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November 23, 2011 00:06 by Barbara Shelby


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Gumdrop (Spice Drop) Candy
Styrofoam tree - Any size desired; trees in sample photo are 6"
Tin foil
Pointed Toothpicks


1. Cover the tree base with tin foil
2. Break toothpicks in half
3. Put a gumdrop on the broken side of the tooth pick...
3. Starting at the bottom of the tree, poke the pointed side of the tooth pick (with the gumdrop on it) into the tree.
4. Continue going around the tree until it's covered with the candy.

I remember making these in the late 1960's! Seeing a photo of one on a website brought back some nice memories--so guess what?! I made one and "Hubby" made the other...

The trees are nice to add to a tablescape, part of your dessert table, or to give as a 'hostess gift'. Be sure to have extra gumdrops to munch as you make! (Photo by KidActivities)


JINGLE BELLLS TO WEAR! (Wrist or Ankle Bracelet)

Take a strip of green or red fabric or felt that will fit for a wrist or ankle band.
Tie string or yarn to the bells and then to the strip...or sew jingle bells to the fabric...


HOLIDAY PARTY CRACKERS (Not the kind you eat!)

1. To make Christmas party crackers, take an old paper towel roll and cut it in half or thirds.
2. Place small favors such as erasers, tiny toys, stickers, or small wrapped candy inside.
3. Roll the filled paper towel roll in Christmas wrapping paper allowing extra paper at both ends. Twist the excess wrapping paper at each end and tie with ribbon or yarn. Christmas Party crackers!!!


Nice for younger kids...REINDEER PUPPET   (Visit KidActivities Reindeer Theme) for loads of 'Reindeer Ideas'!


Small paper lunch bag
Markers or crayons
Red paint or Red sticker circles

1. Have children cut 2 antler holes and one nose hole in their bags. (Antler holes are at the bag top---and the nose hole should be in the middle of the bag where a nose would go)
2 Show the children how to put their fingers in the holes to make the antlers (first two fingers for one hole--and last two fingers for next hole---thumb is used for the nose hole
3. Optional: Each child can dip their thumb in red paint or stick on a red sticker to make the nose.
Young kids can then sing "Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer" using this as a prop!



  • Materials: Dark Brown construction paper
  • Light Brown construction paper
  • Large googly eyes
  • Small red pompoms

Trace Child's shoe on dark construction paper and cut out to make head. Trace child's hands on light construction paper and cut out to make antlers. Glue antlers, eyes, and pompom (nose) to head


TIP: Be sure to save any Christmas left-over candy canes to make Valentine Hearts in February!


Make a Holiday Banner for your Room!

Butcher Paper:
Narrow Banner about 18" X 36" and Wide Banner: 24" X 36"
Also-Choice of a Dowel, bamboo stake, twig, etc. 
Construction paper in assorted colors
Glue/paste, scissors, yarn
Letter templates

Discuss with children what you would like the banner to say and what the design, technique, etc. should be.

1. Fold both ends of paper over twice (about 2") and paste or staple the bottom fold.
2. Cut out pieces for the banner (the words or word and pictures)from the construction paper.
3. Arrange the design on the butcher paper.
4. When you're satisfied with the design, glue the pieces down.
5. Attach the doweling to the top of the banner with paste or staples. Add yarn and hang.



1 dog biscuit (Or a dog biscuit shape) 
2 wiggly eyes
Set of ears (Make templates for ears and holly-shaped antlers as shown in picture) 
Set of holly antlers
Pom pom for the nose (Sparkly nice) 
yarn or ribbon for the hanger
Glue all parts on as shown in  sample...Kids now have a reindeer ornament for your tree!


Materials for each chime:
Unsharpened Pencil
10 Bells
1. Cut 12 pieces of yarn.
2. On 10 pieces of yarn tie a bell at the end of each one.
3. Tie a plain piece of string on EACH end of the pencil for hanging.Tie them together at top.
4. In-between the end strings, tie the yarns with bells on them onto the pencil.




