Our Christmas tree is covered almost entirely with homemade ornaments – salt dough ornaments, hand-sewn and hand-colored ornaments, cardboard and construction paper ornaments, jingle bell ornaments, and, of course, paper chains. I love seeing our simple ornaments and remembering the fun we had making them together! We got a little fancy this year with this fun Very Merry Ornaments kit that was sent to us by ALEX Toys!
I knew that seven-year-old Emma would enjoy the kit, but I was surprised to find that four-year-old Lily and five-year-old Johnny were equally entranced! Emma was most interested in arranging the strips into patterns, while Lily and Johnny LOVED the stickers that came with the set.
Lily is normally my minimalist kid, but minimalism apparently does not apply to shiny stickers! She COVERED her strips:
All three kids needed help putting their strips on the holders, but that took me a minute. They spent probably forty-five minutes decorating their strips – definitely a successful craft! We did find that the recommended sixteen strips is a LOT if your child has decorated them as profusely as Lily decorated hers, so you might want to cut down the number if your child loves the fancy stickers as much as mine did! I also had to remove a couple stickers that were too close to the holes that go on the pegs.
Is your Christmas tree up yet? We normally put ours up the day after (or the day of) Thanksgiving, but it went up early last week because we needed some cheering up – worked like a charm! Does your tree have handmade ornaments on it? Which are your favorite?
I blog for ALEX Toys, and as part of our agreement they send me products every month, including this kit. All opinions are, as always, my own.