Christmas Book Advent for Kids

Christmas Book Advent for Kids

I know that last week I shared this Christmas Advent Ornament to make and complete with your family, but I also wanted to make sure to share an idea that’s perfect, especially for little ones.  While I definitely plan to get our two year old involved with some fun holiday traditions this year, I also wanted to take the chance to read some favorite Christmas books that I’ve managed to collect over the years {from my teaching days}.

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This idea is most definitely not my own, as I’ve seen it many different times across the blogosphere and on Pinterest.  Sometimes an idea is just so good and so clever that it really doesn’t need much tweaking {or in this case explaining}.  Essentially I’ve rounded up 25 favorite Christmas picture books and wrapped each individual book.

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I gathered some fun snowflake wrapping paper and colorful Christmas present tags to use to number each book 1-25.  I had about 18 Christmas books already in my collection, spent about $20 on 4 new titles, and got the rest from the public library!

YES.  For real.  I wrapped some library books.  {He’s two, he won’t care}.

I made sure to put the library books towards the beginning of the advent calendar since they’ll be due about mid way through December!

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Here’s a list of just some of the books I’ve included this year.  Obviously you’ll need to adjust the list to best suit the needs/age/reading level of your own child.  My husband and I will be the ones reading the books to our son, so I didn’t need to worry about his ability to read them himself.

I did make sure to put “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Moore as our book of choice for the 24th.  Each year we like to purchase a new copy of this classic Christmas story.  It’s fun to compare the different versions and illustrations!

I also made sure to include some winter and snow related books, Christmas books, and religious books.  Again, your preference for your selections is completely up to you!

Each book is now wrapped and numbered and waiting to be opened in a cute basket that I decorated with a couple of jingle bells, some small plastic ornaments, and holiday inspired ribbons.

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I’m so excited to read these each day to our little guy and hope he enjoys his new books before his nap each afternoon!

How are you counting down the days until Christmas with your little ones?  I’d love to hear some different ideas!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

Paint Palette Color Sorting

Paint Palette Color Sorting

Before I share today’s tutorial, I wanted to introduce a new idea I’ve had for a while for a series on the blog.  You see, I’m a former elementary teacher.  While there are some days that I do miss it, I’d much rather be at home with these two cuties instead.

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In fact, I love being home with them so much, that my husband and I have decided that when it’s time to start school, I’ll be homeschooling them.  It’s something that I never actually thought I’d be interested in doing, but since becoming a stay at home mom, I’ve got a very strong desire to homeschool our children.

So, to start to get in the “homeschooling” state of mind {and just because my oldest is ready to start some simple preschool activities}, I’ve decided that every Tuesday I’ll be sharing an educational activity, craft, or snack, perfect for you to try out with your little guy or gal.  It’s something I’d like to call…

teach me tuesdays

{Like my banner?  My pal Sarah whipped it up for me…she’s the BEST!}

The first activity I’m excited to share with all of you today helps with color recognition, sorting, and matching.

Paint Palette Color Sorting

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To make your own, you’ll need:

plastic paint palette {found at JoAnn’s for about $1.50}

7 different colors of felt {basic colors}

coordinating poms

hot glue/glue gun

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Let me just start by saying that this was super easy and fast to assemble.  The paint palette that I selected resembled a flower.  I used a scrap piece of felt to create a pattern and traced that onto each color I’d need.  I then cut each piece and adhered them to the paint palette with a little bit of hot glue.

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I then made sure that I had three poms in each color to match the different sections.

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For now, I keep the entire activity {paint palette & colored poms} in a large Ziploc bag.  I’m planning on sewing a cute storage bag for it in the near future though.

This is such an easy activity to break out during breakfast or those times when I need my two year old to be entertained while I’m feeding or changing our three month old.  He likes to sort one of every color first and then go back around until all three poms are in each coordinating tray.  We’re also working on saying each color and he’s pretty much mastered blue, red, yellow, and green.

Happy teaching!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

30+ Party Favor Ideas to Pin

I’ve now got two little ones with Summer birthdays.  One of my favorite parts about creating party decor and thinking about the day is to come up with a fun party favor for all of the guests.  That’s why I’ve rounded up a huge list of party favor ideas in one spot.  AND a few of them could be used for other events as well such as baby or wedding showers and end of school parties!

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Let’s start with some ideas for boys {since I’ve got two at home and boys ROCK}!!

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No-Sew Wild Kratts Creature Power Suits//Galactic Playdough

Ninjago Party Favors//Lego Brick Necklaces

Clothespin Airplanes//Mario Kart Favors//Crayon Favors

Lego Man Crayons

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DIY Sock Stick Horses//Color Blocked Bobby Pins//Paper Bag Favor Packaging

Doll House Favors//Bumble Bee Favor//Minnie Mouse Favors

Kool-Aid Play Dough//PJ Party to DYE For

Here are some other favorites I’ve found around the blogosphere.  Some are perfect for wedding and baby showers, school parties, or just a treat after a simple neighborhood BBQ!

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Summer Party Favors

sparkly scented play dough

Sparkly Scented Play Dough

PartyBags

Pinkalicious Party Bags

Taffy Kabobs- easy, inexpensive party favor- oh so cute!

