On these pages you will find easy holiday gifts kids can make, decorations that make a house a home, and an easy way to tame the I-want-it Beast (we promise). Happy Holidays from the Mudpie Mamas!
This stuff is amazing! Here is what to do: Mix white school glue, shaving cream, glitter and peppermint extract (just because it smells amazing!) into a paint like consistency and create! It produces this puffy, soft painting, which is interesting for kids to touch, yet pretty enough to display throughout the holidays. The kids and […]
These ornaments take only a few moments to make, and the process has everything kids love: color, candy, and something beautiful to hang for the holidays. Experiment with any hard candy: Lifesavers, hard peppermints, etc. Each ornament is unique! What you will need: Hard candies: we used Jolly Ranchers and crimped ribbon candy in holiday […]
I heard the crash at 6:00 in the morning and bolted out of bed. The Christmas tree had slammed to the ground in a spectacular mess of broken ornaments and pine needles. The 4 and 6-year-old culprits were crying and wringing their little hands. “I was just DECORATING,” wailed our son. I sighed and put […]
Two big plastic bins of Legos have survived in our home for 30 years, dozens of kids, and random household purges. They were one of the few ‘toys’ I gave the grandparents when they asked for the kids’ Christmas lists, given among the requests for binoculars, tool kits, and tractor inner tubes—now those are real […]
By Rebecca Bloedorn These clever little ornaments are made from paint brushes. Hang them on a tree or tie them on a gift! What you will need: • Chip brushes 1” or larger (Wood handle and blond bristles) • Tempera paint: black, white, green, red, flesh color • Paint brushes to brush with • Ribbon […]
By Rebecca Bloedorn Deck the Halls with this charming garland! It’s edible art! What you will need: • Small pretzels (yogurt pretzels work too) • 3/4” ribbon (available at craft and fabric stores) Measure the ribbon to the length you would like your garland, then cut. Next thread the ribbon through a pretzel and tie […]
“I want that!” Five year old Finn cries pointing to a digger the size of Montana. Poppie spies a life-size baby doll dressed in pink. “Can I have that?” she begs. From candy, to cereal with marshmallows, to remote control helicopters, and doll buggies, there is no respite for parents from I-want, I-want, I-gotta-have-it! Add […]