10 Holiday Crafts You’ll Love

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Joyful Pillows

Upgrade store-bought throw pillows in a jiffy with simple appliqués. To make them, type JOY into a word-processing document, using a font you like. Enlarge each character to full letter-page size. Print, then cut out the letters and trace them onto white felt; cut out. Next, pin strips of fusible bonding web, such as Stitch Witchery ($2.99; joann.com), to the back of each felt letter. Center each one (with webbing underneath) on a pillowcase and carefully remove the pins. Iron on according to the package instructions. Once the letters have adhered, add decorative stitching with embroidery thread, if desired.

 
 
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Hannukah Menorah Craft

Arrange a memorable menorah in minutes! Who knew plain old salt and pepper shakers could look so sophisticated? Simply unscrew the tops, fill each shaker with decorative blue sand, and place a menorah candle inside. Once the candles melt down, use tweezers to remove residual wax before reusing.
 
 
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Upgrade a Plain Glass Ornament

At around a dollar each, these empty orbs offer an affordable catalyst for creativity. Fill one with small wooden chips, another with a single stunning peacock feather (attached to the ornament’s top with hot glue). Or compose a more obvious Christmas scene by dropping a model fir tree into a globe dusted with artificial snow. You can also use tweezers to position branches inside and even hot-glue a tiny cardinal in place.

(Ornaments, starting at $4.99 for four, and cardinal, $1.99; michaels.com for stores. Peacock feathers, $2.99 for three, and artificial snow, $2.99; joann.com. Wood chips, $3 for 4.8 ounces; walmart.com for stores. Model tree, from $2.99; hobbylinc.com)

 

Christmas Tree Skirt

A literal take on the Christmas tree skirt, this resourceful project makes clever use of old duds gathering dust in your closet. All you need are two kilts (or other pleated skirts) in complementary colors and a little sewing know-how. For instructions, visit countryliving.com/tree-skirt.
 
 
 
 

Snow Globes

For a cooler-than-cool stocking stuffer, create a mini winter wonderland with a snow-globe kit ($13.95 for two; snowdomes.com). Here’s how to get the ball rolling:

Step 1: Decide what you’d like to put in your globe (we chose cupcake toppers from fancyflours.com), keeping in mind that plastic and ceramic work best underwater.

Step 2: If desired, cover your globe’s base. Since ours feature outdoor scenes, we used sheets of model-train “grass” ($2.49; modeltrainstuff.com), adhered with waterproof epoxy. Spray with Watco’s clear lacquer ($7.99; woodcraft.com); let dry.

Step 3: Position your figure on the base; affix with the epoxy.

Step 4: Once the epoxy has dried, attach the dome to the base and fill with distilled water and the included snow, following the kit’s instructions. To hide the seam where the base and dome meet, use glue dots to affix a decorative ribbon around the globe’s circumference. Looks like it’s a small world, after all.

 
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Crafty Kits

Instead of a single present, treat loved ones to a customized kit packed with stuff they’re sure to use — buttons, thread, and needles for a friend who likes to sew; polishes, brushes, and buffing cloths for a well-dressed dad; or cookie cutters, sprinkles, and icing tubes for a friend who bakes. To re-create these kits, start by spraying a clean tin (we used old metal cookie containers) with Rust-Oleum Universal All-Surface paint in white; let dry. Next, download an image to match the tin’s contents at countryliving.com/dec-templates. Print the silhouette and cut out, then spray the back with adhesive. Using a pair of craft tweezers, pick up the graphic and place it, right side up, on the tin’s lid. Once it dries, coat the lid and base with a spray sealer (try Krylon’s Make It Last) and let dry. Use black card stock, cut to the tin’s dimensions, to create dividers, if desired. Then fill with your goodies
 
 

Enjoy some good clean fun with these easy-to-make soaps, shaped using animal-themed cookie cutters ($3.99 for six; ikea.com for stores). For your own menagerie, heat a medium-size chunk of melt-and-pour glycerin ($6 for two pounds; sweetcakes.com) over a double boiler or in the microwave. While it melts, place the cutters in a deep metal baking pan. Once the glycerin liquefies, tint it with food coloring, then pour it in the middle of each cutter so the glycerin fills it to the top (use only one soap color per pan, in case any spills over). Spray with rubbing alcohol and let sit until the glycerin hardens. Using a knife, cut around the inside of the cookie cutter, then gently press the soap through to release it. Wild!

 
 
 

A sweet alternative to store-bought cards, these greetings put your tree-decorating skills to work — on a small scale. Download our illustration at countryliving.com/dec-templates, and print in color onto 8 1/2- by 11-inch card stock. Fold the stock in half lengthwise, creasing with a bone folder. For the card at top left, attach small bugle beads and paillettes to the tree (use craft glue for all designs). To replicate the middle version, cut out ornaments (made by tracing a button), a tree base, and a star from patterned fabrics and adhere. Make the last card by zigzagging a length of ribbon across the tree. Fold the ends under and glue, then try other widths of ribbon to craft a base, star, and gift. Or use your imagination, and whatever supplies you have on hand, to make your own one-of-a-kind cards.

 
 
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Toys For Tots

Child seat/Play Seat

I bought this for Sophia about 2 days ago. It has become her new favorite thing! The round pink part rotates . When your little one gets bored with one side, simply rotate it to the other side where there are more toys! It’s about $30 or $35. And can converts to a booster seat once little one gets to big! It’s easy to clean off and pretty easy to assemble . It goes up to about 25 pounds. ( i think ) and You can find them at Walmart in the baby section .
*recommended for ages 4 months and up*

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Jungle Gym
This one came from Walmart and was about $35. (Again pretty cheap) Sophoa absolutely loves it! It’s easy to assemble and can convert to tummy time, and it can still be used to play with once little one can sit on her own. It’s machine washable and has 4 detachable toys. It has a battery powers play toy that when rolled makes noise. The jungle gym has a sunshine mirror and is great for entertaining your child for hours !

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Cheap Dollar Crafts For Families

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GIANT CANDY DECOR

I love to play the classic game of “Candyland”. This wall art would be perfect for parties! The theme could ven be candyland or just a candy theme !

 

Project estimate:

  • Mini Paper lanterns , $1 for two at Michael’s
  • Tulle, on hand or $1 and up
  • Twine, on hand or $1

To make your own paper lantern candy decore.

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Step one:  Assemble the lanterns.

Step two:  Cut the tulle int strips long enough to cover the lantern plus leave an extra 6 inches on each end.

 

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Step three:  Lay the tulle on a flat surface and begin to wrap the lantern

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Step four:  Tie the ends with twine and fluff the tulle out.  Trim the ends as needed.

 

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ROAD MAP BIRD HOUSES

Project estimate:

  • Bird house, $1 and up
  • Maps, on hand
  • Paint, on hand or $1 and up
  • Mod Podge, on hand

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First, paint each birdhouse so they have plenty of time to dry while you work on the maps.

 

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To make the templates, just place paper onto the face of the birdhouse and and traced with a pen.

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I used the templates I made to cut out the map pieces. Note that I made sure that I cut out map pieces with the colors of the birdhouses. For example, for the green birdhouse I used a piece of the map with a large national park area. After cutting them out I trimmed them to make sure there was wood visible along the edges. To prep the paper, I painted a layer of decoupage onto the back of each map piece and let them dry.” -Crafts by Amanda

 

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While the maps were drying, I sanded all the edges of the birdhouses to expose the wood underneath. I prepped the surface of the birdhouses by painting the section to be decoupaged with decoupage medium. Then I applied the map to the surface and pressed out all the air. It’s important to be patient and let the decoupage dry completely, several hours, before applying the final finish coat. Bubbles occur when the final coat is applied because the paper underneath has not had a chance to dry and stick completely.” -Crafts by Amanda

 

 

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wASHI TAPE THUMBTACKS

Why do I love washi tape?  Because it makes virtually everything cuter.  You can add a little bit of it to just about anything and it instantly has personality and flair. 

