to the bottom and stuck them into egg cartons that were covered with tinfoil.

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Here are our trees don’t they look beautiful!

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kids on the radio sending out their Christmas song


Last year we had an open house for Christmas. The house was full of kids and parents, Santa visited … this year I knew that if everyone came our house would be way to full , because it wouldn’t be the same without everyone there, kids that are here now and kids that have moved on. Everyone would be welcome! So this year instead of having a Christmas open house we decided to do something different. We decided to make a Christmas wish and send it out to the community via radio. Today we went to the radio station and we sang our Christmas song. Next week it will be played on the radio station for all to hear along with a Christmas wish from us!
After the singing at the station we all came back to the daycare for some hot chocolate 🙂

It was so much fun and sooooo very cute!
The kids did great!

When the tree goes bye bye


 

I know this is early but reading this may help some parents out there… it is better to be prepared …. and start saving the toilet paper rolls!

When the Christmas excitement is over and the kids are happily playing with all their new toys, the first thing on mom’s list is usually to start cleaning up all the Christmas decorations.  It’s time to pack away all the pretty glittery things until next year. 

If you are blessed like I am with a child who does not do well with change, this neat idea may help with taking away a live Christmas tree without causing major heart  break  for your youngster.

We started  a yearly tradition of making bird feeders out of toilet paper rolls, peanut butter and some string.

My one little guy had such a big heart, he loved our Christmas trees and cried when we took them outside, but if we were giving a home to little birds it was ok…

So,  after we took our tree outside into the back yard, we would go to our kitchen table and make feeders by covering toilet paper rolls with peanut butter then rolling them in birdseed and tying a string to them so we could hang them on our tree.

It just seemed to make everything alright.

Easy Christmas Ornament for Preschoolers


  This ornament is very easy for the preschoolers to make and it is great for fine motor skills.

Each child was given a pipe cleaner.. a sparkely christmas coloured one of course.  Then a big handful of buttons.

The children then strung the buttons onto the pipe cleaner.  When they are done, a tiny bell is strung onto the pipe cleaner and it is twisted together to form a circle.

Sequin Christmas Ornaments


 These ornaments are my fav!

This is a perfect craft for school agers.  We took a styrofoam ball and some straight pins and sequins and started the sticking…

We pinned the sequins all over the ball until it was completely covered then we pinned ribbon on the top to hang it on our tree.

They are so pretty and sparkley with the lights!