So, we have almost got there! Christmas is less than five fingers away…that is how it works with my four-year old anyway!
It is getting harder for the children to sit still and activities that get them concentrating for more than two seconds are always welcomed!
The first one is a great one for all ages, but specially for those that are able to spell a few words on their own. It is making little salt dough ornaments for the Christmas Tree that the children can initial, write a note on or simply decorate. The dough can also be used to make name tags for gifts which is very cute, or simply little gift tags with messages on – like the one in the picture above.
Salt Dough (recipe also found here)
200ml water – ish!
- Pre-heat oven to 150C
- Place flour and salt in a bowl
- Pour water in as you stir – when dough comes together stop adding water!
- Get your hands in the bowl – knead the dough – if it feels a bit dry add some more water – if it feels too sticky add a bit more flour
- Let your children have a piece of dough each, give them cookie cutters as well as rolling pins. Another great tool is a toothpick! They can draw faces, write notes or simply make their shapes look like hedgehogs (my youngest decided that was best use of them!)
- Make sure you put a hole in the top, using toothpick, if you want to hang the ornament on the tree or place on ribbons for gifts
- Once decorated – glitter is good here – put the shapes in the pre-heated oven and bake for about 1 hour – may be less if the shapes are rolled thinly – keep an eye on them. They should be light brown.
- Transfer to a wire rack and let cool – once cool paint with acrylics or leave as are
- Hang them on the Christmas Tree, string onto gifts or decorate windowsills in your home
The second activity, and this is a MUST of course, is Reindeer Food making. How will Santa and the Reindeer know where to land if this is not sprinkled on the lawn or in front of your house?
This may look like sparkly cereal to you, but believe me, to a child it is magic! So simple and so sweet to see how excited about it they get. Mine decided to make quite a few of the little parcels and we went to a few friends of theirs and handed them out.
1 tbsp oats
Half a weetabix
1 tbsp bird seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp raisins
Glitter of your choice
- Add all the ingredients in a bowl – the children can have a tablespoon each and combine it.
- Good stir
- Then add sprinkles – lots! This is what lights the way in the night….
- Fill little baking parchment parcels with a few tablespoons full of “food” and wrap up.
- Save them for the evening of the 24th
- Let your children write this little poem to go with it – or just read it to them! You can make up your own of course!
- Make sure Santa does stop by….:-)
Reindeer Food Poem
On the 24th at night
When the stars are shining bright
Be sure to take this magic food and sprinkle on the lawn
On Christmas, Santa’s reindeer travel miles before the dawn
But here’s a secret I have to tell, one you must try to keep
That Santa’s reindeer only come when you are fast asleep
So quickly put your jammies on and get a story read
Then sprinkle this magic treat outside and hurry off to bed!
All that is left for me to say is Have a Lovely Christmas – I hope you have a really special and memorable evening and morning – and that your wishes come true! Thank you for reading along and commenting, it really makes me smile when you do!