Diwali Craft : Paper Plate Rangoli idea for kids

Diwali is one of the most important and colorful of the Indian festivals. It is a festival of joy , splendor , brightness and happiness. No matter which part of the world we live , Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm by Indians .
During Diwali , people decorate their floors with Rangoli . This patterns are generally made with white powder or rice flour ,chalk, colored sand or flowers . The traditional Rangoli making is tough outdoors because the weather is chilly at this time of the year especially for us on east coast of United States . Keeping all this in mind , I wanted to create something that is colorful , not a lot of mess while making and easy for kids to understand . That’s when I came up this idea of Paper plate Rangoli , it can be made well in advance and reused every year too.
I think in this generation we need to be creative in making our festivals special and fun for kids. One such attempt is our
Diwali Craft : Paper Plate Rangoli idea for kids
Materials Needed :
Paper plate
IKEA Mala Fluorescent/glitter paints
Color Sharpies
Instructions :
Use a pencil to draw any Rangoli design on Paper Plate.
Once you are happy with your design , use Ikea paints to make outlines .
It’ll take few hours for the paint to dry .
After the paint dries , use color sharpies to fill in the spaces .
Now go ahead and add Rhinestones randomly or symmetrically wherever the design requires.
The beautiful and colorful Paper plate Rangoli is now a perfect Diwali décor !
Adding an extension to this activity is to arrange flowers around the paper plate Rangoli making it more elegant and colorful.
Lessons learnt : Rangoli making using paper plate , paints and decorating with flowers needs creativity and thought process .
Drawing Rangoli designs helps them learn the concept of symmetry. They color symmetrical, so that both sides of the design are same colors .
Last but not least ..Learn about rich Indian culture and the history of Rangolis .

This post is part of the annual Diwali for Kids blog hop from Multicultural Kid Blogs! See the posts below for great ideas on celebrating Diwali with children. You can find even more ideas from last year’s series and on our Diwali Pinterest board:

Maple and Marigold on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Celebrating Diwali in Canada
Weaving Ideas: Paper Plate Rangoli Idea for Kids
ArtsyCraftsyMom: Accordion Fold Paper Diya Craft
Maple and Marigold: Rustic Indian Peda with Roasted Pistachios
Creative World of Varya: Diwali Inspired Ideas for Kids
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Rangoli with Glass Marbles
My Little Moppet: 20 Tips to Organize a Diwali Party for Kids
All Done Monkey: Diwali Books for Kids
Growing Up Gupta: 7 Amazing Multicultural Diwali Gift Ideas
Kidzlens: DIY Bandanwar
The Educators’ Spin On It: Making Flower Rangoli with Kids

Diwali for Kids | Multicultural Kid Blogs
#mkbkids #Diwali

Rotational Symmetry Art with 50+ STEAM KIDS projects


We feel very happy to be involved in the launch of new book “Steam Kids “ by a bunch of my fellow bloggers .
Before I talk more about the book, this summer, my son showed a lot of interest in science experiments. He would say” Mom, let’s try this!” Some experiments turned out really good but I must mention , We’ve failed miserably in few experiments but his curiosity and enthusiasm never failed.


When I heard about STEAM KIDS book, I knew he would love and learn from it as well .

I showed my 8 year old the book and said “you‘re going to be learning all about STEAM”. He was super excited looking at it. The book has many activities, close to 50+ Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Hands-On Projects for Kids. The activities are broken up into the area of inspiration: Build, Color, Play, Sense and Grow. The projects are aimed for kids ages 4-10 with easy instructions and colorful pictures.

Best thing about the book is most of the projects are using regular craft supplies or household supplies.

ROTATIONAL Symmetry project steam kids

We tried Rotational Symmetry Art from the book , a wonderful activity to teach kids concepts of Symmetry while rotating irregular shapes.


