Our kitchen table is getting bombarded with paper, scissors, felt, glue, paint, pom-poms, smiles, giggles and chatter – all to make crafts for Christmas and for some homeschool preschool! These adorable Christmas ornaments are so easy for kids to make, mine’s only 3, using felt, pom-poms, puff paint, and scissors.
My preschooler, Gabe, and I are on a Christmas crafting roll and are really enjoying ourselves. I’m so tickled that he’s now so interested in crafting with me. It affords us the opportunity to spend time learning about shapes and colors, develop his dexterity and creativity, and make precious memories. I don’t know what I’ll do with these precious mornings once his little brother stops taking morning naps and the baby comes – they’ll just have to join us, I guess!
- Sheets of felt from the craft store in whichever colors you choose (only 23 cents at Wal-Mart for the brand “Eco-Fi” – and they’re made from recycled plastic bottles!)
- [amazon_link id=”B003W0C4RM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Assorted tubes of Puffy Paint[/amazon_link] (these were under $1 each and I bought 5
- [amazon_link id=”B000UU6SR4″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Sharp fabric scissors[/amazon_link]
- [amazon_link id=”B000W4SMC2″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Cookie cutters[/amazon_link] or stencils
- [amazon_link id=”B008EUF4RC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fabric chalk pencils[/amazon_link] – one light and one dark, or a couple of pieces of chalk
- [amazon_link id=”B00114Q4KO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Bag of pom-poms[/amazon_link]
- Hot glue and yarn (to hang them up)
Now, while I was cutting up the felt, I had to keep Gabriel happy, so I gave him some scrap paper and he was happy he got to cut up stuff like me. He loved it!
How To Make the Ornaments
- Trace your Christmas cookie cutters or stencils onto the felt with your chalk pencils (fabric markers didn’t work well on the felt for me)
- Using very sharp fabric scissors, cut out the shapes (adults only)
- Then, put down an old tablecloth, put a smock on your child, and let them go to town squirting out paint and sticking pom-poms to the felt!
- Once they dry (it took almost 24 hours for us), hot-glue a piece of yarn or string onto the back to hang them up.
Remember, crafting with toddlers takes a lot of patience. I tried my best to keep my mouth closed and to not tell him how to do it – I wanted him to make the decisions and use his creativity. There’s nothing like a nagging helicopter mom to stifle creativity, and I still have to fight being that way. It isn’t easy, but it makes for a much more pleasant and FUN experience!
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