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Christmas and Holiday Cards - Free Printable Coloring Cards


Guest Post by Delzin

Printable art you can color with kids is a fun art and craft project this holiday season.

Have your child color a ‘I’ve been nice’ card and stuff it in a cute Santa envelope to send off to doting grandparents or to Santa himself! Then get busy coloring a ‘happy holidays’ card, slide it into a cozy snowman envelope and send it off to friends and family!

A fun engaging activity for preschoolers, kindergarten and school kids.






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MATERIALS:

Crayons | Colored Pencils | Paint

Scissors

Glue

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10 Best Heart Warming Stories for Christmas


Hey readers, Merry Christmas!

Not quite, you’ll say. But somehow, if you look around, it doesn’t feel that far away. There may be no snow on my street but strings of icicle LED’s on neighbours’ roofs lend themselves to a glowing anticipation.

It is that time of the year again- when we feel merry and fuzzy, joyfully soaking in the shimmering lights, jingling sounds and delicious smells of the festive abundance around us. The cold season of joy, love, togetherness and sharing warms up our hearts in a sublime paradox.

And that’s exactly why, we bring to you ‘10 Heart Warming Stories for Christmas’ through our collection of these uplifting, inspiring and unifying stories that will sit perfectly with your little one’s cup of hot chocolate. They may not all come from Santa’s grotto up north, but they fit every bit the warm and joyous spirit of Yuletide.

Beautifully narrated and illustrated, they are perfect presents for your toddler or pre-schooler. They stir imagination and emotion with sensitively told stories about life, relationships, self-image and family.

So, read on the snapshot, make your pick and tickle your little one’s heart with some Christmas magic!


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MAGICAL STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS THAT KIDS WILL LOVE


Secret Santa and the Twelve days of Christmas Giving

Author: Courtney Petruzzelli 
Illustrator: Melissa B. Snyder 

“It isn’t about all the gits you receive, 
It’s what you can GIVE, that’s what people believe,
The joy and the hope you will spread this season
Is what Christmas is for, the real, true reason.”

As aptly and wonderfully put, the compelling and enduring message of this classis is giving and sharing during the Christmas season. In this story, Santa invites an elite group of truly kind and compassionate kids to become a part of his ‘Secret Santa Team’ and help spread cheer to those in need. It encourages families to talk to their children about giving and experience the joy that comes along with it.

Children will love the exciting new adventures on every page. The poetic text and hand-painted, yesteryear illustrations transport you into a magical atmosphere. The key takeaway is compassion and generosity of spirit, for the festive period and beyond. Grab this gem and keep it in your treasure of precious reads for Christmas.


Elfie the Elf

Author: Cheryl DeVleeschouwer
Illustrator: Christian J Gaitan

Granny has an unforgettable bedtime story to tell her grand kids. A little lonely girl happens to meet an elf and they strike a friendship. They learn to support each other and help them follow their dreams. Set against the serene and snowy arctic backdrop, the story ticks all things Christmassy – elves, reindeers and St. Nicolas himself!

Read this intimate story for lessons in friendship and little acts ok kindness. The illustrations are warm and bright and lend themselves to emotive storytelling.



The Magic of Friendship Snow

Author and Illustrator: Andy Cann

The book explores the concept of friendship, as complex as it can be, from the eyes of young Jojo. With every one seeming to have friends around her, she feels sad and lonely. Finding a friend, making a friend and being a friend doesn’t come naturally to her. But only before she meets Puddles, the snowman made from magic snow! Eventually, she learns to be a friend.

A perfect book for young kids who struggle with loneliness and friendship, reassuring them that it can be learned and good friends will be found.

As the book says, “The discovery of a best friend is a precious gift of childhood.”



Stick Man

Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

A classic favourite with kids and parents alike, if you haven’t already got your hands on this gem from Julia Donaldson’s pen, then do grab this fantastically narrated and curiously illustrated book. It is the story you can read night after night and still love the flavour.