To know more about Rotational Symmetry Art with 50+ STEAM KIDS projects watch this amazing book trailer

The Book is available in print from Amazon as well as as an e-book PDF, this book has amazing projects your kids will love.
The e-book is on sale this week only for $9.99. Plus, if you buy the book this week, you get a bonus book for FREE:


Most important ..STEAM KIDS gives an opportunity to spend quality time with your kids . We had a great time and can’t wait to try other projects from the book and other STEAM Education resources below .
The authors of this book have put together some amazing FREE STEAM Education resources as well! Check them out:

52 STEAM Challenges for Kids
40 Household Items for STEAM Projects at Home
How to Get Started Doing STEAM
STEM vs. STEAM, Does the A Matter?
How to Teach STEAM
40+ Projects that Combine STEM with Art
Tips for Acquiring Inexpensive STEAM Materials
Adapting STEM and STEAM Activities for Different Children
3 Genius Tips for Raising out of the Box Thinkers

Lovely quote about the book..
“STEAM Kids is a book that will inspire children to:
question like a scientist
design like a technologist
build like an engineer
create like an artist
deduce like a mathematician
– and, most importantly –
play like a kid.”

Would love to hear your views on STEAM activities and Share your Favorite STEAM activities ?
DISCLAIMER: I was sent a free copy in return for a honest review .

100+ Ideas to play with LEGO® Bricks

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We‘re excited to share with you with the launch of this wonderful book The Unofficial Guide to Learning With LEGO®!
Here’s a little about the book. A few of my fellow bloggers came up with great ideas to play with LEGO® Bricks and launched their book on July 5th, 2016. The book has a collection of 100 activities using LEGO® Bricks with colorful pictures that will attract kids instantly. It is a great resource for kids to learn Fine motor skills, Problem solving and STEM activities using LEGO® Bricks. The instructions are very simple and easy to read; even my 8 year old was able to follow. There are activities for every age group, right from toddlers to elementary age kids.
100 Lego Ideas for Learning and Playing
100+ Ideas to play with LEGO® Bricks

We were lucky to get a free sneak peek copy to try and my little one couldn’t wait to dive in. Honestly, he wanted to do everything in the book except for the sorting and counting ones .He said “Mom ,these activities are for toddlers .” We tried a couple activities and here I share one of our favorite activity from the book .
The Floating Boat Experiment:
Ideas to play with Lego bricks
Materials Required:
Empty Shallow Dish / Bath Tub
Bricks (any variety)
Boat Experiment with lego bricks
Ask your child to build a boat that can hold the most pennies .They can design a boat of their choice using any variety of LEGO® Bricks. My son spent some quality time in designing his boat.

Explore STEM with LEGO
Fill the dish with enough water for your boat to float and later add pennies to your boat.
Now count how many pennies your boat can hold. The more coins we added ,the boat became heavier and sunk in .
Learning with Lego
My son was totally engaged in the process for couple of hours .I thought it was  perfect for Summer time learning .
Lessons Learnt :This activity helps children develop skills in Science, Math, Problem Solving and Engineering.
If you have a LEGO® Fan in your house, I am sure you wouldn’t want to miss out on these 100 hands on learning activities from the book.


To purchase the book now through July 12, you can get The Unofficial Guide to Learning With LEGO® ebook on sale for only $11.95 (regular price $14.95 !

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You can also purchase a copy of real book at Amazon for $24.95. If you get it through Amazon, be sure to email one of the authors, Nicolette, a screen shot of your order and she’ll send you your 100 free printables but remember this offer is only until july 12th. (Send your email to nicci @ learnandplaywithbricks.com.) You can do the same with your Kindle order ($14.95), too.

Check out the video showing few activities from the book in action !

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Celebrate Disney’s #TheBFG with Roald Dahl books #GIVEAWAY

The BFG Giveaway

My son reads a lot of Roald Dahl Books and One of his favorite is The BFG. We received this Book as a birthday gift last year. On the book was sticker that read.. soon to be a Steven Spielberg Film . We love this book and now that its made into a movie ,we’re even more excited to watch the film.

To help celebrate the release of Disney’s The BFG on July 1st, a group of bloggers have come together to bring you a Big Fat Giveaway (see what we did there?). There will be 18 winners total – yup, you read that right, EIGHTEEN! 15 winners will receive The BFG Paperback Book (ARV $5), 2 lucky readers will receive 3 Roald Dahl books (The BFG, Matilda, and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory – ARV $18), and 1 lucky reader will receive this $57 GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE:

About The BFG

The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. “I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children. It was very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light which was so much Disney’s original signature in a lot of their earlier works like in ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella,’ and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone, it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book,” says Spielberg.

The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams.

Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows. But Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.