Project estimate:

  • Thumbtacks, on hand or $1
  • Washi tape, on hand or $1 and up

To make your thumbtacks cuter, put a small piece of washi tape on each pushpin, smoothed out any fine wrinkles with ur thumbnail, and trim around the edges with a sharp scissors. Now thats cute!

 

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Personalized Wood Utensils

 

Project estimate:

  • Wood Utensils, $1
  • Wood Burning Tool, on hand or about $10
  • Stamps and ink (optional), on hand

 

Step one:  Choose a wood utensil with a wide handle. You can find these at the dollar tree!

Step two: Plan your design, You can also stamp an image or word using a light colored stamp pad.  Then you can just trace it!

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Step three:  Screw the desired tip on to the wood burning tool and plug it in.  When the tip is hot, hold the tool like a pen and trace over the letters.

And there you have it !

 

 

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Cereal Albumn

Project estimate:

  • Recycled cardboard, on hand
  • Wrapping paper, on hand or $1
  • Mod Podge, on hand
  • Brayer, on hand or about $5

 

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Start out with a roll of wrapping paper that you can find in the Dollar Spot bins at Target and a stack of cereal boxes. Cut the boxes to the size of your finished album   (5 by 7 inches is the size most people use). Make sure you cut an even number of pieces – cut 12 total, which in the end will give you 10 pages inside your album.

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Roll out the wrapping paper. Along one of the long edges, about 1 inch in, draw a straight line to use as a guide. This will keep your pieces lined up straight as you add them. Apply Mod Podge to the unprinted side of the cardboard (what would have been the inside of the box) and glue them down in one long strip, leaving a gap of about 1/8 inch between each piece. As you apply each piece, roll over it with a brayer to make sure there are no wrinkles or air bubbles. Continue until all of the pieces are glued down to the wrapping paper.

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Fold in the short edges and glue them down as shown, then carefully do the same with the long edges.

 

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Fold the strip accordion-style to create the shape of the book. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back sides of each piece and press the pieces together, creating thick pages. If you have trouble with the pages warping, leave the album sitting under a stack of heavy books for a few hours to straighten them out.

 

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Now all that’s left is to figure out what to put inside the album! If you plan to use this album as a scrapbook, you may want to spray the pages with archival mist to neutralize any acid in the paper and keep it from yellowing your photos or other memorabilia.

15 Activities For Toddlers

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Pudding Painting :  Toddlers are famous for getting into everything. It seems like there’s always cleaning up to do when there’s a toddler around. But if you can put up with a temporary mess we have a stellar artistic project to enjoy with your tot.

Let your toddler try their hand at finger painting, only substituting instant pudding for finger paints. Ideally, you will cover the art space in paper for obvious reasons. You can use the same materials, such as plain paper, construction paper, unused paint brushes, and ratchet up the fun by using cake sprinkles. I definitely suggest putting your kid in “play clothes” for this one… a mess is guaranteed, but half the fun is that the kids can actually eat the “paint.”

 

Finger Puppets

Spend some quality time with your toddler making finger puppets. Locate printable templates online or you make them from scratch. If making finger puppets from scratch, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • Construction paper, paper bags, white paper or felt.
  • Glue and/or tape
  • Markers, colored pens, or other markables
  • Add-ons, such as pipe cleaner, plastic eyes, fabrics, cotton, glitter, etc.

Using colored construction paper, trace the outside of your toddler’s finger to create the correct size for your finger puppet. At the base of the finger silhouette, draw two 3/4″ lines at a 90 degree angle to the finger. These will be taped in the shape of a ring so your puppet stays on your little one’s finger.

Now comes the fun part! You and your toddler can draw your characters on the face of the finger silhouette. Add color with additional paper, markers or pipe cleaners. Make a finger puppet family or make your favorite cartoon characters. The sky is the limit with this project, so get creative!

 

 

Grocery Shopping Game

Create a grocery list of items needed for your household. Hold up your carton of milk and ask your little shopper if you need more milk. Do the same for other favorite foods for which your toddler is emotionally attached. Once the list is created, head off to the local grocery.

Make sure to go through the fruit and vegetable isle and say the names of the most common produce. Have your toddler repeat the words after you. While at the grocery store, let the toddler choose a fruit and/or vegetable. Use their choice as a dish in your next meal.

