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Salt Dough and Nature Winter Wonderlands and Wreaths


I just joked the other day about how when you are a crafter it seems as if friends and family are always giving you random materials to craft with. A lovely woman that works with my husband recently gave us a huge bin full of assorted potpourri. My daughter has been dying to get her hands into it.Build a beautiful winter wonderland with salt dough and nature materials and potpourri. A wonderful activity for the winter and Christmas. Kid's arts and crafts and sensory for toddlers and preschoolers.

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One of our favorite activities has always been to work with salt dough or clay and nature items. I wanted to make nature wreaths using homemade salt dough, so I gathered some nature supplies outdoors. I picked branches from different varieties of evergreen trees in our yard. We also dug our hands into all of that potpourri and found cinnamon sticks, pine cones, star anise and other lovely and fragrant fillers. We added a handful of red beads for a little bit of a festive touch.

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Yarn Wrapped Paper Plate Christmas Wreath

My daughter and I went shopping the other day and found that the Christmas decor was already in full force. She was wide-eyed and excited to see all of the holiday items displayed. “Look mama, Christmas.” We saw a pretty sparkly wreath in the store that caught her eye. She oohed and aahed over it. Yarn wrapped paper plate Christmas wreath - winter kid's arts and crafts an fine motor skill activity

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I asked her if she would like to make her own sparkly wreath when we got home and of course she did.

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Puzzle Piece Wreath

My sweet child has really been getting into the holiday season. I can tell this is going to be a fun year for our little munchkin.Puzzle Piece Wreath Craft for kids. Christmas and winter arts and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - with buttons

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 She is ready for winter & has been drawing up a wintery storm. We have snowmen & Christmas trees all over the place. It is adorable.

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Her latest drawing was of a wreath. She was so excited as she was making her wreath.  She made a bow with long strings at the bottom and said that her wreath had ghost floating in the middle of it. Hmmmmm…

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She wanted to cut out her wreath, so we did and then decided to make more wreaths together. We dug through our craft bin to see what we had & came across our bag of old puzzle pieces. It turned out we had just enough to build two wreaths with.

To make these easy wreaths, all you will need is:

Old puzzle pieces of roughly the same size

Glue

Green paint

Green glitter

Red pipe cleaner

Different colored buttons or pom poms

 

Directions:

Glue the puzzle pieces together in a ring like shown. Let the glue dry.

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Paint your ring green & then sprinkle glitter on it.

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Let the paint & glitter dry. Form a bow with a pipe cleaner & glue into place. Mai didn’t want to decorate her wreath. She said that it was a broccoli wreath & you don’t put decorations on broccoli.

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Add buttons or pom poms or whatever else you can think of for embellishments. Add a string to the top & you can use it as an ornament as well.

Puzzle Piece Wreath Craft for kids. Christmas and winter arts and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers - with buttons

Our wreaths came out cute & sparkly and they helped us finally use the last of our mis-matched puzzle pieces.

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Taco Crescent Wreath

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It is official, we are entering the Christmas season.With Thanksgiving behind us, it is time to take down our turkeys & cornucopias and replace them with stockings & Christmas wreaths. It is also time to break out all our favorite holiday recipes & Christmas crafts. This is a very exciting holiday season for us. Our daughter is older this year & is learning more about Christmas & all of the magic and wonder that comes with it. Lately, she has become mommy’s little helper & loves cooking and baking with me. I look forward to the next month of baking Christmas cookies & other Yuletide favorites with her.

Mai has always been a finicky eater. I agonize over planning meals. I have always tried to open her up to a wide variety of foods but she is very resistant. One trick that has always worked for me is wrapping full meals inside a crescent roll & then serving her bite sized pieces. My daughter is not a fan of meat other than ground turkey. I use this tactic to sneak in shredded chicken or beef & also vegetables.  I have stuffed them with chicken & broccoli or with holiday leftovers such as turkey, stuffing & cranberry sauce.

One of my favorite holiday party platters takes any of these different combinations & puts it into a wreath form.

For this recipe, I chose a ground turkey taco wreath but as I said their are a number of possibilities that you can experiment with.

Ingredients are enough to make two to three wreaths. You can freeze unused portions.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey (ground beef will also work)

2-3 cans of large crescent rolls ( I used Pillsbury Grands)

1 taco seasoning packet

6 oz of cream cheese (softened)

1/3 cup sour cream

1/2 a tomato (diced)

1 cup of frozen corn

1/3 cup of sliced black olives

2 cups of mexican cheese

Red & Green peppers for garnish

Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350

In a large skillet, brown meat & drain. Add taco seasoning & follow package directions. Place aside.

In a large mixing bowl add cream cheese & sour cream. Mix well.

Add cooked meat mixture & mix well.

Stir in the corn, olives, cheese until evenly distributed throughout mixture. Mix in diced tomatoes last.

On a greased baking sheet, overlap crescent rolls in a circular pattern pointed side out. Pinch crescent together. Add mixture to the overlapping crescents following the circular pattern about an inch thick & an inch high.

Pull a crescent point in and fold over diagonally, pull each point in one at a time.

Slice peppers into tiny pieces & press into your wreath scattering them. Slice 4 long slices of red pepper to form your wreath bow. Repeat for each wreath.

Bake in the oven according to crescent recommendations for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cook times may vary according to oven.

Let cool & transfer to a serving dish & serve.

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This is a delicious all in one meal. It is perfect to bring to holiday parties. The best part of all, my picky little lady loves them. I hope you enjoy.

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