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Christmas will never be the same!! Santa and his elves will no longer be able to produce gifts for children under 12 years old due to new toy legislation scheduled to go into effect February 2009.
Please read the following article and write your Congressman and Senators to help save Santa and his elves and all the (responsible) independent toy makers in the United States, Canada and Europe!

http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/

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One of my favorite children’s illustrators and blog, Jenny B Harris/allsorts, added this fun activity to her site! Check Out her blog while you’re there! And don’t get too addicted to decorating the house!!

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elf coloring sheet

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[Bucilla felt gingerbread house kit shown in photo, just so you can see how totally insane you can get with a felt gingerbread house!]

Kids will love making a gingerbread house that they can use year after year. It makes a great classroom project or a great craft for the boredom blues. The decorating ideas are endless with this gingerbread house.

Craft Difficulty Rating: Average

You Will Need:

  • Mrs. Field’s cookie box (or any other cardboard box shaped like a house)
  • Brown felt sheet
  • Scrap pieces of felt, assorted colors
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cover the box with brown felt by gluing it down.
  2. Use white felt pieces to make “icing” for the house. You can cut the felt into a pattern if you wish.
  3. Use various scrap pieces to create candy shapes. I used gumdrops, mints, peppermint sticks, and gumdrops on my house as an example. Glue the pieces in place.
  4. Let it dry and there you have a great gingerbread house made from felt.
  5. Variation: To turn this craft into a playset, don’t glue the candy pieces down. Let kids recreate multiple houses by rearranging the candy pieces or adding new ones. It works just like a felt board.

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Here is a great link to a site with many FREE Christmas coloring sheets(the one above is only one example!)! click here!

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Gingerbread Men Coloring Sheets

[Click on either gingerbread man to view full image and print]

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