As most people know toddlers are fun, messy, “helpful”, and not the best coordinated! And when it is time to set up the Christmas tree and decorate it, it may not be the best idea to have them put great-grandma June’s glass ornament on the tree.
Solution? Some may have a separate tree for the kids to decorate, which I hope to do in the future! But for now with our limited space we can only have one tree. So we decided to make ornaments that they can put on the tree that are kid friendly and not as delicate.
I made a video talking a little about them, and you can watch it here:
This was a fun activity to do with my girls in an afternoon, and they loved it! It doesn’t take much to make a toddler happy, just give them some paint and some glitter and let them go! I got my supplies from Dollar Tree, but any dollar store will work. Each thing is only a dollar and they have a lot of craft supplies! For these ornaments we bought popsicle sticks, glitter, snowflake stickers and ribbon to hang them with. I already had glue and paint.
*I managed to do this with regular Elmer’s school glue, but I wish I could have found my glue gun sooner. I found it at the end when I only needed to glue a few of the ribbons on.*
We made stars out of the skinny popsicle sticks, they were already colored when we bought them. One I left plain, another I put glue on it, then sprinkled glitter over the glue. And the last star I put the snowflake stickers on it. My girls painted the big popsicle sticks, I think of them as icicles. I know these are dazzling and grand, but my girls made them and had fun (and so did I!), and that’s what matters to me!
There are many things you can do with popsicles! These are just a few things that I thought of.
I hope you get to do some Christmas crafts with your littles and make some memories!