“Stick Man lives in the family tree, With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.” 

As he sets out for a morning jog one day, he gets hurtled through various misadventures that take him farther and farther from his family. Battered by his circumstances and hostile weather, he is still hopeful, kind and longing to meet his dear ones. Will he be back home by Christmas, where his family patiently await him with gifts underneath the X-mas tree? It is a heart-warming story of patience, perseverance and togetherness that will keep you hooked till the end.


Too Many Toys

Author and Illustrator: Heidi Deedman

Welcome to the world of an envious and insurmountable number of your child’s favourite friends – toys! This is a story of a girl, Lulu, who has a very special favourite teddy, Jupiter. As she grows, so does her collection of toys, until they are everywhere. However, she still loves fluffy Jupiter the best. Her shelves, toy box and even her breakfast and bedtimes have become messy and chaotic. Sensible Lulu plans ‘The Great Toy Giveaway’ for her friends one day and watches them go one by one. Until, of course, she is left with her treasured teddy.

“Jupiter, you are all I need.”

The text is well supported by its depictive illustrations, which visually spell out the narrative. Read this epitome of every child’s dream to yours and see them wonder at the idea of a house full of toys. It may be an opportunity to discuss giving away our extras, but of-course, only once the book is finished!


We are Family

Author: Patricia Hegarty
Illustrator: Ryan Wheatcroft

“Wherever we are, whatever the weather, families always stick together.”

Christmas is the time of coming together and celebrating with your family members, no matter how different they may be. Welcome to this warm book to see 10 diverse families living this lesson.

This is a lovely story celebrating the differences and looking for similarities between 10 families as they go on in their daily lives. The families represent the modern world coming from assorted backgrounds – big, small, ethnically diverse, transracially adoptive, disability, same sex, single parent etc. What resonates is how they go about living their lives ‘normally’ as they eat, play, work and holiday together. How they comfort each other and cope together in difficult times echoes with the reader.

This book is a visual treat with its vivid artwork lending continuity to the lives of the families page after page. Grab this book for its practical, modern and embracing attitude towards people and life.
As it rightly says, “…the love we feel’s the same.”


Giraffes can’t dance

Author: Giles Andreae
Illustrator: Guy Parker – Rees

This top-seller is the subtle, joyous and effective lesson in confidence, body positivity and self-esteem. It is the tale of a tall giraffe, Gerald, who has crooked knees and thin legs. He thinks he is terrible at dancing and creeps off, heartbroken, from the dance floor after he is ridiculed for his moves at the ‘Jungle Dance’ by the other animals, who present splendid and elegant dances.

But the events take a twist when he is inspired by an unlikely friend “But sometimes when you’re different, You just need a different song.” 
Eventually, he comes back with a scintillating performance that humbles his critics. He declares,“We all can dance, When we find music that we love.”

I have read this with my sons, five and three, who have loved this book for their own reasons. With rhyming text and, vivid and bold illustrations, it tiptoes its way into the journey of Gerald from shy to brave. Read it with your kids to talk about friendship, self-worth, uniqueness and overcoming peer-pressure.
A true heart-warming and soul-uplifting book for Christmas!

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20 Christmas Tree Crafts For Kids


Get in the holiday spirit by making these cute and easy Christmas crafts with kids! Here you will find everything from DIY Christmas tree ideas, beautiful Christmas tree art project, lovely Christmas tree ornaments to fun Christmas tree bookmark ideas. Preschoolers, Kindergarten kids and even older kids will love making these fun Christmas tree crafts.

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EASY CHRISTRMAS TREE CRAFTS KIDS CAN MAKE














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Pom-Pom Christmas Tree Ornament


Looking for an easy Christmas tree craft to make with kids this holiday season? This Christmas tree ornament is a simple and cute Christmas craft that kids can make.  You only need pom-poms and some basic craft supplies. Kids can freely express their imagination decorating the tree using buttons, sequin, or stickers.  We have also curated 30+ Christmas Crafts for Kids and 20+ Christmas Cards for Kids.  You’ll find Christmas crafts and activities for all ages – toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten and older kids.


