Potato Print Ghost Garland

potato print ghostsThis is such an easy Halloween craft and you can stop at the painting or continue on to make a simple garland to hang up for Halloween. Potato prints are a fun way to make specific shapes with toddlers. Don’t miss the Halloween themed books after the craft , it’s not too late to grab a few and read before Halloween.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a potato, knife, potato peeler, dish, white paint, black paper, scissors, stapler and orange ribbon.Halloween Garland
  2. Start by cutting the potato in two and cutting the bottom in a zig zag. Use the end of a peeler to make eyes.
  3. Pour the white paint into the dish and add the ghost potato.
  4. Print! She loved the “ghosties”. I was excited they printed so well.
  5. When we filled two sheets we let them dry and then cut them out.
  6. Next we stapled them to the ribbon. My daughter chose the ghosts and handed them to me to staple.
  7. Then we added it to our fall mantle.

Halloween Books

If you are looking for a great ghost themed book check out our review of  our favorite ghost book Ghosts in the House! and 22 other great Halloween books for kids.

Olympic Medal Kids Craft

easy olympic craftsThis is the easiest Olympic craft ever and even better than being simple it uses something so many of us having laying around our houses during the summer, paper plates! After watching a medal ceremony my daughter pointed out and asked for a “necklace” so even though I made an Olympic medal kids craft like this with my son it was time to give her a chance. We’ll show you all a few tips for making this craft  easily with your toddler too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper plates, glitter paint( we love this stuff ), wide paint brush, ribbon, tape and scissors. easy olympic craft
  2. Start by flipping your plates over and using the non coated side. The glitter paint will adhere to this side much better. Also do not cut the extra off the plate it will act as a splat mat of sorts.
  3. Choose your bling! This is a great time to fit in some color recognition too. I will ask her what color she wants and most of the time she will say it, but if she just grabs it I will label it for her ” You chose the red one.”
  4. Squeeze it on.
  5. Spread. Using a wide brush is really key for a toddler since it will cover so much more with less effort and help avoid the frustration of ” I want it covered but I can’t co-ordinate my hand muscles to do it .” help them be successful but don’t do it all for them. 
  6. Add more as they wish . While she was crafting I made a medal for her brother who was at day camp, I knew he’d want one too. Also crafting alongside your toddler is a great way to model without barking directions.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Cut out.
  9. Cut your ribbon .
  10. Tape it on .olympic craft for kids
  11. Celebrate with your own champion! olympic craft for kids

Cooking in the Sink – Sensory Pretend Play

water table ideas for preschool Even though I wish all summer could be spent outside rainy days or too hot days means more time inside and for antsy toddlers that can be hard. This activity occupied my 2 year old for a good 40 minutes and she had fun too. Below are a few tips on how to make play like this last longer without sparing the fun.

  1. Gather your materials. We grabbed an apron, a pot, some corks, spoons and a ladle . We also used dish soap half way through.
  2. Start by filling the sink and asking your child if they want to cook.
  3. Let them play.
  4. Without prompting she threw some corks in and then scooped them out and into the pot. Can you say hand eye coordination development ?
  5. She mixed and splashed . When she was tiring of it I asked if she wanted to look at all the different tools for cooking. She loved the whisk.
  6. Next I asked if she wanted bubbles…of course that was a yes too .water play for kids
  7. The whisk was extra fun in the bubbles. She even caught a cork.
  8. For us the sign that she was done was that these big waves turned into let’s make Mama wet even after reminders that the water stays in the sink. You will find your child’s own end signs where gentle redirection fails and every day will be different, some days this will last a long time others it just won’t. It’s not you or your child it’s just the way it is, if it fails try again another day. 

Throughout the pretend play I followed her lead. She told me it was cheese soup and I asked her questions about her cheese soup, about cooking etc… I know that pretending doesn’t come naturally to all parents but try to at least ask a few questions and indulge their imaginations. It’s OK to feel silly sometimes even if it doesn’t come naturally.

 

22 Activities For Kids Under 2

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activities for one year olds

 

Kids under two can have fun too! My sweet baby girl just turned 2 but she has been playing and creating with us since she was only 6 months old. There is so much fun babies and toddlers can have. Just check out all these activities for kids under 2.  Below are our favorite 22 activities for one year olds but older kids will like them too.  Only you as a parent/ teacher know what your children are ready to do, only expose them to materials you are comfortable with and remember that all activities on No Time For Flash Cards require adult supervision.  Now to the fun!

Alphabet Playdough
Bubble Wrap & Dish Scrubber Starfish
No Mess Color Mixers
Rubber Duck Stamping
Who Do You Love Sensory Tub
Glass Sponge Painting
Animal Track Painting
Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Tub
Bug Painting
Touch Box
DIY Board Book About Feelings
Playdough Toy Prints
Baby Basketball
Pretend Play Vet Clinic
Backyard Car Wash
Baby Block Painting
Pretend Play Grocery Store
Toddler Beading
Toddler Butterfly Craft
Recycled Drum
Discovery Bottles For Babies
Painting With Water

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Mud Soup – Outdoor Sensory Pretend Play

outdoor sensory play Once nice weather makes it our way in the Seattle area we run outside and stay until the rains come. We have been playing outside a lot and I needed something that both kids could be engaged in so I wasn’t trying to watch one outside while the other was inside . This was the ticket , you will see that they weren’t doing the same thing at the same time but everyone was happy and I sat in the sun listening to giggles under a blue sky. Pretty perfect, of course I had to strip them both down at the door so my carpets weren’t ruined but that’s the price you pay for fun. As you will see there was lots of learning happening too.

Gather your materials. We grabbed a bunch of different sized containers, some spoons, shovel and bucket.  We have raised beds in our yard with soil in them so we used that too.dirt soup outdoor play
We dug some dirt.
They got water together
And that’s when we lost my wee girl. She decided she’d play with water – and drink a lot of it.outdoor play
My son was deep in mud soup making.  He soon noticed that if he put the dirt on the water it sank. We talked about why while my daughter continued to drench herself at the tap.outdoor play
He counted and added bits of weeds, leaves, flowers, rocks, clovers…outdoor play
Then pretended to give it a taste before adding a little more of this or that.outdoor play for kids
Oh look who came back to see what we were up to. She finally joined in adding dandelions and water.mud pie play
Then I sat watching them play soaking up the giggles.

What’s your favorite outside activity with your kids?