Letter of the week ! R r!

Rabbit R !

We have almost completed our alphabet! R is a fun letter that you can use “red” or ” rice” but we chose to do “rabbit” as out R activity! This craft is fast and easy, and perfect for a busy Monday. You can use furry material or felt if you don’t want to make as colorful a rabbit as we did!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, a pipe cleaner, a marker, glue , scissors and some paint.
  2. Draw a large R and some rabbit ears on your construction paper.
  3. Have your child paint the R and the ears. While painting my son sounded like a pirate repeating ” Arr!” over and over while hitting the paint dobbers onto the paper.
  4. Cut the R and ears out, snip the pipe cleaner in half and twist to make whiskers.
  5. I made a R out of glue and then my son was able to match up where his R was supposed to go on the paper.
  6. Add the ears and whiskers on. My son was patting the ears on so fast you can barely see his arm!
  7. Let dry!

Song!


Little Bunny Foo Fo
o

Little bunny foo foo ,
hopping through the forest,
scooping up the field mice ,
and bopping them on the head!

Down came the Good Fairy,
and she said ,
“Little bunny foo foo, I don’t want to see you,
scooping up the feild mice and bopping them on the head!
I’ll give you three chances before I turn you into a gooooooon!”

  • Repeat until no more chances!

Book!



” My Friend Rabbit “ by Eric Rohmann is a cute book with award winning illustrations that follows a mouse and a rabbit who remain friends despite the rabbit’s uncanny ability to get into trouble. The little rabbit means well and his heart is true, the limited text and descriptive illustrations make this book great for a wide range of age groups and my son loved the Rhino!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

flower craft
This color matching activity is perfect for preschoolers most toddlers will try to eat the lentils ( which will likely be spat out ) and if you are as lucky as me they will manage to grab the bowl full of lentils and pour them on your kitchen floor!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a few different colors of construction paper, some glue , scissors , a pen and of course some dried beans or lentils.
  2. Draw a simple flower on one piece of construction paper and layer your other pieces under it and cut them all at once.
  3. Have your child glue the flowers on a full piece of paper.
  4. Drizzle glue all over the flowers, and add your lentils. I chose to match the colors and use this activity as an opportunity to teach about colors, but simply allowing your child to choose which lentils or beans should go where is great too!
  5. After your have finished gluing on the lentils, you can add stems and leaves or anything else you think will complete the artwork!


Song!

Little hunk of mud

Oh I wish I was a little hunk of mud!
Oh I wish I was a little hunk of mud!
I’d be ooey , I’d be gooey on everybody’s shoey,
Oh I wish I was a little hunk of mud!

Additional activities

Pouring is fun!

As my son pointed out quite clearly, toddlers love to scoop and pour and there is no reason to limit your child to the sand in the sandbox or water in the tub ! I got these lentils in the bulk section of my super market and they are great , they are too small to be a real chocking hazard and are naturally colorful. So grab a bowl and some measuring cups and let your toddlers explore the sounds of the lentils falling from a cup, and feel how smooth they are in their hands!

 

Art Is Messy!

Ribbon Painting!

I’ve been waiting to do this art project for ages, I have used yarn with awesome results in the past but didn’t have any handy. I was prepared to do a project myself a long side my son , but as it turned out he was able to do it with no help! I must warn you , it was messy!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need paper, paint, a plate for the paint and ribbon , yarn or string.
  2. Cut a short piece of ribbon for your child, the younger the child the shorter the ribbon, the longer it is the harder it is to control.
  3. Pour some paint on the plate .
  4. Dip your ribbon in the paint and then touch your ribbon to the paper. I was shocked at how my son caught on fast, of course the ribbon went into his mouth a bunch too.
  5. Add another color!
  6. Keep going until the mess becomes too much or your little one has had enough! We stopped when paint made it onto the eyebrows!
  7. Just a note about art activities like this- something I always try to do is allow my son to pick out his own paint colors, today he picked orange and yellow and I added in pink since he has been having a hard time recognizing pink , so this was a fun time to reinforce it!

Song!

I thought this song about pigs in the mud was fitting after such a messy art project!


Three Little Pigs

Three little pigs rolled in the mud,
Squishy , Squashy felt so good,
The farmer took one pig out,
Oink oink oink, the pig did shout!

Continue with 2, 1

No little pigs rolled in the mud,
They all looked so clean and good,
The farmer turned his back and then,
All the little pigs rolled in the mug again!

Books!

” Action Jackson” by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan is a great book not only about Jackson Pollock but also about how an artist goes through the artistic process, their influences and what their life is like. This book is perfect for older children but my son loved looking at pictures and Jackson Pollock’s dog! I would suggested this for anyone with budding artists!

” Painting with Picasso” by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober is a sweet little board book and only one in a series of “Mini Masters” by the authors. This book and all in the series will introduce your child to famous art work in their own home or stroller because they travel well too!


Popsicle Stick Crafts : Coasters

 

summer craft for kids

 I love popsicle stick crafts and I made this craft for the first time while sick with mono in 1994, I was couch bound and bored to tears, and my sister needed coasters for her college dorm room. So since all I ate for 6 weeks were popsicles I made the coasters out of the sticks. She still has them 14 years later

  1. Gather your materials. You will need many popsicle sticks, markers, glue, a paint brush , small dish and some water.
  2. Start by using the markers to color half of the popsicle sticks. Permanent markers will work the best, but you can use regular ones and seal it later.
  3. Lay out the other half on a scrap piece of paper.
  4. Cover it with glue.
  5. Lay out your colored sticks on top going in the opposite direction.
  6. Let dry.
  7. Mix glue and water together to make a seal, you can also buy craft sealer at a art supply store but , I am way too lazy to drive 20 minutes just for that! I did 4-5 easy coats, applied after the previous was dry. If you are not using permanent markers your colors will run when you brush the glue glaze on it. I liked the effect! I haven’t had any color running since the seal but I would test it out on a washable surface first!
  8. Let it all dry and make some coffee!

Easy Texture Collage Ghost

halloween crafts for toddlers I’m trying to desensitize my easy to burst into tears toddler to the scarier side of Halloween so today our craft is a fun friendly ghost. I decided to make it a fun collage with rough and soft materials so even if you don’t participate in Halloween you can simply do a collage with opposing textures !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, some black foam ( although paper would work fine too) , some cotton balls, some party streamers, crayons, scissors and glue.
  2. Pull the cotton balls apart into smaller pieces, and cut the streamer into small squares.
  3. Draw a basic outline of a ghost. If your child can draw it have them do it.
  4. Add glue start collaging! Talk about how soft the cotton balls are and how rough the paper feels. Let dry.
  5. While your child is collaging , cut out 2 eyes and mouth from the foam sheet. I like using foam because it will retain it’s shape on top of the other materials.
  6. Glue those on. My son wanted nothing to do with them until they looked like eyes and a mouth on the ghost, then he wanted to help tap them in place!
  7. Have your child decorate the other piece of paper, we are using the Halloween recycled crayon we made a few weeks ago.
  8. Cut out the ghost and glue it on the backing!
  9. All done!