This is definitely the year our family is starting many Christmas traditions. It is just so much fun to experience the magic of the holiday season through the eyes of a 2-year old, who for the first time, is comprehending that there is actually something to get excited about. Making Christmas-themed crafts is a great tradition to start. Making Christmas ornaments together is particularly fantastic because an ornament made this year will hopefully adorn our Christmas tree throughout Sweet Pea’s childhood.
A fantastic ornament to start with is this simple beaded candy cane ornament. This ornament is really so simple that even a young 2-year old could have a blast making it with you!
The instructions are really very simple.
1. Feed the first bead onto the pipe cleaner and then tie a knot around it so it acts as an anchor.
2. Alternate white and red beads until you are close to reaching the end of the pipe cleaner.
3. Tie a knot around the last bead. Note: I liked the way the candy canes looked when both of the anchor beads were red. It just popped more.
4. Bend the beaded pipe cleaner into the shape of a candy cane… Voila! Ornament completed!
How to get your 2-year old involved
This was really the best part. I started the ornament, but after that Sweet Pea did most of the work. Since Sweet Pea didn’t have a lot of experience with candy canes, I instructed her to select a red or white bead. I held the pipe cleaner steady as she stuck the bead on and then threaded it down to the end. The entire process took maybe 10 minutes. I will say that after the first candy cane, Sweet Pea’s attention span had moved onto other things. However, I was impressed by her eye-hand coordination. This simple craft turns out to be a great fine motor skill activity. Bonus!
The Spirit of Christmas
I originally decided to do this ornament with Sweet Pea as part of a 2-week series of ornaments inspired by children’s books. If you think this is a cute idea, check out Mama Miss for the entire 2-week series of handmade ornaments inspired by books. The book I chose to link to this ornament is The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman (affiliate link).
We haven’t read this book yet but it is part of the ’25 Days of Christmas Books’ tradition that we also started this year. I wanted to do a simple craft based on this book mostly because I am in love with all of Nancy Tillman’s books. She is seriously one of my favorite children’s authors because her writing is very lyrical and the illustrations in her books are absolutely gorgeous. Sweet Pea hasn’t picked this book to unwrap yet, but when she does I know we will both enjoy digging into it.
Making Christmas ornaments inspired by a children’s book. Isn’t that a great idea?! As I mentioned earlier, this is a 2-week series. I am actually sharing today with six other fantastic bloggers. Take a moment to check out their book-inspired ornaments!