DoodleBug Busy Bags time! — The theme for December’s “bag” was Christmas!
If you’re new to them, DoodleBug Busy Bags is a fun subscription for little ones from Kidable Adventures (the company behind Little Thinker Box). Bags are aimed at children ages 3 through 9 and contain all of the materials needed to complete 4 to 8 fun crafts. Each bag will focus on a different theme, often relating to upcoming holidays or seasons. Monthly subscriptions are $15.99 and include free shipping.
Let’s see what’s in the December 2015 DoodleBug Busy Bag!
As usual, all of the crafts were sent in a padded envelope and sealed in a ziplock bag.
December’s theme was “Christmas” and all of the crafts were listed on the info sheet along with photos and tips on how to complete each one.
3D Reindeer Stable Craft Kit – This seemed like a pretty straightforward craft — just assemble the foam walls to build a stable and then decorate. Simple, right? Nope. I think the downfall was letting two 3 year olds take possession of all the foam pieces while I tried reading the directions and doing everything in the exact order. After a few demands of “No! Don’t peel the backing off that one yet!” and “Don’t lose those pom-poms, we need them!”, we eventually managed to get the house built/decorated…
Precise candy cane placement.
The end result turned out pretty cute, considering. 🙂
Metal Jingle Bell Wreath Christmas Ornament – With the chaos that ensued during the stable building, I decided to tackle this wreath ornament on my own. 😉 It involved stringing metal jingle bells onto a green pipecleaner and forming it into a wreath. The openings on the bells were on the small side (which didn’t help when the pipecleaners would bend inward into them).. It a bit tricky even for me, so I’m glad I didn’t attempt it with a 3 year old.
I love how it turned out though! Definitely designed for older (more patient!) kids for sure.
“Legend of the Gingerbread Man” Ornament Craft Kit – A foam craft kit that involved putting peel-n-stick decorations onto a gingerbread man ornament. This one was super simple… I was afraid the smaller stickers would be too hard for my kiddos to peel off/stick on, but they did a great job with them.
The gingerbread dude looked pretty normal in the photo above…
In the end, the girls went a little crazy with the circle stickers. Poor guy.
“Santa Stop Here” Doorknob Hanger – Another straightforward foam craft. Just position the adhesive-backed pieces in the correct spots on the door hanger.
The completed door hanger.
Christmas Train Sign Craft – Yet another foam kit. This one involved putting all of the pieces on the train in a specific order, which my girls weren’t too keen on doing. Following instructions is so lame when you’re 3.
Loopy Christmas Wreath Craft Kit – I think this was my favorite craft of the bunch. The kit came with a lot of (maybe 2 dozen?) paper strips with adhesive on one of their ends. You had to make them into loops and then glue them all to the green paper plate “wreath”. After allowing the glue to dry, the decorative “berries” and bow could then be added.
I had to help push the loops into place (they were WAY too gentle about it) and I ended up putting the decorations on when the glue dried. — We did these crafts on Christmas Eve, so the girls may have been just a little distracted by Santa’s impending arrival. 😉
Adorable! It reminded me of the paper chains I used to make in elementary school many Christmases ago. Love it!
Yet another fun month from DoodleBug Busy Bags! I could have done without so many foam kits this time, but other than that it was a great collection of festive crafts. 🙂Browse more Kids Boxes in my Subscription Box Directory
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