Make-Your-Own Ornament Kit
When planning our holiday gifts, I often get stuck on what my kids can give their friends. Sure we could head to the toy aisle and they could pick something out, but that mostly involves my endless patience and credit card not much creativity or thought on their part. I want them to spend some time creating something for someone else.
It is so easy for kids to get sucked into their own wishlists, Santa Claus, and anticipating their pile of presents this time of year. I want my twins to spend some time and thought into other people as well. This is why we tend to focus on Kid Made Gifts.
Most years we have made ornaments. They are easy to mass produce and fun to create. We made melted bead ornaments when my twins were two and when they were three we made Sweet Smell of Christmas ornaments based on one of my favorite Christmas books.
One afternoon our daily mailbox check gave me some inspiration. A friend had mailed my kids some Christmas stickers. Being the dear that she is, she even sent a bar of chocolate for me. My kids were happily sticking stickers while I was gratefully enjoying the peace and eating my chocolate when inspiration struck.
I love it when people send my kids things to do. Even simple things like stickers are a few minutes of happy calm that I didn't have to work to create. What a great Christmas present.
As part of our 25 Days of Christmas, we had made a few other ornaments for our own Christmas tree. We had some leftover supplies from the PomPom Ornaments so I asked my kids if they wanted to send their friend in Minnesota a kit to make her own ornament. They were thrilled.
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Find a box. We used a shoebox sized box.
Gather the materials needed for your ornament. In our case this was clear bottles (washed and dried), pom poms in Christmas colors, and a pipe cleaner for each bottle.
You will also need paper and pen.
Have your kids help fill the box with the ornament making supplies. If you can give them an important job such as folding the pipe cleaners carefully in half or counting to make sure they have a certain number of pom poms.
Then have them help you write out the directions for the ornaments. This was a great activity in recalling what we had done. NOTE: you could send any simple ornament craft supplies, but below are the directions for the Pom Pom Ornaments pictured in this post.
POM POM KID MADE ORNAMENTS
1. Lay out supplies for your child.
2. Invite them to fill their empty container with pom poms.
3. When it is full, help them twist the top on tightly. (Glue could be used to make it more secure)
4. Have them fold the pipe cleaner in half.
5. Twist the open ends around the top of the bottle, the other end makes a loop to hang on the tree.
6. Hang on your tree!
Seal up the box with the materials and directions inside. Address the outside and take a trip to the post office.
When your gift arrives, all the parent will have to do is clear some table space, lay out the included supplies, and read your simple directions.
*Note: possibly send the parent a heads up text or email to let them know a no-prep project is on its way so they will open it when they have some time to do it.
This post is past of the Kid Made Gifts Series on Teach Me Mommy.
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