 

Adorable Taffy Kabobs

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Horse Themed Party Mason Jars

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Bowling Ball Goody Bags

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DIY Chalk Favors

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Individually Wrapped Countdown Activity

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Fabric Party Bags

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BBQ Favors

mason jar bbq favors

Mason Jar BBQ Favors

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Baby Mug Cake Shower Favor

vintage style

 

DIY Vintage Inspired Favors

panda bear ears headband

Panda Bear Ears

bath scrub favor

Bath Scrub Favor

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Last Day of School Treats

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Animal Cracker Favor

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French Alphabet Book Plates

And last but not least, my latest party favor creation…

Dum Dum Favors

Dum Dum Favors

There you have it, a list of over 30 fabulous ideas to send your party guests off in style!  I know I’ll be borrowing a few of these ideas in the next couple of years for sure.

Happy party planning!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Keep Kids Creative with Cricut & Ubooly}

{Keep Kids Creative with Cricut & Ubooly}

This post is sponsored by Cricut, however all opinions are 100% my own!

One of my favorite things to do lately is to take my toddler to the library.  Besides being nice and air conditioned {when it hasn’t been raining, it’s been super hot here in Georgia this Summer}, it’s the perfect place for him to do a little exploring.  He loves to try out the kid friendly computers, play with the educational toys they have in the kid’s area, but most of all, he loves to look for new books to read.

To make life a little easier for myself since I’m now carrying a newborn with us to the library, I wanted to make a library book tote bag just for Jackson, so he could carry his little books home each time we visit.

Library Tote

In need of making a library tote or two of your own for those Summer trips?

Here’s what you’ll need:

Cricut machine

red, yellow, and blue iron on vinyl

canvas tote bag

iron

ironing board

materials

I’ll be honest, not only was this my first time working with the Cricut iron-on product line, but it was my first time using my Cricut!  I received it earlier this Summer, but since having my second baby I just haven’t had the chance to play around with it as much as I’d like to yet!  Let me tell ya though, I’m loving Cricut!  It’s so easy to use and the project possibilities are endless!

Cricut Craftroom is the software that you download once you’ve purchased a Cricut machine.  It not only stores all files digitally that you’ve purchased or already own, but it totally walks you through the creating and cutting process by telling you how to set your depth, pressure, and speed.  Being new to Cricut, I absolutely LOVED this feature!

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Once you choose your image and cut, you’ll need to prep your tote bag by ironing the material on the highest setting for approximately 20-30 seconds.  Please forgive me, I totally forgot to take photos of the ironing process as I was too eager to see how this stuff worked!

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Next, place your image {in my case it was just letters} on the tote, liner side up.  Put a thin piece of material over your image and iron for 20-30 seconds once again.  Once the vinyl adheres itself to the tote bag, peel back the clear liner, and you’ve completed your project.

Jackson and I couldn’t wait to head to the library to put his new tote to good use!

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You may notice a furry, orange stuffed animal looking thing in the picture.  That’s an Ubooly, and he was a lifesaver while I was working on Jackson’s library tote bag.  An Ubooly is a little stuffed animal for my iPhone with a special app to download for kids.  The Ubooly talks to Jackson and they play games together.  It’s super cool and tons of fun for him, plus if I need to keep him occupied for a little while, Ubooly works like a charm!

How do you keep your kiddos occupied when you need to get some things done around the house?

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I received free product for this project.  You can read my full disclosure here.

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Uncle Sam Pins or Magnets}

Hi there, Meredith’s friends and followers!  I’m Amy, aka One Artsy Mama, and I am thrilled to be here today to share a festive holiday craft with you!
This Artsy Family loves holidays and family get-togethers, so one thing we look forward to every summer is getting together to celebrate the 4th of July with a cookout and steamed crabs {yummm!}.  The extra-cool part is that not only will hubby’s parents, grandmother, and grandfather be there, my parents and grandmother come too, which I just love.  So many families don’t have the blessing of being able to all get together…and even though my grandparents lived in the same state, I honestly can’t remember a time in my life when all four of them were in the same room together.  So I feel like it’s an amazing gift for my 4 year old Little Crafter to get to spend time with all of those family members together and enjoying each other’s company.
Here’s a fun 4th of July “favor” we had fun making for everyone:
UNCLE SAM PINS {or magnets}

Materials:

- wooden craft spoons
- red, blue, and white craft foam {our red was plain, our white and blue had an adhesive backing}
- googly eyes
- cotton balls
- glue
- pin backs or magnet tape
- scissors
- thin permanent black marker
STEP 1: Cut hats from red craft foam.  Ours were 2 1/4″ tall, the base was 2 1/8″ wide, and the tall part of the hat was 1 1/8″ wide.
STEP 2: Cut stripes from white craft foam.  Ours were 1 3/4″ long and I just eyed up the width.  You need 3 stripes per hat.  Also, cut a strip from blue foam to cover the bottom of the hat.
STEP 3: Adhere stripes to hat {if your foam isn’t adhesive, just use glue} and glue hat to handle of wooden spoon.  Adhere blue strip to bottom part of hat {not pictured}.
 STEP 4: Glue or stick 2 adhesive googly eyes on each spoon below the hat.
STEP 5: Seperate a cotton ball into several smaller pieces of fluff and glue one to the bottom of each spoon for a beard.
STEP 6: Use a black marker to add a nose.
STEP 7: Attach pin backs or magnet tape to back of spoons. The ladies usually prefer to wear theirs while the men would rather put them on the fridge.
It’s also usually our job to bring the dessert, so we like to keep things healthy and festive with patriotic fruit kebabs like these:
What about you?  How do you celebrate Independence Day?  I’d love for you to stop by and visit us at One Artsy Mama if you get a chance; we’ve got lots more ideas for holiday and every day fun!
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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.