Paper Plate Tambourine

 

When I tested the sound of pasta in these paper plates last night , my son who was already in his PJs and ready for bed jumped up from his dad’s lap where he was reading and ran into the kitchen begging for it!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 paper plates of the same size, some uncooked pasta, a stapler, some ribbon, tape and whatever you choose to decorate your tambourine. We used a sponge paint brush , paints and glitter paint.
  2. Mix your paint colors if you are using paints. I love doing this because it’s an easy hands on color mixing lesson , and my son adores to ” mix mix mix” !
  3. Start painting both paper plates. I am using a sponge brush because it helps keep the paint very very thin, and it will dry faster so we can make music asap! Let both plates dry.
  4. Add on the ribbons, I am taping them to hold them in place when I staple . Also this way your child can choose where to put them!
  5. Scoop pasta onto one plate. I am using big penne pasta so that I can space out the staples and nothing will fall out. You can use rice, dried beans etc… but you will have to staple or glue it together carefully so you aren’t vacuuming up rice for the next week!
  6. Place the 2nd plate on top and staple away!
  7. Now go make music!

A Tall Order!

Goofy Giraffes!
I’ve been wanting to do a giraffe craft for awhile but kept forgetting! This craft would probably work best with 3 and up , my little guy loved doing the coloring, but got frustrated with the rest. As long as your expectations are flexible everyone will have fun!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper towel or 2 toilet paper rolls, brown and yellow paint or markers ( I used a brown marker and yellow dotter) , some construction paper, 3 pipe cleaners, scissors, glue , some tape and a stapler. Got all that ?
  2. Have your child paint/color the paper towel roll with the brown paint or marker.
  3. Now the yellow! My little guy loved that the dot paint fit nicely inside the tube, we played this little game for about 5 minutes.
  4. While your child is painting/ coloring draw a giraffe head and ears. Cut them out.
  5. Have your child glue the ears onto the head.
  6. Let the roll dry and cut into 2 pieces, one longer than the other .
  7. Poke 4 holes in the shorter roll, and thread the pipe cleaners through for legs, this is great fine motor practice for little guys! Just be there to help, pipe cleaners can be sharp. Twist the two ends together once they are through. I cut mine to make them even.
  8. Bend the remaining pipe cleaner to make the horns, and tape it to the back of the head, glue and pipe cleaners are rarely a fun combo , I prefer tape.
  9. Glue the head to the longer roll. Let dry face down.
  10. Staple the neck to the body. Try to stand it up- ours is a leaning tower of giraffe!
Books!

” Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae is a very sweet story about a giraffe who gets laughed at because he doesn’t know how to dance. Don’t worry though it all turns out in the end and really addresses the emotions that we all face when we feel made fun of. Very cute find!

” Animals” by A. Barlow is the prefect little board book for toddlers learning about animals and is nice and short for busy babies who are only able to sit for a few short moments at a time. The pictures are so cool that older toddlers will love it too! My little guy likes to “read ” it to me.


Letter of the Week ! Dd !

Dragon Ds!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, red tissue paper, a marker, a googly eye , glue and scissors.
  2. Draw a big fat D with your marker, have your child color it of you want and cut it out.
  3. While your child is coloring it, cut out small triangles to make the dragon’s spikes!
  4. Glue along the straight side of the D.
  5. Add the triangles.
  6. Cut out a small circle add it for an eye, glue the googly eye on top.
  7. Cut out some tissue paper fire
  8. Glue on to finish the dragon D !

Books!

” The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch is one of my favorite children’s books ever. It’s sassy so be prepared but it’s got a wonderful message under it’s sassiness! Girls can be strong, can outwit dragons and don’t need a man! I love it!!

” Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton is a beautiful book. The illustrations are outstanding and a perfect accompaniment to such a beautiful story and children’s classic!

Tissue Paper Art for kids of all ages!

Weekend Re-Post!
A new activity will be posted Monday.
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

I have been getting requests for some more complicated crafts for older siblings so today I am offering up two crafts using the same materials that will keep preschoolers and school age kids busy!

Twisted Tissue Flowers

You may remember this art project from your school days, it was a favorite of mine as a student and teacher. Some preschoolers have the dexterity for this craft but generally I would suggest this for Kindergarten and up.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need tissue paper in your desired colors. Some card stock, or better yet an old cereal box or other piece of light card board. A pencil or small marker and some glue.
  2. Cut the tissue paper into squares no bigger than 2×2 inches.
  3. Draw the picture you are going to make. Don’t worry if you make a mistake the tissue paper will cover it anyway.
  4. Take one or two pieces of paper and place your marker or pencil end in the middle.
  5. twist the tissue around the end
  6. Dip in glue and place on picture.
  7. Keep going until your picture is done!

Easy Peasy Tissue Collages

  1. Using the same materials as above – tissue paper, cardstock or construction paper and glue.
  2. Spread the glue around the paper and start putting the paper on!
  3. It’s that simple, you can do several layers and like my son they may decide to move pieces around after gluing them. That’s okay too!

It might be yucky outside but we can make our own Sunshine!

Sparkly Sun

  1. Gather your Materials. Grab some yellow paint, crayons or markers, some paper cut into a circle or a paper plate, and something to make the rays. I am using left over streamers from a party, but painted strips of newspaper , regular paper cut in triangles or even ribbon would be cool. Glue or tape to keep the rays in place and the most important thing of all, sparkles.
  2. Let your child go nuts covering the body of the sun as much or as little as they want. My son loved these foam paintbrushes I got at home depot for under a dollar each.
  3. With older children have them decide how many rays they want, ask them the number and ask them to count the rays out as they are putting them on. Remember if your child is counting incorrectly, don’t freak out just say something encouraging like ” Oh you almost got it! “- and model the correct counting.
  4. Once the rays are on, spread some glue on the sun and make it sparkle! Let it dry and give it a good shake on the porch or over a sink before letting your child play with it if you want to avoid a sparkly house.
  5. Remember to talk to your child about what they are making, you don’t need to lecture them about the earth and the sun, but you can ask them what they know about the sun, ask them how it feels when the sun is out etc… but as always don’t push it. Kids especially toddlers and preschoolers resist learning when pushed.

Song!



Mr. Sun

Mr. Sun, Sun Mr. Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me!
Oh Mr. Sun , Sun Mr. Golden Sun,
hiding behind a tree!
These little children are asking you ,
to please come out so we can play with
you,
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun Mr.Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me!


Books!

The books today are my “son’s” favorites! They are all board books because he is still young, the great thing about board books is that they are easier for the little guys to turn the pages and of course resist tearing.


” Toes Ears & Nose” by Marion Dane Bauer
“Clap Hands” by Helen Oxenbury
“Diggers” by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells