I love to craft with my children and since Little Sis started nursery two mornings a week those times are quickly becoming craft time with my 3 year old. He loves to craft but it’s difficult to juggle two children with different needs and abilities so now we take our opportunities by planning in advance! We spent this morning making fun glitter tree cards. They were so simple; cut out a Christmas tree shape from a piece of card, place over a sheet of paper, glue liberally and sprinkle with glitter. Oh my.
It was the first time we had ever used glitter at home and will definitely be the last! It’s every where! The end result is pretty cute though
The idea came from Christmas Crafting by Catherine Woram which I was sent to review. The book contains 35 projects for the home and for giving over 5 chapters: decorations, table settings, cards, giftwrap & labels; edible gifts and for children.
The projects are lovely and some will make it to the top of our Christmas crafting list! I really want to see how my son gets on with paper snowflakes. After that these cute snow globes are a must and something I’ve always wanted to make.
These felt cone reindeer are pretty fun too!
I love the red and white theme which runs through the book although there are plenty of other colour combinations too, the table settings section feature lots of ideas. We’ll be sticking with red and white this year as I think it looks really festive. How many days do I have left to get creating?
Christmas Crafting by Catherine Woram is published by CICO Books, and is available from all good bookshops or call 01256 302699.
My son was sent a personalised Christmas book from Born Gifted who sell children’s gifts and toys. They have a great range of Christmas gifts and kindly allowed me to choose one of their personalised Christmas books to review which include a personalised Twelve Days of Christmas book,
24 Sleeps ’til Christmas Advent Activity book, Your Letter to Santa personalised book, and Personalised Christmas Story Book. I loved the look of the 24 Sleeps ’til Christmas Advent Activity Book so told them how I waned to personalise it and then waited for it to arrive.
My pictures don’t really do the product justice as it’s a lot more vibrant in real life but you can see it’s a large book, A3 size, and spiral-bound so can be hung up on the wall. It’s a great alternative to a chocolate Advent calendar and I really love the idea of counting down until Christmas as well as doing a fun activity daily with my son.
The book features a huge range of activities from carols to sing, fun facts, puzzles, cakes to bake, doodles to draw and Christmas colouring-in.
Your child’s first name appears on the front cover; their first name and personal message appears on the inside front cover, and then their first name appears throughout the book as well. It’s been a huge hit with my son and is really helping keep him busy whilst helping him count down until the big day. This book is a lovely way to celebrate Advent.
The Personalised Advent Activity book from Born Gifted costs £17.99 and represents great value for a personalised gift.
Last year we experimented with a Book Advent where you basically read a book every day during Advent. This was additional to our bedtime reading and we concentrated on Christmas books, with a little help from our local Oxfam shop! It was a great way to spend some quiet time together every day as December can be slightly crazy.
It was so successful that we’re doing it again this year. We’ll be re-reading many of the books from last year although we’re looking for a couple of new books to add to the ‘tree’. Fortunately we were sent Little Robin’s Christmas to review and it’s perfect for my pre-schoolers. It’s basically the story of how Little Robin came to have a warm and cheerful red vest. The story is lovely, a real classic and I know my children will love looking at the beautiful illustrations by Jan Fearnley.
Anyway, a couple of days before Advent starts we have the following books wrapped and ready to go:
Mr Christmas by Roger Hargreaves
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
Aliens Love Panta Claus by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Mrs Christmas by Penny Ives
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
My First Story of Christmas by Tim Dowley
Father Christmas Needs A Wee by Nicholas Allan
That’s Not My Snowman by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells
Usborne Very First Words Christmas
That’s Not My Reindeer by by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells
Usborne Sparkly Touchy-feely Father Christmas by by Fiona Watt and Rebecca Finn
Bless You Santa by Julie Sykes and Tim Warnes
The Grufalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Jingle Bell Reindeer
Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs
Santa Christmas with flaps and a sparkly surprise ending
The Gingerbread Man
Mr Men Meet Father Christmas by Roger Hargreaves
Dear Santa by Rob Campbell
I’ve wrapped the books in a mixture of green and brown paper, so hopefully it looks like a tree of sorts. I just need a few more books to finish it off. Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend