Christmas Wreath Toddler Art

Surprise! I’m writing an actual blog post about an actual thing I did with Lewis! I’m actually not sure when the last time is that I did a real blog post. All I’ve been doing is the Photo Friday posts, and I haven’t even kept up with those very well. So, here goes!

Lewis and I always have fun making decorations for various holidays, and earlier this month we decided to make a wreath for our door. Why spend $20 on a wreath when you can make a lovely one yourself?

I scouted for ideas on Pinterest, and decided to go pretty free-form and just give him materials and let him do what he wanted with it.

Most of the Pinterest posts I looked at suggested using a paper plate to make your wreath shape. We didn’t have any paper plates on hand, so instead I took a big piece of green craft foam stuff (is that even what it’s called?) and traced a big circle on it with a smaller circle inside. Then I cut along the circles in a somewhat scalloped/bumpy pattern to make it more wreath-y.

Squirting glue and placing decorations takes great concentration.

Squirting glue and placing decorations takes great concentration.

I set up the table with the wreath, a bottle of glue, a dish of green paint, and a tray of decorations including buttons, pom-poms and cut pieces of sparkly pipe cleaners. Most of it was Christmas themed colors, but I included some more rainbowy colors of pom-poms in case he wanted a bit more variety of color. Then I invited Lewis to join me in creating.

He tried out a few decorations, then decided it needed some paint.

He tried out a few decorations, then decided it needed some paint.

I had also brought a tube of golden glitter to the table, but told him that Mommy would need to help with adding that. After adding a few decorations and a bit of paint he asked for glitter, so I sprinkled it on the wet paint and showed him how it stuck. He added a couple more decorations and a little more paint, but mostly he just wanted help adding more glitter! I got him a second paintbrush and showed him how he could “paint” the glue around the wreath so that more glitter could stick, then we added more together until it was just right.

Lewis and his beautiful wreath.

Lewis and his beautiful wreath.

The next day, once the glue and paint were dry, I added a big ribbon to the wreath to finish it off, then hung it on the door. Lewis was invited to help choose the ribbon, but was more interested in running around the apartment dragging ribbons behind him, so I chose a golden one for him. I first tried stapling it on but I only have a mini stapler which couldn’t punch through the layers, so instead it got stuck on with a piece of Gorilla Tape.

 

Prettiest door in town!

Prettiest door in town!

Lewis has been having a lot of fun with other holiday activities and preparations as well. His favorites so far have included Christmas Play-doh, stealing ornaments from the tree, and helping me make (and eat!) chocolate covered pretzels and peppermint bark.

Yum, chocolate!

Yum, chocolate!

Photo Friday

Happy Friday and Merry Christmas everyone! I know Christmas is almost a week away, but we’ll be in Michigan and I’m not making any promises about trying to post while we are there. We leave tomorrow for the two hour plane trip, which Lewis is very excited about, and will be visiting Chris’ family for two weeks. Lewis is hoping for lots of presents and treats, and looking forward to playing with the dog Ruby.

Since we didn’t want to attempt traveling with a huge pile of presents, we had an early Christmas here last Sunday and opened all our family presents. In Michigan we will have just a couple small Santa gifts and of course a stocking for Lewis to open.

Lewis has been practicing his photography skills, so I’ve included a few of his photos again for you to enjoy.

Our lovely little tree with its little heap of presents.

Our lovely little tree with its little heap of presents.

Lewis choosing the first present. He did a great job "reading" the labels, recognizing that the ones with "M" were for Mommy, "D" was for Daddy, and "L" for Lewis. :)

Lewis choosing the first present. He did a great job “reading” the labels, recognizing that the ones with “M” were for Mommy, “D” was for Daddy, and “L” for Lewis. :)

Unwrapping.

Unwrapping.

Lewis' "big" present, and everyone's favorite to play with all week. A marble run! Lewis has always been in love with marbles, so this was an obvious choice.

Lewis’ “big” present, and everyone’s favorite to play with all week. A marble run! Lewis has always been in love with marbles, so this was an obvious choice.

Photo by Lewis.

Photo by Lewis.

Lewis' perspective of Mommy and Daddy.

Lewis’ perspective of Mommy and Daddy.

Selfie. There are about ten of these on the camera, including some pure white ones of just the ceiling, and some with just a tuft of his fluffy hair.

Selfie. There are about ten of these on the camera, including some pure white ones of just the ceiling, and some with just a tuft of his fluffy hair.

Photo Friday

Hello! Sorry about the lapse in posting. There was Thanksgiving, and tired days, and forgetful days, and Christmas preparations, and I just seem to keep missing Fridays. So, this post includes some photos from the past few weeks. A few from Thanksgiving time, some fun snow ones, etc.

