For the past two and a half years I have made our Christmas cards with Aiden and I love the little tradition it is becoming. In the run up to December I start looking on Google and Pinterest and collecting any ideas for toddler made cards I like the look of here. Initially when Aiden was tiny, he couldn’t ‘do’ art and crafts himself so we went with foot print cards. They were super because we made a whole batch load in one simple foot printing sitting. Aiden either thought it was all a lovely game or was none the wiser as to what was happening as we jumped him up and down from paint to paper. This was our first Christmas card in 2014.
This Christmas, Faye will be the baby and as I normally do my crafts with Aiden when she naps so we can enjoy some Mum / son time, I asked Aiden what type of cards he wanted to make. If you have read some of my previous posts, you’ll know that Aiden sometimes really hates getting messy. It was no surprise to me then when he said no feet please Mummy! He did however spy some cute snowmen that he liked, having just recently watch The Snowman for the first time. As this week’s #christmaslittlemakes theme is snow I thought great, let’s run with that. So that is what we have done. We have made four different Christmas cards you can make with a two and a half year old. Three are snowmen and one is Father Christmas because mid-making Aiden decided that he had had quite enough of the colour white!
Things you will need:
- Paint (white & red)
- Sharpie pens
- Glitter (silver & red)
- Paper (orange, red & black)
- 2 x potato (1 slightly smaller)
- 2 x toilet roll tube
- Prit Stick
- Additional things (googly eyes, stickers, any extra bits to dress the snowmen!)
How to make your cards:
- Fold and cut your A4 card to the desired card size (I made two cards out of each sheet
- Prepare white paint in a flat surface container
- Dip the toilet roll / the potato into the paint and then stamp a body and a head to make a snowman shape (we had about 50% success at this as towards the end there was just stamping all over so some erm interesting looking snowmen)
- For the Father Christmas simply use red paint and I opted for one big red mess
- Sprinkle glitter all over, because well, my not?
- As you need to wait for the paint to dry we now did our hand snowmen by simply painting Aiden’s hands and getting him to stamp them at the bottom of the card
- While the paint is drying, cut out your accessories – carrot noses, snowman hats, Father Christmas hats, anything else you want to add
- When the paint has dried I would give the kid the bits and pieces and some prit stick and let them get to it
- Whilst the toddler is occupied I used the sharpies to add details like coal eyes and smile, and arm branches
And there you have it, handmade Christmas cards in four different designs ando all able to be do by a two year old. Have you made any of your cards this year? I am so nosey. Show me! Join the linky here.