With Christmas quickly approaching the children are trying to make gifts for one another and their friends. Of course they aren’t very good yet at matching their abilities to their imaginations and desires to make things so most of the figuring out what they should do falls on me! Thank goodness for Pinterest! I want them to make things that are useful and or beautiful and that they can make well with minimal help. I also want to choose projects that further the interests and skills they already have. For the boys that means things that involve wood, paint and glue while Mouse works primarily with cloth and paper. Jack needs some new activities for his school shelves so the boys got together and made him a tray game to learn his shapes and numbers. This was a really simple project for a 5 and 7 year old with minimal assistance.