Holiday Craft Finds from the Dollar Store {Week 1: Christmas Ball Ornaments}





I love finding a good deal and on any one my shopping trips, I try to make a little time for a quick trip to the dollar store. You never know what treasures you are going to find there, especially if you homeschool.

Since, we spend a lot of time doing preschool arts and crafts here in our home, the dollar store is a fabulous place to grab some materials at a fraction of the cost. Around the holidays, they also tend to stock some pretty neat items. Just a few weeks ago, I spotted several new products there that I knew would be just perfect for a few fun Christmas arts and crafts time. Over the next few weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday, I will be sharing some of those finds.



One of my first finds were these Crafter's Square Christmas Ball Ornaments:





They are clear plastic balls, which are wonderful for homes with younger children and pets (a while back I outlawed glass Christmas balls after my cat kept knocking them out of the tree, leaving broken glass shards all over the floor). These are basically clear ornaments that you can personalize to make them just the way you want. The thin metal top pops off (with adult supervision) and children can fill them with crumpled paper or other fun trinkets...like these:





Shiny confetti in the shape of holly...how adorable! Also, no preschool can be complete without a collection of fuzzy pom-poms. We use them for all kinds of activities here, so when I spotted these fun, festive tinsel pom-poms, needless to say I was elated!

So we have our ornaments and the contents that we'll be placing inside, now on to the fun part...filling them:




I have to note that this is also a wonderful activity to help practice fine motor skills, since little ones have to pick up the small items and place them into the narrow opening of the ornament. Once my son was all done filling his ornaments, I helped him put the metal caps back on and we had fun placing them on the Christmas tree for display.




This is also an activity that will create so many special memories year after year. When we bring out the Christmas decorations every holiday season, we'll be reminded of the fun we had making these.


Need more holiday craft ideas to do with the kiddos? Be sure to check out this post where we created Christmas tree ornaments using wooden Popsicle sticks and Thin Stix. Also, stay tuned for next week where I'll be sharing our second Christmas craft find from the dollar store.



Read the complete Holiday Craft Finds from the Dollar Store series:


Christmas Ball Ornament Craft
 
Gingerbread Felt Craft

Foam Gingerbread Man Craft