Brown construction paper
White yarn
Black beans
Red ribbon
One red pom pom
Cotton balls
1. Fold a large piece of brown paper in half.

2. Trace the shape of a gingerbread man on one side.

3. Cut out the gingerbread man so that the folded piece of paper makes 2 of the shape.

4. Use white yarn to make the decorative icing.

5. The beans can be used to form the mouth.

6. The red pom pom can become the nose.

7. Use the buttons to make a shirt and eyes.

8. Use the ribbon to make a hair bow, a scarf, or a bow tie!

9. Staple the two sides together, leaving a hole at the top. 

10. Stuff the gingerbread man with cotton balls and then close up with staple or glue.

Created by Ms. Julia from the Kansas City Public Library


Stir a bowl of gingerbread,
Smooth and spicy brown.
Roll it with a rolling pin,
Up and up and down.
With a cookie cutter,
Make some little men.
Put them in the oven
Till half past ten!




Perfectly Clear glass ornaments (Size is your choice)
Acrylic paint (color choice is yours--sample is with pearl and gold

Put acrylic paint "inside" the ball ---  roll it around until all is covered with an effect that you like...

These directions are from Angie who gifted the ornaments to me in 1999...
1. The balls need to be dried 'up-side down' which can be very messy. 2.  Hot glue toilet paper tubes standing on end in a cardboard box. 
3.You can then tip the painted balls in the ends of the tubes and the extra paint goes into the box. 
4. Make sure that the tubes are placed far enough apart for the balls to fit.  It will depend on the size of the balls. 
If you will be signing the bottom of the ornaments, the signature and date are done on the outside with a paint pen in either gold or silver. (You can see signature on far left ball) They write beautifully on glass. (Ornaments created by Angie Dockter, Brooklands School - Rochester, Mi. Photo by KidActivities)



Styrofoam ball (any size)Sample is about 2"
8 mm sized sequins
3/4 inch sequin pins
Feathers, seed beeds, toothpick

For sample ornament...
Put sequins into the ball and have them overlap slightly.
Do this by sticking a straight pin through the tiny hole in the center of each sequin. The pin will fit flush with the top of the sequin and penetrate the Styrofoam ball and hold the decoration in place. The head of the pin will hardly be visible, so it will look as if the ball is made of sequins once you have covered the entire thing. (This ball is covered entirely with sequins; however, the silver do not show in the photograph)

You can also get a lovely effect by first putting a pin in a sequin --and then a bead. This design is nice on a 'satin' covered styrofoam ball; it would take longer to do--but may be something an adult or older youth would like to try.

To hang THIS ball, a toothpick was poked in the top center. A seed bead was glued to the top of the pick and then a small loop of ribbon tied under the bead. (The bead keeps the ribbon from slipping off) Small holes were poked into the top of the ball and feathers put in these to hide the toothpick.

You could also hot glue a loop of gold string or ribbon to the top of the ball. The loop should be large enough to attach an ornament hanger to it--at least the circumference of your thumb. The longer the loop, the farther down off the branch the ball will hang. Use a tiny dot of glue to hold the loop in place.

This ornament was made by Delaney Biggs of Waterford, Mi. Grade 3-2008; Photo by KidActivities


 Thank you to  Cere Child Care for sharing the following three Christmas Ideas. Great for younger children!




Cut off the front cover of  old Christmas cards. Have children sign their name on the back and decide whom to give it to. Punch holes  around the border and give children a strip of curling ribbon to lace  around boarder.


#2 SANTA ORNAMENT...  Use green paper. Paint fingers white for beard. Paint palm skin color (mix a little orange or brown into white until you get the desired skin color). Paint top of hand and thumb red for hat. Stamp with thumb out and fingers slightly together, pointing to the bottom of the paper. When dry add face and white dot on the end of the hat. Optional- Laminate, punch a hole at the top and hang on your Christmas tree! 




1. Cut a Gingerbread 'cookie' shape out of sandpaper.
2. Scrape across and all over with a cinnamon stick to make it smell nice.
3. Decorate with eyes, glitter, or whatever you have on hand.
4. Use scalloped edge scissors to make strips with white construction paper for the icing decoration.


