Create A Face Sticky Easel Activity

create a face sticky easel activity for preschool

This post was supposed to be about multiple things children could create on a sticky easel but when the first idea – make a face – was such a huge hit with my daughter I knew this would stand alone as a great easel activity. Seeing how she expanded this from a simple easel activity into storytelling and pretend play was a highlight of my week . The benefits to this activity aren’t just the creative ones, there are also language, emotional development, fine motor, and even opportunities to count. Oh and it was really fun too!

Gather your materials. You will need some contact paper and collage materials. We used beads, gems,craft sticks,feathers, googly eyes, and grabbed some pipe cleaners mid-way through the activity. While we used an easel with a white board you could simply tape the contact paper to a table or wall if you don’t have an easel, using a regular marker for the outline.create a face activity for kids supplies

Start by attaching your contact paper on the easel sticky side out.sticky easel make a face

Draw the outline of a face. I did ours on the white board but you can draw one right on the contact paper.sticky easel create a face storytelling activity

Set up the collage materials in the paint cup holders.create a face art activity for kids

Time to invite your creative genius to the easel… and sit back and watch.create a face and storytelling for preschool I am amazed at what happened. I expected her to create a face but I wasn’t expecting the level of storytelling that happened in our playroom. She immediately started talking to the face who was also almost four and had lost her mom at the store. This storyline began because she used a craft stick for the mouth which gave the face a sad look and mentioned ( to the easel not me) ” You look sad what’s wrong?” As she continued to add little bits and bobs the story got deeper but she never stopped adding things…create a face easel activity for preschool eventually they were at a store looking for their moms and trying on earrings, make up, and beautiful hats. create a face and encourage languageStill more gems and eyes were being added. Only when they found their moms did the activity end. I sat in our book nook quietly taking photos and enjoying being a spectator to her imagination.create a face easel activity for kids

What she may not have realized is that while she was creating this story she was working on literacy development, practicing empathy, and fine motor skills too.

4th Of July Crafts – Spin Painted Noisemaker

4th of july craft for kids It’s time to get out all the red, white, and blue paint for 4th of July crafts! This craft can easily be adapted to any color so even if you aren’t celebrating Independence day you can make a fun noise maker for your music basket. My daughter absolutely adored making this and even though she created a product the focus of the activity was largely on the process. She experimented with the colors, experimented with where we placed the paint and the direction we spun the salad spinner. Crafts can be about more than the finished product, it’s all in how you do it!

Gather your materials. You will need two small paper plates, some red, blue, and gold paint. We used gold but any glittery pain would work well. You will also need a salad spinner, stapler, and some dry pasta or anything else you want to pop inside. I like bigger pasta because it’s less likely to sneak through the plates and spill. fourth of july spin painting

Start by putting your plate in the spinner and adding paint. You can do all the colors at once or one at a time. Have fun with this and experiment! 4th of july craft spin painted noise makers for kids

Close the lid. Make sure it’s on tight. And spin.  My daughter and I took turns spinning. 4th of july spin painting

Open and be amazed and if you want keep adding more paint to see what you get! 4th of July spin painted craftWe must have done the first plate 8 times. She was in heaven and I was loving how she adjusted where and how much paint she added each time. I could see the gears shifting. spin painted noisemaker craft for 4th of july

When they feel like their design is just right let it dry and grab the second plate. Repeat the process. The novelty had not worn out one bit with the second plate. We did this one five or six times too. This photo is a totally gratuitous one , I just thought it was cute. spinner craft 4th of july

After they are totally dry ( ours took about 12 hours they were so layered with paint)4th of july spin painted tambourine craft add the pasta. 4th of july craft for toddlers

Pop the top on and staple. I stapled it in three places to get a start and then my daughter did the rest. Now you are ready to make noise at the 4th of July parade! 4th of july craft for kids noisemaker

 

 

 

 

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Beach Themed Activities

beach activity daycare It’s summer… well it will be in a few days and I am ready to go to the beach! We are heading to the beach later this summer but until then we will have to create our own beach with these beach themed activities.  I have never blogged about it but one of my favorite and simple as can be beach themed activities is to paint shells.

shell crafts for kids

Grab some shells, water colors , paper towels, and paint! After you do that check out the ideas below for more fun.

beach activities

Shell Picture Frame
Paper Plate Sun
Beach Sensory Tub

math games for kids shell memory game
Shell Memory Math Game
Mermaids
Sea Urchin

Shell Sorting
Shell Sorting
Paper Plate Crab
{Safe} Beach Glass Sensory Play

star fish craft
Bubble Wrap Starfish
Sandpaper Sun
Shell Letters

ocean themed crafts
Paper Bag Jellyfish
Beach In A Jar

 

What is your favorite beach activity?

