Occasionally Crafty

December 22, 2014

Holiday Travel Activities for Kids with Disney Planes

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I just spent 26  hours in the car.  Straight.  Yes, you heard me right.  26 hours!  With kids!  We don't usually travel over Christmas (and never that far!), but when the chance came up to spend some time with my dad and my best friend, we knew we had to hit the road.

I'm so glad my kids are a bit older and can (mostly) entertain themselves.  I give them a few tools, and they keep themselves busy for hours!

Since Planes and Planes: Fire and Rescue are big hits with my kids, I knew that having some activities based around these favorite movies would be a great idea.  If you will be traveling and have a Planes fan, keep reading for some FUN and EASY printable activities you can whip up really quick before you go.

Luckily, Walmart has their Planes toys and videos on Rollback just in time for the holidays!  

We headed over to Walmart (for the third time that week- anyone else?)  and picked up this awesome die-cast 3-pack. (It was on "Rollback" for only $14.97!)

 These are perfect for traveling because they don't take up too much space, but they are a great tool for imaginative play.  There are two different sets available.

Other items on Rollback would make awesome last-minute gifts, including the Flight to the Finish Speedway ($24.97)

The Fire and Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment ($19.97/each)

and the Planes Character Assortment and Planes: Fire and Rescue Character Assortment ($4.97/each).

First, let's make this awesome travel runway.  Every Dusty (or friend) needs a runway!  

You will need the following:
  • Cereal box or other thin cardboard
  • Adhesive ( I love my Scotch roller!)

1.  I created this printable runway rather than take the time to make one (I'm lazy.)  You can download yours here , then print it out.  
Laminate it if desired so you can use it over and over again.  
Cut your cereal box or cardboard to fit a standard sheet of paper.
Then,  use your adhesive to attach your printable to the cereal box.
(Optional)  Attach magnets to the back.  We use cheap cookie sheets as travel desks when we go on road trips.  If you use magnets, you can keep your runway in place for easier "takeoffs" and "landings"!
Don't you love that drawing of me and my son?  

That's it!  My kids loved playing with their travel runway- and I have a hunch they'll keep using it here at Grandpa's house!

Bonus!  I love how Disney made Cars and Planes Characters into "people"!  I thought it was perfect from the first time I saw the trailer for the original Cars.  It got me thinking- what kind of Plane would I be?  A sleek jet?  A clunky old duster?  

Kids will love turning themselves into Planes with this printable coloring page.  I printed out several of these and let the kids go wild.
I have to show you my favorite- my 5 year old turned himself into this:

Download yours here and see what your kids create!
Make sure to check out all the other posts in the Countdown to Christmas series!

Are you traveling for the holidays this week?  What are your tips for traveling with kids?  Share them in the comments below!
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December 18, 2014

DIY Glitter and Washi Tape Gift Tags!

We're getting down to the wire here, Christmas is one week away! As I was putting together different neighbor gifts and teacher gifts, I needed something to not only let them know who the gift was from, but to add that last little holiday touch: gift tags!

You can make these easy and fun gift tags with the following supplies:

  • Glitter (i used only red, but you could really go to town with this!)
  • Washi tape
  • Glue Pen- man do I love this really fine tipped glue pen, it's great for small items!
  • Tags! I cut them out with my Silhouette.
There are lots of ways to spruce up a tag, but I wanted something quick and simple, so no layers or cuts involved. I took one wrap around of washi tape, drew my design with the glue pen and poured glitter on top! 

My kids even joined in and made tags for their teachers. It was surprisingly fun to come up with a new design for each one! Now just picture if you wanted more than one color that you could start with one color of glitter, let dry and then draw another part with your glue pen and do your second color! 

What's left on your list to do before Christmas? Today I'm baking 4 dozen cookies for class parties tomorrow! :)

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December 17, 2014

Names of Christ Gift/ Visiting Teaching Handout for December

In our church, we have the Relief Society- an organization dedicated to serving others, both in our church and out.  One of the awesome programs we have is called Visit Teaching- where we take time to visit a few ladies from our congregation each month, really get to know them as friends, and make ourselves personally available to help each other, from watching each other's kids to bringing meals to new moms, or even offering a shoulder to cry on, or an ear to vent in!

We also bring a spiritual message.  This year, all the messages have been focused on the different roles of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Each month centered around one of His names.  It gave us the opportunity to really study who Christ is and all the different ways He helps us in our lives.

I created this printable for you.  Whether you are a member of our church or not, this is something that would be beautiful in any Christian home, at Christmas, or throughout the year.
And, if you are LDS, this makes a great Visiting Teaching Handout or gift for your sisters this month, as it has the names from each month of 2014.

Download yours here.
Download it in Red and Green here

Which is your favorite name?  I love "Comforter"- because I think that is how I have needed Christ the most in my life.

I'll be traveling and won't be around much next week, so let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
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