 

Variations:
Take a shopping trip to the hardware store or a convenience store.

 

 

Great Gardening 

This springtime activity involves planting garden seeds in flowerpots. Or for those with an outdoor garden, designate a plot for your child. Choose the variety of seeds you wish to plant with your child. You’ll find an assortment of vegetables to be best. After the seeds are planted, let your toddler have the daily routine of watering the flower pot. You’ll soon be enjoying eating vegetables with your child!

 

Variations:
The activity can be started other times of the year, but the parent will need a bit more of a green thumb. The flower pot should be brought indoors when there is a danger of frost or freezing.

 

 

Edible play dough

Creating things out of a blob of play dough is a great way for toddlers to use their imaginations and make something all by themselves. An even better idea (we think!) is to make a play dough that is edible… how fun!

The recipe for this edible peanut butter play dough is:
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup corn syrup
1 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

Make sure to play with your toddler on this activity. Make funny animal faces or make mommy and daddy replicas. Anyway you do it, it’ll be a yummy and fun activity!

 

 

Sand Cereal Artist

You’ll need empty glass baby food jars, Fruit Loops cereal, closeable baggies and a piece of paper.

Start by having your toddler separate the colors of fruit loops. Once separated, put them into separate bags. Have your toddler crush the cereal until it makes dust.

 

Next, take the different colors of “sand” and pour into the empty baby food jars using the piece of paper as a funnel.

We love this activity because it’s safer than using sand… it doesn’t matter if your toddler puts this “sand” in their mouths!

 

 

Find The Treasure

Kids love the idea of hidden or buried treasure. Let’s face it, finding something valuable by searching and digging is something even I enjoy! Here is a great activity for your little pirate!

For this treasure-finding activity, you’ll need a large quantity of some sort of small, dense object… we suggest rice, beans, pasta or Cheerios. You’ll need to fill a big container with any of these. Within the container, put various prizes, toys, candy, stickers or something similar. Then, have your kid go on a “treasure hunt” to find these objects. They will love the surprise of finding these treats!

 

 

Creating A Ziiiippiinn Zoo

It’s a jungle In here! Animals are a favorite of many toddlers. What kid doesn’t like zoos, animal shows and stuffed animals? Kids also love learning about animals. Here’s a great project to help do just that.

You’ll first need a branch from a tree. Once you have a branch of your desired size, search for pictures of animals in magazines, newspapers or online. Print your animal pictures and cut them out. Next, tape the pictures onto the branch, or leaves, if there are any.

 

Display the decorated branch where it is visible to guests. Have your toddler show off their “jungle” and name the animals that live there. This will definitely be a project for your toddler to be proud of!

 

 

Bubbleball

The game is played by substituting bubbles for basketballs. The object is to try and get your bubble over the goal line, which can be a couple strips of masking tape a few feet apart or at both ends of a room.

The children are divided into two groups. Each one is given a container of bubbles with bubble blower. One child blows the bubble’s while the teammates fan them with a piece of cardboard. All teams work towards their respective goal. Be sure to take turns, so that each child gets to take a turn at blowing bubbles. If the bubble bursts, the team has to start over again.

 

 

Art Of Veggies

Gather an assortment of colored vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrot sticks, broccoli, celery and red pepper. Prepare a space for your toddler to create pictures or faces with the vegetables. After they’re done, take a picture of the finished project.

Once completed, the ‘vegetable artwork’ is a source of healthy snacks for your little one.

 

 

Story Time In A Can

Reading to a toddler exercises their imagination, introduces them to reading and allows for quality time spent with mom or dad. This toddler activity is a fun alternative to reading from a paper book. Here we show you how you can make a book using stackable cans!
For this project, you’ll need four or five cans of different diameters, so they’re able to stack into one another. You can start with a soda can, then a soup can and so on. You’ll also need a book (which can be cut up) or supplies to create your own “book.”

 

If using a book, simply cut out pages and paste them onto the can. Preferably, you would keep the text on the pages, so you’re still getting reading practice. Start pasting the pages onto the cans, starting with the smallest can first. You can add more cans if necessary, but we suggest four or five.