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Spoon Grinch Christmas Ornament


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Who doesn’t love a book by Dr. Seuss? Whether it’s Cat in The Hat, Fox in Socks, What pet should I get and so on..

Almost every parent has introduced their kids to reading using Dr. Seuss books. Books like Dr. Seuss ABC and Hop on Pop are great to introduce alphabets/basic phonics and the rhyming nature of these books make it fun to read aloud. These books have super fun and engaging illustrations. If you looking for a book for Christmas, I would strongly recommend ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’. It’s an all time Christmas classic book for kids written by Dr.Seuss on how the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. It has a great message encouraging kids to grow their heart by doing good things and discover the true meaning of this holiday.


My daughter loved reading this book, so we decided to make this cute and easy Grinch Ornament for Christmas. We love to recycle stuff at home for craft projects. For this recycled craft, we decided to use disposable plastic spoons we have been saving. Plastic spoons make a great craft material. Did you check our Spoon Angel Christmas Ornament and Spoon Bats we made last year?

Wish you all a very happy Grinch-mas in advance!





HOW TO MAKE GRINCH CRAFT FOR KIDS?


SUPPLIES

Spoon
Pom-poms (size: 1 cm)
Cotton
Construction Paper
Acrylic paint
Scissor
Hot Glue
Black Maker


INSTRUCTIONS

1. Paint the spoon with green color. It might require 2-3 coats to completely cover the spoon.






2. Cut out Grinch's eye from yellow construction paper and glue on the spoon. Make pupils using a red marker.

3. Make mouth, nose and eyebrows using a black marker.



4. Cut out the shape of Grinch's hat from red construction paper. You can also use white construction paper and color it red.

5. Outline the hat using a black marker and glue a pom-pom on the top. Fold the top part of the hat as shown below.





6. Cut out the shape of the dress from red construction paper. You can also use white construction paper and color it red.

7. Glue pom-poms on the dress and some cotton around the neck/sleeves of the dress as shown below.


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Plastic Pollution under the Sea - Kids Fish Craft


The famous English broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough’s critically acclaimed documentary “Our Blue Planet” made it impossible for us to look at our blue oceans in the same way again. It is a grim subject but deserves attention and concern, also from the young children.

For the uninitiated, imagine looking at pictures of a different kind - a turtle trapped in a fishing nest, carcass of an erstwhile-mighty albatross baring its plastic-littered stomach, a seagull munching on a crisps-bag or a baby seal choking on a plastic bag. Sadly, something as shocking and heart breaking is the new normal for the ocean life today.

Apparently, the overzealous use of our favourite material has found a way to get into our oceans. One garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans every minute*. By 2050, there could be more plastics in the ocean than fish (by weight)**! This reckless and appalling contamination of our precious resource is mainly understood to be caused by beverage litter (bottles, caps, lids), lost or disposed fishing nets, synthetic fibres, plastic bags, straws, cutlery etc.

So when the opportunity arose to highlight the situation before young minds, I felt compelled to introduce the grim reality to the young schoolers. My son had his ‘Show & Tell’ on the topic ‘Under the Sea’ and we both decided to present something that would draw attention to the cause. It helped that we had discussed the topic before and he was naturally inclined. My son didn’t want to include any “sad” pictures that could upset the class, so we made a ‘Sad Fish, Happy Fish’ version of our own. That's how we went about it.


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20+ Simple Christmas Cards Kids Can Make


Making greeting cards is a great way to teach children how to express their feelings and celebrate special occasions in a heartfelt way. Fall/winter is a great time for making greeting cards with kids as there are several festivals and occasions where greeting cards are a perfect gift. Christmas is perfect for this activity as kids can create lovely handmade Christmas cards to give to their friends, teachers and relatives.

