Ducks of a Feather…

Touch and Feel Ducks!
( not every craft can be cute- doesn’t this duck look a little rough?!)

  1. Gather your materials. For this duck I used 3 different pieces of paper, one for the background, one for the duck and one to cut the feet and beak out of. Also a marker for the outline and eyes, and of course glue and feathers.
  2. Draw the outline of a duck. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, you’ll be covering most of it with feathers anyway.
  3. Spread the glue! And start feathering your duck, I thought my son would love this , and as it turned out he refused to touch a single feather. Toddlers keep you on your toes!
  4. Let the glue dry, meanwhile cut out the feet and beak.
  5. Cut the duck out and glue it onto a 2nd piece of paper, this will help make it more sturdy. If your child wants to they can decorate the background too.
  6. Add the beak and feet
  7. Voila your very own touch and feel duck!

Song!

Six little ducks!

Six little ducks that I once knew,
fat ones, skinny ones, and fair ones too,
but the one little duck with the feather on his back,
he led the others with a quack quack quack!
Quack, quack , quack,
he lead the others with a quack quack quack!
Books!

” Duck, Duck, Goose” by Tad Hills is a story about friendship and what happens when a twosome adds another person (or duck) into the mix. The author brings these characters emotions to life and children will be able to relate to Gooses feelings for sure!

” Brian Banana Duck Sunshine Yellow” by Australian author Chris McKimmie is a whimsical book, that may get some parents wondering if the author is a creative genius or an avid drinker. Kids will love the silly storyline and adults will enjoy the bits of dry wit put in especially for them. There are a few terms that are not seen often in the United States so this book would also be a fun one to use while teaching an international theme. I loved it!

“One Duck Stuck” by Phyllis Root looks like an everyday book , but inside you will find a brilliantly repetitive storyline, that promotes teamwork, and mathematical skills! My students a few years ago were nuts about this book and yours will be too!


Bunny Ears Craft

easter craft for toddlers
This was a huge hit with a group of 2.5 year olds, but younger children will still enjoy the process even if they don’t love the end result!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper or card stock, some glue, cotton balls , double stick tape or a stapler and some chalk.
  2. Give your child one piece of the paper and the chalk to decorate it with. I use chalk because it gives a soft fluffy look , but don’t feel limited to that.
  3. While they color, fold the 2nd piece of paper in two .
  4. Draw a bunny ear, and cut through both layers.
  5. Using the glue attach the cotton balls to the ears. Let dry.
  6. While your child is gluing , take their colored piece of paper and cut in two lengthwise . Using double stick tape or stapler, create a headband that will fit your little bunny’s head. I don’t suggest glue, it’s too messy for this step.
  7. When the ears are completely dry attach them on either side of the headband! Again i suggest using double stick tape or a stapler for this step.
Song!

Do your ears hang low?Do your ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro,
Can you tie them in a knot ?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you through them over your shoulder like a continental soldier?
Do your ears hang low?

( Repeat fast, slow, quiet and loud!)

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Easy Easter Egg Collages

Collage Easter Eggs

 


This activity allows children to experience how different materials work with glue and paper. Although simple to adults, children can learn many things about texture, thickness and any other attributes that the chosen materials have. Don’t limit yourself to tissue paper, use ribbon, rice, dried beans or pasta even. Older children can even make patterns !

  1. Gather your materials. I used 2 different thicknesses of paper ( tissue and card stock) , and a number of different ribbons for this egg. Having a small toddler I stayed away from pasta and beans since they can present a chocking hazard when uncooked. For the egg I used card stock, and of course you will need glue.
  2. Cut out a large egg shape out of card stock, or cardboard.
  3. Spread on some white glue.
  4. Start the masterpiece! While your child is placing the materials on the egg you can ask them about what they are doing, ask how the material feels, if it will need a lot or just a little glue to stick on , what color and shape it is… but remember not everything has to be turned into a parent/teacher directed learning experience. If your child thrives on this interaction go for it , but if they thrive on individual creative play, let them take what they need from this activity and follow their lead.
  5. Glue the egg on a large piece of paper if you want for a more finished look.

 

Song!


5 Little Jelly beans.

5 little jelly beans,
I wish I had more,
I ‘ll eat the red one ,
now there are four!
4 little jelly beans,
tasty as can be,
I’ll eat the green one
now there are three!3 little jelly beans,
Only a few,
Ill eat the pink one
now there are two!2 little jelly beans,
eating them is fun,
I’ll eat the blue one,
now there’s only one!
1 little jelly bean,
the last one for me,
I’ll eat the purple one,
I’m happy as can be!


Books!


While traditionally Easter is a Christian celebration, more and more non religious people are celebrating the Easter Bunny with their children. That trend in mind I have only one religious book in my recommendations, the other two are simply bunny themed.

” What is Easter” by Michelle Medlock Adams is a easy to understand book about why people celebrate Easter. She explains that it’s not because of the Easter Bunny or the fun egg hunts either, that the death and resurrection of Jesus is what Christians are celebrating . Great book for those who observe the holiday.

” That’s not my bunny, it’s tail is too fluffy!” by Fiona Watt carries on the theme of the art project , exploring the sense of touch with all different textures. Great for the under 2 crowd!

” Knuffle Bunny” by Mo Willems is hilarious and heartwarming all at the same time. The story is about a lost bunny, and a dad that can’t quite understand what his toddler is trying to “say” to him. Luckily the mom speaks ” toddler” and dad gets to be a hero by reuniting his daughter with her beloved bunny.

No Mess Color Mixers


This is a fast and fun activity that can be done with almost any age.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need one ziplock per child and a few colors of paint.
  2. Pour the paint into your bag , flatten as much air out as you can, and then seal it.
  3. If you want to make the lesson about color mixing you can wait and add in another color after playing with the first color for a while, asking your child if they know what color it will turn into.
  4. You can make letters, numbers and pictures too. Remember to ask your child how it feels, is it cold, soft? squishy?
  5. For added fun you can put different colored paper under your ziplock and the designs will be more colorful!

* You may be wondering why my little model isn’t doing this activity. I did let him play with it but all he wanted to do was chew the bag- trust me though the preschool classes I have done this with love it! You may just want to avoid doing it with toddlers who are cutting teeth! *

Books!

These two authors are childhood favorites of mine, as sentimental as these two books are to me they are also perfect for the theme at hand!

” A Rainbow Of My Own” by Don Freeman is a charming story about wanting a rainbow, you may notice that the colors are out of order but I have always used that as a teaching tool in my classes.

” Little Blue and Little Yellow”
by Leo Lioni is a profound book with underlying commentary about race relations while the surface story is about little blobs of color who when squished together turn into one green blob!

Flower Power!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper, a marker, some paint, a cupcake liner and some glue.
  2. Draw or have your child draw the outline of a flower and a stem on two separate pieces of paper.
  3. Spread some paint either directly on the paper or in a small plate and start finger painting, be prepared for paint on clothes, and in the mouth with young ones , make sure it’s non toxic!
  4. Switch paper and do the stem. I used colored paper but there is no reason not to use white.
  5. Let the paint dry and cut along the marker outline.
  6. Glue the flower onto another piece of paper and glue a cup cake liner in the middle of the flower for a finishing touch!

** What I like about this activity is that it gives your child a chance to explore the paint freely and then see how it can create a flower. Most preschoolers I have done this craft with asked to make another finger painting after we set the flower pieces up to dry! **

Song – sing it to the tune of “I’m a little tea pot”.

I’m a little Daisy
Tall and Slim
Here are my petals and here is my stem
When the sun comes up
and the rain comes down
I grow and grow up from the ground!