If you’re creating your own story, use construction paper, clip art, crayons, colored pencils, stickers or other art supplies. Have your toddler help you come up with the story. Be careful with sharp edges on the cans. We suggest using a safe edge can opener that eliminates these sharp edges.

Once completed, you can tell your toddler a story using your story book cans. Or they can return the favor and tell you a story. Once practiced up, your toddler can take the show on the road and entertain friends and family!

 

 

Yardwork

As with most toddler activities, the toddler will enjoy themselves most when the parent becomes animated and talks excitedly. Use these skills and reinvent some basic yard tasks. Your little yard worker will love helping you.

Ask your toddler if weeds are good or bad. When they say bad, yank the weed and throw it over your shoulder! Ask if flowers are good or bad. When they say good, pet the flower and say ‘good flower’ with a big smile. Get creative and reinvent other yard tasks as well. Where does this branch go? In the trash!

So when does the fun end? If your toddler’s attention begins to wander, it’s time to stop.

 

 

Friendly Ghost

A white sheet is placed over mommy and daddy and your little ghost buster is introduced to their first friendly ghost. Mom or dad hams it up by dancing, singing and delivering the toddler their favorite treats!

Once mommy or daddy is through with their ‘ghostly’ performance, it’s time for the toddler to take center stage. Let them wear the bed sheet and scare the parents!

 

 

Ice-Cream Arts

An ice cream cone is decorated with chocolate, candy sprinkles or other edible decorations. Once the cone dries, the cone is filled with candies.

You’ll need ice cream cones (traditional or wafer), melt-able chocolate and edible sprinkles. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Dip the tops of the cones in the chocolate. Immediately apply the edible decorations to the cone. Place the cones in the refrigerator until the chocolate has cooled and hardened. Once the cones have cooled, fill the cones with small candies. We suggest packaged candies of different lengths. Once the cone is filled, wrap the top with party wrapping or saran wrap and have your toddler present as a gift or party favor.

 

 

Mirror, Mirror!

The toddler gets a child-proof mirrors and parents can use glass mirrors for this activity. Show your tot their reflection, reflections of their toys or reflections of mommy and daddy. Making plenty of facial expressions will help you get your toddler’s attention.

 

 

 

 

Let The Baby Shower Games Begin!

Baby Dress-Up Game

 

Playing the game:
Guests are divided into groups of three. One guest is named “baby” and the other two are fashion designers. Each group is equipped with an oversized t-shirt and scissors. Teams must come up with a baby design, such as a onesie or diaper.

Once all the designs are finished, the mother-to-be must choose her favorite.

Game preparation:
You’ll need

  • One extra-large t-shirt for each group
  • Scissors for each group
  • Extra design supplies (ribbon, sequins, fake flowers, etc.)

 

Suggested prizes:
Give each member of the winning team gift certificate for a pair of panties.

 

 

 

Baby name game

Baby name game

Playing the game:
Arrange guests in a circle. The first guest to start has to yell out a baby name starting with the letter ‘A’, the second with the letter ‘B’, and so on. Each guest gets 3 seconds to think of a name. If she goes over 3 seconds, she’s eliminated. The last guest standing is the winner.

The hostess will judge whether a baby name is acceptable given the three seconds alloted to each player.

Game preparation:
There is no preparation needed to play the baby name game!

Variations:
Play this name game in reverse! Guests must find a baby name that ends with a letter of the alphabet. For example, the guest with the letter ‘A’ can choose the name Greta, Samantha, etc.

Suggested prizes:
Gift your winner with a box of ‘Alphabets’ cereal

 

 

Baby bottle bowling

Playing the game:
Ten baby bottles are set up as bowling pins. Guests proceed to try to knock down all 10 bottles. The guest with the highest score wins.

Preparation:
For this baby shower game, you’ll need 10 empty plastic baby bottles. Using a long hallway, set up in rows starting with one in the front and working up to four rows.

You can use a soft kid’s ball or make your own using a diaper and wrapping it in transparent packaging tape. Or have guests create their own balls from diapers and tape.

