It's official: The countdown is on for the arrival of Santa Claus!
While cookies and milk will welcome the big guy in red on Christmas Eve, another tradition can encourage kids to tap into their imagination, and also learn about different ways Christmas is celebrated around the world.
In many European countries, youngsters leave shoes out for St. Nick, who fills them with goodies like candy, fruits and small toys on Dec. 6, also known as Little Christmas. Kids decorate and personalize their shoes (so Father Christmas doesn’t mix up anyone’s gifts!), making for a fun family tradition.
If you have some old shoes your kids have grown out of, break out the crafting supplies and get to work!
What you need:
- One shoe (per child)
- Fabric paint
- Spray glitter
- Hot glue
- Permanent marker
- Various décor (ribbons, bells, stickers, etc.)
Get to work!
This project is meant to spark your kids’ creativity so a lot of the decorating will be up to them! Here’s a good starter plan:
Fabric paint is a good way to dress up an old pair of shoes. Let your kiddo pick their favorite colors and get to work making a masterpiece (pro tip: an apron might help save parents from some headaches!). Once the paint is dry, spray glitter is an easy way to add even more pizzazz. Break out the hot glue gun and help your little one adorn the shoe with lots of bells and whistles. Their imaginations will spring to life as they arrange everything from buttons to feathers to holiday décor like artificial holly and berries.
Once they’re satisfied with their creations, kids can add their name in marker for a final personal touch. Set the shoes out on a mantelpiece or table and then watch them eagerly await the arrival of St. Nick!
Kids can make a new shoe creation each year from outgrown shoes. Or, if you’re using Jenzy to get the best and longest-lasting fit for your kids’ shoes, recycle and update the same St. Nick shoe!
Share your creations by tagging @shopjenzy on social media!