Christmas Workshop

Illustrations by Brad Teare

Snow Painting

Make colorful artwork in the snow! Here’s how: Fill a few plastic bottles with water. Squeeze 8–10 drops of food coloring into the water (use a different color for each bottle). Take the bottles outside and pour the colored water into the snow. Try “painting” clothes onto a snowman! Or use chalk to draw colorful snowmen on the sidewalk!

Perfect Paper Snowflake

Be creative! Cut out any shapes you want. Just don’t cut all the way across the paper, or you’ll slice your snowflake in half.

  1. Fold a square in half.

  2. Now in half again.

  3. Now fold in thirds.

  4. Trim the top off at a slant.

  5. Cut out any shapes you want.

  6. Don’t cut all the way across.

If it didn’t turn out how you wanted, just get another paper and try again!

Sticky Shepherd

By Val Chadwick Bagley

  1. Glue a cotton ball to the top of a large craft stick.

  2. Cover the cotton ball with a small piece of fabric and tie a string around it to make the shepherd’s hat.

  3. Wrap another piece of fabric around the craft stick and tie a string around the middle to make the shepherd’s clothes.

  4. Draw two eyes and glue on a cotton-ball beard.

  5. Bend a pipe cleaner into a crook and slide it into the shepherd’s belt.

Try making some cotton-ball sheep to go with it!

Cucumber Wreaths

With an adult’s help, slice a cucumber into 1-inch (2-cm) pieces. Scoop out some of the inside with a spoon to make a bowl, and fill it with cream cheese, sour cream, or ranch dressing. Sprinkle finely chopped green veggies around the rim. Finish with a bow made from red bell pepper.

Warm Vanilla Steamer

Tired of hot chocolate? Try this yummy vanilla drink! Heat 4 cups milk and 1/4 cup sugar in small saucepan over medium heat until steaming. Stir in 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and whisk until frothy.

Guacamole Christmas Trees

  • pita bread

  • guacamole

  • pretzel stick

  • red peppers