Sunday, November 14, 2010
Each year my 6 year old, Magnolia, and I make ornaments to give as gifts to family and friends. We started this tradition when she was 2 years old and the first ornaments we made were baked dough ornaments that Magnolia painted. The next year we made beaded candy cane ornaments, then wooden picture frame ornaments, then last year we needle felted ornaments. This year Magnolia is 6 and she was ready to move up to a more challenging type of ornament. This evolution of hand made ornaments never really occurred to me before and I find it so exciting to see the progression of ornaments we have made together. What a special tradition and how very neat to see all the ornaments she has made and have them hang on our tree as well as our friend's and family's trees each year.
So...if you are looking for an age appropriate ornament to make with your child, here is the break down:
Age 2...anything they can paint or color...wood, baked dough , ball ornaments, etc.
Age 3...Beading pipe cleaners to form into candy canes is perfect
Age 4...using glue and paint or markers to create something special
What we used:
Wool for stuffing
How we made them:
Make a star pattern simply by drawing a star on a piece of paper, then cutting it out. Then use the star pattern to draw a star onto the felt paper. Cut out 2 stars either in the same color or 2 different colors.