I really love the idea of inspiring creativity in my kids by sitting down with them to do crafty things on a regular basis. Maybe they’ll decide they don’t enjoy it but, in the meantime, it’s a fun way to spend time together.
I’d like to start the tradition of making homemade ornaments for our tree every Christmas. Eventually our tree would be full of but homemade ornaments that are full of sentiment and memories.
With that in mind, we made salt dough ornaments this year. Emery, at 5 weeks old, can’t be of much help and, truth be told, Oliver at 22 months is still limited in the crafting abilities and the focus to work at anything for long. But we persevered.
I made the salt dough and cut out various shapes using cookie cutters. After air-drying for several days, we covered them in glitter. I ran the glue and Oliver (mostly) ran with the glitter. I think they turned out quite shiny and sparkly… just the right touch for our tree!
I also think it will be nice for the boys to do something homemade for their grandparents every year. This year, we painted more of the salt dough ornaments (with a helping hand from mommy). Of course they look just like a two-year-old painted them but what grandparent wouldn’t love that?! I think they are darling so we kept a few for our tree too.
So much fun!