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Learning Math and Art using Pokemon Cards

First time, I asked him to show me his Pokemon folder ,
He said “Mom , I thought you didn’t like Pokemon . I said Hmm..yes…but I want to see and learn more about what my son likes and maybe one day I’ll like it too. ”
He opened his folder with excitement and began sharing all kind of stories about each card. So glad I had this conversation with him.
After a few weeks , I got the opportunity to review Pokemon Cards . We were beyond excited and thrilled to hear the news.
Pokemon cards
The delivery was quick through Amazon Prime and we received it within 2 days . The cards came in a plain , plastic bag , nothing fancy like store bought packaging .The Bundle of Pokémon cards from #GoldenGroundhogPKMNLots were in good condition and it included
100 Assorted Pokemon Card Lot with Random 6 Foil Cards! Includes 3 Custom Golden Groundhog Token Counters!
My son started collecting Pokémon trading cards few months back and has close to 80 cards . The 100 cards were impressive new addition to his collection.
I had few activities planned for him using these 100 cards . What better way to learn and enjoy the summer time.
Learning Math and Art using Pokemon Cards
Materials Needed :
Assortment of Pokémon Cards
1 0z Medicine Cup Dispenser
White Poster Paper
Firstly , We sorted them according to type to see how many of Pokémon cards of each type. Sorting the cards is a great activity to keep themselves busy for quite some time .Sorting Pokemon Cards by type
All you need to do is spread all the cards on a table and sort them into piles by their type.After dividing them into piles we had
Grass : 14
Water : 16
Lighting : 6
Colorless: 11
Metal :2
Psychic: 13
Fire : 5
Fairy : 3
Dragon :5
Fighting :4
Trainers: 15
Drawing Pokemon Symbols Activity
We used a sheet of white paper to Draw the circles using medicine cup .
Draw Pokemon Type Symbols
In those circles we drew different symbols .
Draw and color Pokemon Symbols
To color the symbols we used Sharpies markers .Adding total Health points of each Pokemon card

Take one pile at a time to count and write down the number of cards next to the symbol where it belongs.
Note : As a added extension to the activity , We even calculated and wrote down the health points of each type card . All the activities weren’t done in one stretch. As my little one was showing so much interest , we worked our way ,each day for an hour for 3 days .
We had around 14 Duplicates but my son was totally happy with the variety of cards he got in the 100 pack . He plans to share the duplicates with his cousin sister and trade a few with his friends.
Learning Math and Art using Pokemon Cards
Lessons Learnt :
Turn your child’s interests into a game of learning without them realizing it !
Art skills : Drawing and Coloring symbols helps observation skills . Objects to sketch related to their hobbies or games are always more likely to interest the children.
Math Awareness & Skills : Working on counting and adding the number of cards in total helps in improving and mastering basic Math skills.
My son thoroughly enjoyed the sorting , drawing , coloring and counting activities. With Summer around , fun to see him sit and play for hours instead of watching tv .
Share your thoughts on where you buy your Pokémon trading cards or how you encourage your children in their hobbies ?
*Disclaimer: I received this product free or discounted for my honest review. All experiences and opinions are my own.


How to make Chalkboard Stepping Stones

As the weather gets better , my son loves to play outside .One of his favorite pastime is sidewalk chalk .He enjoys to write , draw and scribble using color chalks. This inspired me to make our Chalkboard stepping stones. They make a great statement in the garden and encourage in writing interesting thoughts.

Chalkboard stepping stones materials

Materials Needed :
Terracotta plant Saucers ( 10 inch )get outside
Chalkboard paint
Outdoor/Patio Paint
Paint Brushes
How to make Chalkboard Stepping Stones
How to make Chalkboard Stepping Stones
Instructions :
First step is to Paint the Saucers using outdoor friendly paints .It is a simple project , kids can work with a little help. My seven year old was able paint the saucers all by himself and he gave 2 layers of paint for each saucer with one hour interval.It kept him occupied for couple of hours.

