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    Dec222012

    A special Saturday guest post: Two holiday crafts for kids

    Dear readers: My friend Lisa from Grown and Flown recently came across the following craft ideas while perusing blogs. She thought the Grandma's Briefs readers would enjoy them and encouraged the creative blogger, Jodie, to contact me about sharing with you all. I'm delighted Lisa did, as she was certainly right: You folks are gonna love these.

    Thank you to Lisa for sending Jodie my way, and a huge thank you to Jodie for sharing these fabulous holiday crafts. Take it away, Jodie!

    Thank you Lisa for welcoming me to Grandma’s Briefs and for serving as such a wonderful resource for today’s involved grandparents.  

    I write about my adventures my adventures in creating, exploring and parenting at Love Them Madly.  My boys, ages 6 and 3, are lucky to have close relationships with their four grandparents and two great-grandmas.  My mom is famous (in these parts anyway) for potty training my two year old while I was on vacation (check out Nana Bonnie’s Potty Training School) and zip lining with her grandchildren.  My dad has infused my kids with his quirky sense of humor and my mother in law has created a work-of-art scavenger hunt for my kids and their friends.

    I know this is a wildly busy time of year for most.  Amid your final shopping, cooking and wrapping this weekend, I’m sharing two quick and easy crafts my children have loved that are perfect to create with a grandchild or to put together as a gift.  

    This snowman t-shirt was born out of necessity when my three year old shed his adorable (but big bellied) snowman costume on our way to a Halloween party.  With some felt and hot glue, we created this adorable snowman t-shirt which has become a wardrobe staple for him.

    The How-To…

    1. Find an old white t-shirt – old or new, short sleeve or long.

    2. Cut some round eyes and smile circles out of black felt, a black t-shirt or a black sock.  Cut some triangle noses out of orange felt or fabric (even a kitchen sponge might work).  Be creative if you don’t have felt or fabric on hand – markers or paint will work well…ideally you will use something permanent and machine washable.

    3. Let the kids arrange their snowman on a t-shirt and use a glue gun or fabric glue to adhere (or stitch on with thread).  I just glued the short edge of the nose down so the rest could flap around a bit.

    4. Watch the smiles add up – starting with the wearer and spreading from there.

    Another favorite craft perfect for the 6 month old to two year old in your life: a puzzle photo frame.

    The How-To

    1. Start with a cute puzzle with chunky pieces or knobs in basic shapes, available at most toy stores.

    2. Count the number of pieces (you can get a little one to help you here).  Choose a theme for the photos (immediate family, extended family, etc.) and print some photos (don’t forget to include the recipient – they love recognizing themselves in a photo).  Figure out a layout. It may take a few tries and you may need to crop and zoom a little or switch a photo's layout from portrait to landscape.

    3. Hold the puzzle piece up to the photo and trim the photo to size.

    4. Lay out the photos and glue each directly to the puzzle.

    This was a puzzle I made for my son. You'll see him and his big brother in the center row, with mom and dad, also centered, over and under. Grandparents and great-grandparents in the four corners.

    5. Present to baby and play peek-a-boo and name games (Can you find Grandma?  Where is mommy?  Who’s under the triangle?)

    Have older kids too? Print the same photos for them in 8 by 10 or on 8.5 by 11 inch paper. Slide into plastic sheet protectors (or ziploc bags) and let the kids doodle on glasses, facial hair, bow-ties, etc. with washable or dry-erase markers.  

    Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy and SAFE 2013.

    For more crafts and ideas for sharing adventures with your grandchildren, please visit at http://www.lovethemmadly.com/

    On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Them-Madly/250179905056917

    On Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lovethemmadly/

    Thank you so much, Jodie!

    Happy Saturday, everyone!

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    Reader Comments (8)

    Love these ideas and sharing on facebook!

    December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoxana

    That puzzle is a great idea! I'm going to pin it.

    December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinger Kay

    Lisa, you draw other talented Moms/Grandmas to you like a magnet.

    Great post, Jodie.

    December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Cute ideas! Even at 8 1/2 Amara would love decorating pictures of Mommy and Daddy!

    December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Very cute ideas....I especially love the puzzle!

    December 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    nice post its really nice pics .

    December 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersulman

    Lisa, The only people who do not love your blog are those who have not yet discovered it! Jodie's idea was so simple, yet perfect, just what a grandparent is looking for. Thrilled that you two "met".

    December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flown

    What cute ideas! I especially love the puzzle. When Chritsmas is over, I will explore this blog because it sounds terrific! Merry Christmas everyone!

    December 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce
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