Kids' Christmas Crafts
With an icy tingle on the tongue and a pinwheel of Santa-red and snow-white stripes, peppermints are the coolest holiday sweets -- especially when transformed into edible hanging ornaments. Lay five or so peppermint candies in a circle to form a wreath; bond sides together with icing. Adorn front with cinnamon candies or mints. Let dry two hours before hanging. Loop twine around ornament; knot.
The snowflakes outside will sigh with envy when they see this one in the window.
Children's Hand Cookies
Kids can lend a hand in holiday baking; let them help prepare the dough as well as serve as the model for the cookies inspired by their little palms.
Give old cards more hang time by making a garland of disks cut from them. Use craft punches (or trace a round object and cut out). Attach to heavy thread with stickers; rub with craft stick to secure.
The shimmering magic of snowfall is always transfixing, whether it's outside your window or inside this classic toy.
To make a reindeer's head, turn a gingerbread man on his. Add a face, ears, and antlers with melted chocolate chips, sanding sugar, gumdrops, and other candy.
Button shapes resemble many seasonal things, as on these simple cards made of folded card stock. Construction paper cut-outs and a snip of ribbon help turn green buttons into a wreath, tiny red ones into holly berries, and white ones into a friendly snowman. (When they're turned vertically, the holes in the snowman's belly button look like buttons themselves.)
Happy times with kids call for cheerful cupcakes. Easier to serve than cake, cupcakes require no slicing, no plates, and no forks -- and every child gets her fair share of icing.
With these edible snowflakes, only the cheese melts.