It is hard to believe that we have been doing an acts of kindness advent calendar for four years. It all started when I was concerned that the boys were becoming rather immersed in the commercialisation of Christmas and of advent. I wanted them to understand and learn about Christmas and advent being about giving, so came up with the idea of an alternative advent calendar.
Parenting is hard at the best of times, but parenting during Christmas can be a real challenge. Kids can be super excited and as parents we are trying top organise a fabulous family Christmas making it even more of a challenge. So here are some tips to keep things running smoothly over the festive period.
I love Christmas and the Advent. I really want to celebrate advent and use the time to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and make it about giving and have a joy filled time with my family. I want advent to be about more than just opening a door on an advent calendar and getting a piece of chocolate, I want it to be a time where we cement our family traditions and give joy to other people.
I love candles and I love Christmas. Add the two together and you have these beautiful DIY Christmas tree luminaries made from air drying clay. These have been inspired by some I saw here. We are big fans of holiday keepsakes and these festive luminaries for battery operated tea lights would make the perfect gift or a treasured keepsake to bring out year after year.
These DIY Clay Star Cadle Holders were inspired by some we saw when we were on our recent holiday in Holland. I knew then that we could recreate them using our FIMO Air Light (microwavable) clay and finally got around to making them this week. We made our DIY clay star candle holders the perfect size for an old box of red Christmas tree candles which were my mum’s (the size that does in our twirling angel. We have had these candles for the last five years but never used them as we didn’t have ant suitably sized candle holders for them. 30 minutes with the boys and we have more than enough and more »
This simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland is a super fun and simple kids craft perfect for the festive season. I really love using washi tape with children as it is simple to tear or cut. low-tac so they can remove and restick it and it comes in so many colours and patterns. The washi tape Christmas Trees can be used to decorate cards but also look perfect strung together to make a washi tape Christmas trees garland or bunting. Simple Washi Tape Christmas Trees Garland Materials Cereal box Washi tape, we used red and green 1/8 inch paper punch Thread – we used a green shoelace Scissors Ruler Pencil How more »
One of my favorite things about the festive season is trimming the tree. I love going through all of the ornaments and decorations, especially the homemade homes and hanging them as I reminisce about when we made them. This adorable white clay christmas fingerprint ornament is a take on our valentine fingerprint heart ornaments.
I love using Christmas as a time to get crafting and creative with the kids and this DIY gift wrap is no exception. We have designed wrapping paper with potato print penguins on. I am delighted to be working with Sellotape this festive season to share the magic of giving and we will be using our DIY wrapping paper as part of that collaboration. How to make Potato Print Penguins DIY gift wrap Materials: Brown paper Paper Plates or regular plates Potatoes Knife Black and White tempura paint Orange acrylic paint Paint brush Googley eyes Instructions: Printing with potatoes is an inexpensive and fun way top mark make with kids and more »
There are some amazing colouring pages and books for adults at the moment and as it is the festive season, I am all about Christmas. I have already shared with you five exclusive festive colouring pages. But there are so many more out there, so I have gathered together a roundup of free christmas colouring pages for adults and teens.
There is nothing better than receiving a homemade christmas card, even more so in today’s technological times. My boys run to the door at Christmas time to collect the cards and they get so much joy in opening them. So we love making our own cards and we hope that this years kid made fingerprint wreath Christmas card brings joy to others.
Cooking with children need not be difficult. Sometimes you need a simple recipe that you can return to again and again and this super gingerbread recipe from Flora is perfect for kids, especially as there is no melting of butter or heat involved and it makes perfect Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies.
As you have probably guessed we LOVE advent and Christmas here in The Mad House. Last year we provided you with two sets of advent acts of kindness free printables. One Christmas tree shaped and the other in a tag style. This year we have a real treat for you with our advent acts of kindness free printables. These are perfect for using in conjunction with The Kindness Elves.