Festive Fort

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Sometimes things happen on a whim. Henry was over the other day and it just seemed like every activity that I attempted to entertain them with was a huge fail. We had Christmas lights out and ready to be put on the tree, a gigantic empty box in the basement, stickers and crayons… enter our fabulous fort! Super easy and endless hours of fun!

Materials
Large Box
Crayons
Stickers
Pen
Strand of Christmas Lights

Directions

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Decorate a large box, inside and out with stickers and crayons.

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Poke holes into the top of the box, the same distance that each bulb is away from each other on the light strand. I used a pen to poke the holes. Stick the bulbs into the punched holes.

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An awesome fort to play and watch movies in!!

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What They’re Wearing for Christmas

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Christmas is always such a fabulous time to dress up and look your best! I would love to have Reagan wear an adorable dress, but unfortunately, she’s at an awkward stage where dresses just aren’t fitting her right. Henry and Reagan’s Christmas outfits are adorable and can definitely be worn again, together or as separates. We had lots of fun picking out this years Christmas outfits!

Henry’s Outfit:

Janie and Jack Moleskin Blazer , Janie and Jack Holiday Tree Vest , Janie and Jack Tartan Shirt , Khaki Moleskin Trouser, Janie and Jack Tartan Socks , Janie and Jack Stripe Tie , Cole Haan Kids Air Pinch Penny Loafers

Reagan’s Outfit:

Janie and Jack Rosette Dress Coat, Janie and Jack Corsage Metallic Dot Chiffon Blouse , Janie and Jack Bow Ponte Pant , Janie and Jack Bow Plaid Headband, TOMS ‘Glitters – Tiny’ Mary Jane Jane Flat

Paint Stamps

I attempt to entertain Reagan’s requests to do various activities.  Lately, she has been asking to paint…’I paint’.  I’ve said this multiple times, but I really do need to get my butt in gear and get a variety of colors for my daughter to work with.  Blue and pink, although lovely, are getting a bit old.

Instead of pulling out the paint brushes, I decided that we would do some stamp painting with an apple, which turned into stamp painting with a potato, animal crackers and pretzels.  Who would have thought that food could be so much fun to paint with!  Our project got cut short, when daddy started watching a motorcycle race on the computer.  I was left high and dry by my 18 month old for her daddy and motorcycles… whatever floats her boat!

Materials:

The potato, animal crackers and pretzels were afterthoughts, so they aren’t pictured with materials.
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Paper

Knife

Paint- in our case…washable

Plate- or paint dish

Apple

Potato

Animal Crackers

Pretzels

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Reagan and I talked about the color of the outside of the apple and the various colors on the inside of the apple.  We talked about the stem and the seeds and how apple trees grow from apple seeds!  I then attempted to sing her the Johhny Apple Seed Song, which I butchered, thank god for youtube!  The apple that I used was small, so Reagan was able to hold the cut half in her hand.  I showed Reagan what to do and off she went!

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Earlier that day, I pulled out a bag of 6 or 7 potatoes that I had completely forgot about that needed to be trashed.  I brought one over to the table and talked to Reagan about why we couldn’t/shouldn’t eat the potato anymore.  I cut out different shapes and designs on various potato pieces to be used as stamps.

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Reagan spotted a few pieces of her left over snack on the table and asked to paint with them…’I paint pretzel and manimals’. So we painted with pretzels and animals!

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Reagan painted for about 20 minutes before she quickly moved to her daddy’s lap to watch motorcycle racing… a girl after her dads heart!

IMG_9214Excuse the random pizza slice…whatever it takes for Reagan to eat, even if it is while painting!