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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
Sequins
Instructions:
The Holly Berry card is very simple to make , draw leaves using green marker and then glue red sequins as berries .
Pls take a look the picture for Step by step instructions for Star Bright Card .
Teacher Gift Idea – Handmade cards are great gifts especially for Teachers. We made these cards for my son’s class room teacher , 5 special subject teachers ,the principle and school nurse .
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)
Instructions:
Using the tip of a glue bottle to draw any of your favorite Christmas shape .Like we drew a Christmas tree and Ginger bread man for example .
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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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

Frozen inspired art project for kids | Frozen Inspired card

It is my friend’s daughter’s  6th birthday and by now you guessed the theme  .All little girls are obsessed with this movie .. yes Disney’s Frozen .We planned on making a card  for little A and the card is  inspired  by FROZEN colors . So , you can say the idea of Frozen inspired art project for kids was born while planning for a birthday card .
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Materials Needed :
White sheet of paper
Snowflakes Foam stickers
Watercolor  Paints (Frozen inspired colors – blues and purple)
Glitter/ glitter glue pens
Sharpie

Instructions :
On  a white sheet of paper ,  randomly arrange various size Foam snowflakes stickers.
We started with my  six year old  placing the stickers where he wanted them . He sounded very happy choosing the spots because generally it is mom who is directing  with instructions.
Snowflake Art Project

Now he  painted  over the foam stickers. I wanted him to do three shades of colors but he was more comfortable in doing two shades . The two shades are frozen theme Favorite colors  blue and purple shades.

Frozen Inspired Snowflake art for kids

After my son finished painting , we kept it to dry for couple of hours .

Now the fun part … peeling  the foam stickers ,  Ashrith is been  waiting to do this .  The foam stickers are easy to peel  for little hands. He was too excited to peel and reveal the snowflakes.

Frozen Inspired art project for kids

If you want an extension to this  project ,  you can turn your art into a beautiful card just like we did . Frozen Inspired birthday card to make a little girl feel special
Frozen inspired Birthday Card

Fold the painted art sheet paper the way you like the card.. a rectangle or a square.
Use Sharpie or paint to add details wherever required.
Last step is to add glitter , this will enhance the beauty of the card.

Quick tips :
To make little glitter circles , I used pen cap as a stamp , dipped it in glue and made a print . Later sprinkled glitter over it .I prefer using glitter glue pens , as they are not as messy as the glitter powders but in this project I used both form of glitters.
To make it more fun for a Frozen fan , you can add Olaf ,Anna and Elsa stickers too.

Lessons Learnt :
Develop Fine motor skills : Peeling stickers and painting helps build fine motor skills .

How do you like our Frozen inspired Art turned in to a Handmade Card ? If you have a Frozen fan , then pull out the craft supplies ,make this piece of art and let us know how it turned out .
Linking this to #toddlerapprovedtuesday

LarabeeUK

Easy DIY Father’s Day Decorative Magnet Gift

DIY Father's day Custom  Magnet Gift
I wanted to make something easy for Father’s day , so my six year old can get involved. A simple DIY project reusing the Flexi Magnets.
Father'sday gift idea materials

Materials Required :
Flexi Magnet (used oval but anyshape is fine )
Foam stickers ( letters )
Foam sheet ( Used sticky back )

Instructions :
Handmade Foam Magnet gift
Cut a foam sheet to the size of the flexi magnet .
Peel and stick it to the Magnet.
Father's Day  Handmade gift
Now take the foam letters “DAD” and glue them .Decorate the way you like it .

Note : Flexi Magnets are popular promotional items used by companies. They come in different shapes and sizes.

Kids involvement : Ashrith digged for the letters D and A from the big bag of Foam letters. Next he peeled all the letters and pasted them where and when directed . He enjoyed making this Decorative Magnet gift for his dad.

DIY Father's Day Decorative Magnet Gift
Beautiful Handmade gift is ready for Dad’s office. We made it two days back but didn’t post about it bcos my hubby is the first one to read all my Posts .What can I say ..He is a Awesome Dad ! Wishing him and all the lovely Fathers out there a Very Happy Father’s Day !

