Every December, my library does a Breakfast with Santa event for families. They gather in the community room for doughnut holes and juice, then Santa comes in to say hello. In the library proper, we have a sitting area with a wingback chair placed next to a Christmas tree. The children are taken out in small groups to meet Santa. When they are finished, they go back to the community room for crafts and activities. Activities are my sole contribution to the whole thing.
1. Glittery Snow Painting (from Growing a Jeweled Rose) – This was by far the favorite activity. Multiple families asked for the recipe so they could make it at home. The only thing I would do differently would be to have the children sprinkle the glitter over the paint once they’ve finished. The glitter got lost in the shaving cream when it was mixed.
2. Bow Tie Noodle Wreath Cards (from Crafty Morning) – I prepped the noodles by dying them with green food coloring and vinegar. To make them glittery, I sprayed adhesive on the noodles, put them in a zip baggie filled with green glitter, and shook them.
4. Santa Beard (from East Coast Mommy) – Quick and simple.