There are SO many fun projects out there with great ideas on fun ornaments.
My favorite ones are found here:
The glue in the cookie cutter one is SO fun. My kids thought they were getting away with something the first time we tried this. You place the cookie cutter shapes on parchment paper, fill with any sequins, beads you want, then fill it up with clear or colored glue! When it dries, you cut it out, poke a hole through the top, and voila! A BEAUTIFUL ornament for your tree.
The other one that is very fun is a Salt Dough ornament. The website above has many examples, but it's so easy to find anywhere online.
1 1/2 cups water . Add water slowly and knead together a LOT. Then roll it out, and if it feels sticky, add more flour.
Then let the kids have fun with cookie cutters. Use a toothpick to poke a hole at the top. Bake at 325 for one hour, and paint away!
Ornaments are a GREAT present that the kids can help make, and a very wonderful gift for grandparents, great grandparents, and for your own tree. I have some of my husband's ornament projects hanging on our tree that my mother in law was kind enough to save! These are my kids' absolute favorite ornaments.
And finally... some pictures from our meal :)
K working VERY hard cutting out her pirate flag to glue onto her hat
The presentation. A pirate straw decoration, the chicken is hidden in uncooked pasta noodles (just fun sensory and not too dangerous if they bite into it...)
Two of the pirate men
The cutest toddler pirate I've ever seen