This weekend we saw Santa. We weren't planning on it, but we met up with Abe's cousins who happened to be waiting in line to meet Santa. Abe seemed excited so we figured why not. As soon as we got up close and he saw Santa in real life though, he changed his mind. He immediately started staring at the floor and wouldn't walk a step closer. When I asked him what he wanted for Christmas, he quietly whispered "a ball" but he wouldn't give Santa that information to save his life! The funny part was, as soon as we got back to grandma's house I overheard him telling one of his cousins "Santa has a long white beard! Santa said "ho, ho, ho!" Perhaps Santa gained some bonus points by giving each of the kids a candy cane before they left. Abe had never tried one before. They are now his favorite thing...ever!
Of course I needed a new candy cane for our tree, so this year I had Abe make one. We've done "marble" painted candy canes before, but this time I found a way to actually work with marbles that is toddler friendly. You just need a small box with a clear plastic lid, and lots of tape to keep it shut!
candy cane cardstock cut outs (make your own or find my template here)
small box with clear lid (I used an old Christmas card box!)
Tape candy cane cut out in the bottom of box, add red paint and a couple marbles, cover with clear lid (tape shut for younger kids), and let baby shake...
The mess is kept contained, choking hazards stay in the box and out of little mouths, and baby's adorable candy cane ornament is almost done!
I had him paint two candy canes and then pasted them together with a ribbon stuck between for hanging. Just make sure to flip one over when it goes in the box so when you paste them together, the painted sides are on the outside!
Check out the ornaments we made last year, along with all of the new ones from this series, right here.