Cup cake Handmade card for First Birthday

Cupcake handmade card

I love to make something creative for near and dear ones. If you follow me , you’ll know , I have made a bunch of  handmade cards before .Most of the time, I don’t make these cards until the D- day , it is always a last minute thing .I start making a card when an idea pops up in my mind or if I know what theme they are celebrating. Last year ,I made this card for Aadya baby’s First birthday and she turned two last week .So …sweet. Looking at her birthday pics , I realized not sharing with you. So, here it is my Awesome
Cup cake Handmade card for First Birthday

Cupcake first birthday card

It is simple, beautiful Card and if u plan to make one …here are the details …..

Materials needed: Cardstock Plain and striped

White flannel sheet

Foam stickers ( Various shapes),

Glitter

Instructions:

Make a greeting card out of a cardstock paper.

Using striped paper make a cup cake liner.

The frosting on top  was made using white flannel sheet.

Make a candle out of a plain cardstock paper.

Now glue the frosting over the striped liner to look like a cupcake.

Glue the candle on the cup cake. Peel various foam stickers and stick them randomly to look like confetti.

Sprinkle some glitter over the frosting .

first birthday handmade cupcake card

Note: Most of the stuff, for this project was bought at Dollar store. This post is not sponsored by them … just for your information.I added one candle …bcos it was for first birthday but u add any number candles.

This post is linked to Craftasticmoms.com  and You’re Gonna love it Tuesday with Kathewithane.com

Let me know what you think about the card !That’s all for now ! see ya real soon !

Valentines Treat bags with Souvenirs from India

Valentines Treat Bags with Souvenirs from IndiaYesterday ,Ashrith’s  friends in school received our special  Valentine goody bags .The wait is over , it’s reveal time … Yes ..the surprise Goody bags ..my special Valentines treat bags .. I was talking all these days.

Two months back , On our trip to India, we bought souvenirs for Ashrith’s  classmates. His class has twenty four kids including Ashrith . I wanted anything small due to the luggage problem. The idea was to look  for something Indian ….like local handicrafts . Going shopping around the town looking for stuff was not possible.We stayed only  for  4 weeks and that’s awfully less. So, went straight to Lepakshi …the Best place to shop for souvenirs in Hyderabad.

After looking around the store , I picked Etikoppaka Toys for the class.

Lepakshi Toys  Souvenirs of IndiaEtikoppaka toys are tiny wooden toys made by artisans in Visakhapatnam dt, Andhra Pradesh, South India. Lacquer colors are used on soft Ankudu wood to make distinctive art pieces. I bought a toy top and a beautiful Peacock.

Souvenir of India:  Etikoppaka Toy Top

I chose a toy top coz any 5 year old will love to play with a top.

National bird of India Peacock Souvenir

Beautiful peacock …bcoz its National bird of India. What better way to share about our country .

Valentines Goody Bags with wooden toys

After coming back  to States … we  put everything in the clear favor bags to make cute Valentine treat bags.The bags included a toy top, peacock, candy , a Valentine card, little message we wrote and a card from Lepakshi store telling about Etikoppaka toys.

Souvenirs from India for kids

What do you think about my  Valentines Treat Bags with Souvenirs from India ? BTW ,I am in the 7th heaven…smiling . Why ?   Just , received a message from one of the Parents saying “It is a very unique and thoughtful gift. Thank you so much.”

That’s all for now , will come up with more kindness stories tomorrow  .My blog seems to be lost without your valuable comments and feedback. Write a line or two to show your love. Until then spread some smiles and kindness.

