December 2008


Made by the Hand of a Child



Hint! This seems like a lot of work, but it is a special and practical gift that parents will treasure!
Materials: 12 samples of children’s artwork on 8 ½ ” x 11” pieces of paper, 6 large sheets construction paper, yearly calendar (each month on a 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper), glue, hole punch, yarn or ribbon

Collect 12 paintings, drawings, collages, prints, etc. from each child. Glue the art to the top of one side of the construction paper. Glue the monthly calendar for January – June on the bottom of the construction paper. Now, turn the construction paper over and glue another art project to the top of the paper and the calendars for July-December on the bottom. Punch holes at the top and tie with yarn or ribbon.

Here are some examples of art projects you could use: crayon drawings, crayon rubbings, water colors, colored pencil designs, sponge prints, marble painting, shape collage, magazine collage of family members, thumb print designs, finger paintings, etc.



Materials: 1 cup flour, 1 cup salt, ½ cup water, ornament hangars
Directions: Mix all the ingredients together to make the dough. Let the children mold the dough or flatten so it is ½” thick and cut with cookie cutters. (Use a straw to punch a hole for a hangar.) Let the dough dry for a day. Turn the dough over and dry another day. Paint with tempera paint and spray with shellac.
Adaptations: Dissolve 2 Tb. instant coffee in ½ cup hot water and add to the flour and salt. Your ornaments will look like gingerbread cookies. Hint! Shorten drying time by baking in a 250 oven for 5-10 minutes
Cookies for Ornaments


Materials: white tube socks, fiber fill, rubber bands, markers, felt scraps, wiggly eyes, and other craft accessories
Directions: Have children fill the bottom of the sock with 3 large fists of fiberfill. Put a rubber band around this section. Put two fists full of fiberfill in and then put a rubber band around the middle section. Put one fist full of fiberfill in to make the head and put a rubber band. Pull the top cuff of the sock over the head to look like a hat. Decorate with wiggly eyes, felt scarf, yarn hair, etc. Draw on a mouth and buttons with markers.

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