We have curated easy Christmas cards for toddlers and preschoolers to make. Also, a lot of fun Christmas card ideas for teens and tweens too! Each Christmas card craft project is accompanied with detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make Christmas cards with kids.

So go ahead! Browse through our selection of quick and simple DIY Christmas card ideas and pick your favourite projects for this holiday season to make at home or classroom.

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HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS CARD IDEAS FOR KIDS














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30+ Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids


Christmas is a time for so much fun for kids. So many fun activities can be done, where do you start? Well, if the kid-made Christmas decorations and Christmas crafts are on your mind, we have curated 30+ best Christmas kids crafts just for you.

We selected easy Christmas crafts for preschoolers and toddlers to make. We think that these are equally fun Christmas crafts for teens and tweens too! Each Christmas arts and crafts project is accompanied with detailed step-by-step instructions so you can get started straight away. We have a range of crafts and activities for kids that can be a beautiful Christmas decoration idea, lovely Christmas ornaments to adorn your Christmas tree or great homemade Christmas gifts for loved ones.

So go ahead! Browse through our selection of quick and simple DIY Christmas craft ideas and pick your favourite projects for this holiday season to make at home or classroom.

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CUTE AND SIMPLE CHRISTMAS CRAFTS FOR KIDS






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15+ Personalized Christmas Gifts for Kids


This holiday season, what better way to show your little one how truly special he or she is than with a gift that is personalized just for them. It really is amazing what a little bit of customization can do to make a special day or event memorable.

To help you out, we collated this list of awesome personalized gift ideas for kids that they will cherish over years to come. You will find here everything from personalized Christmas book, personalized Christmas ornaments to lots of Christmas stocking stuffers.

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2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: 15+ PERSONALIZED CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR KIDS



Baby's First Personalized Christmas Ornament 
This adorable personalized first Christmas ornament will be a treasured keepsake for years to come.



Personalized Christmas Book
This Personalized Children's Christmas Story Book idea is a great gift idea for children aged 2 - 8 years old. Love that every personalized book is entirely unique as each illustration and rhyming story is based on the letters of the child's name.




Personalized Christmas Elves
Look at these adorable elves which can be personalized with your child's name and year. They come in both girl elf and a boy elf versions. The "girl elf" has a red skirt and green top and the "boy elf" has a red shirt and green shorts.



Unicorn Sequin Personalized Pillow
This beautifully personalized sequin pillow is a perfect gift for the girl in your life. They are sure to amaze your little girl when swiped to reveal the personalized design.



Personalized Name Crayons
This a perfect Christmas stocking gift for little art and craft lovers. In addition to the child's name in crayons, it comes two Christmas crayon characters, Christmas crinkled paper, Christmas label and ribbon.
Personalized Snowman Puzzle
This 20 piece is a lovely personalized gift idea for little kids. Kids will love to see their names and will enjoy putting their puzzle together over and over.




Personalized Santa Sack
This lovely Christmas sack printed with your child's name is perfect to store all the gifts ready to give on Christmas morning. Plus you get to choose the best size too!



Personalized Christmas Stockings

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Pumpkin Seeds And Paper Plate Mandala Art For Kids


Rangoli (or Mandala) is an art form in which patterns are created on the floor using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. Rangoli is usually made to decorate the home on festivals like Diwali and other special occasions. It is said that the Goddess of wealth "Lakshmi" visits people's homes during Diwali. To welcome her, people clean their homes, illuminate their houses with diya or lanterns, set-up colorful garlands on doors, and make colorful rangolis.

This easy paper plate rangoli craft is a great way to involve young children in Diwali decoration traditions.  So, save the pumpkin seeds after carving on Halloween to make this pretty mandala art :)

May this Diwali fill your home with happiness,joy and prosperity! Happy Diwali!


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