I wanted to introduce the meaning of our Christmas decorations and when I googled the meanings there were no visuals for kids to make easy associations SO I thought that this task would be perfect for my last Christmas printable for 2013:
My sister, Becca, is probably the most creative and sentimental human being that I have ever met.
She always amazes me with her thoughtfulness and the energy she spends to create special memories for our kids.
When we get our kids together she is always preparing fun snacks, special crafts, itineraries of special events, and much more.
Well, she started a tradition with all of the kids just two years ago that the kids now anticipate and remember more than any other tradition: a scavenger hunt to find their toys!
The kids were so attentive to figure out their next clue!
So, my awesome sister buys small toys/trinkets, writes riddles for the scavenger hunt, and has the kids play outside while she sets up all of the gifts. Another sister, Ali, is also a PHENOMENAL gift-giver so she loves to help with the shopping and setting up of the gifts as well.
I asked Becca if she was okay with today’s printable being this year’s riddles and she was glad to share it. So, HERE is the riddle if you want to print it and use it OR just use it as a guideline to make your own.
Here is an example of one of the riddles in action:
And here is the play-by-play of this year’s scavenger hunt:
1) Favorite Bible Stories Coloring Books on the playroom table.
2) A piñata hanging in the backyard.
3) Nativity Magnets and birthday blowers in the kitchen.
But if you e-mail me with a specific request (aunts and uncles, cousins, special grandparents names like MeMe and Poppy etc.) I may be able to help out.
Casey had the idea to: take a crayola marker and paint your child’s thumb red and do thumbprints at the end of every line (tree branch)… make little “ornaments” out of the thumb prints. You could make them all red, or do different colors. Turn it into a thumbprint tree 🙂
My friend Allie had the idea to possibly have her kids paint this and modge podge it onto a small canvas.
I am thinking I might have my kiddos decorate it and place it on a frame with a clothespin glued onto the top so that the art could be interchangeable. I got the frame idea from Allie when I visited her playroom – I’ll post pictures when I make that happen!
Whatever you come up with, don’t forget to SHARE your work so that we can feature our favorites here (updating this post) and offer you our Christmas Printables or Playroom Labels for free!