This holiday season, why not get creative with your child and do homemade crafts as gifts to loved ones. Children love to make things personally. Many of their gifts are right from the heart, and provide to be easy on your wallet. Having your child pick out a puzzle for a loved one, and then doing the puzzle is a very thoughtful gift. Working on puzzles, paintings, or crafts allow your child to develop essential daily skills. Your child will learn not to give up, and learn how to deal with challenges. If they do get frustrated with the project, gently remind them that the project is for a loved one or best friend.
An example of a fun craft your child can do this holiday season is make a set of ‘light bulb ornaments’ to hang on trees, in doorways, or where ever one so desires. Children can come up with their own themes, their own characters, and their own ideas. This task allows them to concentrate on painting and creating something that gives them a strong sense of pride. As most crafts, it is wise that a parent or guardian supervise and help out where needed. Make a set with your child, that way you and your child can bounce ideas off of each other and spend some good quality time together.
Light Bulb Ornaments
What you need:
- Old light bulbs
- General crafting supplies
Take the light bulb, and make sure there is no dust on it – wipe it off with a damp cloth
Start creating – paint your design on the light bulb
Let the paint dry
Take a piece of ribbon and glue it onto the top of the light bulb as your hanger string.
Decorate as you so desire.
See pictures below for some great ideas. Also a link for a ‘how to’ video on making these wonderful crafts with your children.