Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Simple, Fun - and Tasty - Last-Minute Christmas Craft!

I was browsing through Pinterest and happened to find a great, simple craft idea which would be so much fun to make with grandchildren on Christmas Sunday! All you need are a few simple - and tasty - supplies!  

Supplies -
  • paper lunch bags - one per child - be sure to have a few extras on hand!
  • ribbon - red, green, Christmas print - whatever you have
  • snowflake cut outs - or give children some white paper and help them make their own small snowflakes!
  • paper punch
  • two-sided tape
  • printed text . . . "As you hold these candies in your hand, turn them and you will see, The M becomes a W, an E becomes a 3. They tell the Christmas Story; it's one I'm sure you know. It took place in a stable a long, long time ago. The E is for the East where the star shone so bright. The M is for the Manger, where Baby Jesus slept that night. The 3 is for the Wise men, bearing gifts they say they came. The W is for Worship; Hallelujah, Praise His Name! So, as you eat these candies, or share them with a friend, remember the meaning of Christmas, it's a love story which never ends!
  • and of course, you'll need red and green M&M's!
Directions - 
  • hand each grandchild a paper lunch bag, have them open it and fold the top down about four inches
  • about an inch from the fold, punch a hole through each layer
  • help grandchildren fold and cut small snowflakes - each child will need one
  • hand out the text and help children tape to the front of their bags - be sure to read and talk about it with the children
  • hand out red and green m&m's - sure to be their favorite part of the craft - and have them place them inside their bag
  • show children how to string ribbon through the holes they punched and through the middle of their snowflake - tie a bow!
You could have your grandchildren each make two - one to keep and one to give away! Enjoy and Merry Christmas! 

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