Showing posts with label toddlers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label toddlers. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cupcake Liner Umbrella Craft


We have been learning about seasons in preschool.  While we stay cooped up inside to avoid the cold snow outside we can dream about warmer weather.  This lesson focused on Spring.  We talked about how spring is different from the other seasons: flowers grow, it rains, many baby animals are born, and the earth is getting warmer.  Naturally, we needed to do a craft to celebrate spring, so the kids made cupcake liner umbrellas.

Cupcake Liner Umbrellas
Materials Needed:
  • Paper
  • Cupcake liners
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Blue construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
How to Make the Umbrellas:
Create a "J" shape with your pipe cleaner by bending the end into a hook.  Fold your cupcake liners in half.  Then, fold them back about another fourth.  Tape the cupcake liner and pipe cleaner together.  Glue your cupcake liner umbrellas to a piece of paper.  Cut out some raindrops from the blue construction paper.  Glue around the umbrellas.  Let glue dry and hang up your new art work.

The cupcake liner umbrellas were such a simple craft, but my kids had a blast making them.  They couldn't wait to display them in the house.  

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

5 Candy Corn Crafts




There are two kinds of people in this world: the people who can't wait for autumn when the candy corns come out, and those who avoid candy corn like the plague.  I bought a bag of every different kind of candy corn at the store (so you can probably guess which kind of person I am).  Did you know they have s'more, caramel apple, peanut butter, and apple pie candy corn?  They are all pretty good, but I'm a fan of the original.

What better way to share my love of candy corn than by making candy corn-themed crafts?!  All of the following crafts are simple, inexpensive, and easy for kids to do.  If you need more holiday ideas check out my list of over 100 kid crafts.


#1. Candy Corn Turkey

  • White paper
  • Construction paper (brown and orange)
  • Candy corn (6-10 pieces)
  • Elmer's glue
  • Scissors
  • Jiggly-eyes (optional)
  • Orange crayon
Directions: Cut a body and a head out of the brown construction paper.  Cut out a beak and feet using

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Leaf Printing


IT'S AUTUMN!  My favorite season is finally here!  The sweaters, the crisp air, the leaves changing colors, the pumpkin-flavored everything.

*Sigh!*

To celebrate, I talked about Autumn with my kids.  We talked about the days getting colder, apples and pumpkins getting ripe, and leaves changing colors.  After our little lesson, we created some Fall leaf prints.  This craft is super easy, somewhat messy, and your kids will love it.

You Will Need:

  • Leaves (pick some that are not old and won't break when pressure is applied)
  • Paint in various Fall colors (red, yellow, orange, brown)
  • Paint brushes or foam brushes (we used foam)
  • Pieces of paper
  • A paper plate
  • Water (to clean off the brushes)
  • Aprons/paint shirts

Give each person participating a piece of paper, a couple of leaves, a brush, a paper plate with paint on it, and an apron or a paint shirt.  

Using the brush, paint the leaves different colors.  Press the leaves to the paper and then lift.  Wash of your brush and try another color.  Your kids will want to do this over and over and over and over...again.  Trust me.  

They will love, not only their Fall leaf prints, but turning the leaves different colors with their paint as well.  

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dinosaur Stomp File Folder Game




When school is out for the summer the kids think that their learning is done until school starts again.  But I find ways to secretly teach new concepts.  Usually, I do this through games.  This summer I decided to make some file folder games for my kids to play to help them keep learning.

Bud needs to work on the knowing his left from his right.  I created the dinosaur stomp game to teach him this concept.


I made these little dinosaur feet, some with an L and some with and R on it (representing left and right of course).  After cutting them out and laminating them, I threw them all over the living room.  I turned on some good stomping music.  Then, I would call out either left or right and Bud would try to step on a foot with the correct letter on it.  Goofy played along as well.


These are the little dinosaur footprints.  Feel free to save the picture to your computer and make your own dinosaur stomp file folder game.


Here is the cover I created for the file folder.  Now, if I make more dinosaur games I have a place to keep them.  (Again, feel free to save your own copy.)

Do you have any favorite summertime learning activities?

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Pom-Pom Easter Bunny Noses




Nothing like a little crafting to liven up the holidays.  We've made bunny ears and bums, Easter egg banners, and paper rocking birds.  This year I thought we'd try something new - bunny noses.

This craft is so fast and your kids will love it.  All you need is a Popsicle stick, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, and a glue gun.  Start by cutting your pipe cleaner to the whisker size you like.  I let my kids choose their nose and whisker colors.  Glue the pipe cleaner to the Popsicle stick.  Glue one a pom-pom nose and you're done.  It is really that easy!

