Easter Egg Magnets

I have to confess, as much as I adore Easter, and all thing messy usually, I can’t stand dyeing eggs. There I said it. I don’t know why I dislike it so much, I just do. Instead of hard boiling we used glitter and foam to make these easy magnets !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some foam sheets, we used 2 colors but use as many as you have or want, some glue, a few colors of glitter glue , scissors and magnetic tape. * word of caution when doing things with magnets and your children. Magnets can be really dangerous if swallowed so I always use these large pieces and make sure they are far too big to fit in a child’s mouth. Even when you think they are over the stick it all in my mouth stage, they will surprise you and it’s not worth the risk.
  2. Start by drawing an oval or two on a sheet of foam with a marker.
  3. Have your child use the glitter glue to decorate, they don’t need to be exact or careful. A lot of glitter glue is tough to squeeze but if your child is anything like mine they will insist on doing it themselves.
  4. While they exert their independence and get glitter all over the egg and themselves, draw some lines and zig zags on a second sheet of foam.
  5. Rub the glitter around to spread it, not only will this look cool , it cuts the drying time.
  6. Decorate the 2nd sheet with glitter as well.
  7. Let dry
  8. Cut out the stripes and zig zags
  9. I added the glue in strips, I asked my son how many he wanted , but did the glue myself.
  10. Add the stripes and zig zags and let dry.
  11. Cut out the eggs
  12. Add the magnets
  13. Use them to display your other artwork!

2 Crafts In One…

Q- Tip
Dandelion


My plan was for my son to do this dandelion , but all he wanted to do was stick the q-tips in his nose, in his ears- pretty much everywhere but the glue. So I made the flower and my son happily and very carefully painted with a q-tip, a great open ended activity which should make up the majority of art time for toddlers and preschoolers anyway. Not what I planned, but we had fun and I think both projects are pretty cute.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a green pipe cleaner, a big handful of q-tips, a cotton ball ,a piece of construction paper and glue.
  2. Start by bending your pipe cleaner into a stem and one leaf.
  3. Add glue to your paper and glue the stem on.
  4. Add a large circle of glue at the top of the stem
  5. Add your q-tips to the glue.
  6. Add a cotton ball to the middle
  7. Let dry.
Easy Peasy
Q-tip Painting

Something I noticed while watching my son was how carefully he was painting with the q-tips, he was being really gentle and while it didn’t last a long time, the fine motor skills got a good workout.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper, q-tips, paint and something to put the paint in .
  2. If your child is like mine – “I do it mama” is frequently heard, so have the independent little person pour or squeeze some paint into a small dish.
  3. Dip in the q-tip
  4. Start Painting!

Snowglobe Snowman

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When I originally posted this snowman craft I had a feeling it would be a hit, sure enough I have seen a bunch of these snowmen on my readers blogs and it came in at number 3 on our countdown – Best of 2008! One reader also emailed me to let me know she used a ziplock instead of contact paper with awesome results!

 

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, some orange and black construction paper, 2 buttons, some sequins, sparkles, contact paper, scissors, double stick tape, a stapler, and some ribbon. I also used some paint because my son wanted to paint and I like how it looks but you can skip this step if you want.
  2. Have your child paint the paper plate, and let dry. If you use a sponge paint brush the paint will go on lightly and dry fast.
  3. While they do that cut out a nose from the orange paper, a hat and some coal for the mouth.
  4. Cut a rectangle of contact paper and fold in half , make sure it’s big enough to cover the hole you will be cutting in the plate.
  5. Peel back the contact paper backing and let your child shake the sparkles on it.
  6. Add some sequins.
  7. Fold the contact paper so it sandwiches the sparkles , seal it. You may have to use some tape to make sure it’s sealed and nothing falls out.
  8. Cut out the middle of the plate.
  9. Add glue to the cutout middle for the coal mouth, nose and hat. Obviously older kids can do this themselves but it gives toddlers a great guide to be independent.
  10. Add the face pieces.
  11. Add the button eyes.
  12. While your child is adding the face pieces , attach the contact paper to the inside of the paper plate ring, I used double stick tape cause it holds contact paper well.
  13. Staple the face to the belly, I use staples with coated paper plates because glue doesn’t always work very well.
  14. Add the ribbon as a scarf to cover the staples.

There Are Endless Ways To …

robot kids craft

We are taking a little break from Christmas things because I had to share this robot with you! Everyone likes to make silly things, this craft will keep creating long after the glue dries. All the pieces have magnets on them so your child can put them together however they feel like. Please please be careful with anything magnetic with kiddos that still put things in their mouths, do not let them play with it unattended!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 1-4 foam sheets, I am using a sparkle one which you can buy in a single sheet at a craft store. You will also need scissors, glue, a marker, magnetic strips and a fridge or cookie sheet to play with.
  2. Start by drawing your robot pieces on the back of the sparkly foam sheet. I drew a square, 2 small rectangles, 2 wiggly legs, a large rectangle and a small neck piece that I ended up not using.
  3. Cut them out.
  4. Cut out some small foam pieces to make eyes, buttons and other decoration on the robot.
  5. Glue the foam pieces on. Let dry .
  6. Flip the robot parts over and add the magnetic strips.
  7. Create your funny robots! ** Edited to add this picture of my son who loved it, he ripped most of the foam off but created new robots on and off all day. **

All Buttoned Up!

Naptime Creation
Button Mosaic

I was hoping I would be able to do some art with buttons with my son, we played with the buttons carefully but as soon as we started art he tried to eat them. So we’ll try again in a few months. This is a great craft for preschoolers/ school agers who unlike my toddler are over putting everything in their mouths. Art projects like this help develop fine motor skills and hand eye coordination!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some fun colored buttons, glue, a pencil or marker, and 2 pieces of construction paper.
  2. Have your child draw a simple shape or if they are older something more detailed. My son’s love of fish and my lack of talent lead me to choose a fish. You may want to map out your pattern before adding the glue but you don’t have to. I swear I took pictures of these steps, I however must be mistaken because they are no where to be found! )
  3. Add your glue
  4. Start adding the buttons! I added more glue as I went along as well.
  5. Let dry.
  6. Cut out and glue onto the 2nd piece of construction paper.