I love this time of year as we look forward to the Christmas break, I have a house full of sick kiddies, but we still have time to share a good book and a simple craft.
We spend a lot more time in December on crafts and activities while reading holiday books. We do get in math and such but we always end in a great book with an associated activity like notebooking or in this case, my son made his own ornament.
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We make ornaments every year and the kids enjoy seeing their past creations up on the tree. This year I”m joining up with other bloggers to bring you an ornament based on a book. This is a wonderful way to extend books with activities and crafts.
Have you read The Big Snow with your child? It’s a wonderful book about the habits of different animals in the winter. You get to see what wood rats, white tail deer, squirrels, mice and raccoons do in the winter, do the hibernate or migrate, what habits change to adapt to the winter season. I have a house full of animal lovers so this book selection was enjoyed by all.
The author then describes the snowflakes falling and you see different illustrations of snowflakes which gave us inspiration for our kids made ornaments, we had to make a snowflake.
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Pipe cleaner snowflake ornament supplies
See, didn’t I say this was simple, look at the supplies list, you only need three things. I cut 2 pipe cleaners in half so that I had 4 pieces. I also cut up another pipe cleaner to make 8 short pieces. You take two of the longer pipe cleaners and wrapped one around the other and pulled them out so it made an X. I did the same thing by adding the 3rd piece and wrapped it around the center of my X and pulled the ends out straight and did the same with the last piece. This leaves you with a snowflake with 8 points, I wrapped the smaller piece of pipe cleaner around each end to give it its snowflake appearance.
My son made his snowflake on his own, he wasn’t happy that the snowflake wasn’t perfectly symmetrical at times and redid some of them. Now head on over to Mama Miss to see the other kid made ornaments bloggers are sharing as well. This is a wonderful series and there are some creative ladies in this bunch.
See what these other bloggers have been creating over on their blogs
Crystalized Glow in the Dark Dinosaur Ornaments by Glittering Muffins
Penguin Ornament by Kids Craft Room
Unicorn Christmas Ornament by My Bright Firefly
Simple Snowman Ornament by Easy Peasy and Fun
Polar Express Ornament by The Resourceful Mama
Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise Ornament by Something 2 Offer
Wood Slice Santa Ornament by The Eyes of a Boy
Don’t forget to take a peek at my kid made ornament from last year.