A Gift is Something You Make: 3 Easy Presents



The greatest gifts cost next to nothing, are infused with love, and require only a little hands-on time. Save an afternoon for your family to create the best kind of gifts–the ones made and given straight from the heart.

Clothespin Vase

What you will need:
I package of peg clothespins
Duct tape
Large tuna can
Small plant to fit inside (a tiny poinsetta is nice)

For a better purchase on the can for the pegs, wrap a layer or two of duct tape around the edge of the can and fold it down inside.

Next, have your child place the pegs around the can.

Slip your plant inside, and tie a ribbon around the planter.


30 Second Puffy Paint Art

Use this recipe year round for creative fun

                   What you will need:
½ cup white flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
White paper plates
sandwich size Ziploc bags
food coloring or tempera paint

Mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add the food coloring or paint into a small amount of water, and stir together. Slowly add enough water into the dry mixture to make a paint as thick as pancake or cake batter. Now here’s the key: whisk it all together until there are no lumps. Lumps can clog the sandwich bag opening and cause frustration when it plugs up. Place the paint in the bag, remove the air, and zip closed. Make a teeny-tiny cut from one corner of the bag and have your child squeeze the paint onto the plate. When finished, microwave for 30-40 seconds—the paint should be dry but nice and puffy!  Sign and date the back of the art piece.

Bath Salts

So easy! And the scent of the essential oil adds to the sensory experience

What you will need:
1 cup baking soda
7-10 drops essential oil
1 teaspoon water with a few drops of food coloring stirred in

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together with your hands, rubbing the mixture between your palms for an even distribution of oil and food coloring. Place in a nice jar and make a label.

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