Welcome to Blogmas 2017! Today we are joined by Yvan with some great ideas to get your toddlers involved! Visit her at Yvan Agno
It’s that time of year again: the time where we start thinking about ticking off that gift list, Christmas to-dos, and how we’ll be decorating for Christmas this year. This year, I came up with two little projects to help get my toddler involved in our holiday preparations. The great thing about these projects is I found everything I needed to make them at our local dollar store. I don’t know about you but I find the holidays to be the easiest time in the year to spend so much money and not even realize it. So being able to create something mostly from scratch and save money doing it is something I enjoy doing.
The first one I have for you here is a Candy Cup Décor.
I bought a small Christmas tree to decorate our bedroom last year, and with help from my daughter, I will be adding something extra this year. My three-year-old loves to help, and loves to be involved however she can. Imagine how excited she got when I asked her to help me put together a simple decorative add-on to our bedroom which she can easily get to whenever she wants.
What you’ll need:
A glass cup
Multi-coloured chocolates (optional)
Shredded decorative paper filler
I started by having my daughter organize the Hershey’s Kisses by color. Please keep in mind that you don’t need to use chocolates. Decorative beads / balls / spheres would work as well. I just chose chocolates because we love them and let’s be real, they will not really take up any space in storage after the holidays, especially in our house!
I then proceeded to have her put the shredded paper at the bottom of the cup. I happened to have a package arrive with these in them so I didn’t need to purchase them at all, which was great. I added these at the bottom to keep the chocolates from going all the way down at the bottom of the cup.
After that, I asked her to fill in the cup with chocolates starting from which color she likes. She kept on asking me when she could have some chocolates to eat and I kept on telling her soon. 🙂
This little candy cup décor can be placed in any room in the house, provided ofcourse no one is allergic to what is in the cup if you do decide to put something edible in it.
The next project I had for my daughter are homemade Christmas tags. Yes, I know that some store sells a pack of tags for really cheap, but I find that homemade ones says a lot more regardless of how simple the end result is.
What you’ll need:
Sketchbook or construction paper
Christmas themed stickers
I decided to use a sketchbook because my daughter can always use the rest for her painting and other art-related endeavours. I started by measuring tag sized rectangles on a sheet of sketchbook paper. I marked the pieces I wouldn’t be using with an ‘x’ so my daughter understands that we won’t be using those pieces.
After cutting the pieces, I had her place stickers on one side of the tag leaving enough room to put holiday messages on such as “Happy Holidays”, “Merry Christmas” or the classic “To: and Fr:”.
Let me tell you, she loved every single bit of making these two items. She knew she can get into the chocolate cup which I placed in our room with my small tree. In addition to that, she was very proud of herself for being able to create the Christmas tags which will be used on presents.
There you have it! Two Christmas DIYs on a budget. I believe I barely spent $15 on everything. Hopefully, these projects help in getting your toddler be more involved with your holiday preparations.
Yvan is a soon to be mother of two who enjoys reading, writing, pocket scrapbooking, coffee and tea. She currently resides in Canada with her husband and daughter enjoying all the festivities and snow the holiday season brings. Her blog is home to her thoughts regarding everything which she finds interesting and enjoyable. You can find her blog at Yvan Agno.