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!

Coffee Filter Butterfly



These butterflies are always a hit, with older children you can use food coloring and spend time mixing custom colors, but with young children I would stick to watered down paint. Here how :

  1. Gather your materials. You’ll need at least 2 coffee filters for each butterfly, some cardboard for the body ( I used the backside of a cereal box) some cryons or markers for coloring the body , a pipe cleaner, some paint, glue and if you want a ice cube tray to hold the paint .
  2. Water down your paint, just enough for it to run and be absorbed by the filter. If you are using watercolors you will need a lot of color for it to show up on the filter.
  3. Start painting! The best way to do this is to drop or dribble the paint onto the filter and let it spread naturally. Do as many colors are you want.
  4. While letting the paint dry, color the cardboard for the body, and cut out in a long oval. On one end poke 2 holes and feed a pipe cleaner through for the antennae.
  5. When the filters are dry, fold them in 4 and glue the pointy end to the backside of the body.

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Dig it!
Planting seeds of any kind is a great activity for parents and kids to do together, it’s an on going and a wonderful lesson about responsibility and delayed gratification.I am using a little kitchen herb garden but all you really need is some potting soil, a container, seeds , water and the sun. I would encourage you to do this with your child, but if they are under two or still mouthing a lot of things, plant it at nap time and have them help you water it daily.The fun of this activity is watering daily and seeing if anything has popped through yet. Once it has you can even chart the growth with older children and make predictions about how tall each sprout will get.


 

Bubble Bubble Toil And Trouble!


Bubble
Painting



This is an activity for preschoolers , toddlers will love to watch the bubbles but unless you are aching for bubble solution all over your house, I would skip this with the under 2.5 age group!

  1. Gather your materials. Card stock or Construction Paper will hold up well to the bubbles, some liquid paint, bubble solution and a straw.
  2. Pour some solution into the cup along with some paint. Using the straw mix and blow to make bubbles.
  3. Using your paper cover the cup .
  4. Repeat until your master piece is done!
Additional Activities

For toddlers who are too little to for the bubble painting, there is always bubble catching outside! My little guy loved this , as expected!

Song!


Smile Song

A smile goes a long long way hey hey !
A smile goes a long long way hey hey !
It starts with an s right here ,
and it’s a mile to the other ear,
A smile goes a long long way!

Books!


” Corduroy” by Don Freeman is a children’s classic and one of my favorites from childhood, if you haven’t read it it’s about a little teddy bear and his desire for a real home and a little girl who needs him too!

” Where is baby’s belly button” by Karen Katz is a great little lift the flap book, and it’s like crack for toddlers! I swear I have never met one who doesn’t love this book! And an added bonus it helps them learn their body parts too!


” It’s Mine!” by Leo Lionni is a great fable about sharing and not sharing! A lesson kids of all age especially the young ones can use , often!

The Royal Treatment!

Custom Crowns!


Kids love to dress up, and play make believe and more and more research suggests kids these days aren’t getting enough old fashion play like make believe, so make these crowns and get to it!

  1. Gather your materials. I am using 2 pieces of card stock scissors, glitter, foil star stickers and crayons. You can use glue or even staples to fasten the two pieces together but I am using double stick tape because in my experience no kid wants to wait for their crown to dry!
  1. Have your child young or older decorate the crown with the crayons and stickers. Wait on the sparkles though. *** Please do not let little toddlers play with stickers, they need to be past the things go in the mouth stage for them. They are a choking hazard. I know my guy choked on one a few months ago , so learn from my stupidity and put them on yourself if your children or skip them all together.
  2. After they are done decorating you can put the two pieces together, decorated side down and draw your crown design on the back, and cut it out. The reason I do it this way is that many a crown has ripped while coloring it where there are sharp edges to catch.
  3. Fasten the pieces together, add glitter!
  4. Fit it to your child’s head and fasten the other edges.
Song!


The Grand old Duke of York!

The Grand old Duke of York,
he had 10000 men,
he marched them up to the top of the hill,
and he marched them down again!

When they’re up they’re up,
and when they’re down they’re down,
and when they’re only half way up,
they’re neither up nor down !

* I normally sing this one time fast, then slow then super fast !

Books!

“The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch is a girl power book about a princess who saves her prince before realizing a crown does not make a prince!
“Where the wild things are “by Maurice Sendak is a classic about imagination and the power of childhood. Max imagines himself the king of his own land!

D is for Drum


Drum!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need an old beverage mix container, or coffee can. We are using a huge Lemonade can because my husband drinks far too much of it. You will also need some tissue paper, glue, some tape, a pastry or paint brush and a small plate or plastic lid.
  2. Tape or glue down the plastic lid to the drum.
  3. Pour some glue onto a plastic lid or plate , you will be brushing on the glue with the paint brush .
  4. Have your child paint on the glue. I was shocked how well my little guy did, as long as no glue was dripping off the brush he didn’t even try to eat it. Normally he has a hankering for glue.
  5. Cover the can in big pieces of tissue paper. I used a dark color so you couldn’t see the writing on the container but if you are using a container that is free of all that you can skip this step.
  6. While your child is covering the can with big pieces, cut out some smaller pieces of tissue in contrasting colors.
  7. Glue those on.
  8. Let dry.
  9. Start making music! ( I swear my child isn’t always in sleepers, we usually do art in the early am , and he was drumming away right before nap. )

Books!

D is also for Diggers!


I know I have reviewed some Digger books before but my son is still in LOVE with diggers so I have a bunch of them. Now that I am back from vacation I will head to the library for a new stack tomorrow!

” Dig Dig Digging” by Margaret Mayo was an instant favorite as soon as my son opened it last night. I bought it without pre reading it at all , hoping that just the fact there was a digger on the front my son would love it. The book is so much better than I expected. It goes through all different types of vehicles, not just diggers and the text uses a repetitive format that kids love. The best part is the opening line of each page where is says what each vehicle is good at. ” Diggers are good at dig dig digging!” ” Tractors are good at pull pull pulling!” are just two of the many. I love this because it had my son trying to say it and by the 3rd reading he was saying it along with me. Great book for toddlers and preschoolers!

” Good Morning Digger” by Anne Rockwell is not going to be put onto my must buy list. It just seemed flat and boring. The story follows a vacant lot and the digger that comes it to start construction on what will transform into a community center. There really weren’t any characters and the text seemed unenthusiastic. To make matters worse I think I have to pay a late fee at my library on this one.