As I was tracing the kids hands to make their annal turkey hands I thought, I wonder who in the world was the first person to think up making a hand print into a turkey, they were a genus! Then of course I thought man that would be blogging gold ha! There is a reason some of this holiday crafts have stood the test of time and really are classics. Turkey hands, salt dough hand print ornaments, candy cane frames etc. They are easy, you probably have everything you need on hand and kids love them. That is like the trifecta of crafting. So this year instead of trying to reinvent the wheel I am doing as many classic crafts with the kids as I can and I will be sharing them whenever I get the chance on the blog. Now just like with baking with kids the KEY to happy crafting with kids is “mise en place” have EVERYTHING in its place ready to go and THEN bring the kids in. No running around looking for tape or glue leaving the curious toddler dangerously close to the giant bottle of glitter. Everything is right there so you can be as “present” as possible. Our first craft was making gingerbread men out of paper plates
While the OCD mom in me really wanted to have the plates pre painted I knew this was the part the kids would love so we painted them right when they got home from school then let them dry while we had snack and did homework. Then they were all ready to decorate.
I think their favorite part this time around was the glitter. They each watched the person before them to make sure they did something different and unique. I love the little faces they came up with and Finn even decided to name his “happy”.
The kids played with them the rest of the evening and while I did have to perform gingerbread surgery to reattach a leg the rest of the evening was so relaxing as they were all entertained! Even if you don’t have googlie eyes and puff balls I am sure there are items around the house you could use and believe me your cuties will be thrilled!