Spiders don’t have to be scary!

Egg Carton Spider!
An egg carton and pipe cleaners are not just for making caterpillars!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an egg carton, any size will work. Some paint and a brush,scissors, 4 pipe cleaners and something to protect your table. Painting such a small thing means lots of mess! * You may want to get some googly eyes for older children but I discourage you using them for toddlers, they love popping them in their mouths and those suckers are sharp when bitten and a choking hazard.
  2. Cut your carton so you have just one little section.
  3. Paint it, and let dry completely.
  4. Make 4 small holes with sharp scissors on each side of the carton, and feed pipe cleaners through.
  5. Glue on googly eyes or for younger toddlers you can draw them on with a marker as long as the paint is completely dry.

* Now 2 days after making this spider my son who is 15 months old is in LOVE with his spider. I really thought this activity would be more of one about painting for him, but he has been carrying this spider around and to the dinner table now for a day and a half!

Song!


The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout,
down came the rain and washed the spider out!
Out came the sun and dried out all the rain,
and the Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the spout again!


Books!

There are a lot of great spider books, in fact a whole series of ” Miss Spider” books the by David Kirk. These two books I am showing are both board books although there are hard cover and soft cover versions as well. ” The Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Taggies is a great, there are soft ribbon tags along the pages and offers a tactile activity for young babies and toddlers that are not ready for static pictures. ” The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle is a great story about hard work!

” The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle
” The Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Taggies

Shake shake let’s make music!

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Toilet paper roll shaker!
  1. Gather your materials. Grab some paint, a paintbrush, a toilet paper or paper towel roll, some pasta or rice for inside and some packing, duct or masking tape. * If you are doing this with older children you can use fabric, or plastic wrap for the ends and secure it with elastics instead of the tape , but only do this if your child won’t rip the ends off
  2. Paint your roll!
  3. Let the roll dry completely.
  4. Cover one end with tape. Go across the opening first one way, then the other , then around the tube.
  5. Pop the pasta in the tube, don’t worry if some sticks to the tape.
  6. Repeat the tape on the other end, and make some music!
Song!

Shake shake shake your sillies out!
Shake shake shake your sillies out!
Shake shake shake your sillies out,
and wiggle all your waggles away!

Flick flick flick your fidgets out!
Flick flick flick your fidgets out!
Flick flick flick your fidgets out,
and wiggle all your waggles away!

Jump jump jump your jiggles out!
Jump jump jump your jiggles out!
Jump jump jump your jiggles out,
and wiggle all your waggles away!

Books!

These three books have been favorites of mine for years, ” Clap your Hands” is a great toddler book that they can move a long to , ” The Brass Band Robbery” has amazing illustrations and ” Mortimer” is an all around great book with a repetitive beat to it.

” Clap Your Hands” by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
” Mortimer” by Robert Munsch
” The Brass Band Robbery” by John Patience

Dinosaur Day!

Dinosaur Egg Art

  1. Gather your materials. I like using colored chalk for this project because it gives the paper a egg shell look and feel. If you don’t have chalk paint, crayons or markers work fine too!
  2. Draw and cut out the egg from your paper, any non coated paper works, shiny coated paper is hard to use chalk with.
  3. For older preschoolers if you have an egg in your fridge bring it out and talk about how small it is, and how a little chicken comes from it. dinosaur eggs were usually very large because many of the dinosaurs were giant!
  4. Go nuts! Name the colors while your child is using them. Watch little ones with chalk, it’s a choking hazard- and new pieces tend to break, I pre break them to avoid tiny pieces.

Song!


I’m a little dinosaur,
dinosaur, dinosaur.
I’m a little dinosaur ,
I have a very quiet roar!

I’m a great big dinosaur,
dinosaur, dinosaur,
I’m a great big dinosaur,
I have a very loud ROAR!

Books!

My Dinosaur” by Mark Allen Weatherby
” How do Dinosaurs say Goodnight? “ by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

* Another great board book which has gone MIA at my house is ” Dinosaur ROAR!” by Paul and Henrietta Stickland.


Pastry Brush Painting


  1. Gather your materials. Paper, paint and a brush is all you need. I am using a pastry brush because really little hands have a hard time with a thin paintbrush and they are less expensive than toddler brushes from an art supply store. I got this one at a dollar store for 99 cents!
  2. Add one color at a time and let your child have fun mixing colors. I only did 2 colors because at 14 months long activities are tedious, so I kept it short. If your child is older plan on using 3 or 4 colors!
  3. Make sure to display this masterpiece where your child can show off their art!

Song!

Over the Irish Sea

When I was 1 I sucked my thumb
and then I went to sea
I climbed aboard a pirate ship
and the captain said to me
“Let’s go this way , and that way.
backwards and forwards,
over the Irish sea!”

* Continue counting with rhyming words like 2 and shoe, 3 and knee etc

Books!



All these books are themed around famous painters and their masterpieces! ” Painting with Picasso” is a board book and great for fumbly toddler fingers. The other two are beautiful and are wonderful for preschoolers all the way up!

“Babar’s Museum of Art” by Laurent de Brunhoff
“Museum ABCs” by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
” Painting with Picasso” by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober


Apple Print Valentines



Valentine’s is only days away, so I thought I better get to sharing an activity that can be made into a special Valentine’s activity. Apple printing is great any time of year, just skip the last step of cutting the paper into the shape of a heart!

  1. Gather your materials. You’ll need an apple, some paint, a plate, and some paper. I am re- using a paper grocery bag. Whenever I use paint I like to put an extra layer between the project and the table surface, so I cut the paper bag in two and used half for an under layer and taped it to my table using painters tape.
  2. Cut your apple in two lengthwise, this way you will get a heart shape when you print it!
  3. Pour some paint on to your plate , you don’t need much at all. If you put too much you will just get a blob of paint instead of a nice print.
  4. Print !!
  5. Let the prints dry before drawing a heart and cutting it out!

Books!



All of these books have love as a theme , ” Daddy Hugs” is a great counting book for young toddlers, “The Kissing Hand” is a wonderful story and great for kids experiencing separation anxiety at school, and ” I love you forever” will make any mom cry, and most dads too!


Daddy Hugs” by Karen Katz
I love you Forever “
by Robert Munsch
“The Kissing Hand”
by Audrey Penn