I believe in crafts. I do. I believe they are not only fun, but they encourage us to see potential in everyday objects and encourage creative problem solving. I also believe they are messy, and messy=awesome.
We try to do craft time at least once a week. The Personal Assistant is 2 (almost 3) and his skills include gluing, mashing, and cutting shapes from dough. If you are looking for a fun craft to do with your toddler this season, this one is by far my favorite.
Cinnamon ornaments have been a tradition in my family since I was a kid. They are cheap and easy to make, require no advanced skills, look great on the tree or tied to packages, and make your house smell DIVINE. What more could a girl ask for?
You will need:
(4) 3.17oz containers of cinnamon ($1 ea)
(1) 2lb container of apple sauce ($2.45)
(1) 1lb container of corn starch ($1)
Plus 2 more containers of cinnamon for kneeding.
This makes a
BIG obscenely huge batch. If you just want a few, cut the quantities by about half (or use this recipe.)
Here is a sampling of the finished ornaments. I embelished some with stencil and fabric paints.