The best movies inspire the imagination, long after the ending credits roll. Watching Kay act out scenes from Frozen (repeatedly!) I know that this is one movie that certainly does just that.
Still, it never hurts to have a little boost to that imagination, a prop here, a tiara there, and your preschooler can enter a whole new world. I love these ideas from around the web the spark the imagination and encourage pretend play!
We have a good amount of craft supplies; enough so that when I'm looking for something I can't seem to find it amongst the pile! But I hate to go out and buy storage containers just to put craft supplies in them, especially knowing that the containers are likely to get paint/glue/glitter, etc. on them anyway.
So, we'll just use what we already have!
Nothing's more fun than a craft you can play with afterwards...especially if it makes noise! (Easy for me to say, in a quiet - for now - house!) These jingle bell crafts are fun, easy, and musical, too!
Last week saw some fun ideas - keep those family-friendly posts coming! We love to read and share them!
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.