Spiders don’t have to be scary!

Egg Carton Spider!
An egg carton and pipe cleaners are not just for making caterpillars!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an egg carton, any size will work. Some paint and a brush,scissors, 4 pipe cleaners and something to protect your table. Painting such a small thing means lots of mess! * You may want to get some googly eyes for older children but I discourage you using them for toddlers, they love popping them in their mouths and those suckers are sharp when bitten and a choking hazard.
  2. Cut your carton so you have just one little section.
  3. Paint it, and let dry completely.
  4. Make 4 small holes with sharp scissors on each side of the carton, and feed pipe cleaners through.
  5. Glue on googly eyes or for younger toddlers you can draw them on with a marker as long as the paint is completely dry.

* Now 2 days after making this spider my son who is 15 months old is in LOVE with his spider. I really thought this activity would be more of one about painting for him, but he has been carrying this spider around and to the dinner table now for a day and a half!

Song!


The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout,
down came the rain and washed the spider out!
Out came the sun and dried out all the rain,
and the Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the spout again!


Books!

There are a lot of great spider books, in fact a whole series of ” Miss Spider” books the by David Kirk. These two books I am showing are both board books although there are hard cover and soft cover versions as well. ” The Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Taggies is a great, there are soft ribbon tags along the pages and offers a tactile activity for young babies and toddlers that are not ready for static pictures. ” The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle is a great story about hard work!

” The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle
” The Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Taggies

Shake shake let’s make music!

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Toilet paper roll shaker!
  1. Gather your materials. Grab some paint, a paintbrush, a toilet paper or paper towel roll, some pasta or rice for inside and some packing, duct or masking tape. * If you are doing this with older children you can use fabric, or plastic wrap for the ends and secure it with elastics instead of the tape , but only do this if your child won’t rip the ends off
  2. Paint your roll!
  3. Let the roll dry completely.
  4. Cover one end with tape. Go across the opening first one way, then the other , then around the tube.
  5. Pop the pasta in the tube, don’t worry if some sticks to the tape.
  6. Repeat the tape on the other end, and make some music!
Song!

Shake shake shake your sillies out!
Shake shake shake your sillies out!
Shake shake shake your sillies out,
and wiggle all your waggles away!

Flick flick flick your fidgets out!
Flick flick flick your fidgets out!
Flick flick flick your fidgets out,
and wiggle all your waggles away!

Jump jump jump your jiggles out!
Jump jump jump your jiggles out!
Jump jump jump your jiggles out,
and wiggle all your waggles away!

Books!

These three books have been favorites of mine for years, ” Clap your Hands” is a great toddler book that they can move a long to , ” The Brass Band Robbery” has amazing illustrations and ” Mortimer” is an all around great book with a repetitive beat to it.

” Clap Your Hands” by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
” Mortimer” by Robert Munsch
” The Brass Band Robbery” by John Patience

Dinosaur Day!

Dinosaur Egg Art

  1. Gather your materials. I like using colored chalk for this project because it gives the paper a egg shell look and feel. If you don’t have chalk paint, crayons or markers work fine too!
  2. Draw and cut out the egg from your paper, any non coated paper works, shiny coated paper is hard to use chalk with.
  3. For older preschoolers if you have an egg in your fridge bring it out and talk about how small it is, and how a little chicken comes from it. dinosaur eggs were usually very large because many of the dinosaurs were giant!
  4. Go nuts! Name the colors while your child is using them. Watch little ones with chalk, it’s a choking hazard- and new pieces tend to break, I pre break them to avoid tiny pieces.

Song!


I’m a little dinosaur,
dinosaur, dinosaur.
I’m a little dinosaur ,
I have a very quiet roar!

I’m a great big dinosaur,
dinosaur, dinosaur,
I’m a great big dinosaur,
I have a very loud ROAR!

Books!

My Dinosaur” by Mark Allen Weatherby
” How do Dinosaurs say Goodnight? “ by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

* Another great board book which has gone MIA at my house is ” Dinosaur ROAR!” by Paul and Henrietta Stickland.


All girls want jewlery for Valentine’s day, if you are a mom you get Pasta!


Pasta Necklaces

Some people look forward to owning mini vans, some look forward to dancing at their child’s wedding- I can’t wait for my son to bring me home a pasta necklace! This is not an activity for young toddlers, they must have fine motor skills and be past the ” I put everything I am not suppose to eat into my mouth!” stage. My suggestion is no one under 3 at the youngest.

  1. Gather your materials! Get some of the yummy dyed pasta you made, some string or ribbon, and scissors.
  2. There are two ways to make sure your child doesn’t simply thread pasta on the ribbon only to let it fall… you can tie one piece of pasta on the end to make a stopper, or you can tape the ribbon onto the table.
  3. I encourage you to do this with your child, make a necklace for him or her or even your mom! Don’t worry about the pattern if there is one on your child’s necklace but if you think your child is able to recognize patterns, start a simple pattern on the necklace you are making and once it has repeated a few times, ask your child what they think comes next.
  4. Tie it and Voila . Wear it proudly!
Song!



On a day like Valentine’s Day when we are talking about Love and other emotions a song like this is a great tool to teach about emotions. Songs like these help kids recognize different emotions and ultimately helps them learn empathy.


If you are Happy and you know it…..remix

If you are happy and you know it
clap your hands.
If you are happy and you know it
clap your hands.
If you are happy and you know it
and you really want to show it
if you’re happy and you know it
clap your hands.


Next verses:
Sad/ Wipe your tears
Silly / Make a funny face
Sleepy / Yawn real big
Hungry/Make some food

Pastry Brush Painting


  1. Gather your materials. Paper, paint and a brush is all you need. I am using a pastry brush because really little hands have a hard time with a thin paintbrush and they are less expensive than toddler brushes from an art supply store. I got this one at a dollar store for 99 cents!
  2. Add one color at a time and let your child have fun mixing colors. I only did 2 colors because at 14 months long activities are tedious, so I kept it short. If your child is older plan on using 3 or 4 colors!
  3. Make sure to display this masterpiece where your child can show off their art!

Song!

Over the Irish Sea

When I was 1 I sucked my thumb
and then I went to sea
I climbed aboard a pirate ship
and the captain said to me
“Let’s go this way , and that way.
backwards and forwards,
over the Irish sea!”

* Continue counting with rhyming words like 2 and shoe, 3 and knee etc

Books!



All these books are themed around famous painters and their masterpieces! ” Painting with Picasso” is a board book and great for fumbly toddler fingers. The other two are beautiful and are wonderful for preschoolers all the way up!

“Babar’s Museum of Art” by Laurent de Brunhoff
“Museum ABCs” by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
” Painting with Picasso” by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober