Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Activities

Last week we got a light dusting of snow!! We really had to look for it, but it was there. We delayed starting our school day to go play in it!

Last week we also had another homeschooling family and dear friends over to do Christmas crafts! We had so much fun! We made these super sweet edible Christmas trees:

They are just icing covered ice-cream cones decorated with sprinkles and candy - and they were GONE in no time!

Gabe just dove right in:

We also made Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments.

  • These ended up being a lot easier than I thought they would be and turned out so cute!!

    Here is the recipe:

    1 cup salt
    2 cups flour
    10 teaspoons of cinnamon
    3/4 cup water (with maybe a bit more).
    Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the water slowly. Mix it together until it forms a ball. If you find the ball to be crumbly, add a bit more water, a teaspoon at a time, and knead it between teaspoons. If you find it to be sticky, add a bit more flour, a teaspoon at a time, and knead it between teaspoons. Eventually, you’ll find a happy medium – not too sticky, not too crumbly. That’s just what you want.
    Once the dough is ready, wrap it up and put it in the refrigerator for thirty minutes to stiffen the dough. Then, roll the dough out to roughly 1/2″ thick (about 1.25 cm) – you can be approximate on this – on a lightly floured surface.

    • Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into shapes, then use a straw (or another device) to make a small hole on the top of the ornament shape. Then, bake until dry at 325 F – this usually takes about an hour. I recommend using parchment paper on top of a baking sheet to bake the ornaments.
      Once the ornaments are baked, we can paint them, glue on glitter or just leave them plain. I found the original recipe here: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2010/11/12/homemade-gift-series-9-handmade-ornaments/

      This whimsical tree was my favorite!

We also had to make a Cowboy Star for Mig! How 'bout them Cowboys?!? 

Are you doing any fun Christmas Crafts this year?

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