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The Best Scented Ornaments

27 Nov

We made the best smelling ornaments. They are made out of just applesauce and cinnamon and they are so darn cute! Here’s what you’ll need:

*1 cup applesauce

*1 cup cinnamon

*cookie cutters

*rolling pin

*cutting board

*pencil

*ribbon The first step is to dump the 1 cup applesauce and 1 cup cinnamon into a bowl and mix it.

After it gets lumpy, take it out and knead it on a cutting board (sprinkle cinnamon on board before to keep dough from sticking).

Then roll out the dough. I added a little flour to mine and kneaded it some more because it kept sticking to the rolling pin (and I was out of cinnamon, otherwise I would have used more of that!) 

Cut the shapes out. I cut out 9 shapes, but the number would vary depending on the shapes you use. Make sure to poke a hole (using a pencil) for the ribbon to go through. 

Then put them on a cookie sheet and in the oven at 150 degrees F for 3-5 hours (or you can air dry for several days). 

Add a ribbon and hang them on your tree! 

Isn’t this the most adorable little tree? I got this for the boys to keep in their room and it is a huge hit. I remember having a small tree in my room growing up, so I’m hoping to keep up with tradition. Make sure you try this easy craft out this Christmas season! You won’t be disappointed!

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Christmas Sensory Tub & Giveaway!

26 Nov

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had so much fun being with family. Now, I’m getting so excited for the Christmas season! We have our tree, lights and stockings up and it makes our home feel so cozy. This weekend, we switched out sensory tubs to a Christmas one. The boys really enjoyed playing with it.

So to start making it, you’ll need to die dry pasta. Here’s what you’ll need for it.

*Dry noodles (I used 4 (16oz.) macaroni noodle boxes)

*Rubbing Alcohol

*Food Coloring (I used the entire red and green one)

*2 Ziploc gallon size bags

So what you’ll do is dump the pasta in a Ziploc bag and pour alcohol in it until all the noodles are wet (about half bottle). Then pour the food coloring in. Shake until all the noodles are colored. Then let sit for 5-7 minutes.

Then you’ll lay the noodles on cookie sheets lined with parchment or wax paper. Let it dry (overnight is best).

Then you’ll fill it with fun Christmas decorations! This is what I put in ours:

*6 fake candy canes ($1 at Dollar Tree)

*2 Christmas tree ornaments ($1 at Dollar Tree)

*12 wrapped presents ($1 at Dollar Tree)

*12 bells ($1 at Dollar Tree)

And of course you could add whatever you’d like to the sensory tub! I let my kids have tongs, different sizes of containers, funnels, etc. to play with. They love  it! 

This was Wes’ favorite sensory tub. He really liked feeling the noodles and putting them in the cup.

Oh and he also really liked shaking the bell!

So there you have it…a fun Christmas sensory tub!

I’m so excited to announce that today is Teaching Mama’s 1st giveaway! I am very thankful for my readers and with Christmas being around the corner, I want to give back a little something to you! I’ll be giving away a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. The boys and I absolutely LOVE going to Barnes and Noble. They love playing with the trains, checking out the books, playing with the stuffed animals and occasionally getting a delicious drink or snack. Here are a few things I am loving for the kids right now at B & N.

Melissa and Doug- Sort & Snap

Magnetic Wooden Letters

Eric Carle’s Animal Lacing Cards

BOB Books

And of course, you could use the gift card to spoil yourself! This is a great book if you are looking for a good read.

One Thousand Gifts

There are several ways you can enter this contest. See the click on the Rafflecopter giveaway below and enter away! (I’m currently trying to fix why you have to click on it instead of it just showing up, so sorry for the inconvenience!) a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also, linking up with Homeschool Creations today!

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