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November 29, 2021 2 min read

The holiday season can often be confused with "spending" and "stuff," Take a break from holiday shopping to spend some quality time with your little ones and create priceless keepsakes with items you may already have around the house. 

1) Ice Painting

Perfect for ages 6 months and up, add a little food coloring into your ice cubes to make edible paint cubes! You can freeze your "paint" in standard ice cube trays, shaped silicon molds, or any watertight container you have to achieve any size and shape. Older children will love adding food coloring to the mold, and experimenting with what colors they can create. Use your paintings to create festive art, cards, and gifts for loved ones.

Ice Painting for Babies and Toddlers


2) Toddler Friendly Christmas Tree

An inexpensive piece of green posterboard becomes the activity that saves your Christmas tree and entertains your child all season long.  We picked up a few DIY ornament packs, glued a few pom-poms to the tree as "hooks" and let our 2 year old decorate the tree over and over again, all winter long.

Toddler Friendly Christmas Tree

3) Handprint cards

What better way to save memories with your little ones, than by saving a tiny handprint to treasure forever? Handprint cards are quick and adorable, with just the right amount of mess to get your little ones excited.  Thanks to Cabooties Community Tess B. for sharing her sweet Thanksgiving card with us! 

Thanksgiving Handprint Card Easy Baby and Toddler Craft

Santa Toddler Handprint Card Easy Holiday Craft

4) Salt Dough Ornaments

Mix 4 cups of flour, 1 cup of of table salt, and 1.5 cups of water to create salt dough, and let your imagination run wild.  Cookie cutters, molds, handprints, and more can help you create keepsake ornaments and giftable goodies for your loved ones. Bake at 250 degrees F for 1.5-3 hours (until the dough is hard but not burnt), lay out to cool, and then paint!  Thank you to Cabooties Community member Mary for this adorable and fun idea!

Salt Dough Ornaments for Babies and Toddlers Inexpensive Gift Ideas


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