Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Make Christmas - Shape Sticks

It's getting to that time of year when we begin to think about Christmas, well, I do at least. The planning of Christmas is perhaps the very best part; It's almost unbearable countdown with a faint sound like a drum roll getting louder and louder as the excitement builds. Can you tell its my favourite part of the year? 
Each year we like to create a few of our own Christmas gifts, decorations and treats, it feels good to get creative in the festivities and children love it more each year as it symbolises the getting ready, the countdown to the festive season.  It brings us all together in a far better way than traipsing the shops for gifts could. Children love being creative and appreciate those little homemade touches that friends and family make too.

We made these shape sticks last year and they were and still are a great hit with the kids.  The only thing that's changed is that we now have an extra bag full of coloured sticks too. This idea is so simple to make with very little needed to complete it. Vanessa Brady of 'Tried & True' blog even has a free printable for you which includes the 'shape sticks' label and 4 activity sheets which you can even laminate!
A truly great stocking filler which can be altered to suit the age of the child by creating more complex activities, shapes and pictures to design. I think they make great party bag favours and class gifts too.
If you're not planning on creating these for a gift for your own child its a really great construction kit for children to make on their own before giving it as a gift or for themselves.

This year we'll be bringing you a huge abundance of free printables, gifts ideas, craft ideas and decorating designs in the countdown to Christmas. And, with all the great feedback we received last year and because you've all asked for it again we shall be bringing our advent back. Each day from the 1st to 24th December we will open a door to give you special discount codes for the boutique, free activities, printables and much more. We will feature them all on the blog and our newsletter too so be sure to sign up in anticipation of the festivities.

Countdown the days to Christmas with us here. 


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