Metal Juice lids, Colored tissues paper torn in small pieces, Glue

1. Cover the flat side of the juice lid with glue.
2. Tear or cut small pieces of the colored paper and place on top of the glue-top  lid.
3. Again-cover the paper with glue. Dry overnight.
4. When dry, pop these off the lid.
6. Hang in a window.
Alternative: Powdered tempera could also be added to the glue; the colored glues could be mixed or glitter added. 


HOLIDAY TREE...for the Classroom

If possible bring a small pine tree into the classroom/program for the Holiday season. If no tree is available, make a large one out of green butcher paper/roll paper and hang it on the wall. Make and reproduce patterns of your choice for the children to color/paint/decorate -- and cut out.

Punch a hole near the top of the ormaments and add yarn to hang. (When it's time for holiday vacation--the kids can take the ornaments home to put on their own trees)

If the tree is natural or artificial, decorate with paper chains, popcorn garland, and all the craft ideas and ornaments of nature found on this site.


Make a great Christmas stocking from a brown paper grocery bag. You can hang it and stuff it with Christmas goodies.

Supplies needed: Thick brown paper (like grocery bag paper) or brown felt, Pencil, Scissors, Glue, A hole punch, Yarn, Markers or crayons.

1. Draw a large stocking on thick brown paper (or brown felt).
2. Cut out two copies of this stocking.
3. Glue the two stockings together around the edges (make sure you don't put any glue along the top opening).
4. Punch holes around the edges of the stocking.
5. Weave yarn in and out of the holes. Leave a loop of yarn at one end, and tie it in a knot.
6. Decorate your stocking with crayons, markers, stickers, construction paper cut-outs, or glitter.



Materials: (1) 9"x12" newsprint, (1) 9"x12" (any color) construction paper, old magazines, scissors, pencil, paste or glue

Fold the 9" x 12" construction paper in half - lengthwise.
On the half of paper draw a half of tree in a cone shape (may have a trunk in a pot base if desired--but needs to have the CONCE SHAPE tree on the trunk bottom) This will be the tree pattern.
When you cut the side out--unfold to get entire tree shape.

Next--Cut pieces of bright colored pieces of paper from  magazines.
Tear these into small pieces and shapes.
Paste these onto the construction paper.

Cover the entire paper-overlapping the pieces.
These can also be applied with liquid starch and a paint brush.
Let it dry.

Lay the tree pattern on top of the collaged construction paper and draw around the tree with a pencil.
Cut the tree shape from the collage paper.
You now have a collaged tree shape.
You can mount the tree on a dark or bright colored paper. Really pretty. when complete.




You need:
Clear glass plates, plain white paper (to draw and color or paint) or patterned wrapping/gift paper, pencil, scissors, crayons or markers, Modge Podge (Decoupage Finish)

1. Trace around a plate. Cut out the circle.
2. Make a colorful drawing on the paper circle. (You can also use Holiday wrapping paper like KidActivities did in the sample image!) 
3. Brush Mod Podge onto the back of the plate.
4. Press the picture or paper onto the back of the plate.
5. Press/push out any wrinkles.
6. Let the plate dry. Apply another coat of Modge Podge if desired.

NOTE: Krylon spray was also used on the back of the plate for added protection. If you do this, allow time for any chemical odor to diffuse.

If you're an adult and making on this for a gift--fill this plate with cookies you have made! Cover with cellophane and ribbon.



Santa, Snowman, Reindeer, Gingerbread, Poop and Kisses Gift Poems: Page 5

November 22, 2011 03:02 by Barbara Shelby

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 Put round, red and white peppermint candies into a pretty container or a small bag--tie with this poem attached.

I once knew a gardener who knew how to grow-
Bright tasty candies, right out of the snow.

I asked him to share his secret with me-
And this is what he said quite readily.

To garden in winter is difficult you see
It takes lots of care and a  special seed.

I'll give you a couple to grow your own treats-
And you'll soon reap a harvest of candy cane treats.

