Q-tip Painted Snowflake Crafts

snowflake crafts for preschool This is a simple winter craft that I have planned for my class of two and three year olds. I often test out my lesson plans on my 4 year old and today when she asked what I was going to do with my class I told her we were going to make Q-tip painted snowflake crafts and she asked if she could make one too. Of course! Since she is older she glued her paper strips down herself and if you are going to do this activity one on one with a toddler I would encourage them to do it too. For my class I glued them down and they will focus on painting.

Gather your materials. You will need some blue construction paper, scissors, a glue stick, q-tips, a paper plate, some paint in silver, white, and light blue. Using different tools to paint is a great way to work in some extra creativity as well as in this case fine motor skills. It’s tough handling a skinny little q-tip! q-tip snowflake crafts for preschool

Start by cutting the paper into strips.snowflake crafts for kids

Time to glue.q-tip painted snowflake crafts for children She loved this step and gluedsnowflake crafts for kids and glued and glued!snowflake crafts

 

While your child is gluing pop the paint on a plate and add the q-tips to each color.q-tip painted snowflake craft for preK Time to paint!q-tip painted snowflakes for preschool

One of the best ways to really enjoy crafting with your kids is to do it with them. Don’t do their craft , do your own. Seeing you enjoy it sets a great example for them.q-tip painted snowflake craft for kindergarten

Kids Activities All About Winter ! { Add Your Posts}

kids activitiesIt’s January and the last bits of the holidays are coming to a close. It’s time to plan for kids activities filled with snowflakes, and snowmen, and mittens… at least those are the words at the top of my brainstorming sheet today. I hope everyone had a great winter break from school and preschool or at least a few days to spend together. I can’t wait to see what everyone links up today.

 

The link I am adding today isn’t just my blog it’s a whole bunch of different blogs —> Winter Kids Activities board on Pinterest is packed with great ideas.
Also I mentioned last week that I wasn’t sure if I would keep L&L going during 2015 but the overwhelming response was ” Yes, do!” so I will.

Now let’s see your posts!



Link & Learn – Best Kids Activities From 2014

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I am on a plane right now headed to Texas and I remembered I hadn’t written my Link & Learn post yet. This week I am featuring all the very best activities for 2014 and today is no exception. I  would LOVE to focus on your very best post of 2014.  Best can mean a lot of things from most popular, most pins, most views… or just your favorite. Whatever measure you use is all up to you but I just want to see what you think your best post was.

For more fun ideas check out our No Time For Flash Cards Facebook Page

Also I want to ask you – does Link & Learn work for you? Is this something we want to keep doing every weekend? I am open to all opinions as I am re-evaluating this in the new year.



Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 2014 fbMerry Christmas ! I hope you and your family have a fantastic holiday and more importantly a new year filled with health and happiness. Thank you for being a part of our 2014, it was an amazing year and we have high hopes for 2015.

Tomorrow we launch a week of our favorite posts from this year. Some are posts from our own No Time For Flash Cards archives and many are from other crazy talented and creative bloggers. You won’t want to miss so many fun ideas.

Merry Christmas,

Allie and family.

Painting Fortune Cookies – New Year’s Eve Activity For Kids

new year's even activity for kids You don’t have to keep your kids up until midnight to celebrate the new year but it is nice to have some extra special activities. The start of a new year is the perfect time to think about what lies ahead and make predictions. One fun way is to crack open a fortune cookie and read what’s inside! Just eating a fortune cookie is fine but you can take it up a notch and paint fortune cookies for a special New Year’s Eve activity and treat.

Gather your materials. You will need some regular fortune cookies, food color, a little milk, an ice cube tray, and paint brushes. You may also want some paper towel and a plate for your work surface. fortune cookie painting new years eve activity for kids

Mix your color with just a tiny bit of milk. You can use water if you are dairy free but the milk adheres just a little better. new years eve activity for kidsInvite your cookie artist and let the fun begin. While she carefully painted I dotted one of my own.painting fortune cookies for new years eve family activity

I loved it when she decided to dip dye the fortune cookie. fortune cookie painting new years activity for kidsIt looked beautiful but it never really dried making the cookie mushy. It’s best to paint just a little without too much soaking in.new years eve activity for kids

Make sure you have a handful of cookies for each kiddo because she just kept painting and painting!new years eve activity for children