A Crafty Christmas 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

2 more days to Christmas!! I think most of us would have gotten our shopping list completed by now and the luckier ones would have gotten some presents already, no?

As we grow older, we don't really have much gifts anymore, but for the kiddos, it is certainly different! By now, we have a steady stack of Christmas gifts all neatly put away so that Dylan and Alexis "see no evil" and will not bug me about opening them until Christmas itself. Hehe.

Last year, my sis-in-law decorated her house with a stick-on Christmas Tree, which I felt was really brilliant because it really saves so much space for houses like ours, where space is really a luxury. Then on a routine blog hop, I chanced upon Mummy Joanne's blog post about her felt Christmas Tree, I knew I had to do it.

The items needed was simple - there were only two things you need if you decide to try!

#1. Felt - lots of different colour felt cloth
#2. Velcro strips - the hook side

You can get both supplies at Daiso!

I started by visualising what I'd like to have for the ornaments. Some gingerbread men, Christmas socks, candy canes, Christmas puddings, doves, snowmen, Christmas wreaths etc. I made a pair for each design so that Dylan and Alexis would have a set each to decorate the tree with!

Remember to stick the velcro on the ornaments so that they can stay on the felt tree when 'pasted'!

The tree was very straight forward though, I simply rolled out the felt, marked out the sides that has to be trimmed, and then pinned them up. Voila!! The ornaments took about an hour or two to complete, but the tree was very straight forward. It took me 5 minutes to put it up and it was so much fun!!! 

I am planning to keep the felt cloth and then do it again next year for them. Perhaps by then I would make more ornaments, or use the same ones. Who knows? They may have cleanly forgotten about this activity when Dec 2016 comes along. :p

While I was working on the Christmas tree, I was kinda horrified that I have actually hoarded an insane amount of felt cloth. Can you imagine? I have felt cloth in almost every colour. 3 shades of green, 2 shades of red, 3 shades of pink... I knew I had to clear them before my husband starts to 'voice out'!!

So since I had the crafting bug in me for the week, I decided to invest my time to make the kiddos their second quiet book. It was a simple 6-pages book with 4 activities, and it took me only a couple of hours off from the week to do so it was really stress-free.

The only headache I had was to think about what activities I should include for both Dylan and Alexis!

Made this little house with stars, which is essentially a counting activity but more suitable for Alexis than Dylan, since D can already count and identify numbers.

The numbers 1 to 6 are removable and attachable next to the clusters of stars.

Then I was inspired by their pizza toy, so I made them felt pizza! I cut the slices up to make it into a puzzle activity for Dylan, but also made the pepperoni removable so that Alexis can work on her fine motor skills to peel and stick.

This activity is mostly for Alexis to get her to peel the apples off the tree and slot them into the basket. It also incorporates some counting and fixing - this one is their favourite activity so far!

I realised that quiet books and busy bags are actually very good tools to keep children occupied and as all of you know, making these handmade learning tools are very exhausting and time-draining. Thankfully, I met a couple of like-minded mummies in the course of making these learning tools and we are working on a busy bag swap!

It sounds really exciting actually, basically, all six of us will come together to make six sets of the same item. And then when we meet, we will keep one set for ourselves and then swap the remaining 5 sets. That way, each mummy will end up with six different activities at the end of the swap!!!

I thought it was a super fantastic idea. Since we are travelling early next year, I am hoping to do up some more of these for the kids to keep them occupied in the plane. It's gonna be a tall order I think, but I find the project super fun! I hope I can complete them on time and share it on the blog with all of you. :)

Can't wait!

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  1. Wow, you're one crafty mama! Cutting, sewing and putting everything together for these quiet books and busy bags - thumbs up! Alexis and Dylan are sooo lucky :) I wish I was more arty crafty too :P

  2. I'd like to try these with my bubba!
    Thanks for the read!

  3. So creative! Lovely activity for the kids and also a Christmas Tree in the house! Maybe should explore another diy CNY deco?

  4. Nice! I've never thought of quiet books using felt and these are definitely useful and safe for toddlers and preschoolers.... And you are one hardworking mama! Kudos to u! Thanks for sharing!

  5. You are such a dedicated and talented Mommy! Those felt ornaments and activity books are so lovely. Salute!!!


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