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Homemade Valentine’s Day – Gifts a Preschooler Can Make for Other Kids

Gifts Your Preschooler Can Make for Kids Pretend Mailbox – This has to be one of our most successful crafty projects. We made it from a square cardboard box, and we covered it with craft paper. Grace has played with this mailbox all the time since we made it, at least several times every single week. If you decorated this mailbox, it would be an awesome gift for another kid. Don’t forget to include some letters inside! Heart crayons – I’ve seen these recycled crayons all over the internet, but I chose this one to feature because the post includes … Read more

Homemade Valentine’s Day – Other Crafty Gifts

love bookmarks

This week, I’ve shared ideas for gifts you can make and give for Valentine’s Day. Gifts of Food Gifts for the Home Gifts for Children This list is a hodge podge of ideas that didn’t seem to fit anywhere else – CDs, a love bird mobile, hand warmers. Fun times. Other Crafty Gifts *The name of each project is linked to the tutorial. Love birds mobile – This made me think of a friend whose nursery has a bird theme. It’s just pretty. And since it’s made from paper, string, and feathers, it’s inexpensive and easy to put together. Homemade … Read more

Homemade Valentine’s Day – Gifts for Children

Valentine Countdown

This week, I’ve shared ideas for gifts you can make and give for Valentine’s Day. Gifts of Food Gifts for the Home Sharing Valentine’s Day with children is my favorite part of the holiday. Last year, I made 14 love notes (complete with fancy envelopes!) and put them in a mailbox for her each morning. I most certainly will not be doing that again this year, even though it would probably mean more to her this year than it did last year. I’ll think of something else, maybe one of the ideas below. Gifts for Children *The name of each … Read more

Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschool Girls

I love Christmas. I love our Advent traditions. I love giving and receiving gifts. Last year, I made a large list of gifts for preschoolers. Most of them were things that Grace was getting, but a few were things that she already had. This year, I decided to put that list together with other assorted things we own and like. Like last year, every item on this list is something that I have or would spend my money on. I have not included anything because it was given to me by a company or PR rep; that is not my … Read more

Christmas Countdown Chain & Calendar

I’m not very good at waiting. I seem to have created a child who’s also not very good at waiting. To help her learn to wait, we have tried two different activities over the last couple of months. Countdown Calendar The weeks before our beach vacation dragged on and on. Grace didn’t understand “three weeks,” so we counted down the days on our calendar. I put a giant beach-themed sticker on our departure date, and we put a small sticker on the calendar each night at bed time. By the night before, our calendar was covered with stickers, and Grace … Read more

Operation Christmas Child

When I attended the Relevant Conference last month, I spoke with a representative from Operation Christmas Child. I’d heard of the program before but, preferring to give locally, never really looked into it. I spoke with the representative politely, gathering as much information as I could about the program, unconvinced that sending Christmas gifts to children overseas was right for my family’s charitable efforts. When I got home, there was a book in my bag about a little boy who received a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child. As I read that book to Grace, it spoke to my heart. I … Read more