Shaving cream (not the gel kind, I used Barbasol)
White school glue
Small bowl for mixing
Food coloring (optional)
Googly Eyes (Optional)
Mix the shaving cream and school glue, equal amounts, in the mixing bowl. I found it best to put the glue on top of the shaving cream because it mixes in better.
DONE! How much easier can it be?!?! Now you start creating!
We did a snowman and a snowflake at my house. I outlined the snowman for my son so he could just fill it in. He loved it! He added eyes, a nose, mouth and buttons and then we dabbed some around the paper to look like falling snow!
For the snowflake, I just painted the basic shape and then sprinkled white glitter all over it. We let everything dry, laying flat, overnight. We turned the snowflake into an ornament by cutting it out and hanging it with some ribbon!
You can create colored "snow paint" by adding food coloring! It would be fun to create a Christmas tree or a string of lights with the colored paint. I would love to see what everyone creates at their house! - Casey Park
Turkey Hand Card
Brown and various colored construction paper
Googly eyes (optional)
Using the brown construction paper, cut out the shape of a turkey body. I make mine the shape of a peanut so it is like you are looking at it straight on. Next, trace your kiddos' hands on the various colors of construction paper and cut out. You need 3-6 depending on the size of their hands and the body. Glue the hands to the back of the body around the sides and top of the head. Use construction paper to make legs and a gobbler (this is a technical term my son came up with for the wattle). You can use googly eyes or draw them on with a marker! If you want to turn this into a card you can write on the tummy area or glue the finished turkey onto white construction paper, cut around it and write on the back. -- Casey Park
Reindeer Hand and Foot Ornament
Brown (light and dark) construction paper
Red pom poms (small size)
Googly eyes (optional)
Ribbon (for hanging)
Using the dark brown construction paper, trace around your kiddo's foot and cut it out. This is the head! Using the light brown paper, trace their hands (make sure you do both hands, not two left or two right) and cut out. These are the antlers. Glue the antlers to the back of the head and then use googly eyes or markers to make eyes. Next, glue a red pom pom on for the nose. You can decorate the antlers if you want or just leave them plain! Poke a hole at the top for the ribbon and you are done! -- Casey Park
Candy cane mice
Draw a mouse on cardstock, cut it out. With a pencil, trace the mouse onto felt; cut that out, too. Cut inner ears and a dot for a nose from felt in a contrasting color, cut dots for eyes from black. Glue the face and inner ears in place. Make slits in body for ears and candy-cane tail; to make cutting easier, fold felt across center of slits, and snip. Slip ears through slits at front; then slide wrapped candy cane through body slits, tucking the end underneath the ear piece at the back. Source: Martha Stewart
Twig door decoration
Try this instead of a wreath this year. Collect some thin sticks and wrap a wide rubber band around the base. Stick one branch of greenery inside the rubber band. Wrap a ribbon around the top. Display the wreath above your mantel or on a door. Source: bhg.com
Collect paint sample strips from a home improvement supply store. Using a hole punch, markers, stickers, glitter, etc., decorate them. Tie a ribbon to the top. -- Caiti Mondragon
Mix 8 cups of flour with 1 cup of baby oil. Put the mixture in a large plastic tub and let your kids start to create. The dough feels like flour but is moldable, too. -- Caiti Mondragon
Buy some glycerin soap at a craft store. Melt it in the microwave, add food coloring and pour the mixture into a mold. Consider using an ice cube tray. If you're into scent, add essential oils. Let the crayons cook for an hour, then pop out of the mold and get the kids in the bath! -- Caiti Mondragon
Get a piece of large white paper and use masking tape to tape the letters of your child's name. Have them fingerpaint over the tape and all over the rest of the paper. When the paint has dried, carefully, peel off the tape. -- Caiti Mondragon
Crafts simple enough for everyone.