The greatest gifts we can give our children are memories.
All they want is to be with us, pure and simple. In return, we’re handsomely rewarded with hugs, kisses and ear-to-ear smiles.
The holidays are perfect for family time. Together we celebrate traditions. One of my favorites is making gifts. One cash-strapped year in college I made fashioned fun cards for everyone in my family.
This month, my son is making holiday ornaments to give to family and friends. He’s very excited and I have to admit, so am I.
Here are a few fun ideas your kids will enjoy making and giving.
My son made snow in class a few winters back, which he thought was the neatest thing. That inspired a snow globe that’s still part of our annual decorations. To create your own, all you need is a glass container with a lid (we chose a canning jar). Let your kids pick out their favorite miniatures—trees, figurines, etc.—which are readily available at craft and toy stores. Using strong-hold glue, adhere the miniatures to the inside of the lid. Fill the jar with fake snow or silver glitter flakes. Turn upside down, shake and let it snow!
I don’t know about you, but our floor is littered with Legos. Too many to count, in fact. While my son can’t seem to part with his, he’s more than happy to put them to good use. So I’ve decided this year he will—key chain, catchall box, even a candy dispenser. A quick Google search will turn up countless other ideas. Here form meets function, which equals fewer pieces to pick up.
Years ago, before my son was born, my mom traced zoo animals on canvas. My nieces and nephews colored each one—both in and outside the lines. The treasured wall art still hangs in his room. Give your child a blank canvas and see what creativity ensues. You can also trace his hand or her feet, or draw a heart or other shape and invite your pint-size Picasso to paint.
Have more Legos? Glue them onto a flat wooden picture frame for some elementary fun. Or dig into your own stash of adornments. If Dad is the fix-it type, glue on some nuts, bolts and washers. If Grandma loves to knit, small needles and flowers made out of yarn would be adorable.