Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Friday, January 3, 2014

Christmas Tag Party Game

Each year for Christmas Eve my mom hosts a delicious dinner.  I mean seriously, it's no wonder I gain 2 + pounds over Christmas season.  After dinner we have a Christmas Eve party/program, and each year I am in charge of games (which is totally fine with me).  

I tried a new game this year called Christmas Tag.  Give each member of the family a sheet with 10 Christmas tag stickers.  Have each person write their name in the "From" section.  Leave the "To" section blank.  

Throughout the night everyone tries to stick the tags on each other without the other person seeing them.  It doesn't matter if they feel it or not.  You just cannot be seen.  If you are seen, you must remove your tag.  Having your name on the "From" section lets people know who tagged them.  Whoever gets rid of their tags first wins the game.  The person with the most tags stuck to them loses.  I gave a prize for the winner and a gag prize for the loser.

My grandma had no idea that we even tagged her.

My grandpa lost and here he is wearing the gag prize.

Goofy loved the snowman headband, so grandpa gave it to her.

My entire family loved this game.  You could use it as a getting to know you activity at a Christmas party.  Give it a try!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Salt Dough Christmas Hand Print Ornaments

At Christmastime I like to add a new ornament to the tree.  I have wanted to make hand print ornaments for quite some time now.  This year I finally did it.

I found a wonderful recipe from You're So Martha.

I rolled out the dough, had each child press their hand into the dough, and cut out a mitten around the hand print.  I used a skewer to create the hole in the top.

With the leftover dough I let the kids cut out some Christmas shapes to bake.

Once they were dry we pulled out the acrylic paint.  I chose to do the hand print ornaments white so they would stand out on the tree.  

The kids had a blast painting their ornaments.  Didn't they do a good job?

Once the paint dried I added ribbon and that's it.  I love the way they turned out!

The kids were so excited to have their own special ornaments.  Using a Sharpie marker I wrote their names and ages on the back.

So proud of her ornament.

Bud couldn't get enough of his ornament.  He kept trying to take it off of the tree.

Make your own keepsake ornament.

Salt Dough Recipe
(From You're So Martha)
1 c flour
1/2 c salt
1/2 c water

Mix ingredients together and knead dough for 7-10 minutes.  Roll out to your desired thickness on a floured surface.  Make ornaments with cookie cutters, etc.  Use a skewer to poke holes at the top.  Bake for a few hours (I did mine for 2) at 200 degrees.  You can air dry them for a few days if you prefer.  Paint/decorate your ornaments and string with a ribbon.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Snowball Race

Last week Bestie and I put together a small Christmas party for our preschoolers/toddlers.  We both like cheap, no-mess activities.   This "snowball" race did not disappoint.

Here's how you play: Give each child a "snowball" (a.k.a. cotton ball).

Show them the starting and finishing lines.  Explain that they are supposed to blow their "snowball" from the start to the finish.  Whoever does it the fastest wins.  Easy enough!

We did a couple of races.  Each child won at least once.  Sometimes a "snowball" would get blown near the other person's snowball.  It was fun to watch the kids maneuver around each other.

*You could do this activity so many ways!  Have the kids blow through a straw or an empty toilet paper roll.  They could try to follow lines on the floor or shapes made with tape. 

Have you ever tried this game before?  Which way do you like to play it?

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Painted Christmas Toast

Still looking for a fun, creative food idea to make with your kids this Christmas?  You could try making pizza snowmen, or, for something a little less time-consuming and messy, you can make painted Christmas toast.

You will need: slices of bread, cookie cutters, milk dyed various colors, and paint brushes.

Let your kids pick a shape to cut their toast.

Cut out your Christmas shapes.

Paint the colored milk onto your Christmas toast.

Princess and Goofy loved making their toast "pretty."

Here is a snowman all ready to go.

Princess was pretty proud of her edible artwork.

Pop them in the toaster.

When they come out, butter them, throw on some honey, jelly, cinnamon-sugar...whatever you like.  We dipped ours in soup.

*Disclaimer - sometimes the little Christmas toast shapes get stuck in the toaster.  I would suggest making grilled cheese sandwiches or simply toasting them in a pan or on a griddle.  Same effect, less hassle.  

Merry Christmas and enjoy your toast!

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Pizza Snowmen

Most parents focus on what to make for breakfast Christmas morning.  Maybe you are planning to make Rudolph pancakes, Grinch ka-bobs, or waffle trees.  But what about meals for the rest of the day?  These little pizza snowmen are easy to make and absolutely delicious!  Your whole family will love them.

My best friend (Bestie) and I made these snowman pizzas with our kids for a little friend Christmas party.  They were a hit!

Here is our basic snowman shape.  I rolled out three small pieces of dough onto cornmeal.  This helps keep the dough from sticking to the pan.

Cover the dough with pizza sauce.

We let the kids spread sauce over their own snowman.

Cover with cheese.  Mmm!  Cheese!

Add olives for the eyes and a triangle-shaped piece of pepperoni for the nose.

The girls showing off their finished snowmen.

A little pizza masterpiece.

Into the oven they go.

All done!

You can see there was a lot of pizza for each child.  My kids ended up saving half of their snowman for lunch the next day.

Can she look any prouder?

They had fun biting off the heads of their snowmen (and so did I to be honest).

Personal-Pan Snowman Pizza
Pizza Dough (you can make your own, but I buy mine pre-made)
Pizza Sauce
Olives, cut in slices
Pepperoni, cut into triangles (for the nose)
Anything else that would be tasty on a pizza

Preheat your oven to the directions on your pizza dough package (usually around 400 degrees).  Sprinkle cornmeal on your work space.  Roll out three small balls of dough and flatten into a snowman shape as best you can.  Spread pizza sauce on your dough.  Cover with cheese.  Place your pepperoni nose and eyes.  Decorate your snowman with your favorite pizza toppings.  Put your snowmen on a lightly greased jellyroll pan.  Follow the pizza dough directions for bake time (about 15-20 min.).  Cool for a few minutes.  Enjoy!

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