For a fun festive activity, I bought some blank wooden nutcrackers for my sons to paint. I am actually not a huge fan of nutcrackers – I find them a little creepy – but my kids like them. I think they appeal to them for largely nostalgic reasons: my mother-in-law has a large collection of nutcrackers so the kids associate them with fun-filled Christmases spent at their grandparents’ house. Somehow, despite my mild aversion to nutcrackers, we now have a small collection of our own that appear every December. Now we have four more!
The nutcrackers were created by, from left to right, my 11, 13, 7, and 9 year olds.