A Message from Our Executive Director ~ Sharon Brooks

Only 13 more sleeps until  Christmas! 

The excitement is building within the children and the stress of getting everything done is weighing on the parents. Trying to have a joyous holiday can be challenging with so many things we believe we should do.  Parents with young children should try to keep it simple. 

The extra treats, toys and change of routines can make children cranky. 

Try to stick to regular nap and meal times when possible. 

Don’t have unrealistic expectations about behaviour at events or go to visit Santa at 9 p.m. when kids should be in bed.   

Buy some baking if you are short on time and minimize the decorations, especially with toddlers. 

Their mission will be to handle everything and will create more work for you

Don’t overwhelm children with too many presents.  Two or three items as well as you spending time playing with them is the best gift. 

Of course I would always include at least one book! 

Start some simple family traditions like decorating the tree with a hot chocolate and cookie party or watching the Grinch with cousins or going for a ride to see Christmas Lights on Dec 23rd

These special years of Christmas Magic  with young children pass by quickly.   

Keep things simple so that you can actually enjoy them with your family.

 Merry Christmas

Sharon

Kids Craft Ideas for Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving is a fun time for kids to create crafts! There are many natural elements that can be combined to make a great holiday masterpiece.  Some of these ideas are also helpful when the entire family is getting together and you’re looking to entertain the little ones.

Here are some fun ideas:

 

Pipe Cleaner Turkey

 

 

Thanksgiving is a busy time of year and you can keep small hands and active minds occupied with this pipe cleaner turkey craft. Kids can assemble these quickly and they make great place settings.

What you’ll need:

  • Wire cutters
  • 1 red bumpy pipe cleaner (chenille stem)
  • 1 orange bumpy pipe cleaner
  • 1 brown bumpy pipe cleaner
  • 1 yellow bumpy pipe cleaner
  • 2 tan pipe cleaners (bumpy would look cute)
  • Glue
  • 2 (5-6 mm) wiggle eyes
  • 2 ounce paint bottle (any color)

How to make it:

Note: Any pipe cleaner “bumps” leftover after cutting can be used in future projects.

  1. Cut the brown bumpy pipe cleaner into two pieces, so that both pieces have two bumps each.
  2. Cut the pipe cleaner stem into two pieces, so that one piece has just one bump and the second piece has two bumps.
  3. Cut the pipe cleaner stem into two bumps.
  4. Cut the yellow pipe cleaner into one bump.
  5. Twist the end of one tan pipe cleaner together with the end of the second tan chenille stem.
  6. Wrap the long tan pipe cleaner around the outside of a paint bottle.
  7. Slip one, 2-bump brown pipe cleaner under all the layers of the tan pipe cleaner. Twist once to hold all the tan pipe cleaners together. (The brown pipe cleaner will make the turkey’s head.)
  8. On the opposite side of the paint bottle slide the following 2 bump pipe cleaners under all the layers of the tan pipe cleaner in one area: one each of red, brown, and orange. Position the tan pipe cleaner close together on top of the narrow part of the colored, bumpy pipe cleaner.
  9. Bend the colored pipe cleaners in half and twist once to hold the tan pipe cleaners in place. (see photo)
  10. Slide the turkey body off of the paint bottle.
  11. Bend the head (brown) up and over slightly.
  12. Bend the one-bump, red pipe cleaner in half and twist it around the neck of the turkey.
  13. Place the one-bump yellow pipe cleaner at the bottom of the tan pipe cleaner and twist it around the tan pipe cleaner. Bend the middle of the pipe cleaner in towards the turkey to resemble feet.
  14. Separate and fan  the tan turkey body out to give it a more rounded shape.
  15. Glue a wiggle eye on each side of the turkey’s head.
  16. Fan out the red, brown, and orange tail feathers. (See photo)

Corn Collage

What you’ll need:

  • Yellow and green construction paper
  • Popped corn
  • Scissors
  • Jumbo craft sticks
  • White craft glue
  • Pattern
  • Lime green puffy or 3-D squeeze paint (optional)

How to make it:

    1. Cut out the pattern, cut the corn cob out separately from the leaves. Trace onto construction paper. You can get up to 7 corn cobs from one sheet of yellow construction paper and 3 sets of leaves from a green sheet of construction paper.
    2. Cut the corn cobs and leaves from the construction paper.
    3. Glue the yellow cob onto the green leaves.
    4. Put a layer of glue on to the yellow corn cob. Cover the glue with popped corn. Let dry. You can stop here if you wanted the simple version of this craft.

  1. Repeat the above steps to make a second corn, making sure that you will be able to glue them together back to back when you are finished. Line up the leaves to make sure.
  2. Use puffy paint to draw green outlines up and down the leaves. Let dry completely.
  3. Glue a craft stick to the back of one of the completed corn cobs. Sandwich the craft stick between two corn cobs, lining up the leaves before gluing together.
  4. When dry, you can insert the craft sticks into some floral foam or Styrofoam and display on your holiday table.

Tips:

  • Puffy paint usually takes a long time to dry. If you plan to use this step, be sure to allow for several hours of drying time.
  • If you would like to make the simple version of this craft a little sturdier, you can either use card stock instead of construction paper, or cut pattern from a piece of cardboards and glue corn collage to it.
  • Break pieces of popcorn up and glue the flat side to the paper, popped side facing outward.

Chocolate Nests for Easter

These chocolate Easter Nests are easy to make and fun for the kids!

Ingredients

225g (8oz) milk chocolate
50g (2oz) butter
2 tablespoons of golden syrup
100g (4oz) cornflakes
Candy-coated mini eggs, jelly beans

Combine first 3 ingredients in saucepan till smooth.

Add Cornflakes. Mix till coated.

Place mixture in muffin tin and hollow out center to resemble a nest.

Cool.

Place candy in center.

Easter Bunny & Chick Craft Ideas for Kids

Baby Food Jar Bunny/Chick

 Needed

1 small/medium baby food jar

Mini marshmallows or white jelly beans

Pink paint

Pink and white paper or pink pipecleaners

Pink pom pom

Google eyes

 Instructions

  1. Paint the lid of the jar pink and set aside to dry
  2. Glue on eyes and pompom nose
  3. Make ears if using paper, cut pipecleaner in half
  4. Glue ears onto lid
  5. Fill jar with marshmallows or jellybeans
  6. TADA finished product!

 

If you are making the chick you would need yellow paint,

yellow paper and orange paper.  You would also use yellow jelly beans to fill the jar.

 

HOPPY EASTER