Do it yourself Chalkboard Stepping stones
Later, We painted the inner circle of the saucer using chalkboard paint leaving nice color border.
Once all the paint is dry , we can add personalized message using chalk .
Tips and Tricks : Before you place the saucers in the garden , pack them nicely with soil underneath , so its heavy and strong.
Terracotta plant saucers are easily available in craft stores or any garden stores. Its surface is smooth and easy to work with chalkboard paint .
Lessons Learnt : Let’s see what Kids learn working on this project .
Choosing colors – My son chose his favorite colors to paint ( red , orange and yellow ).
Personalized message : Thinking of something creative to write and draw on stepping stones
Decorating the garden and spending more time outdoors .
Easy DIY Chalboard stepping stones
Decorate the garden with these easy DIY chalkboard stepping stones.

I’m joining in with my friend, blogger the lovely LarabeeUK‘s fantastic Kids in the Garden Blog Hop with 13 other bloggers. There is also a linky if you would like to share your own Kids in the Garden posts.


Kiki and Jacques {Book Review} #ReadYourWorld

I am so excited to share information about Multicultural Children’s Book Day that is tomorrow, January 27th 2016.I feel fortunate to be one of the book reviewers for this wonderful event. Today’s post includes a book review and a art we made after reading the book .
I received a free copy of this book for MCCBD 2016 in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Kiki and Jacques Book Review MCCBD

Kiki and Jaques by Susan RossThe Book Summary
As the title suggests ,the story is about Jacques , Kiki and their Friendship .Jacques is a eleven year old boy going through lot of difficulties in life . Plus, he is under pressure from a senior to do something illegal and worries that he is not the only captain for school soccer team .Kiki is a Somali refugee , who has a scar on her face and wears a hijab . The arrival of Somali refugees in town brings lot of  twists and turns in the story .This middle grade chapter Book celebrates the power of friendship to overcome cultural differences .
Kiki and Jacques {Book Review}What we thought about the book :
To be honest , when I started reading the book ,I didn’t find it that interesting but after a few chapters ,I was thoroughly engaged with the beautiful story. This book reminded me of a terrific film ..yes a hero , heroine and a villian ..a realistic story, emotional characters showcasing love , friendship and family values. It even covers issues , youngsters struggle to deal with like bullying, drugs and peer pressures .The book is recommended for middle schoolers but my seven year was able to finish a couple chapters without any help .The book is so engaging, I bet ,he’ll finish reading all the chapters in few days.Thus ,We can say that the story is expressed in a simple language for all ages to understand.
Lessons Learnt from the story :
I simply love these two special moments in the story , one is where Jacques dares to go to the Police station to save someone innocent and other where he shares the truth behind robbery to his Dad. As a Parent , I feel these two scenes will inspire children to realize how important it is to share their thoughts , deeds and difficulties with parents.
Book Activity based on Kiki and Jacques
We drew two hands of different colors joined together, like a shake hand .. a symbol of friendship ! This art can be helpful to discuss one of the many topics in the book like the power of friendship irrespective of color, caste and religion .
Book Activity  on Kiki and Jacques
Last but not least ,My son wishes to donate the book to his elementary school but I need a green signal from his librarian or it goes to the middle school here. Either way ,I ‘ll be more than happy to donate this great book .

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016
Our Mission :The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.

The wonderful co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.

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Gold: Author Tori Nighthawk * Candlewick Press * Bharat Babies

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Bronze: Pomelo Books * Author Jacqueline Woodson * Papa Lemon Books * Goosebottom Books * Author Gleeson Rebello * ShoutMouse Press * Author Mahvash Shahegh * China Institute.org * Live Oak Media

Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing Co-Host and you can view them here.

Classroom Reading Challenge: Help spread the word on our Classroom Reading Challenge . This very special offering from MCCBD offers teachers and classrooms the chance to (very easily) earn a free hardcover multicultural children’s book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are pre-screened and approved by them as well.

What we could really use some help with is spreading the word to your teacher/librarian/classroom connections so we can get them involved in this program. There is no cost to teachers and classrooms and we’ve made the whole process as simple as possible. You can help by tweeting the below info:

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Tips and Products to help you get through the season #12daysofparenting

Welcome to my third post for the #12daysofparenting Christmas blog hop which features over 60 bloggers and I’m very happy to be a part of it . #12daysofparenting is a series of blog posts on tips and tricks to survive the holidays with little ones ,as well as some great giveaways.
” On the eleventh day of Parenting – Products to help you get through the season” is today’s topic for #12daysofparenting. I’ve shared my Tips and Products to help you get through the season and you can also hop over to My Thoughts on Things blog post to see her favorite products.

