Cute Reindeer Christmas Craft

August 9, 2008

This cute reindeer Christmas craft is made with wine corks. What a great way to recycle those corks into cute little reindeer.

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You’ll Need

* 5 wine corks
* Glue
* Brown pipe cleaners
* Small black or red pompom
* Small wiggly eyes

Directions:

Glue two of the wine corks back to back length-wise. This will be the body of your reindeer. The next cork will be the reindeers head. Glue it length-wise as well, but slightly offset on top of one of the sides of the reindeer body.

The last two corks will become the reindeers legs. Glue one vertically under each side of the reindeer. Your reindeer now looks like it has two legs.

After the glue had a chance to dry, draw a line in the middle of each of the leg corks to make them appear as two legs each.

Use a pen or large blunt needle to poke a whole in the top of head of the reindeer. Form antlers out of the brown pipe cleaners and poke them into the whole. Glue on the black or red pompom as a nose, then glue on two wiggly eyes.

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Marshmallow Snowman

August 9, 2008

This marshmallow snowman looks as sweet as it tastes. This is a great craft to make with a group of kids, or something to bring in for a snack.

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You’ll Need

* 3 large marshmallows
* White icing
* Toothpick
* Miniature M&Ms
* Red licorice string
* Pretzel stick
* Chocolate kiss

Directions:

Make the snowman body by stacking the three marshmallows on top of each other. Secure them with the toothpick and “glue” the marshmallows together with a little icing. Allow the icing to harden.

Use a dot of icing on the back of two mini M&Ms to glue them on the top marshmallow. Cut a very small piece of the red licorice to make the marshmallow snowman’s mouth. Use a little more white icing to glue it on as well. Glue the chocolate kiss on top as a hat or cap. Stick the pretzel stick on the snowman’s side.

Optional – You can glue two miniature marshmallow on each side of the middle marshmallow as arms.

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Organizing The Kids Christmas Activities

August 9, 2008

If you have kids in school, the holidays can get pretty chaotic. Keep track of all the kids Christmas activities and stay organized this year with these quick ideas:

School Activities:

* A Calendar To Keep Track. This is the easiest and most effective things you can do to keep yourself organized. Keep a large, wipe-off calendar in the kitchen or another central location in the house. Write the children’s holiday activities and parties (and anyone else’s for that matter) on the calendar. This way, everyone will be able to see who has an event scheduled. Having everything together in one place will also prevent you from “overbooking” your kids or having different events scheduled at the same time. Refer to your calendar daily to stay on track and be prepared for any event.

* Keep a running list. Your kids will be asked to bring snacks and drinks to their class party. They may also be asked to bring in special items for holiday craft projects in school. Keep a running list of items you need to get on the refrigerator so that you can do your shopping all at once. Having this list will prevent you from making several trips to the grocery store.

Gift Giving:

* Create a budget for your kids. If you will be providing money for your kids to buy Christmas gifts with, then make a budget. If your kids will be using their own money, it is also a good idea to help them set up a budget to keep them from spending too much. This is also a great way to teach your kids about fiscal responsibility and budgeting in a very practical and hands on matter.

* Make a shopping list. Sit down with each child and make a list of everyone they would like to get a gift for. Ask them to jot down what they are planning to get for each person and offer to help brainstorm as well. Don’t take them shopping without a list – you will either end up spending a lot more then you were planning on, or you will end up running around stores forever trying to find gifts.

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