Since I was hanging out with a mixed age (8, 6, and 3), I figured we should do something fairly simple so that they could really participate. I saw a ton of fun looking ornament ideas, but a lot of them required either extensive use of a hot glue gun, which I'm not letting them use, or just seemed to be a little too difficult/long for them. I definitely didn't want this to turn into a "Big Elizabeth does an art project while we watch", so we did these Popsicle stick ornaments. Well, we did a project that was based on them, but more on that later.
As always, the first step is collecting your supplies. This necessitated a trip to Michael's with Christy, where we were immediately overwhelmed by all the things and I had a brief moment in which I thought I was crafty and needed to buy one of everything to build my very own Barbie dream house in the living room. Instead, I got washable kid paint, a pink hot glue gun, a ton of Popsicle sticks, and some sparkly stuff.
Then, I told the girls to make some shapes with the sticks. One did a tree, one did a snowflake, and one did a double triangle. They all did a big row of them all glued together because then they would have more things to paint. We love painting.
So I glued the shapes together and let it set. I think that regular glue would probably hold it, but it doesn't dry as quickly and I wanted to make sure that there was plenty of time to paint, since painting is definitely in their collective top 5 favorite things to do.
Then, we paint. Apparently rainbows are really big right now, so these aren't super Christmasy. But I didn't really care, because they were having a lot of fun.
So, now that they are done, we have some options. You could definitely put a picture in them, so they could be frame ornaments, which are always super cute. Or, add some pom poms, googly eyes, etc. Or just leave them be. Since it was kind of bed time, we left them as is.
At some point, you should attach a ribbon to the top so you can hang them on a tree. Being the well organized planner than I am, I obviously forgot this step.
Overall, this was super fun. I think the kids had a good time, which is really all that matters.