Bug Activities For Toddlers

bug ideas for toddlers Toddlers love bugs. I have often thought about what it is about bugs that interests children so much and I think it’s that they are so accessible. No matter where you live you live near some bugs. These bug activities were all done with at least one of my children when they were a toddler. For me that is from about 18 months until 3 , but these activities would be fun for older kids too. It’s easy to find books about bugs for toddlers as well and you can find some of my favorite in this book list about bugs.

bug crafts for toddlers

Ribbon Butterfly
Ladybug Song
Worm Painting
Paper Plate Butterfly

play dough bug imprints for preschool
Playdough Bug Fossils
Letter B Bee
Coffee Filter Snails
Indoor Bug Hunt

spider web walking
Spider Web Gross Motor Activity
Caterpillar C
Paper Plate Ladybug
Color Matching Butterflies

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Bug Painting For Toddlers
Playdough Bug Sculptures
Egg Carton Caterpillar
Paper Plate Spider
Hand Print Butterfly

butterfly-craft

Ladybug Wings Costume

ladybug craft My kids know that I will play along with pretend play. I will press imaginary elevator buttons, have conversations with imaginary friends, and fill a plate for them at the dinner table too. I love pretend play because by playing along I have been invited into my children’s world and have learned things about who they are and who they want to be. Their rich imaginations carry them through most of their pretend play but sometimes they decide they need some props or a costume. Then it’s time to hit up Mama for help. When your kids come to ask you to make them something I beg you to help only as much as they need you to. My goal is to support but not direct , to act as a scaffold not a blueprint. If a young child has a clear image of what they want and it’s far beyond their ability to make still try not to swoop in, instead remind them that anything is possible when you imagine it.

My daughter came to me begging to help make Ladybug wings costume. The first thing I asked her was how she thought we could make them. We looked around together to look for materials. I showed her some cardboard and she explained to me how we could make wings… so we did.

Gather your materials. You will need some tape, cardboard, a pair of good scissors, red paint, dark paint ( she chose a purple do a dot paint marker) , a paint brush or two, two rubber bands, and some pipe cleaners. We also used our drop cloth because it was too wet to do this outside. ladybug girl wings

Start by drawing wings on the cardboard and cutting them out. ladybug girl wings for kids

Next attach some pipe cleaners 3/4 of the way up the bottom side of the wings. I curved them into circles and attached them with masking tape.

Add a rubber band and the end of the wing. This will go around the child’s wrist. Use tape to secure it. lady bug costume wings for kids

Get your tester to see if the wings work. Flap around a bit. how to make lady bug wings

Time to paint. I didn’t direct this I just let her go for it. If they want to use crayons, markers, or stickers… they are their wings let them roll with it. ladybug wings painting

Add the dots! ladybug wings spots

Let dry and play!!lady bug wings costumes for kidsLadybug Books

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very grouchy ladybug

 

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle is more than a cute book about a crabby bug. The Lady bug is looking for a fight and each hour she finds a bigger and bigger animal to fight with until she is unintentionally slapped by a big whale’s tail! I loved using this book to teach telling time, as there is a picture of an analog clock on each page. I would use a play clock and as I read each page ask one child to come and set our classroom clock. Also don’t be put off by the fact that the lady bug tries to pick fights, no animal takes her up on her offer and you can spin that into a great lesson about not giving into people who are trying to pick fights.

ladybug girl

Ladybug Girl Dresses Up! by Jacky Davis is one positive girl book that my daughter at 2 already adores. In this board book Lulu dresses up in a handful of different costumes including both “girl” ones and “boy” ones. She is equally happy in a princess dress as she is as a pirate. The one costume she loves above all the rest is her Ladybug Girl one, because as Ladybug Girl she can do anything. The message I want to send to my daughter more than any other, she can do anything even if she may have to work as hard as a superhero.