He often peels his socks off and tosses them on the floor before falling asleep, but one day I walked in to check on him and found him sleeping with a sock on his hand!

He often peels his socks off and tosses them on the floor before falling asleep, but one day I walked in to check on him and found him sleeping with a sock on his hand!

Lewis has his own way of making snow angels. He is adverse to laying on his back, so instead lays on his tummy and kicks his legs around. This sometimes has the unfortunate side effect of snow going down the front of his coat.

Lewis has his own way of making snow angels. He is adverse to laying on his back, so instead lays on his tummy and kicks his legs around. This sometimes has the unfortunate side effect of snow going down the front of his coat.

Getting ready for ride #2 on the carousel at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.

Getting ready for ride #2 on the carousel at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.

Sharing cookies with Cookie Monster!

Sharing cookies with Cookie Monster!

Attempting to imitate how he saw Daddy using the jump rope.

Attempting to imitate how he saw Daddy using the jump rope.

My two sweeties washing dishes together. <3

My two sweeties washing dishes together. <3

Snow storm this week! Lewis and I went out to play and he had fun climbing to the top of a snow-plowed mound and peeking out from some snowy branches.

Snow storm this week! Lewis and I went out to play and he had fun climbing to the top of a snow-plowed mound and peeking out from some snowy branches.

He didn't like walking through the deep fluffy snow, but it was great for sitting in!

He didn’t like walking through the deep fluffy snow, but it was great for sitting in!

Photo Friday

Happy Friday! I hope you all are well, and looking forward to a lovely Thanksgiving holiday next week spent with friends/family and yummy food! Chris has the week off, and we’re looking forward to traveling to my aunt’s house for some lovely time with the family. Also, pumpkin pie. Yum!

I’m bringing you a special edition of Photo Friday this week, featuring some of Lewis’ own expert photography! He has been very interested in stealing the camera recently, mostly enjoying turning it on. And off. And on. And off. And on. And pushing random buttons. But today I asked him to bring it to me and instead he decided to take a few photos of his own. Enjoy!

We moved the chairs out of the way to vacuum, and suddenly we had a choo-choo train! Lewis thought this was great and we have been playing at train all week.

We moved the chairs out of the way to vacuum, and suddenly we had a choo-choo train! Lewis thought this was great and we have been playing at train all week.

Another train incarnation, this time a blanket draped over one end of the couch became an enclosed train car.

Another train incarnation, this time a blanket draped over one end of the couch became an enclosed train car.

Not a huge amount of snow yet, but it has been bitterly cold with the wind blowing! Lewis and I have given in to the allure of winter coats.

Not a huge amount of snow yet, but it has been bitterly cold with the wind blowing! Lewis and I have given in to the allure of winter coats.

Interesting camera angles, from Lewis.

Interesting camera angles, from Lewis.

Feet.

Feet.

A lovely mess of dried beans.

A lovely mess of dried beans.

Little fingers over the lens.

Little fingers over the lens.

Photo Friday

Happy snowy Friday everyone! Actually, the snow is pretty much melted by now, but Lewis was very excited last night to step outside and see the big fat flakes starting to fall and gather on the grass, and as soon as he was out of bed this morning he was requesting to go out in it. (A good idea actually because it was a sunny day and it melted quite quickly. We went out a little after 8:30 and by 9:30 a good portion of it was already disappearing.)

Fall seems to have sped by us and we are now going head-long into holiday season. Thanksgiving in just a few weeks, the stores full of ridiculously early Christmas stuff, people on Facebook posting about listening to Christmas carols already… I love Christmas, ┬ábut I’m trying to block out all the Christmas-y stuff and focus on Thanksgiving for now. I should probably come up with some turkey-themed crafts to do with Lewis now that I think about it.

Anyway, some photo-cuteness! I nice mix of Fall and our first glimpses of Winter.

Perched in a tree with a homemade flag.

Perched in a tree with a homemade flag.

Wilderness exploration.

Wilderness exploration.

Why paint the paper when you can turn your hands muddy colors instead?

Why paint the paper when you can turn your hands muddy colors instead?

Last night after dinner Lewis demanded "Play Skylanders game. Play Skylanders game. Yes play Skylanders game!" so he got to sit and play with Daddy while Mommy took the opportunity to have a nice relaxing shower.

Last night after dinner Lewis demanded “Play Skylanders game. Play Skylanders game. Yes play Skylanders game!” so he got to sit and play with Daddy while Mommy took the opportunity to have a nice relaxing shower.

His main objective outside: Eat all the snow!

His main objective outside: Eat all the snow!