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Recap Valentine’s Day 2013 & Preschool Gift ideas

ValentinesDay celebrations2013

 Last year , I didn’t get to share these valentine moments with you. Here’s what we did !I sent personalised photo cards for teachers , ordered them online .They look great and teachers loved the card .His class teacher said ” Thank you so much for the AWESOME card ! I feel so blessed to have wonderful parents such as yourself that help to make my job a pleasure.” 
So very happy  they liked it and If you want to Order go here Cardstore.com

The wonderful heart decorations (table cloth and hearts banner) were bought at the Target store.
First time,trying a Cookie Cake( Walmart) ,it looked awesome but the black icing …..Na …I don’t like it .I scraped out all the icing . There is beautiful pink necklace on the cake …that went into Ashrith’s Dress up Box. The lovely, colorful lollipops went into my box of cake toppers. Ashrith’s dressed in Red Heart Throb t-shirt from Gap store. He is seen dancing and enjoying the cookie cake especially the red icing !!
Easy Preschool Valentine's Day Cards
We gave his Preschool friends two gifts one is a handmade card …..for details how to make it go here.

Preschool Valentines gift

The second gift r these heart bubble bottle tubes . I ordered them online but I guess you may even find them at Walmart and Party city.
If you want to order go here Orientaltrading.com
Note: The stores mentioned are just to help you find similar stuff.

Weather is so good today …feels like Spring is on its way .We are ready for the big game and the commercials…(especially funny ones)
By the way this year ,we are sending store bought cards but we have special gifts for the kids. Can’t tell much details ..still working on it , Come back to see what are the surprise gifts ? Stay in tune to see Ashrith’s project too.
That’s all for now ! Cheeeeeeerioooooo

Sai Bhajan at my Sister’s place

Last Thursday, we had Sai Bhajan at my sister’s house. My first Sai bhajan with Harrisburg Sai Bhajan group .It was wonderful to meet everyone and sing Sai Bhajans. I shared some  bhajans we regularly sing in the Baltimore group and learnt some new bhajans from them.Ayyappa Season is in full swing so we sang  Saranalu and Ayyappa songs too.
Sai Bhajan Puja        Fresh flowers garland for Sai , Decorated with lights and diyas !
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Diwali Treat/Goody bags for School

Diwaligoodybags

Hey…! It’s Diwali! Ashrith’s been receiving Halloween goody bags from classmates. So,it made me think why not Diwali goody bags for his classmates. Diwali, is our biggest festival and it is sad that most of our American friends are unaware of it . I thought it will help to introduce Diwali to Ashrith and his classmates. With the ear infection gone after antibiotics , I am feeling much better .What I needed was a little planning and lots of shopping .These treat /goody bags are perfect if you are hosting Diwali party or Potluck Party too.
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Preschool Teacher Appreciation Door Banner

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I can’t believe this is the last week of Ashrith’s Preschool and next year he will be going to Kindergarten.He had wonderful experience at Preschool and his teachers are the most loving , caring ,with great sense of humor and a huge heart.
This handmade banner is simple, easy to make and can instantly put a smile on teacher‘s face.
Materials Required:
White Poster Board Paper (bought at Dollar store)
Neon Letters Pads ( ArtSkills brand bought at Rite-aid)
Foam Letters ( Creatology dotted letters stickers bought at Michaels)
Blue Construction Paper (bought at Dollar store)
Pencil
Black Marker
materialsteacherbanner

Instructions:
Choose Neon letters “THANKS  “ and place them on the white paper  using repositionable” Peel and Stick” back. Once satisfied with the position, use glue stick on the entire back surface to make permanent. Press and smooth. These letters are 4” and easy to read.
Use marker to write the rest of the sentence.
Use foam stickers for teacher’s names.
Make fishes out of blue poster paper and glue them to second white poster board.
Write kids names on the fishes using black marker.

Note:  Names of teachers and students have been obscrued due to security reasons. Ashrith’s Preschool class is called Blue fish class ,so used blue fishes and ship to decorate. You can choose any theme for the door banner.

We went in early ,before teachers arrived so we could surprise them .This is a one of our parting gift to the teachers and of course gift cards 🙂

preschoolbanner

Thank you! Teachers for helping Ashrith and his friends swim through.