We’re now over half-way through our Advent Calendar of Christmas Activities! Today’s activity was another christmassy craft: a paper heart garland. As I’ve said before, I try to make sure that the craft projects we do are pretty simple, in order to maximize our chances of a good result, and minimize frustration along the way. This … More Making a paper heart garland
Tomorrow is Saint Lucy’s Day, 13 December, and in Sweden (where I’m originally from) that is a day which is widely celebrated with songs and processions, as well as with mulled wine, gingerbread and saffron buns. So this evening we’ve baked some of the latter, as our advent activity of the day. [EDIT: You can … More Baking Saffron Buns!
Today we’ve made these Christmas cards with penguins on! We used: Red card, 2 sheets of A4 (but you could use a smaller piece, and then glue it onto a larger white card) Glitter glue pens in gold, copper and red Black and white pieces of felt Orange card Googly eyes We also used pens, … More Season’s Greetings with Penguin(s)!
Today we’d hoped to go to Leeds Castle, to visit their Christmas market and see the seasonal displays inside the castle. But we woke up to dreadful weather, with very strong winds and pouring rain, so we decided to stay at home. To get our daily dose of Christmasness, we lit some candles, chose a … More Stormy weather and pipe cleaners
Sometimes, the things I expect to be difficult are no problem, while other turn out to be much harder than anticipated. Like today, when we cut these paper snowflakes: Penguin cut out the circular shapes all by himself, which was brilliant! It takes a level of coordination which just hasn’t been there until now. Lovely … More Paper Snowflakes – “different, not less”
Day 8 in our Advent calendar of Christmas activities brought us Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, times two! Of course it’s entirely possible to make just the one, but I’ve found that it works much better for us to work in parallell, making one each of any crafting or other project we do, as this means … More Not One Rudolph, But Two! – An Easy Christmas Craft
This evening we started making a paper chain. I say “started”, because I’m thinking that we’ll do a few more hoops now and then, and eventually link all our segments together to make one long chain. Before we got started, I got all the materials out on the table, and showed Penguin a picture of … More Making a Paper Chain
Today’s advent activity was first making and then playing with this lovely lump of playdough! Penguin wasn’t involved hands-on in the making, but he kept checking on my progress throughout, and was very keen to get stuck in as soon as the dough came out of the saucepan. To give this playdough a scent of … More Christmas Scented Playdough
Our advent activity today was making these paper angels, which I’d found a post about via Pinterest (I’ll put a link to that page, on the “Buggy and Buddy” blog, at the bottom of this post). They are nice and simple things to make, and all you need is paper, scissors, ruler and a glue … More Making Paper Angels
Today we made another couple of ornaments for our little Christmas tree, and Penguin really enjoyed this. As soon as I got the beads out he came to sit down at the table and was keen to get started! So, after putting some suitable Christmas tunes on, this is what we did: Firstly, I strung … More Super Simple Beadwork Ornaments