- Make your own penguin gift bag (penguin gift optional!) from Artsy Momma
- Life-size cardboard Christmas tree from Milk, Crafts and Honesty
- And it's probably beyond my crafting skills, but Mum-bo Jumbo's brown paper craft flowers are pretty cool!
Check out these frugal highlights from last week:
Some fun Christmas ideas this week that you may not have thought of. (I just love the Christmas construction site pretend play from Sow Sprout Play!)
I was ridiculously lucky, growing up, to be close to my grandparents, both physically and emotionally. Not all families have the luxury to live near each other, but there are still many ways to be a great part of each other's lives! This guest post from Alyssa Craig shares some ideas for keeping close, even when you're not together.
The holidays are a time of much merriment, celebration and family get togethers. But this year you may find yourself unable to be with your grandparents due to distance, finances, or illness. If this is the case, keep your chin up! There are many ways you can connect with them throughout the holidays and stay as involved in each other’s celebrations as possible. Consider some of these tips as you make your holiday plans.
The holiday season is a wonderful time to spend some time together and make some Christmas cards. They may not come out like anything you had in mind (WARNING: they probably won't!) but the time and love put into the card will be appreciated by the recipient all the same.
These are ones that kids can actually make - maybe not Pinterest-perfect, but perfect because they're made with love!
I love gifts that kids can make. I think it's such a meaningful addition to the holiday when they can really feel pride and accomplishment about their gift. It's more exciting, too, for them to give a gift of their own design rather than saying, "Here, you got a necklace for Aunt Marge. Go give it to her please." Which would you feel more thrilled about?
That said, there are only certain people who can appreciate the, um, unique gifts that a toddler or preschooler can make. While I would wear that pasta necklace would pride, not everyone feels the same! Fortunately, there are some ideas out there that kids can do AND the receiver will be proud to use or display. Here's some easy-but-awesome ones that I found:
We've reached the last day of our 12 Days of Christmas series, with...12 drummers drumming!
Boy, twelve drummers...that must have been pretty loud. And here I complain about one kindergartener drumming!
When thinking about what activity to do for this series, it was easy to think of this one first; Kay loves to drum on everything. It just fit perfectly.
So we made our own little upcycled drum, fancying it up a little for the holidays, of course.
Christmas is a great time to spend with family, share in what we've been blessed with, and...practice fine motor skills? Sure, why not!
It's certainly true that of the 40 posts that were shared that week, at least 6 were fine motor activities with a Christmas-y theme. (That's some percentage, but math's not my thing, so just go with it...)
If you love Christmas (and who doesn't?) and you love books (ooh, ooh, me!) then you'll love these fun activities that combine both!
Glad to see you back again for the Frugal Family Linky! Let's share....
There's a Christmas theme with these highlights, because around here it seems to be all-Christmas, all the time, with an over-excited 5 year old in the house.
Stocking stuffer ideas are my favorite! They're usually the most frugal and in our house they're the first thing the kids open on Christmas morning. I love these fun ideas from Amber Brubaker - and even Santa would approve!
Santa wants the best for all the little boys and girls in the world, but sometimes he needs a little help from the parents in delivering healthy and fun toys to each stocking. To make sure every child gets a gift he would approve of, he’s put together a fabulous list of 25 stocking stuffers he would use.