 

Variations:
In addition to the high score being the winner, a hostess can award a prize for any guest getting a strike.

Suggested prizes:
Award your winning guest with a basket of bowling alley treats: gum, candy, peanuts, soda and popcorn.

 

 

Baby Shower Gift Game

Playing the game:
As the mother-to-be is opening her gifts, someone writes down everything she says (like, “Oh, that’s so cute!” or “Thanks! Just what I need.”) Remember not to tell the mom-to-be you’re writing down everything she says!

After the gifts are opened, proceed by saying, “the following phrases are what Jane said to Paul the night the baby was conceived.” After all the phrases have been read, have guests vote for the funniest one. The person who gave the gift producing the funniest comment wins.

 

Preparation:
You’ll need a pencil, paper and a scribe to take notes. Simply write down everything that the mother says as she’s unwrapping her gifts. Choosing a scribe with a sense of humor will make this game extra funny!

Suggested prizes:
Head to your local Spencer’s Gifts (or other party store) to pick up a humorous gag gift.

 

 

 The Baby Song Game

Playing the game:
Guests are divided into groups of two or three. One by one, groups name a song containing the word ‘baby’ in the title or the lyrics. When a group is unable to think of a ‘baby’ song, they are eliminated from the game. If another team doubts the validity of a group’s choice, they can challenge the team to sing at least 5 words of that song. If they can’t, they’re eliminated. The last team standing is the winner!

Game preparation:
The hostess will act as the moderator for this baby shower game. She will need a pencil and paper to keep track of the song titles as they are guessed.

The hostess may want to give examples when explaining this game. Some songs which contain the word baby in the lyrics include:

  • Be my Baby (classic song by the Ronettes)
  • All I Want for Christmas is You (contains the lyrics ‘Make my wish come true, oh baby, all I want for Christmas is you)
  • Baby One More Time (we like this Britney Spears song since it contains the words Yeah Baby!)

 

Suggested prizes:
Gift your winning team with throat lozenges or Vitamin C candies. After all that singing, they’ll need it!

 

 

Dirty Diaper Game

Playing the game:
Upon arriving, the hostess pins a little baby diaper pin on each guest. Wearing the diaper like a corsage, your guests will delight in displaying such a cute baby item. However, they’ll soon find out a little secret. One of those cute little diapers contains pretend poo!

Game preparation:
Baby diapers are made from small pieces of fabric or white napkins. The dirty diaper is created by melting a small piece of chocolate. Make sure the chocolate is not visible once the diaper is folded. Each diaper is attached to each guest with a diaper pin.

 

Variations:
This Baby Shower Dirty Diaper Game can be combined with the don’t say baby game. If one guests hears another say the word ‘baby’, that guest receives the other guest’s diaper pin. The more diaper pins a guest accumulates, the better the chance they hold the winning diaper.

Suggested prizes:
Give your winning guest a gourmet chocolate bar.

 

Baby Food Test

Playing the game:
Baby shower guests must guess different baby food flavors. Labels are removed from jars, making this game quite difficult!

Preparation:
Gather several varieties of baby food; fruit, vegetables, meats and desserts. Remove the labels from the jars. Provide each guest with a spoon for each baby food flavor.

 

Playing the game:
Arrange baby food jars in a line, and have each guest taste each baby food flavor. Each guest writes down her guess for each flavor. The guest with the most correct answers wins.

Suggested prizes:
Treat your winner to some real food. Give the winner a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

Variations:
Play this game using other food items, such as mustard, melted butter, mayonnaise or maple syrup.

 

 

Chug, Chug, Chug!

Playing the game:
Guests compete to chug a baby bottle filled with a drink. First one with an empty bottle wins!

Game preparation:
This game is very easy-prep. Simply purchase enough baby bottles for each guest. Fill each bottle with your choice of drink, or choose from these

  • Soda
  • Juice
  • Warm milk
  • Prune juice
  • Something sour!

When finished, wash the bottles and give to the mother-to-be.

 

Suggested prizes:
Give your baby shower game winner a 6-pack of soda or other drink. If kids are on your guest list, award them with an individual juice box.

