Making Salt Dough Ornaments
1 C. flour
1 C. salt
1/2 C. water
Mix the flour and salt together.
Add water gradually (I'm pretty sure ours got dumped and still turned out okay).
Knead into a flexible dough on a floured board.
Roll out and cut out shapes using a cookie cutter.
Use a skewer to poke a whole in each shape to thread string through.
Cook at 250 degrees for several hours (until shapes are hard).
Afterwards, paint the ornaments with water based paint. Varnish with a clear coat so they will last longer. Thread ribbons or string through the holes and add decorative glitter, bows, sequins, etc. Enjoy watching your children give a gift from the heart.
Living Nativity and Christmas in the ParkI enjoyed the live nativity as they presented the Christmas story and then we let the kids walk around petting the animals (as if going back to Bethlehem and the manger scene). I think it gave them better perspective of the story they know so well.
And then we headed across the street to enjoy the lights, cookies and hot chocolate (oh and Rudolph, of course!).
Graham Cracker Houses
We have done this for the past few years and it has been a hit! Not only do I not have to make gingerbread that will never get eaten, it is simple, fun and the whole family enjoys creating their own "house."
Even Easton attempted one...it got eaten, but he attempted nonetheless.
A little nativity, created by yours truly.
A sweet house by the sweetest girl I know.
A stacked house, made and destroyed by the same person...have any ideas?
A precious little church, created by Allen.
All together now...
These are just some of my favorite Advent activities.