Holiday crafts for kids?
I'm a wanna-be Martha Stewart (the Portland version, with only one house, and with a decidedly black thumb) and, as such, I aspire to have my children doing crafts during every waking hour. Naturally this is not the way my life really works, although I *have* been able to interest them in paper chains and in anything that's epicly messy.
I've been having fun collecting assorted materials for Christmas this year, everything from felted sweaters from the bins (now cut up into a variety of scraps and largish pieces) to vintage holiday cards from estate sales. It's so Martha it kills me. Now what do I do with all this?!?!
So far I've come up with a couple of things, although the kids can't really help that much. One: these amazing, simple and fun-to-make stuffed trees from little birds [pdf link to pattern]. Two: these fun and super-quick felted leaves from Wise Craft [also inspired in part by the Martha, pdf link to leaf template]. I'm making mine in Christmas-y colors and the boys love to play with the finished product. Maybe I'll make a wreath? I'll probably end up cutting up the vintage cards for Everett to glue somewhere... Christmas cards? Ornaments?
But other than paper chains and fingerpainting, well, I can't really think of much to involve a four-year-old, much less Truman -- who's not even two. Any ideas?