Design Your Own Gingerbread House

Every year, we bake and make a gingerbread house. This year would be no different. We baked for two days straight, making batch after batch of gingerbread for our house.Draw and bake your own gingerbread house. This is a fun idea for the kids for Christmas or winter. This would be great for a party. Holiday arts and crafts for preschoolers or kids. Baking, cooking with kids

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Our gingerbread house is going to be a replica of our house and ended up being a larger undertaking than we expected.


In between batches of gingerbread my daughter got antsy and made her own gingerbread out of construction paper. It came out so sweet and I loved her button accents.

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Design Your Own Princess Dress

Design Your Own Pricess Dress Activity - With 4 free dress cut-out patterns

A couple of weeks ago, Mai & I made a footed pajama craft together.

Footed pajama craft

She had so much fun decorating her own footie pajamas & kept making me cut out more. She did not forget about the fun that she had that night. This week she asked me if we could make our own princess dresses. I made a few different princess dress designs & cut them out for her to decorate.

Click on the links below for dress cut-out templates.

Princess Dress 1

Princess Dress 2

Princess Dress 3

Princess Dress 4

I cut the dresses out on different colored construction paper & put them in a pile and let her choose which ones she wanted. We put out markers, crayons, ribbon, pom poms, yarn, buttons, cupcake liners, glitter and glue for decorating & embellishing.

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We cut out print outs of my daughter’s head and glued them to pieces of construction paper & she glued the dresses on them . She wanted to draw her own head on some of them too.

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I have to be honest, I think I had almost as much fun making these as she did. It turns out that big girls love princess dresses too.


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Design your own princess dress with markers, glitter, pom pom & ribbon. Free printable cut outs

Glittery Glue Peels

As the mother of a toddler I often look around my house & try to remember what it looked like before kids. I vaguely remember having a clean home once upon a time. I will be honest I have not been the best at keeping a tidy house since the birth of our daughter. I find it exhausting trying to keep her thousands of toys & books organized. This became even more the case once I started introducing sensory play and arts & crafts into our regular play. If you can get around the mess that will be made in your home from this kind of play, it can be very rewarding for you & your child.

My daughter loves arts & crafts, the messier the better, so when I found this craft in one of our library books that combined glue & glitter, I knew that she would have a field day with it.

What you will need:

Wax paper

Elmer’s Glue

Colored glitter

Newspaper or throw cloth to catch mess


Lay down some newspaper or a something to catch any stray glue or glitter. On a piece of wax paper draw pictures, shapes or designs. Show your child & allow them to do the same. Shake glitter over the glue & move around the wax paper until all the glue is covered & then shake off the excess glitter. Let dry. (Depending on the amount of glue that needs drying this may take a full day. You may also use a blow dryer on a slow setting to help speed up the drying.) Peel of from the wax paper.

I will be honest with you, I did not believe this would work, but I was wrong. The shapes & designs peel off nicely & easily.

Mama goes first to show Mai what to do.

IMG_3285Lay down your drop cloth or newspaper & place wax paper on top of it.
Lay down your drop cloth or newspaper & place wax paper on top of it.
Draw your picture out with glue.
Shake out the glitter onto the glue.
Move the glitter around until there is no glue showing.



Have your toddler do it next.

My daughter is only 2, so her drawing are a little more abstract, but she is fine with that.
Let the glitter fly. Don’t be surprised if they get a little zealous with the glitter.
Mai could not get enough of the glitter. I kept reminding her to make a new glue picture in between her glitter frenzies.
Here is one of many of Mai’s pretty sparkly designs.
And another

Let all of your designs dry & then peel.





This was a cute & fun craft. Mai liked it so much, we did it two night in a row.