December 15, 2010
Target always has a few gems in their dollar spot, and a few weeks ago I snatched up a couple Christmas-themed silicone trays. Not surprisingly, these puppies have been showing up all over the blogosphere in fun and creative ways. One such blogger (insert link here when I can remember who the heck it was!) used her trays as crayon molds. Brilliant!
So I sat my little type-A-ers down to the tedious task of peeling the paper off of old and broken crayons. They went at it with a passion worthy of their detail-oriented mother.
10 minutes at 200 degrees was just about perfect in my oven. I suggest keeping an eye on it, because they go from soft to liquid very quickly, and you don't want to the colors to run together too much. Allow to cool and pop out for some adorable (and cheap) kids gifts!
I've Seen Santa! by David Bedford
Here's a cute Christmas bedtime book toddlers and early preschoolers will like. It's Christmas Eve and Little Bear is worried that Santa won't come. He keeps a close eye on the fireplace all night, looking out for Santa, but finding Mama Bear and Big Bear instead. Eventually the whole family decide to stay awake to wait for Santa. They never see him... but HE sees THEM!
The illustrations are adorable and the story is cute, simple, and short - just right for young attention spans.