Family FunSpot December
Happy holidays from the Kids Quest FunSpot! December has arrived with new things to try–from tree trimmings to sweet snow dough and happy New Year noise, it’s all waiting for you at the FunSpot. Thank you for dropping in throughout the year. Just wait until you see what we have planned for 2020!
New Year’s Noisemakers
You can make these noisemakers with things you have on hand in your kitchen! It’s a fun activity to do with the kids when they’re on holiday break and you have some downtime.
You will need:
- Paper plates (sturdy and deep)
- Rice, macaroni, or dried beans
- Hot glue and a glue gun
- Wooden craft sticks
- Paint, markers, glitter, stickers, etc.
Decorate two paper plates per child.
Use paint, markers, and crayons to color the outside of the plates.
Use markers to decorate the wooden craft sticks and let them all dry.
Take 3 tablespoons of rice, beans or macaroni and spoon onto the topside of one of the plates.
Run a line of hot glue all the way around the rim of the paper plate holding the beans, rice or pasta.
Take the second plate and place it on top of the plate holding the rice, beans or macaroni, leaving a ¾ inch space for the wooden craft stick handle.
Hold the plate down until the edges are securely fastened to one another.
Run a line of glue on one end of the wooden craft stick and slip it into the ¾” space left open for the handle and press the edges together.
Give it a shake or two to be sure that nothing can escape from the glued edges.
As always, supervise and be in control of the glue gun and never let small children have access to it.
You’re all set to shake, rattle and roll your way into 2020, but don’t forget the party we’re hosting at Kids Quest! We’ll be featuring crafts like this and more for the kiddos while you ring in the New Year!
We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at scribbleblog.com for sharing this activity with our team
Edible Snow Dough
Bring a blizzard inside for play on a snowy day with our edible snow play dough. Everything we use is safe for toddlers and older children to taste, just in case, they get curious.
You will need:
- 3 cups cornstarch
- 3 cups flour
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- Orange or vanilla-flavored essential oil
Mix dry ingredients and then add 1/4 cup of vegetable oil at a time.
Mix with your fingertips until you have a fluffy consistency that you’re happy with. It will take a couple of minutes of kneading to get it fluffy!
You can add a few drops of essential orange or vanilla oil to make it smell pleasant but be sure to add it to the oil before adding to the dry ingredients.
Save it for future play by putting it in a Ziploc bag to prevent it from drying out.
We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at wildflowerramblings.com for sharing this activity with our team
Scrap Ribbon Holiday Trees
These ornaments are creative, cool…and easy! They are sure to be a fun activity as you prepare for holiday decorating.
You will need:
- Small tree branches cut into 6” pieces
- Ribbon scraps of assorted widths and colors
Cut ribbon into 6” pieces.
Tie ribbon around tree branch piece.
Fill the branch from top to bottom with tied ribbon pieces.
Trim ribbon edges into a tree-shaped triangle
Thread a piece of twine into the top of the tree and tie off to use as a hanger
You can also dress up your little trees with glitter or sequins too—it’s up to you!