The kiddos will soon be on winter break from school, which means it’s time to dive in to some festive fun making holiday inspired crafts and Christmas cookies on the home front. One of a child’s favorite holiday activities is making a gingerbread house. We show you how to make a ginger-bird house using a wooden birdhouse as the foundation, and how to erect a super sweet dwelling by using a juice carton as a base! Wile away an hour or two fashioning kid-friendly salt dough ornaments that will look fantastic on your tree or fastened atop a gift. Do you have an abundance of ABC blocks underfoot around your home? Learn how to recycle ABC blocks into Christmas tree ornaments! For a fantastically fun sensory experience, make a batch of natural candy cane play dough! When it comes to wrapping your gifts, here are 6 creative ways that kids can get crafty turning brown bags or kraft paper into eco gift wrap. Or you can make recycled holiday wrapping paper and tags using everything from junk mail to business cards. Your kids can send personal heartfelt sentiments by making one or all six of these DIY holiday greeting cards. If you have an extra baby food jar or any size recycled jar, turn it into a wow-worthy snow globe to keep kiddos entertained or to give away as gifts. And of course, no celebration would be complete without the cookies! Try one or all of these delectable recipes: vegan almond cookies, soft or crispy organic gingerbread cookies, healthy raw, vegan almond cranberry cookies — and remember to save a few for Santa!
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Beth Shea, 12/16/12
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