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Easy Holiday Craft (maybe the easiest!)

Easy Holiday Craft (maybe the easiest!)

Have you ever had just 15 minutes you need to pass with your kids, and you desperately need a quick activity to fit into that time? Here’s a quick and easy, yet sparkly and festive, easy holiday craft you can do with even the rowdiest of boys.

Easy Holiday Craft
Easy Holiday Craft

Holiday Hanging Ribbons:

What you need:

  • Sticky bows
  • Curling ribbon
  • Clear tape
  • Scissors
  • (and patience, of course)

What to do:

  • Let each child pick their color bow and whichever color ribbon they want.
  • Cut several pieces of ribbon — your choice whether to have them all the same length or varying lengths.  I usually do a range between 4 and 6 inches.
  • Curl each ribbon.  (I did it for my 3yo, but allowed R and E to try on their own)
  • Attach each ribbon to the sticky underside of the bow.
  • Reinforce with clear tape.
  • Cut one more piece of ribbon and tie to the top of the bow.  Tie it in a loop if you plan to use this as an ornament, or leave it straight if you plan to hang from a door frame.
  • Hang it up and enjoy the festive flair!
Ribbon for easy holiday craft
Cut ribbon
Curled ribbon for easy holiday craft
Curled ribbon
R working on his easy holiday craft
R sticking his ribbons on his bow
Easy holiday craft decoration
The final decorations!

You may be thinking, “Can’t I just go buy one of those fancy bows that has the squiggly riboon already attached to it?”  Yes, you certainly can.  Or, you can fill 15 minutes with your kids doing a quick and easy holiday craft that they can feel proud of and which leaves you basically no mess to clean up.  In my situation, a dose of patience is also needed, as the boys shouted about whose ribbons were curled better, whose were stuck on the bow better, and whatever else they could find to shout about.  But in the end, when we hung up the decorations, they were excited to see their work displayed.  And I was excited to hang it high enough up that they can’t easily rip it down and throw it at each other.

What other quick and easy holiday crafts do you do with your kids?

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Pumpkin Bread Yumminess; Perfect to make with kids

Pumpkin Bread Yumminess; Perfect to make with kids

Let this Pumpkin Bread yumminess become a fall tradition for your family like it has for mine!

my favorite pumpkin bread
Pumpkin Bread Yumminess

If you’re like me, you love baking with your kids, but you cringe a little every time you deal with a fight over who will crack the egg (because it inevitably leads to shell in the batter) or dealing with savages begging to eat more of the batter laden with raw egg (note:  I begged my mom as a kid, too).  Here’s a pumpkin bread recipe that has NO EGGS, is fun to make, and is even more delicious to eat!

This recipe has a special place in my heart.  After my second son was born, I baked this for the first time with my 2 1/2 year old son on the first day my husband went back to work.  It seemed like a huge undertaking because it involves sifting (so advanced when you’re sleep deprived and suddenly have twice as many kids as you did the week before!) and lots of ingredients (I remember having to borrow a cup of flour from a neighbor the night before, to make sure I had enough!).  I measured all the ingredients in advance and put them in sealed containers so it would be quicker and easier for my toddler and me to just dump them into the bowl when we were making the recipe.  We’ve got it down to a science now, and the kids are 8, 6 and 3.  We measure together and then take turns pouring in the ingredients and mixing.

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 1/3 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup oil (I use canola)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin (I buy two 15-oz cans or one 16-oz can and have some left over)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet)

And here’s what to do:

Grease three 9×5 loaf pans (I use butter).  Preheat oven to 350.  Mix dry ingredients together.  Add remaining ingredients.  Mix with spatula until smooth.  Fill each loaf pan approximately 1/3 full.  The recipe says to bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean — in my oven, they are done in just 35 minutes, so I recommend checking frequently after 35 minutes or so, since every oven is a bit different.  Cool on a drying rack, and then ENJOY!!!  (these are also great as mini breads or mini-muffins)

Don’t forget to grab a spoon and finish off every last drop of the batter — no raw eggs = gobble it up!

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pumpkin bread yumminess
mixing pumpkin bread
pumpkin bread batter in pans
pumpkin bread batter in pans
finished pumpkin bread
Finished pumpkin bread yumminess – ta-da!