Hot damn do I love getting my craft on! I have been hanging out for kiddo craft time since ever, and while my two are still a bit little for organised stuff, we attempt it anyway. Every day I can see their co-ordination get better, and their capacity for concentration grow. However, it’s still a bit of a shambles.
I’m always on the lookout for kid activities for toddlers, or that can be adapted for them. I do give preference to stuff that is actually going to be pretty and useful, but they get plenty of scrap-paper-popsicle-stick fun too. The great thing about these terracotta tree decorations is also that it turns into two activities from the one idea – rolling and cutting the shapes, and painting and decorating them after they’ve dried overnight. Bam!
We used air-dry terracotta clay, regular Christmas cookie cutters, and kid’s acrylic paint. Plus a little glitter for sparkle, and Mod-Podged by mum later on to seal all that glitter goodness in so it doesn’t go all over the floor for the next 20 Christmases.
The teracotta clay is pretty stiff, so the younger ones will really just fiddle around with it rather than actually cut anything. I did the rolling and cutting, and they sat alongside with their own little bits that they poked and prodded. It dries REALLY quickly, but you can get it all moving again with a bit of water on your hands that you work into the clay.
I rolled them out fairly thick so they’d be quite sturdy, and then ran my finger over the edges to tidy them up. I also used a wooden skewer to poke a hole in the top for the twine to go. Then we left them in the lovely hot sun to dry. The next day, we got our paint on. Pepper was devastated that she couldn’t just tip the paint everywhere. I ended up giving her a palette of her own so she didn’t have to share with Abby.
Ahh, that’s better. Thanks mum. I initially only gave them red paint, then only green in the hopes that the colours would stay separate and not end up in a brown blob.Some of them ended up in a brown blob anyway. They got more glitter, haha.
We left these out overnight to dry, and then I painted with Mod Podge and dried again. A small piece of twine threaded through the hole, and you’ve got yourself some lovely decorations to pop up on the tree, or to tie onto presents. An excellent gift idea!