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Letter to Santa

I thought I would share this activity with everyone as Christmas is on its way and writing a letter to Santa is something my girls look forward to this time of year.  You can send your letter and use the service provided by Australia Post (details below) or you can reply to your children’s letter pretending to be Santa 🙂

I sit individually with both girls and write our letters. Lara tells me what she would like to write and I write it for her then she draws pictures for Santa. Olivia who is learning to write, writes some words herself and adds her pictures.  Once the letters are written the girls decorate them using pens, pencils, textas or paint.

Australia Post provides for Australian residents where you can post your letter in a red post box and Santa will reply. You can also down load Santa letter templates either coloured or black and white.  For more information see http://auspost.com.au/personal/letters-to-santa.html

Once your letters are written, addressed and stamped we walk down to the local letter box and post them. It is not long before Santa sends a letter back which is a very exciting day at our house!!

This is a great activity to do with children as it promotes language and literacy, creativity and imagination.

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Coloured Pasta

Pasta of all different shapes and sizes can be used in craft activities especially at Christmas so I thought I would add a post about how to colour it.

You will need:

Green and red food colouring(These are good Christmas colours but you can really use any colour you like)

Pasta

Zip lock bags

Water

Paper towel

Foil

Add about a tablespoon  of water to the zip lock bag and a few drops of the food colouring. The more food colouring in you add the more intense the colour will be. Add a few handfuls of pasta and close the bag. Move the water around in the bag to make sure all the pasta is coloured. You can add more pasta at this stage if you find there is a lot of liquid still in the bag.

Leave the pasta in the bag flat for a minute then turn it over and leave it for another minute.  After a few minutes the pasta will absorb the colour, if you leave it for too long the pasta will go soggy.

Pour the mixture out onto a plate with paper towel and allow it to absorb the extra colouring mixture. Then tip the pasta onto a plate covered in foil and put into the sun to dry.  If you leave it on the paper towel it will stick.

The finished pasta:

I will post some craft ideas for the coloured pasta in over the next few weeks.