Got some reluctant crafters in your home? How about enlisting them to paint the treat holders for Chanukah? I think if there are sweets involved, so they may just be motivated. And if you're gonna give them sweets, so you might as well take advantage of the situation and help your kids build crafting confidence too!
I've been wanting to tell you a little story, and since we're on the subject of sugar, now seems like a good time! So it's like this: in Israel most families don't realize that there are many reasons to limit a child's sugar intake. As you can imagine, that could leave my kids feeling a bit deprived, since I do realize the pitfalls of sugar! In order to deal with this situation, I have taken all the unhealthy standard Israeli treats, and attributed one kind to each holiday.
Chocolate spread is for Pesach, chocolate pudding/yogurt is for Shavuos, chocolate milk is for Rosh HaShana, chocolate covered marshmellow cookie sandwiches for Succos, and chocolate (coins and bars) are for Chanukah! Got the picture? And I'm very happy to say, this little plan has worked quite well. My kids don't beg for this stuff since they know they'll be getting it sometime! And funny enough, my five year old saw some friends eating chocolate pudding on Rosh HaShana, and he came to me and said "hey they're eating chocolate pudding, (which we eat on Shavuos) don't they know it's Rosh HaShana?
Okay, now back to the crafting;
- toilet paper tubes
- acrylic craft paint
- glitter glue or "tulip" fabric paint
- crepe paper or tissue paper
- silver ribbon (I cut wider ribbon into thinner strips)
How To: Paint tubes, when dry add dots of glitter glue. When dry, wrap treats in crepe paper or tissue paper and insert into tubes. Collect the tubes after the kids remove the treats and re-use them for another night!