Gift wrap station : I call it gift wrapping station ,where I have all the things I need to wrap a gift . Rolls of gift wrapping paper , hole punch , glue stick ,tape, scissors, stamps , ribbons, tissue paper, washi tape , tags and not to forget the pretty bows . All the things in one place makes holiday present wrapping easy and quick.

Ready to make Craft kits : I shop for Craft kits that are easy to make with simple instructions. I try to stock up a variety of craft kits that my son can make without any help .During the holidays , when Iam busy cooking especially for a party , I find these kits very helpful. My favorite places to shop for these crafts kits are any craft stores or Target . If you love shopping online, then Oriental Trading is the one I recommend.

Receipts Box : Most of us shop a lot during the holiday season . I usually Clip all the receipts together and store it in a drawer for easy access . If you need to return or exchange anything , simply open the receipt box and find the right receipt in seconds .

Homemade Snacks : Homemade Snacks are the best but they may seem like the last thing you have time for .I make dry Indian savory snacks in bulk and store it. They come handy during the busy holidays and also while travelling .Some of our favorite tasty treats are Rice Murukkus ,Boondi , Chudwa and spiced nuts .Make them ahead of time and store it in air tight containers to relish during the festive time.

Candles : Candles are great for table setting during the holidays .They make you feel all cozy inside. I love candles during special occasions and my favorite is Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint scented candle. It makes your house smell so good.

Salt : yes..you heard it right .. Salt is my favorite product during the holidays or any event at home. Salt is for those stressful days , When you’re more active than usual. When your feet are tired and sore . Have you ever tried Soaking your feet in warm salt water ? It is feels like heaven … Not only a great stress reliever but also makes you calmer and more relaxed . It also works like magic in cleaning the feet.

Honey , Ginger and lemon : Keeping healthy during holidays is very difficult , I say with personal experience of having flu during one Christmas and believe me, it was bad. One home cold and flu remedy that works for my family is Honey , grated ginger and lemon drink. If you want to know more about it read here .Not to forget , eating a steaming bowl of soup can help clear the stuffy nose .

How can I forget my Fleece Blankie ..It keeps me warm and cozy while watching Christmassy movies and playing board games with my son.

There are so many things to help you get through the season. Some of the products I mentioned above are not brand specific. I think ,its good that you can still use these tips and find a similar product in your city/country .

What do you think of my tips ? Hop on over to Having A Baby And Living At Home blog for her tips to survive the holidays and also gain more entries to the grand prize draw. UK Residents only .
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More Christmas Traditions to explore :
* Our Family Christmas Traditions #12daysofparenting
* Waiting for Santa a new experience
* Making Clay Christmas Tree
* Christmas Fun with family
* Christmas tree art projects for kids
* Preschool Class Christmas goody bags
* Easy Christmas Cards for kids to make

Christmas Cards and Ornaments Kids can make #12daysofparenting

This is my second post for the #12daysofparenting Christmas blog hop which features over 60 bloggers and I’m very excited to be a part of it .#12daysofparenting is a series of blog posts on tips and tricks to survive the holidays with little ones ,as well as some great giveaways. If you are hopping over from Glossy Tots, hello and Welcome to my blog.

” On the fifth day of Parenting – A Christmas Craft ” is today’s topic for #12daysofparenting.
Christmas is all about celebrating togetherness .To be with the people you like and to do what you like the most .It could be shopping , wrapping ,baking or my favorite crafting . Every year for Christmas we make cards and ornaments. Handmade things are always special gifts. My son joins me in making the cards for his teachers and friends. I try to keep it as simple as possible ,so he can help or make his own .

