Holiday Crafts To Do With The Kids

The holiday season is the perfect time to spend with your children or grandchildren. What’s better than doing various crafts with your kids or grand-kids and having fun with it? This article shows three different crafts that you can do with your kids during the holiday season!

COLORFUL LEAF PRINTING

leaf printing

This craft is so much fun and perfect for the fall season! Have your kids try this with different paints and different sized leaves!

Here’s what you need:

  • Leaves
  • Acrylic paints
  • Baking Sheet
  • Pan (Optional)

1. Start by squirting different colored acrylic paints onto a baking a sheet in the general shape of a leaf. It’s easy if you lay the baking sheet on a pan for clean up purposes.

2. Have your kid press the leaf into the paint and then carefully place the leaf onto the paper. (Make sure to place the leaf vein-side down).

3. Peel back the leaf to reveal a beautiful fall print!

4. Let your kid’s creation dry.

 

SNOWMAN ORNAMENTS

snowman ornament

This craft will surely make a statement on the tree.

Here’s what you need:

  • White acrylic craft paint
  • Sponge brush
  • Round ornaments
  • Empty egg carton for drying
  • Black and orange sharpie markers

1. Have your kid paint one of their hands with the white acrylic craft paint and use the sponge brush to spread the paint all over the hand. (Or you can put the paint on a tray and have your kid dip their hand in it).

2. Place the ornament in the palm of your child’s hand. Tell them to hold the ornament like they’re holding a tennis ball in their hand for a few seconds.

3. Take the ornament from their hand and place in an empty egg carton to dry.

4. Once the paint is dry, take the black and orange markers and draw snowman details! For instance, with the black marker draw buttons, face, and a hat. With the orange marker draw a carrot nose!

 

HOMEMADE MINI CHRISTMAS TREE

cone tree

If your child is a little older have them do this fun activity and place it on the mantel!

Here’s what you need:

  • Paper plate
  • Tissue paper
  • Double sided tape

1. Take one of your paper plates and make it into a cone shape. Use double sided tape to secure the cone together.

2. Twist little pieces of green tissue paper and wrap it around the tree.

3. Use double sided tape to secure the tissue paper around the cone.

This activity is so much fun to do and you can use different colored tissue paper to make multiple trees!

 

Written by: Sharan Kaur, FizzNiche Staff Writer

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6 Back to School Home Organizing Tips

copywritingThe end of summer and the beginning of autumn brings an abrupt change in routine. It’s called “back-to-school.” Anxiety about this transition can be faced head-on by serious preparation. By organizing your home or dorm room, you’ll feel ready for the increased activity, hectic schedules and exciting opportunities.

Here are six simple tips to utilize in making your home or dorm streamlined for effectiveness:

Utilize a family planner

It’s never too early to get your family’s schedule in a week-at-a-glance planner. Place it where it can be seen by all, or use a white board planner that hangs on the wall. Make sure everyone’s activities-games, practices, church events, meetings, even who’s cooking on which nights–whatever needs remembering.

Give everything a place

Create space for new school books, new school clothes, backpacks, and physical education uniforms. Go through your things, and decide whether to keep them or toss them. From clothing drawers and closets, throw outgrown or tattered items into a goodwill box. Keep summer clothes that will fit next year in an under-the-bed storage box, out of the way.

Baskets by the door

Create a “launch pad” by placing a shelf with baskets by your front door. Here’s where you’ll put purses, keys, backpacks, books, and other things that need to be carried out the door on your next exit. Hooks can be handy for hanging backpacks, purses, hats and coats. Baskets and hooks can be labeled for each child or each area of your life, i.e., church, sports, school, shopping, etc.

Make extra space

Make space for new items by leaving one shelf clean. Keep an empty bin by the front door for items that need to be put in their proper place. Leave space on your bookcases for new art projects.

File away

Buy a large file box or designate a file drawer for weekly papers, homework reference materials, and the like. Use colored folders to distinguish between each child’s papers, or to separate the notes for each of your classes.

Freeze some dinners

As the date approaches for the start of classes, take a night or two to make freezer dinners that will come in handy when homework is hefty. In the dorm, keep a few easy-to-microwave dinners, such as Ramen or soup, for those nights when you need to hunker down with the books and avoid the social distraction of eating out.

By thinking ahead and planning early, these six tips for home organizing will help you manage back-to-school stress. You’ll find yourself with a clearer mind, a cleaner living space, and fewer lost items. Those autumn leaves will signal doors of opportunity opening, because you are ready for the challenges ahead.

Written by: Ruby Moseley, FizzNiche Staff Writer

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Connect With Your Children This Summer Vacation

Boy on Inflatable SlideThe summer months are here and it’s time to put away the books and have a little fun. But, arranging vacation schedules can be a difficult task. Julia Simens, author of Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child, reminds us of the important things we should focus on when planning the time we spend together with our children.

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