Last December I all the intentions of the world to move slowly through the month. We were going to create together, give together, and find ourselves savoring the meaning of this season. It was our first year to homeschool and I was hoping to use the freedom in our schedule to our advantage. It happened in a tiny way. Really though I spent the majority of last December wrestling with grief and anxiety regarding our youngest daughter’s cleft lip surgery. Her surgery was at the first of January, so each December day brought me closer to January. I wanted to hold Christmas at bay.
This year we are taking advantage of our flexible schedule. We are doing a lot more creating together. I’ll be posting some of our activities, but I so want all you other moms out there to know that slow, crafty Decembers have never been our normal. I know what it is like to juggle school schedules and teacher gifts and class parties and everything else. It is HARD work.
My kids relish the opportunity to play with paint. We don’t do it often because it is messy; so when they saw the paint sitting out there were pretty pumped. This is not an original idea by any means, just an example of our take on the project.
- Clear glass ornaments (ours had a shiny coat, I would have preferred plain glass)
- Paint (I picked colors I like because I knew they wouldn’t care!)
- Popsicle sticks
- Ribbon, lace, or fabric scraps
The kids dipped the sticks into the paint and then let it drop in the ornaments. I wish I had little squeeze bottles, but I was using what I had on hand. After they put in about a teaspoon of paint, they covered the hole with a paper towel and shook the paint. The first time we put the ornament cover on and then shook – and paint came flying out the tiny holes. Don’t do that.
Rainbow Loom Bracelets. Everywhere. All the time.
We added some fabric, a pinecone on baker’s twine and a little washi tape flag. I think we’ll try it again with brighter paint!