Holiday Handmade Cards

Christmas Cards and Ornaments Kids can make

Woohoo! It’s been a crafttastic week for us .We made two cards and ornaments, which I’ll be sharing in detail below .
First let’s look at the Cards. The first card we made is Star Bright Tree and the second one is Holly berry Christmas .
Materials Needed to make Cards:
Cardstock (Plain white and red )
Shiny Green Foil Cardstock for tree
Pencil and Color Markers
Star and gifts Stickers
The Holly Berry card is very simple to make , draw leaves using green marker and then glue red sequins as berries .
Here is Step by step pictorial for Star Bright Card .
Handmade Christmas cards

Now let’s see How to make Glitter Glue Ornaments
These ornaments are super easy to make and you’ll need only three materials to make them .My husband was thrilled to see once they were done . He didn’t believe that only glitter and glue can make such beautiful ornaments .
Materials needed :
White Glue
Glitter in various colors
Wax paper
String ( optional)
Using the tip of a glue bottle to draw any of your favorite Christmas shape . Like I drew Christmas tree and Ginger bread man .
Then sprinkle glitter all over the glue . Make sure you add a lot to cover the entire shape .
Let it dry for a day , then gently peel the wax paper from the back .
Kids go crazy when it peels off clean ..so magical !
Yay ..I have step by step pictorial instructions for making Glitter Glue Christmas Tree and Ginger Bread Man Ornaments.
Glitter Glue Ornaments
Add a string and hang it on your tree or windowsill . Both ways they look beautiful and sparkly . They make a great holiday decor !
My efforts is to keep holidays simple and at the same time make it special . These ideas are inexpensive and easy enough for kids to make.What do you like to do ..baking , wrapping or crafting ? let me know what you think of our handmade cards and ornaments ?

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Have a Happy Holiday Season ! See you soon !
More Christmas Traditions to explore :
* Our Family Christmas Traditions #12daysofparenting
* Waiting for Santa a new experience
* Making Clay Christmas Tree
* Christmas Fun with family
* Christmas tree art projects for kids
* Preschool Class Christmas goody bags
* Easy Christmas Cards for kids to make

Our Family Christmas Traditions #12daysofparenting

This is my very first post for the #12daysofparenting Christmas blog hop which features over 60 bloggers and I’m very excited to be a small part of it .#12daysofparenting is a series of blog posts on tips and tricks to survive the holidays with little ones ,as well as some great giveaways. If you are hopping over from Having a Baby and Living at home blog post , hello and Welcome to my blog.

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” On the fourth day of Parenting -Our Family Traditions” is today’s topic for #12daysofparenting.
I have few childhood memories of celebrating Christmas in India but it was only after coming to United states , I started understanding more about the holiday and its traditions. We’re a Indian Family who love celebrations. We celebrate Christmas with same enthusiasm as Diwali or any Indian festival .
Our family christmas traditions collage Our Family Christmas traditions

Decorating house : We decorate our house both inside and out . We finish our outdoor lights decoration early , for our festival Diwali popularly known as Festival of Lights, comes way before Christmas. So outside is pretty much done except for adding little Christmas details .
Decorating Christmas Tree : Decorating the tree …who doesn’t love it ? One of my personal favorite tradition is buying a Christmas ornament for every important milestone in life .I have a ornament for my first Christmas with my hubby (2004) ,our baby to recently when we bought a house.
Popcorn necklaces for tree : Every year on Christmas Eve , My niece and son join me to make Popcorn garlands for decorating on tree . I usually make more popcorn because We tend to eat a lot but we also sing and tell stories while making the garlands . If you want to know more about it read here .
Holiday Arts and crafts : We are a artsy craftsy family who love spending time together making fun crafts. My niece and son enjoy making Christmas cards and tags for teachers and friends.
Watching Movies : Throughout the holiday season we watch Christmas movies .Beautiful, heart touching, family movies showing the love and true spirit of Christmas.
Yay..Cozy House + Movies = Family time.
Family Moments : Having a family close by is a blessing .Love Spending time with my sister’s family on Christmas eve and Christmas.Opening presents in PJ’s , eating delicious cookies my sister baked and watching my niece and son play together are best moments of Christmas.
Toys for Tots: Few years back , me and my husband started a giveback project . Every year we donate couple of toys to Toys for Tots Organisation. This year ,my seven year old helped me in choosing the toys to be donated.Glad to see him learn the importance of doing so along the process. After all, Giving back to those in need embodies the true spirit of the holiday season.

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Stay in tune for some awesome Christmas crafts tomorrow .Have a happy Holiday season !
More Christmas Traditions to explore :
* Waiting for Santa a new experience
* Making Clay Christmas Tree
* Christmas Fun with family
* Christmas tree art projects for kids
* Preschool Class Christmas goody bags
* Easy Christmas Cards for kids to make