teacher gifts, but had yet started on class valentines. I thought instead of overwhelming myself I would tackle one kid a day. I try and avoid doing candy because of the nut allergies in our house so we have to get a little creative. Today Caden decided he wanted to give the crazy straws his sister gave a few years ago because he is CRAZY! I quickly updated the tags and made it a bit more boyish. Next, we headed to the dollar store to grab straws. The dollar store sells them in packages of six and I made the tags small enough to fit 12 on a page. It makes it an affordable, easy, candy free valentine class set for under $5. Now one down and 2 more to go. I'm curious what are some other candy free ideas out there?
My tip today has to do with one of our New Year's traditions. On New Year's Eve we spend some time going through our reflection jar. The kids had fun giggling and laughing as we read through the fun things we did in 2014. There were some sad moments in there, but overall it is fun to see all the exciting things that we did. This past year the kids each lost their first two teeth and they are in a race to see who will be the first to add it to the 2015 jar. We have the jar sitting on our dinner table. At dinner we talk about our day and I write on a circle and add it to our jar. We decided that this year we would add gratitude to it as well. At prayer time we talk about something good that happened to us and something nice we did for someone. I thought it would be neat to add it to the jar. How powerful will it be at the end of the year to read about the great things that someone did for us and all the great things we did for someone else?
We had so much fun that we decided to make some snowmen kits for Jackson's little buddies. I happened to have left over ice cream containers from the Ice Cream Kit Gifts I gave years ago. They were perfect to package it all in.
Here is what you need to make Snowman Play Dough Kits:
- white play dough
- pipe cleaners ( orange for nose and a different color for the arms)
- pony beads
- ribbon cut for a scarf
- top hat ( I used black card stock & glued it to a birthday candle so it would stick in the play dough)
- zipper sandwich bags to hold the play dough and another to hold other supplies
- A container to package it all in ( ice cream containers or a white styrofoam cup would work)
- puff paint or markers to make face on the container.
A super easy and inexpensive project to put together!
play dough recipe. While I was making it I added a few drops of essential oils. I made one batch with peppermint and the other I added a few drops of lavender. Talk about refreshing! And because I have a 6 year old girl who is all about sparkles we added some glitter. While sculpting it I felt refreshed and relaxed. I also noticed my stuffed up little one playing with the peppermint play dough seemed to be opening up a little. The kids and I had a great time and ended up making some fun treats for their friends. I can't wait to share with you tomorrow what we made.
This is such a simple one to make and great to have on hand for all the kiddos who might pop by during the holiday season.
To make this you will need:
clear bags ( I used the small candy bags from Michaels. They don't need to be large._
8 chocolate round candies (I used whoppers)
1 red nose (gum-balls or jaw breakers work well)
bag topper which you can download by clicking here
All you need to do is print and cut out the toppers.
Add your 8 chocolate candies and 1 red for rudolph.
Fold the topper over the bag and staple.
Easy enough and so cute!