Thursday, December 22, 2011

Painted Candy Canes

Christmas is on it's way and I've still got so much to do. Wrapping presents, baking cookies, sending out cards (they usually don't make it out until after Christmas)...but my baby doesn't take "I'm busy" for an answer, so the best I can do is find ways to keep him occupied while I try to get stuff done. Luckily, he loves to paint and, although I wish he would choose a less messy medium, I'm thrilled that he'll sit still for 20 minutes to do anything that doesn't require my active participation. 

Today it was candy canes. Normally I would use marbles for this one, but Abe's too young to be trusted with such a tempting choking hazard, so instead we opted for small plastic balls...


Just cut out a candy cane shape and put it in a cake pan or small cardboard box. Squirt a little paint in the pan and add some marbles or small balls.


Older kids can pick up the pan and tilt it from side to side to get the marbles to roll through the paint and across their candy cane. (Marbles leave lovely stripes.) Abe just rolled the balls around by hand, which worked fine too.


Toy cars make nice stripes as well, and little hands don't get quite so messy. And yes, Abe is sporting a wool Minnesota Gophers hat indoors. Apparently that's how we roll...

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