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Getting Our Christmas Craft On

I always try to make an extra effort to do some special activities with the littles this time of year. Lately, I find sitting around the art table with the kids is just about all I want to do. So here’s a glimpse of a few simple crafts the kiddos and I have made together this past week.  I hope you can find the time to share one or two of them with your little ones.


Cinnamon-Applesauce Ornaments – These are an annual tradition around here ever since the kids started making them in toddler group.  The original recipe couldn’t be easier: mix equal parts cinnamon and applesauce (usually a couple of cups each), flatten and shape with a cookie cutter, then adorn with sprinkles. (Don’t forget to make a hole to string the ornament – we use a straw.) Let the ornament air out for a few days and enjoy the yummy smell.


Cardboard Tube Snowman – Dip your tube in white paint to make the snowmen’s circles. Personalize with a marker and glue on some fake snow for a 3D effect.  We did this one this morning and it was hit with both the 2 and 4 year old.


Tape Resist Candy Canes – I wish I could remember where I saw this first so I could give due credit. I didn’t read the directions for this one when I came across it but it wasn’t hard to figure out.  Start by drawing a candy cane outline.  Apply diagonal stripes with tape and let the kids go at it with some red paint.  Once the paint dries, remove the tape and cut out – viola! – instant candy cane.  My 4 year old thought this was SO cool.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica December 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Did u let the kids in your class place the tape on their candy canes?


Steph (MPMK Founder) December 9, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Hi Jessica,

I’m not a teacher but when I did this activity with my kids I did let them place their own tape :)


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