Christmas Cutting and Tracing Pack

Christmas Cutting and Tracing Pack | Life is Peachy

I’m going to keep this post pretty short because Baby Bird is napping and this mama has a lot on her To Do List today! I’m just glad I’m actually able to share this free printable with you BEFORE Christmas! This Christmas Cutting and Tracing Pack is great for children of preschool or pre-k age.

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Christmas Cutting and Tracing Pack

 

In this pack, you will find some super cute color images as well as line art. If you want to save on some printer ink, print the pages with line art and have your child(ren) color the images! The wide cutting and tracing lines are great for beginners and the narrower lines are good for a little bit more of a challenge.

This is my last post before Christmas so…I’m wishing you all a very Merry Christmas full of joy and peace!

 

Graphics in this printable are from Whimsy Clips.

 

More fun for the holidays…

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Frozen Sparkle Playdough

Frozen Sparkle Playdough | Life is Peachy

Do you have any Frozen fans in your home? My girls are still obsessed with it. Even Baby Bird, who is only 21 months, walks around pretending to blast things with her icy powers. And that’s not because she watches the movie…she learned it from Goose. When we whipped up this Frozen Sparkle Playdough, the girls were thrilled!

What You’ll Need:

  • Ingredients listed in my Basic Playdough recipe
  • Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid packet
  • Blue glitter
  • Miscellaneous tools for playdough play

You can find my basic playdough recipe here. Mix the water and Blue Raspberry Kool-Aid packet in a saucepan. Stir in remaining ingredients. It’ll look kind of goopy like this.

Frozen Sparkle Playdough | Life is Peachy

 

Stir over medium heat for 5 minutes or so until is comes together into a blob that  doesn’t look sticky anymore. Put onto a plate or cutting board, etc. to cool. It’ll look something like this:

Frozen Sparkle Playdough | Life is Peachy

 

Once it cools enough that you can touch it, knead it until it’s smooth. Add a bunch of blue glitter and knead again until the glitter is all mixed in.

Frozen Sparkle Playdough | Life is Peachy

 

It’ll end up looking smooth and sparkly like this. It is a shade of blue that is perfect for a Frozen theme.

Added bonus: The Kool-Aid makes it smell good!

Frozen Sparkle Playdough | Life is Peachy

 

I set out some random playdough tools and gave Goose and Baby Bird their own piece of playdough. There’s less bickering when I pre-divide it for them…

Frozen Sparkle Playdough | Life is Peachy

 

Baby Bird’s favorite things was stamping with this little Ariel figurine. And yes, she’s wearing an Elsa dress…because she is always wearing an Elsa dress. Like I said, they’re obsessed.

Frozen Sparkle Playdough | Life is Peachy

 

Goose really enjoyed using a straw to poke holes. She even figured out how to use a pipe cleaner to remove the small pieces of playdough from inside the straw. That was a fun fine motor skills activity for her.

Frozen Sparkle Playdough | Life is Peachy

 

This playdough makes an excellent party favor for a Frozen themed birthday party. Simply divide it into small-ish portions and put into little plastic containers.

 

Here’s another fun Frozen sensory activity: Frozen Ice Sand from Growing a Jeweled Rose.

So, tell me…Are you so over Frozen already? Or are you still a fan? I’m kind of on the fence myself but my girls still love it!

 

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Countdown to Christmas with Books

Countdown to Christmas with Books | Life is Peachy

I wanted to do a countdown to Christmas with books last year but I was also a first-time Elf on the Shelf-er and didn’t feel organized enough to do both. This year, however, we’re doing both! Turns out this fun book countdown is super easy and I encourage you to try it out too!

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First thing, get your hands on 25 Christmas and/or winter themed books. Go through your book collection and grab any that fit the theme. Then, go to your local library and check out the rest. Libraries have tons of Christmas themed books and most of the time you can search their database online and place them on hold. That’s what I did. If you have younger children, you can also find a bunch of Christmas board books at the Dollar Tree (or other dollar store).

Here are the ones I bought this year…

Countdown to Christmas with Books | Life is Peachy

Once you have your books, wrap each one individually and place them in a basket.

Open one each day, beginning on December 1st and ending on Christmas day. You can open them in a specific order or randomly. We’re doing a combination of both, which I explain below.

Countdown to Christmas with Books | Life is Peachy

 

Countdown to Christmas with Books | Life is Peachy

 If you use books from the library:

  • Keep a numbered list of all the books you check out and when they’re due
  • Write the corresponding book # on the book’s wrapping paper

This way you can keep track of which books haven’t been opened and avoid overdue books.

Our first 10 books are library books so we’re going to open those first. After we get through those, my girls can pick any book they want, in no particular order.

If you find this post later into the month of December, you can still do this countdown! Start it any time! Your children will love it even if you don’t do the full month.

Here is a great list of Christmas children’s books.

 

Here are some cute ones we’ll be reading this year:

 

It’s too difficult for me to pick a favorite Christmas children’s book. There are so many great ones. Do you have a favorite?

 

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