I've made Christmas ornaments with my grandkids for several years. They give them as gifts at Christmas. In years past Lorna's mom, Judy, joined me. This year Lorna's dad, Kelly, and made ornaments with Jack. We made egg carton bells. If you want to do the same here's how:
- Cut up cardboard egg cartons to make 'bells'
- Paint the bells so that they aren't gray
- Poke a hole in the top so that you can run a pipe cleaner through later
- Mix glue with a little water
- Give the child a brush and the glue
- Let the child paint the bell with glue
- Let the child liberally sprinkle with glitter (If you are smart you will place a folded sheet of clean paper below the bell so that excess glitter can be poured back into the bottle. We were smart.)
- Let the bells dry
- Put a bell on the end of a pipe cleaner
- Run the pipe cleaner up through the bell
- Bend and cut off excess pipe cleaner
- Wrap and place under the tree.
Jack is 4. We made 13 bells. He painted the glue, poured the glitter, attached most of the bells, and he was about tired of it when we were finishing the bells. Gave him a snack and he sucked it up and managed to decide who got which bell because they were not all the same. I have a lot of glitter so he went from color to color and each bell really was different. (Luckily I got the turquoise one!)
Working with Kelly was way fun! He is just as good with the kids as Judy is. What I mean by that is that they are both way more patient with little kids than I am. I was not all that patient with my own kids when they were little and I find that, while I love them dearly, I expect certain behaviors from my grandchildren and I don't let it slide (much) when they don't comply. But they have a smile on their faces when they see me so I figure I'm not that scary. And as they get bigger I love them more – which is good because kids get bigger, not smaller. I can't wait until they are teenagers!
I had the bells ready for glueing yesterday. Kelly was in charge of a lot today. Kelly had not worked with glitter before so both he and Jack learned new things. I pointed them in the right direction and cleaned up behind. It was perfect and I say that truthfully. We all had fun!
Kelly looks a lot like Santa Claus these days. I gave him some white glitter that I think he should sprinkle in his beard. Often. Not with glue, just a bit of sparkle. It'll fall off everywhere he goes. I think life needs more glitter, don't you?
In other news, Linda sent me a small (6"-7") optical fiber Christmas tree that runs out of a USB port. I've plugged it into my computer and it's above my screen as I'm typing now. It changes color!!!! I may leave this up year-round!
It turns to red and green and blue… Can't wait to see it in the dark. If you have a place to plug it in, you can even put this in your car. Linda got it at Target – in case you need to have one too. Or more than one.
What I got for Linda this year was a repeat from last year. I didn't get her anything that needed to be dusted, or stored, or eaten. I sent a card and good wishes. She was oh so happy!
We made deal long ago to not buy presents for each other unless they were the perfect thing. Truth be told, Linda nailed it for me this year. I like shiny things! I'm still looking for her present and we're both OK that I didn't find it this year. She really doesn't want any more stuff. But I'm keeping my eyes open…
You two must have a wonderful relationship to stay business partners and friends for so long. That’s quite an accomplishment.
You’re right, Kelly does look a lot like Santa. He needs to use that glitter!
Does Linday need one of those elephant holders for her phone? I can’t wait to see the girls reactions when they get theirs.
Enjoy your grandkids while they are young. Right now you are special. When grandkids grow into teenagers, they would much rather be with their friends-and we can’t keep up.
You know, I’m SO glad there is someone out there that doesn’t enjoy little kids as much as bigger ones. I prayed for patience for many years, then figured out that if you pray for something, you are sent trials to help you develop that trait. I quit praying for patience because I had no patience with the trials. I like bigger kids that can begin to understand how life works and why they should behave like we want them to — civilized not savages! I enjoy reasoning with them and pointing out how their thought processes may not lead them where they think it will. Thanks, Becky for that! My mother couldn’t understand how I didn’t want to hold and cuddle someone else’s baby — she loved it. I didn’t and don’t — loved mine, but their parents should take care of that and not me! Anyway, love that activity you did with your grandkids! Those bells are always cute.
I love those bells. I must get to Target and get some of those trees for gifts. I just put my Grandson on a plane, by himself, last night bound for Texas. He was hoping for some snow as we don’t have any here yet, which is fine with me!
Crafts with kids big or little are lots of fun. We decorated Gingerbread Houses this week with three adult children, a son-in-law, a son’s girlfriend and two grandchildren. A yearly tradition that is a good time. Merry Christmas Becky. Love your blog and Piece O Cake. Best Wishes for continued success in business, and good health and happiness in the coming year.