Once he had eaten enough he discovered that it is fun to throw snowballs at walls, sidewalks, and trees and watch them shatter!

Once he had eaten enough he discovered that it is fun to throw snowballs at walls, sidewalks, and trees and watch them shatter!

Warming up with some hot cocoa and a snack. Yum!

Warming up with some hot cocoa and a snack. Yum!

Photo Friday

Happy November everyone! Halloween last week was great fun. Lewis really enjoyed trick-or-treating. He loved seeing people’s decorations and of course is loving getting to try all these new candies he’s never gotten to have before! We’ve been allowing two pieces a day (one with morning snack and one in the afternoon) but he frequently attempts to weasel more out of us. We had a bit of an “adventure” on the way home from trick-or-treating. I pushed the stroller over an uneven section of the sidewalk and bump-snap, off came one of the front wheels! Not really surprising as this stroller has had a lot of pretty heavy use for 2+ years now! I’m still debating whether to just order a replacement wheel part (about $25 with shipping) or invest in a whole new stroller. Decisions, decisions. I was very lucky that Chris had taken the day off work and was along with us when the stroller broke. It would have been quite a pain trying to juggle carrying Lewis and pushing a broken stroller one-handed the rest of the way home!

This week we’ve been enjoying some really lovely fall weather, with just a touch of rain mixed in. Mostly it has been “warm” and lovely for playing outside, although the time change is messing with our schedule! Normally we go out and play for a while in the evenings, but now it seems to get dark almost as soon as we can get out the door after Lewis’ nap, so we are working on adjusting and trying to fit in more morning outside time. Unfortunately Lewis’ neighbor friend J is at school during the day so we haven’t been getting to see as much of him recently as we’ve been used to.

Anyway, on to the photos!

Trick-or-treat!

Trick-or-treat!

World's cutest little scarecrow.

World’s cutest little scarecrow.

Lewis helped me make some pumpkin oatmeal cookies, but then he wouldn't eat any. More for me!

Lewis helped me make some pumpkin oatmeal cookies, but then he wouldn’t eat any. More for me!

He requested that I take a picture of him with his Hobbes.

He requested that I take a picture of him with his Hobbes.

Went to the library for story time Tuesday, only to find that they were closed for election day. But then we found some dried milkweed plants in the parking lot and had a lot of fun tossing the fluff in the air!

Went to the library for story time Tuesday, only to find that they were closed for election day. But then we found some dried milkweed plants in the parking lot and had a lot of fun tossing the fluff in the air!

Back at the library Wednesday for story time session #2. Lewis got mad when I tried to bring his hat with us, but later decided he'd like to wear my hat. On top of his hood.

Back at the library Wednesday for story time session #2. Lewis got mad when I tried to bring his hat with us, but later decided he’d like to wear my hat. On top of his hood.

Photo Friday

Happy Halloween! No costume photos yet since we won’t be trick-or-treating until this evening, but lots of other pictures from a fun and busy week. Chris has finally made it through the recent craziness of deadlines and late work nights, and was able to take yesterday and today off work for a little extra family time. Yesterday we went to the park and carved pumpkins, today we had a bit of a lazy morning and are looking forward to trick-or-treating as a family later on. Lucky Lewis has already gotten a taste of candy today with treats from our rental office and the grocery store. He will be well sugared up by tonight!

Playdough and his favorite hat!

Playdough and his favorite hat!

Daddy was a bit late coming home one night and Lewis got tired of waiting, so he climbed up in his chair and declared it dinner time despite the fact that most of dinner was still finishing up being cooked.

Daddy was a bit late coming home one night and Lewis got tired of waiting, so he climbed up in his chair and declared it dinner time despite the fact that most of dinner was still finishing up being cooked.

Love my wiggle little sleeper. <3

Love my wiggle little sleeper. <3

Fun with marbles and cardboard tubes, plus the fun new way to wear a shirt!

Fun with marbles and cardboard tubes, plus the fun new way to wear a shirt!

Futuristic space playground.

Futuristic space playground.

Zooming by on a rocket.

Zooming by on a rocket.

Fun with twisty turny knobs and things.

Fun with twisty turny knobs and things.

"Eeew. No way am I sticking my hand inside that slimy pumpkin! You're crazy!"

“Eeew. No way am I sticking my hand inside that slimy pumpkin! You’re crazy!”

Lewis decided to have a snack while Mommy and Daddy took care of the dirty work with the pumpkins.

Lewis decided to have a snack while Mommy and Daddy took care of the dirty work with the pumpkins.

Pumpkins are done and BRRRR it's cold out here!

Pumpkins are done and BRRRR it’s cold out here!