November 30, 2010

Here Comes Christmas

I just finished decorating my Christmas tree with a little help from friends and family....emphasis on the LITTLE.

Imagine the tree surrounded with lots of presents wrapped in lime green with red ribbons.  The lime green and red will offer a little balance to the tree top.  There is a  reason that there are no presents at the bottom of the tree.  I have not bought one present! 

 Tomorrow is the day to begin!!!
Tomorrow begins the countdown to Christmas.

Here is an idea to keep track of the days until the arrival of a jolly fat man dressed in red when all other presents must be in place.

I put number 1 to 25 on the gingerbread men from the Holiday Cheer cutouts.  The tent is made from two pieces of sturdy foam board.  I used ribbon and the small 1" gingerbread men cutouts to decorate the edges of the foam board. Then, I connected the 25 gingerbread men with a ring-it to the foam board.  Each day a child flips over a gingerbread man to countdown to Christmas.   

This is the little poem that is at the bottom of the flip book.

I just can't wait
For that Christmas date!

Count down if you can
Using a Gingerbread man .

Flip one over every day.
Christmas Day is on the way!

 I can't wait for that Christmas date!

Tomorrow is December 1.  The countdown begins!!


November 17, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Do you need some quick and easy ideas for decorating for Thanksgiving?  Why not involve the kids in making  placemats for your Thanksgiving dinner.  Use the pumpkins from the Autumn Harvest cut outs from CTP.  I combined the three different sizes to make these placemats and cards.

For a placemat start with colored card stock or construction paper.  Add a row of ribbon or paper trimming to the bottom of the paper.  One big 10-inch pumpkin cut out and another 6-inch pumpkin finsh off the placemat.  To make placecards fold a piece of card stock in half.  Add a name and a 1-inch cut out and you are all done!

Celebrating Thanksgiving is one of the Holiday Readers.  It tells the story of Thanksgiving for young children.

You can also use the Autumn Harvest cut-outs to make your own Thanksgiving greeting cards.


Speaking of blessings.....Last weekend we spent a couple of beautiful fall days in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Autumn Harvest

We saw this big Tom Turkey prancing down the street.  I wonder if he knows what holiday is just around the corner!

Happy Thanksgiving!