My kids loved hopping around the house pretending to be little Easter Bunnies.

What's your favorite Easter craft?  Let me know in the comments.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween Popsicle Stick Puzzles


Can you tell that Princess was super excited to try out these new Halloween Popsicle stick puzzles?  I made them for one of our 30 Days of Halloween activities.  I never knew how simple Popsicle stick puzzles were to make.  They are also cheap and compact.  Plus your kids will love them (at least mine did).


All you will need are 10 large Popsicle sticks per puzzle, a glue stick, scissors, and one of the 7 templates I created using PicMonkey and free clip art.

 

 

Print out the template(s) that you like, (make sure to print them 5 x 7 size), and cut out the picture. Glue a Popsicle stick onto the back side of the template along the edge.  Cut off the excess template as close to the Popsicle stick as you can.  Repeat with all remaining Popsicle sticks.


You will then have a cute little Halloween puzzle that your kids will love.  Goofy surprised me by how good she was at making these puzzles.


Princess making a scary, Halloween face.


Princess whipped out all seven puzzles in no time flat.

To store them simply wrap a rubber band around each Halloween Popsicle stick puzzle.  You can take these with you on the road (far less mess than a regular puzzle).

Come check out some of the other Halloween activities we are doing!


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

30 Halloween Activities



It's October!  I love everything about October: autumn in full swing, Halloween, wearing sweaters & scarves, Halloween, pumpkin everything, Halloween...

Okay, so I'm a little Halloween obsessed.  Halloween is MY holiday.  Growing up my mom always in charge of Easter and Christmas, but she left Halloween to my siblings and me.  We created haunted houses in our basement.  We came up with epic ways to decorate the house.  We designed our own pumpkin carving patterns.  So many good memories!

Although I'm late getting started (thanks to a surprise appendectomy) my kids and I wrote down 30 activities we could do leading up to Halloween.  Time to make some memories!  Here is what we came up with:


As we do the activities I will update this page to let you in on the fun.

1. Paint Rocks
2. Play with Popsicle Stick Puzzles
Making puzzles is one of my kids' favorite things.  These Popsicle stick puzzles are cheap, compact, and easy enough for a 3-year-old to put together on their own.  Click HERE to get your own free Popsicle stick puzzle templates.





3. Pumpkin Patch/Ghosts in the Graveyard
Your kids will love trying to find these balloon "ghosts" all around your yard.  Ours were even filled with goodies!










4. Make Bookmarks
5. Paint Nails
My girls love painting nails.  Time to get festive with some Halloween designs.  Click HERE for the free printable. 







6. Make Halloween Pennant Banners
7. Play with Slime
Even my girly-girls enjoyed squishing and squeezing their glittery slime creatures.







8. Beanbag Toss
9. Masking Tape Mummies
Make masking tape mummies of your kids.  They will love toting around their little mummy-me (it's like mini-me; get it?).











10. Make a Haunted House
I bought a haunted house kit from Walmart and put it together.  So cheap and easy to make!







11. Make Halloween Puppets
12. Make Pumpkin Owls
13. Make Wreaths
If your kids love to decorate, this is the craft for you.  Make paper plate pumpkin wreaths and let your kids hang them wherever they want.










14. Color Halloween Pictures
15. Play Grab the Ghost
An easy and entertaining game that will keep your kids busy and get them moving.







16. Make Paper Pumpkins
17. Pumpkin Bowling
18. Drink Witch's Brew
19. Mummy Wrapping
20. Play Witch Pitch
Help your kids practice counting as they try to toss candy corns into cauldrons.  This is also a fabulous group date game.







21. Have a Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Get out some pent-up energy by going on a scavenger hunt.  Add an extra level of difficulty and fun by doing it at night with flashlights!










22. Make Pumpkin Bracelets
What's better than making bracelets?  Making edible bracelets!  (Tutorial will be added soon.)







23. Have a Halloween Photo Booth
24. Carve Pumpkins
You can't go wrong with this classic Halloween activity.  I love watching my kids' reactions to the pumpkin's insides.










25. Decorate the Bat Cave
I let the kids decorate their toy room with bats.  They now call it the bat cave.  Princess even hung some bats from the ceiling.










26. Draw Bats in Cages
27. Decorate Suckers
28. Make Halloween Hair Bows
29. Decorate Treat Bags
Let your kids use paint and Q-tips to decorate their treat bags.  They will love showing them off on Halloween.










30. Make a Treat
I whipped up a nice, Fall treat (it's a favorite from my childhood).  We had applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon & sugar.  I topped it off with vanilla ice cream and some Halloween sprinkles.  This treat is fast, easy, and semi-healthy.







How do you celebrate Halloween with your family?

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