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A New Bible Edition!

Our oldest daughter, Bean, loves to draw and this morning she took on the task of making “A Bible”  I really enjoyed watching her recall Bible stories and portraying them mostly accurately!  Enjoy the video!


A Star for the Christmas Tree Craft

I decided to retire the big bow I’d been putting on top of the Christmas tree for the past ten years. I wanted a star! A silver, sparkly, but not too cheesey Star for the tree. Partially because, well, I think it’s pretty and another–a reminder of the Star of Bethlehem! Evidently silver, sparkly, but not too cheesey stars are not in vogue this year because I couldn’t find one ANYWHERE. What to do, what to do. . . .

A friendly sales associate a Menards suggested I make one and even suggested a kid friendly craft for the occasion! I wish I could remember her name because I would love to credit her with the initial idea!

Here’s what you need:
Paper cut-out of star in size you want
Empty toilet paper cardboard roll
Silver Glitter

What we did:

We traced the star onto the cardboard, then cut the cardboard star out. Then we placed a thin layer of glue on one side of the star and smoothed out a sheet of foil (shiney side faceing out). Then carefully cut away the access foil. Ta da! A foil star! But, we’re not done yet! Then place a another thin layer of glue on top of the foil and sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle the silver glue on! My kids thought this was the best part!

Then we put a thin layer of glue on the toilet paper tube and wrapped foil around it, carefully cutting the access away after it was sealed.

Then, glue the tube onto the back of the star. I will admit, I put a little extra super glue on for reinforcement after the kids went to bed. 🙂

After everything is SUPER dry, then place on top of the Christmas tree!

So now I have a silver, sparkly star. Yeah, it’s a bit cheesey, but cheesey is always ok when it’s made by love from your kids (with some help)! 🙂

Rice Crispy Train Craft

This was a ton of fun (and yummy). A friend gave me the idea and I kinda took it from there.

Here’s what you need:
Rice Crispy Treats (make ahead of time)
Icing (it acts as the glue)
Whatever candy is in your cupboard or what you want to buy–be imaginitive!

I laid out all ingredients on our table (covered with the vinyl craft cloth). Then I let the kids decorate a couple rice crispy treats as their train cars. I then spread some coconut flakes on a cookie sheet,topped with some peppermint sticks as the tracks. Then we lined up our train on the tracks. My 5 yo dd, Bean, really got into this one! 3 yo dd, Boppy ate more than she pasted. 19 mo dd Bitty was handed out M & M’s from the table from willing to share sisters and mommy! All in all a fun, simple and not too long craft for young kids!