 

 

Future Birthday Cards

The baby shower idea:
Guests create birthday cards for the new baby. The catch is, these cards aren’t for the day of birth. These cards are for the next 18 years!

Preparation:
Have a variety of paper, art supplies, stickers and stamps on hand. Have guests draw numbers (1-18, or however many guests there are.) The number drawn indicates what age birthday the guest will make a card for. If a guest draws #7, they will make a card for the baby’s 7th birthday.

Variations:
If you’re worried about the mother losing track of the cards over the years, have all guests prepare a 1st birthday card.

 

 

Hot  bottle!

Playing the game:
A hot bottle is passed around a circle while music plays in the background. When the music stops, the person holding the hot bottle is eliminated. The last guest in the game wins.

Game preparation:
Gather a bottle, blindfold and radio/CD player. Before playing, fill the bottle with hot tap water. Arrange guests in a circle, start the music and you’re ready to play.

 

Suggested prizes:
Award the game winner with a mixed CD. Don’t forget to give the mother-to-be the empty (and clean!) bottle.

 

 

Maternity Fashion

Playing the game:
Guests are divided into groups and must design a maternity outfit out of t-shirts and other supplies. A mini fashion show follows, and the mother-to-be picks her favorite outfit.

Game preparation:

For this activity, guests are divided into groups of 2 or 3. Equip each group with designing supplies (white t-shirts, towels, fabric scraps, scissors, safety pins and accessories.) One team member serves as the model and the others as the fashion designers. Allow 15 minutes for groups to come up with a maternity design (a towel will help create the illusion of a baby bump!) At the end, the outfits are modeled, and the mother-to-be chooses her favorite design.

 

Suggested prizes:
Award your winning team with something beautiful and wearable- Scarves, jewelry or a beautiful pashmina would be perfect.

 

 

Mystery Bagggg!

Playing the game:
Paper bags containing baby items are passed around a circle, as guests try to guess what’s inside. Each guest can shake, listen to or even smell the bag as it is passed around, writing down their guess for each bag.

Game preparation:
Gather 10 different baby-themed items and place in brown paper bags

  • Baby wipes
  • Stuffed animals
  • Baby fingernail clipper
  • Teething rings
  • Baby food jar

Provide each guest with paper to write down their guesses. The player with the most correctly guessed items wins.

 

Suggested prizes:
Place chocolates, jelly beans or mints in a small paper bag to award the winner.

 

 

Pregnant Racer

Playing the game:
Ideal for outdoor baby showers, guests stuff balloons under their shirt before zooming around a race track. If a balloon falls out, the guest must lean over and attempt to put the balloon back under their shirt. It’s easier said than done!

Guests can compete individually or as groups in a team relay.

Preparation:
Blow up several small balloons (keep them small so the guests must stuff many of them under their shirts!) Make this baby shower game distinctive with a starting line and a finish line. Have the mother-to-be wave a checkered flag!

 

Variations:
Make an obstacle course for your race track. Have guests crawl under a table or zig-zag around cones.

Suggested prizes:
Reward your winning guest with a box of Wheaties- the breakfast of champions!

 

 

Celebrity Guessing Game

Playing the game:
Guests are divided into groups of two. Each group makes a list of celebrity mothers and their children. The group with the most pairs wins.

Game preparation:
A very low-prep game, all you need to provide is paper and pencils.

It’s also a good idea to have some pairs ready to give as examples, like Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, or Judy Garland and Liza Minelli.

Suggested prizes:
Award the winning team with a special DVD or movie tickets.

 

 

Dirty Diaper Throw

Playing the game:
Guests throw dirty diapers into a diaper pail across the room. All diapers are wrapped into a small ball, each containing a small yellow or brown spot – to represent baby’s #1 or #2. That’s motivation to get these diapers into the pail!

Preparation:
Prepare 5 or 10 diapers by rolling them into a ball. Secure the diapers with tape or safety pins. Mark each of the diapers with a yellow or brown spot. Place a diaper pail (a clean one!) and mark a line 8 feet away. Give each guest a dirty diaper and have them shoot a free throw. The guest making the most shots wins.

