I was telling my 2-year-olds about Jesus’ birth and how he wasn’t born in a super sanitized hospital or put in a nice, cozy, adorably-oufitted crib like they were.
We talked about the manger and how it must have been not so clean and probably a little stinky from all the animals that used it.
But that is exactly where God wanted His Son to start His life on earth with us. God was writing a story of His love beyond what our human eyes and noses and minds could see or smell or understand.
Because in a way the manger is a picture of our hearts – not so clean and a little stinky.
Ok, a LOT stinky.
Then God breaks through in all His perfection and glory and comes as a tiny babe to make His bed there – right there in our hearts.
And something that began as unlovely and imperfect and smelly is transformed by the presence of Jesus Christ into something absolutely beautiful.
So as you do this simple craft with your kids, help them to see the bigger picture of our Lord’s coming.
Help them learn how to prepare a place for their Savior in the manger of their hearts.
Happy Simple Paper Baby Jesus Craft-ing! :-)
*You can find my other easy and adorable Baby Jesus Craft HERE.*
I guess I have a thing for toilet paper roll crafts!
The hubs is always razzing me for lining them up on our bathroom window sill for weeks on end as I save them for projects like this.
What you need -
Large sheet of construction paper with cut out tree glued to the center
Toilet paper roll
Step 1 - Have your child dip the TP roll in red paint.
Step 2 - Then press the roll gently on the top part of the tree.
Step 3 - Let dry.
I thought they turned out pretty cute!
**You can find all my other easy apple crafts HERE.**
Happy Easy Apple Tree Craft-ing! :-)
We have been celebrating school buses all week in my preschool class.
That Wheels on the Bus song just never gets old! :-)
This little craft is so fun and easy. I know your kids will enjoy it.
Yellow, Black, and Blue construction paper
Toilet Roll Tube
I hope y’all are getting back into the Back to School groove without any bumps!
Happy School Bus Craft-ing! :-)
Do you remember making friendship bracelets with embroidery thread at summer camp?
Well, these certainly aren’t as elaborate or glamorous, but they will make for a quick and easy craft on a rainy day!
Cut the straws.
Thread on the pipe cleaners.
Tie off the ends to make bracelets.
The boys’ attention spans were kind of non-existent the day we made these, so we didn’t take the time to cut the pipe cleaners to actually fit little people wrists -
But they were still adorable.
The Happy Buddy gave his friendship bracelet to his little brother.
And I fell over dead from the precious.
Happy Friendship Bracelet-ing! :-)
We did this easy cross craft the other day with my 2 year olds.
They loved it.
Cross template (you can print a great one for free HERE)
Tissue paper squares
Step 1 – Paint some glue onto the cross.
**Hey, do you like my poncho? It’s from my mom.** :-)
Step 2 – Have the kids crunch up the tissue paper squares into little balls.
So good for building up those fine motor skills!
Step 3 – Stick the tissue paper squares to the cross.
That is all!
They look so pretty hanging in our classroom.
And most important, they keep our hearts turned toward Jesus.
Happy Easy Cross Craft-ing! :-)
This little craft was so fun to put together and it only required a few supplies.
You will need a large photo of your Happy Buddy’s head, some colored card stock, glue, and scissors.
Snip everything out and then glue to a piece of thick paper.
Now we have the perfect thing to mail to the grandmas for Thanksgiving this year.
NOTE – This particular turkey will not be on the menu, do not worry. ;-)
Happy Turkey Youself-ing!
*Cute idea from HERE*
The trees here in South Florida stay pretty much the same all year round.
So when the season of fall hits, I have to find other ways to make up for this dilemma.
My little 2-year-olds had a lot of fun with this craft and it brought a real spirit of autumn to our classroom!
For this craft you will need some construction paper (brown, yellow, red, and orange), some scissors, and a glue stick.
We cut out the tree trunks and had the kids glue them to a large sheet of construction paper.
We let the kids rip pieces of various colored paper to make the leaves (good for those fine motor skills!).
Next we drew a light circle with pencil over the trunk to indicate where the children should put the leaves.
Then we let them glue and stick leaves inside the circle.
We encouraged a few leaves to ‘fall’ outside the circle for an authentic seasonal effect.
Don’t you love them?!
Happy Easy Fall Tree Craft-ing! :-)
*See more super easy and super cute Fall Tree Crafts HERE!*