You’re A Hoot !

Owl Puppet !

This craft is a fun way to encourage pretend play which our kids are not getting enough of according to the experts! So many toys and activities are passive and we need to get them using their imaginations, it will amaze you what comes from their little but very creative heads! So make a puppet and encourage them to have a puppet show!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an old cereal box or other cardboard, some paint, a paintbrush, popsicle sticks,a pen, glue, some buttons for the eyes, and scissors.
  2. Draw a big oval, 2 small ovals, a triangle and some wings ( wings aren’t pictured because I added them later – but you can do it right away! ).
  3. Have your child paint the large oval a light color, we chose white.
  4. Paint the triangle and the wings a darker color, we used brown.
  5. Paint the eyes a bright fun color , ours are red. Let everything dry.
  6. Paint the popsicle stick any color you want.
  7. Cut out , or have your child cut out the shapes.
  8. Glue the triangle onto the top of the oval.
  9. Glue on the eyes.
  10. Glue the buttons in the middle of the eyes.
  11. Glue on the wings.
  12. Glue the popsicle stick to the back and let everything dry.
  13. Have a hoot !
Song!

The Little Brown Owl

Hoo Hoo
Went the little brown owl one night
Hoo Hoo
Went the little brown owl,
Hoo Hoo
Went the little brown owl one night ,
And they all went hoo hoo hoot!

But we all know owls go ,
la di da di da!
la di da di da!
la di da di da!
We all know owls go
la di da di da
they don’t go hoo hoo hoot!

Books!

” The Owl And The Pussy Cat” by Edward Lear and Stephane Jorisch . The classic poem is brought to life with whimsical but pretty illustrations. The story of true love sailing off on a beautiful pea green boat is a classic for a reason, it’s melodic and will appeal to children in many age groups. I had to memorize this in grade 3 for Madame Griffin and still hold it dear to my heart!

” The Sleepy Owl” by Marcus Pfister is a cute little story about an owl who overslept. The author is well known for his “Rainbowfish” character but don’t overlook this adorable and happy story!

Get On The Bus !

Cool Bus!


My son is obviously too young to go to school but he was ecstatic that the school year started because that meant that he got to see the “cool bus” today! We have a stop right infront of our house so all day today his mind was on the “cool bus” !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 1 yellow, 1 black and a 3rd piece of construction paper, glue, scissors and some crayons.
  2. Have your child draw the bus stop. My son insisted I draw a sun as well.
  3. While they are coloring cut out an outline of a bus with the yellow paper.
  4. Cut out small squares for windows, a long thin rectangle for the stripe along the bus, and some circles for the wheels. I did small yellow circles for hubcaps too.
  5. Glue on the yellow bus.
  6. Add the windows. I placed the glue to help guide my toddler but preschoolers can do this step unassisted.
  7. Add the wheels. I didn’t have to help with this one!
  8. Add the hubcaps.
  9. Let dry!
Song!

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round,
round and round,
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
all through the town!

The driver on the bus goes move on back,
move on back,
move on back,
The driver on the bus goes move on back,
all through the town!

The money on the bus goes clink clink clink,
clink clink clink,
clink clink clink,
The money on the bus goes clink clink clink,
all through the town!

The people on the bus go up and down,
up and down,
up and down,
The people on the bus go up and down,
all through the town!

Book!

” The Seals On The Bus” by Lenny Hort .I love this book and my class a few years ago loved it as well, it’s a fun way to change up the classic song! When kids are learning to read they really benefit from predictable text and so using a song like this that is so familiar but changing only the simplest variables like making the passengers into animals is an instant hit!

A is for Autumn !

I love autumn , the colors, smells, and Halloween candy! This craft is fun for all ages, depending on your child’s age and ability they can do all of it, or you can help like I did with my toddler. either way the end result will be well worth everyone’s effort!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 4 pieces of construction paper in fall colors or neutral , some paint, a marker, paintbrush, scissors and double stick tape.
  2. Draw or have your child draw some leaves on the construction paper, leave one page blank. I am using all different color paper but all one color is fine too.
  3. Have your child paint the leaf drawings.
  4. Add a 2nd color mix away it makes the leaves look that much more realistic!
  5. While your child is painting the leaves, draw a spiral on the blank page of construction paper.
  6. Paint the spiral. Let everything dry.
  7. Cut the leaves out.
  8. Cut the spiral out.
  9. Using double stick tape add the leaves to the spiral. I like using this over glue because it’s not as heavy and the spiral hangs nicer.
  10. Hang it up to decorate your house ! My son barely ate dinner pointing to his art, and excitedly telling his dad that we made it outside!

Song!

Leaves, leaves, leaves are falling
falling to the ground.
Orange, red, yellow and brown
leaves are falling down!

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.

Bath Pouf Painting

infant and toddler painting ideas

Can I stress again how important free art is for kids? What the heck is free art you ask ? Creativity without an agenda , although I shaped the paintings into leaves for fall, the activity was very much child directed. He choose out of a basket of 5 brushes ( even though he only used the bath pouf) which to use, and the paint colors too. Also throughout the week I offer him paint, crayons and his favorite; pens with simple paper to create. Kids need this freedom to develop their creativity and hopefully a passion for art!

  1. Gather your materials. For free art with a toddler I offered crayons or paint, a variety of brushes including a bath pouf,  and I chose the paper. The paper  in our case was a grocery bag. With an older child I would provide more choices.
  2. Allow your child to decide which paint color to start with
  3. Start painting with the brush of choice.
  4. Add another color, brown was our winner, too bad on brown paper it doesn’t show up well. Resist overriding your child’s decisions even if green would have looked better, he chose brown so brown it was.
  5. Let dry and cut into a fun shape if your child wants !