 

Variations:
Attach different point values to each diaper. Guests are awarded the point totals for all diapers made into the pail.

Suggested prizes:
Give your winning guest a pair of cute athletic socks.

 

 

Guess The Due Date

Playing the game:
Guests place bets on baby’s sex, weight, and date and time of birth. The person who guesses the closest to the actual stats wins. Your ‘bets’ can be a made up silly denomination – baby bucks or a similar name.

Preparation:
Hand out forms to baby shower attendees with areas to guess baby’s sex, weight, date and time of birth. Collect forms from the guests and save until after the baby is born. After the birth, check to see who got the closest. Mail prizes to the winners.

 

Variations:
After the winners have been determined, why not have another post-delivery baby party and hand out prizes then? Especially if your guest list includes close friends, this would be a delightful chance to get together and get to know the baby. If it’s convenient, arrange for someone to baby sit and give the new mom a break!

Suggested prizes:
Award the winning guest with a gift certificate from a local coffee shop.

 

 

Spring Flowers (Craft)

Instructions: This project will make a wonderful Easter centerpiece! You will need: Egg cartons Scissors Glue Green flexible straws Colored markers 1. To make a tulip, cut an individual cup from an egg carton. Trim the sides of the cup to form four petals (the ends can be rounded or pointed). For a finishing touch, use a colored marker to accent the edges of the petals. 2. For a daffodil, start with two yellow egg cups. Prepare one as described for the tulip. Trim the second cup so that the edge is even and the sides are about an inch tall. Fit the short cup into the first cup and glue it in place. 3. Finally, make a small slit in the bottom of each flower and insert the end of a straw for a stem. Now your flowers are ready to be arranged into a cheerful centerpiece for the Easter dinner table.

 

Sources : http://www.babycenter.com/210_spring-flowers_6065.bc

 

 

A Positive And Safe Play Area

A positive play area stirs the imagination.

A positive play area stirs the imagination.

 

With trucks placed strategically along windowsills, books wedged between the couch cushions or crayons acting as the kitchen island centerpiece it can feel like your whole house is one big playroom. Corralling your child’s toys and games in one specified area cuts down on clutter and gives your little explorer a place to play. Create a positive, safe play area by considering the space from a child’s perspective.

Organization

An organized play room helps your child learn where he can find his favorite toys. According to an article on the Early Childhood News website, young children try to organize the visual images and concrete objects in their environment into meaningful systems. Try to store like items together for you child. Label shelves clearly with words and pictures so every toy has a place — and your child knows where that place is. Keep small items, like figurines, blocks and other building toys with small parts in clearly labeled bins. Designate specific areas of the room for different activities, such as a dress-up corner, a craft area and a kitchen play area. All this organization not only makes it easy for your kiddo to find things, but it also makes cleanup easier for you.

 

Accessibility

You wouldn’t dream of keeping your favorites things out of reach — like the coffee container on the bottom shelf of the fridge and that novel by your bedside. Set up your child’s playroom in the same way, placing his go-to toys on the lowest shelves for easy access. However, don’t put any toy out of reach so that your child is tempted to climb the shelves or climb on something else to reach them. If you have rambunctious toddlers or preschoolers who might try to climb the shelves, consider only using low shelving.

Safety

Safety is best addressed proactively, rather than after your kiddo cuts her sister’s hair with the scissors he found on the floor. Cover all electrical outlets, use blinds without cords and stabilize all shelving by attaching it to the wall. Keep anything you don’t want your child to access in a locked cabinet or drawer. Keep in mind that toddlers always require adult supervision.

Aesthetics

Early childhood experts at the “A Place of Our Own” website remind parents to base the play environment on the whole child, considering social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Creating an aesthetically pleasing environment helps children feel safe and nurtured, allowing them to use play time to its full advantage by exploring, learning and growing. Add color to the walls and texture with pillows and stuffed animals. Use child-sized chairs, tables and shelving. Promote early literacy with a supply of books and alphabet blocks. Use magnetic or chalkboard paint on one wall to inspire your child’s creativity. Create a welcoming environment by viewing the space through your child’s eyes.