If you have mini-ions under the age of 4, you likely have a tree that gets redecorated. Or ornaments that may find themselves in play kitchens, doll houses and incorporated into train tracks. Currently, I have ornaments in at least two other rooms than the tree is. Only one broken, so far, this year. Of course I have non-breakable ornaments within reach of the mini-ions, but it turns out they are getting smarter and using chairs and step stools to get to the ornaments they really want.
Inspired by the idea of trying to find more ways to say yes, last year, I created a Christmas tree for the mini-ions to decorate (the wrinkles are from storage). I had read on pinterest to get a big piece of felt, but that just wasn’t available to me. Walmart has paper size sheets, so I got 7 pieces of green and one piece of brown, laid them out like a tree and glued them together. I used those Velcro/sticky tabs to attach it to the wall. Then bought one sheet of felt in 3 or 4 different colors and cut random shapes out to be ornaments. Because, you realize, felt sticks to felt. I have an old wipes case that the ornaments are kept in.
Do I have felt ornaments all over my house? Well, of course! But its a lot more comfortable to step on a piece of felt than a Disney cruise boat or a crystal ballerina. I don’t mind as much when a felt square is creatively used as a car track. And when the mini-ions start heading towards the family tree, I just remind them to redecorate their own tree. Christmas harmony restored!
- The Toddler Christmas Tree (okieandco.wordpress.com)
- A Toddler, A Tree and A Puppy: Do You See What I See? (notmyownblog.wordpress.com)