|Lara creating Christmas paper-and staying out of mischief.|
|Utilising the playpen to protect Olivia and the Christmas tree from each other.|
At the moment Olivia is too young (9 months) to really create anything, but she is content watching Lara make things-as long as I give her something to play with whilst she is strategically seated (restrained) in her highchair. Whilst Lara and I painted with washable finger paint and "roll, roll, roll" with Christmas stamps to create wrapping, Olivia scrunched paper and drew with Twistable Crayons....next year may be a little more tricky since Olivia thinks she can do whatever her big sister Lara is doing.
|Rolled wrapping paper and watercolour painted gift cards.|
The benefits of letting kids make Christmas paper are endless; they are doing an activity so they aren't climbing the walls, their craft gets put to good use, and the recipients of the gift get to marvel in your little ones' creation....not to mention that you can buy a huge roll of packing paper dirt cheap and make unique wrapping paper.
I also added little embellishments to individual gifts. Grandma loves purple and red, so they were the colours we chose to stamp her wrapping paper with, and Lara loves lady beetles, so her card had an extra little something on it, and her appreciation made it so worthwhile.
|Personalised gift cards....it's the little things that make a difference.|
|"Cuddle me Mum, cuddle me!".... despite being cuddled.|