SNOWMAN KISSES (Use mini-marshmallows or other white candy)
Package prettily with attached poem...

Snowflakes from Heaven as white as can be!
Can build a Snowman for all to see!
He's cute and cuddly ---and full of good wishes...
And wants to give you a whole bunch of his kisses!



(Package Candy Kisses prettily and attach one of the following)

Santa's been busy
Granting our wishes...
So he dropped off this bag of Santa Kisses.



A bag of Hugs & Kisses
to wish you Merry Christmas!



NOW FOR THE SASSY...These have been around awhile and you either like them or you don't! But here they are...

 GINGERBREAD POOP (Use gum drops)


Heard you've been naughty!
So here's the scoop
all YOU get is
Gingerbread Poop! 



 SNOWMAN POOP #1 (Use marshmallows)  

Heard you've been naughty
So here's the scoop,
All you get is... Snowman Poop!


Santa looked at his list-
even checked it twice.
And he found out that
you haven't been nice.
With coal  so expensive,
here is the scoop,
Santa's filling your stocking



#1 REINDEER POOP (or Droppings)

For "Reindeer Poop" put Raisenettes or Milk Duds in small cello or bagagies; attach one of the following poems. 

Santa's been here. How do I know?
Look what I found outside in the snow!


 As I finished my task, which took quite awhile,
Old Santa passed by and he sheepishly smiled.
And I heard him exclaim as he sped off in the sky...
"Well they're not potty trained, but at least they can fly!"





Place in a clear plastic bag...
1 individual pack hot chocolate mix
3 Hershey's chocolate kisses
10-15 mini-marshmallows
1 small candy cane

Add one of the following poems...

When the weather outside is frightful,
Snowman Soup can be delightful.
May it warm your spirit and your soul.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

When you feel a chill or 'burrrrrr',
Use the peppermint stick to stir.
Add hot water and sip it slow.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.

POEM #2 When it's so cold that you holler and whoop,
It's time to bring out the Snowman Soup!

Pour the packet in a mug. Add marshmallows too.
And throw in these kisses
that are special just for you.

Now add some hot water and use the cane to stir it.
Sip slowly and soon you'll feel the warm winter spirit!


A little cup of cocoa, I'm sending your way,
For you to sip and enjoy,
On some cold winter day.

As you sip this cocoa, it's warmth will warm your heart...
Just like our friendship warmed mine, Right from the very start.



Small glass jar (baby food size)
1 serving of hot cocoa mix
About 1/4 cup of small marshmallows
4-inch or larger fabric scrap (depending on the size of your jar)
18" length of ribbon
Hershey Kiss candy
Small wrapped candy cane

lean the jar and dry it well. Measure a one-cup serving of the hot cocoa mix into the jar. Fill the jar to the top with small marshmallows. . Cut the fabric scrap into a circle. Center the fabric circle on top of the jar lid. Tie the ribbon around the edge. Glue the Hershey Kiss on top of the fabric cover. Glue the candy cane to the side of the jar. Write a personal note and draw a candy cane or other symbol on the card.

Include simple directions such as the following:
"Here's a little gift to warm you up on a cold afternoon. Simply pour this jar of cocoa mix into a mug filled with 6 to 8 oz. of hot water. Top with marshmallows and drop in the Hershey Kiss. Stir with the candy cane and enjoy!"



Fill a small baggie with round chocolate 'Milk Chocolate Malt Balls' candy. (Whoppers is one company in the States that makes them) Add one red ball of the same size.  Of course the red 'nose' is Rudolf's! A red gum-ball,  red Sour balls, or giant red spice drop candy works well for the red nose...There are also candy companies that make white, pink and red malt balls for Valentine's Day.

Add a tag tied to the baggie saying, "Reindeer Noses for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner/Donder, Blitzen, and Rudolph".  

 A good idea when packing small 'goodies' such as this--is to size card-stock to the width of a clear bag. After writing the title or title/poem/directions on the bottom half of the card...fold the paper in half and attach it to the top--one side on each side to the bag. Embellish the card with ribbon if desired.

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