Marshmallow Easter Bunny Craft

easy easter craft for kids I love making things with mini marshmallows. We have made all sorts of things with marshmallows over the years but never an Easter bunny craft with mini marshmallows. It was time to grab a bag of mini marshmallows and have some fun. When I post these crafts I often get many comments and emails asking how I can stop my kids from eating all the marshmallows and keep crafting. It’s simple really. I have used the same method for years and in incorporates some math into the craft as well. I will give them a number of mini marshmallows to add and after they do they can have 3 to eat. Then I give them another usually larger number and so on until they are done. So yes there is some eating but no more than a handful go in their mouth … I am pretty sure I eat more than they do. I LOVE marshmallows!

Gather your materials. You will need some mini marshmallows, white glue, googly eyes, some yarn, pencil, some construction paper and pom poms.marshmallow bunny craft for kids

Start by making a template for the outline. I used a piece of scrap paper that had drawing on the other side.

Then trace the bunny. My son did this solo and I gave my daughter a bit of a hand.bunny marshmallow craft for kids

Add the glue.marshmallow easter craft for kids

Next start adding the marshmallows. marshmallow easter bunny craft for preschoolSeeing how my two very different children attacked this task was fascinating. My three year old was methodical carefully placing the marshmallows on end. marshmallow crafts for easterWhile my seven year old was putting them on as fast as he could to eat more marshmallows.  Counting is natural even if you don’t use the same add then eat method I explained above.eating marshmallows from the craft

Add glue for the features.marshmallow bunny whiskers

Add the eyes, the yarn whiskers, and pom pom nose.fine motor marshmallow easter craft

Long after he was done my little girls was carefully adding the marshmallows. marshmallow easter bunny craft for kids and preschoolersWe sat down and counted together when she was all done. Her’s had 73 total!

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Books About Bunnies

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White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker is a classic in my mind and if you have never read it you must. It’s not a complicated story, instead it’s a brilliant book and lesson about color mixing . The cover illustration of the bunny in the paint always makes me think of dying Easter eggs which is another great opportunity to teach about color mixing. Kids love this book and adults reading it will enjoy the fun and dynamic language used to describe the vibrant colors that the bunny plunges into.

A Very Big Bunny

A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo is a nice book about two bunnies that don’t fit in at school.  This book opened a good dialogue between my son and I as we were reading about how both the tallest and the shortest bunny in the class got picked on.  The students in their class were mean but not purposefully bullying, they excluded these bunnies because they simply didn’t fit. The part that hit me the most was when the teacher lined the kids up by height, and Amelia the tall bunny was always last. It just made me think of how adults so often single kids out without trying to be terrible, but really hurting them. All that aside, the book itself comes to a nice conclusion and I think it’s worth grabbing for any child tall or short or in between.

wee little bunny

Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson is such a sweet little book that just oozes spring! Readers get to follow along with the wee little bunny as it frolics around with other animals and plays the day away. After a long day the bunny returns to it’s happy place to snuggle with it’s mama. Toddlers will connect with the bunny and this sweet little story. The illustrations by John Butler will make you want to reach into the pictures and try to pet the bunny’s soft fur, they are that vibrant!

Spring Crafts For Kids

easy spring crafts Spring is almost here but I just can’t wait. I gave in to my daughter’s request to get our Easter decorations out and love all the fun colors surrounding us now. I am not ready to share new Easter crafts just yet but I am ready to share our favorite spring crafts with you today along with some favorites from other blogs like Inner Child Fun and Red Ted Art Blog. Here are 21 activities and spring crafts for kids that I think are perfect for this season.

Butterfly Color Matching
Tissue Paper Japanese Cherry Tree
Soda Pop Bottle Flower Prints from Inner Child Fun
Coffee Filter Butterflies
Marshmallow Painted Bunnies
Indoor Bug Hunt
Yarn Nest

Sticky Window Flower Garden for Toddlers
Flower Garden Sticky Window
Easy Bird Bath
Spring Twig Tree from Rainbows Within Reach
Mud Soup
Alphabet Flower Garden
Cupcake Liner Umbrellas
Nature Scissor Practice

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Coffee Filter Snails
Bunny Ears Hat
Egg Shell Cress Heads from Red Ted Art
Rainy Day Puzzle Hunt
Flower Petal Place Mats
Spring Sensory Tub
Spring Garden Mural

What are you most looking forward to this spring? I will be asking my Facebook community that today and would love for you to chime in!

Button Letter Craft – Alphabet For Starters

letter craft Teaching your children or students about letters means a lot of things. Teaching to recognize and name letters, to know the sound the letters make, and how to make the shape of the letter in it’s upper and lowercase forms. It takes time and finding different dynamic ways to do this can make  learning letters a ton of fun. We made upper case button letters and while we made them we tried to think of all the words we could that started with the same sounds. This is part of our Alphabet For Starters series, the goal for this series is to provide hands-on ways to explore letters while also developing other areas like fine motor development, math skills and more.

Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, a pencil, white glue , and lots of colorful buttons.button letter craft

Start by having your child choose a letter and write it on the paper. If they are still learning how to make the letter write it for them. They will get a chance to work on the formation with the next step.

Now grab the glue and trace the letter with it. I showed her how to do it with my letter A, then she did hers. I did glue tracing letters with my son a few years ago and plan to do the same with my daughter soon since she is showing a desire to write and form the letters. glue tracing button letters

Add the buttons! button letter recognition activity for preschoolShe loved this. I enjoyed watching her take her time picking out which button to add next. button letters color and sizeWe talked about the letter sounds but after that we moved on to the attributes of the buttons themselves. Counting was naturally included as well. button letters counting buttonsDon’t worry about planning topics with this activity beyond the letter sounds but be ready to jump on the topics that naturally arise. I had her estimate how many buttons it would take for her to finish the letter and she was right. She was also very happy about being right! all done button letters

She was so into it she finished mine for me. button letter collage

All done! button letters

55 Dr.Seuss Activities For Kids

Seuss Activities for classIf you are a frequent reader you might know that I am not a huge Seuss fan. It’s not that I don’t like him or his books it’s just that I didn’t grow up reading them and never developed a deep connection. We own a few of his books and enjoy them but I don’t have a huge selection of Dr.Seuss activities to share. Luckily I know a lot of amazing bloggers and when I asked them if they had any links to share I was overwhelmed with a seriously wonderful collection of activities. Here are 55 of the very best Dr.Seuss activities for kids. The book titles are affiliate links to Amazon.com.

Dr. Seuss books and crafts

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

seuss oobleck Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Green Eggs and Ham

Hop on Pop

Horton Hears A Who!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

If I Ran the Zoo

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You

On Beyond Zebra!

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Ten Apples Up On Top!

The Cat in the Hat

The Foot Book

The Lorax

The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

The Tooth Book

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

Wacky Wednesday

Yertle the Turtle

 

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Feather Painting – Back To Basics

feather painting for toddlers Yesterday I mentioned that I am doing a new series of posts called Back To Basics and today is the first post in this series. My goal is always to show you how to use simple activities to teach your children or students but with this series I want to make it even more basic. I want to forget about all the complicated “kids crafts” that you know an adult has made and focus on what we all love most about arts & crafts – connecting with our kids. These activities are generally very open although some for older children are more product focused. They are all things you can enjoy simply with the most important little people in your life. I hope you will enjoy these back to basic arts & crafts posts as much as I know we will enjoy creating them.

Today we are sharing something my son and I did way back in 2008 but have never done with my daughter, feather painting. It’s simple, it’s fun and as you will see… it’s messy. All the ingredients for a great time.

Gather your materials. You will need some feathers ( ours were sent to us from our friends at craftprojectideas.com ) , some paint, a tray , paper and painter’s tape to secure the paper to the table. Feather painting for preschool

Start by taping down the paper. I find with feather painting this is the way to do it. Kids can have lots of space to paint and you don’t have to worry about cleaning paint off your table. feather painting 2

Next squirt the paint onto the tray. Like our fancy one? My daughter insisted.

Time to paint. Dip in the feathers and explore. kids crafts

She was tentative at first. feather painting

Soon the feather was more of a spoon than a paint brush, that’s OK. Let your child explore.

She loved making marks with multiple colors.feather painting And the feel of the silky feather wet with paint. feather painitng 7

Soon all marks were only made with her hands. This girl might start using a tool of some sort but we ALWAYS end with finger painting. As she was slamming her hands down she looked up and said ” Blue, orange, green, and purple make black!” and that is why you explore. There is always learning in the exploration. feather painting 9

Books About Color

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Duckie's Rainbow

Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry is a clever little book , you walk with her as she passes things like a yellow cornfield and blue pond until the pages above create a rainbow . I love the idea but reading it with my son ( who was 2 at the time) all he wanted to do was turn the pages as quickly as he could to make the rainbow. Not a big deal but this would make a better story time book then a bedtime one for that reason.

Dog's Colorful Day

Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd was a huge hit at our house. My son loved identifying the colors of all the drips of paint, ice cream and more that Dog gets on him throughout the day. This is a great book not only because it has counting and colors but because of the language it uses while the spots of color are splatting, squashing ans squishing onto his beautiful white fur. My son loved repeating these words with enthusiasm as he noted how poor Dog was getting so messy! It’s a fun book to read and one that I have added to my wish list !

colors for zena

Colors for Zena by Monica Wellington was sent to me by the author and I have been meaning to review it for ages. My daughter loves this book. It’s a simple book and perfect for 2-4 year olds who are discovering color mixing through their own explorations. The book is really all about color mixing and the illustrations are adorable and just what you would expect from Wellington. The story itself is not your average Wellington book with a clear story , instead it’s more of a art lesson. My daughter has been very into color mixing since we read this book for the first time and I like being able to reinforce these lessons at bedtime as well as art time.