As I blogged briefly for the Jesus Tree- giving our hearts and hands to Jesus for this coming year is a tradition in our household. Each year we make a handprint at Christmas on a red heart of construction paper and then pray together asking Jesus to use our hearts and hands for his service in the coming year. Then we place them inside the gold wrapped box and give it to Jesus under the tree. I started this when my son was 1. My son has mild cerebral palsy and it was difficult for him to use his hands well and manipulate things when he was young, especially. Many "crafts" families did with their small children were out for Christmas for us. So weren't many of the things I can do with my daughter now by way of devotions because he didn't have the attention span or understanding. So....this was something that I came up with that I knew I could do with him every year, help him understand the meaning of Christmas, add another child to so he'd work at it with a sibling down the road and it had some sensory element that would engage him without requiring any fine motor skills. It's worked well for our family. The tag says: "To: Jesus From: Mason and Sarah I give my heart and hands this Christmas to you for your service in the coming year."
Making puff paint snowmen with glue and shaving cream! It's so easy. Just add white Elmer's glue and shaving cream in equal portions to a paper plate and mix them in good. Then let the kids create. We pre-cut out eyes, noses, hats, gloves, arms and buttons with construction paper and just stuck them in the wet snowman and they stuck well. This was a sensory blast for the kids.
Mexican Christmas pinata - learning about how Mexico celebrates Christmas! We made this with a grocery bag and various printed Christmas tissue paper. We filled it with goodies for our party coming this week...this is a sneak preview of our Christmas Around the World Party coming!