When I first started crafting with kids it was as a day camp leader and one art supply we were never short on was paper plates. There were always an abundance of them and because of that we made a ton of paper plate crafts every summer and I worked at the day camps for 9 summers. That’s a lot of paper plate crafts! Here are some of my favorite easy paper plate crafts that we have done over the years here at No Time For Flash Cards.
Crafting with kids can get pricey but one way that you can keep your budget in check and be kind to the earth is to use recycled materials.These recycled art projects for kids use cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, corks, egg cartons, jar lids and more. Here are some ways you can use these recycled art materials to create and learn.
Milk Cartons and Plastic Bottles
Newspaper Pirate Hat
Recycle or Garbage? Earth Friendly Sorting Game
Catalog Drawing Prompts
Book Order Form Beads
Doll Catalog Mermaids
Word Family Portraits
Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Rolls
Toilet Roll Frankenstein
Paper Roll Rocket
Toilet Paper Roll Puppets
Paper Roll Apples
Wrapping Paper Roll Flag
Paper Roll Necklace
Paper Roll Flutes
Paper Roll Flowers
Jars, Lids, and Cans
Jar Lid Memory Game
Tin Can Wind Chimes from Hands On As We Grow
Salt Art in A Jar
Color Mixing Jars
Kandinsky Inspired Lid Art
Tin Can Painting by Toddler Approved
Jar Lid Stamps
Tool Bench Pencil Holder
Egg Carton Wreath
Egg Carton Birds
Egg Carton Caterpillar
Egg Carton Treasure Box by Red Ted Art
Egg Carton Card Holder for Kids
Egg Carton E Letter Craft
Egg Carton Tree
Egg Carton Sensory Puzzle
Egg Carton Spider
Egg Carton Ant
Egg Carton Math - Guest post by Teach Preschool
Upcycled Stay Put Puzzle
Upcycled Kitchen Mat Roadway
CD Case Dry Erase Maze
Starbucks Coffee Sleeve Craft
Plastic Egg Bugs and More
Pool Noodle Bouquet
Scrap Paper Love Bomb
How To Make Recycled Paper
Table Top Loose Parts
Paint With Recyclables
Scrap Paper Rainbow
I am going to keep this short because there is so much to do tonight and that sweet sassy three year old you see on here most days is sick and needs her mama. That’s me. So please link up your great crafts for kids, home school activities, book lists… anything you think our No Time For Flash Card readers would love.
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I get asked often to host little events for brands or book releases but it’s rare that I find one that I think is a good fit for No Time For Flash Cards. This time when the offer to share Mo Willem’s new book came into my inbox I jumped at it. We love Mo Willems and getting to share his brand new book The Pigeon Needs a Bath! with our friends online and in real life was a perfect fit. I decided to turn it into a fun little after preschool play date to promote not only friendship but a love of reading too. For once I am in some pictures thanks to my friend Catie from Catie’s Photography offering to help shoot the play date for me. This post and party were sponsored by Disney-Hyperion and contain affiliate links.
1. Get Their Attention
When you are trying to gather kids attention late in the day a great way to do that is to combine snack time with listening. We handed out fruit, cheese and drinks and then mini cupcakes at the table.
2. Share The Book In A Fun Way
We had a little friendly competition between two favorite Pigeon books. As soon as we got settled with the food I explained we were going to see if this brand new book was as good or even better than the other Pigeon books. I made a little voting booth and got settled in to read.
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! was funny. There were some giggles for sure.
What I love about play dates like this is that reading becomes special.
We made bookmarks. How appropriate! These Pigeon bookmarks were a cinch to make and the kids had fun gluing them together. I loved seeing all the slight variations. I chose a bookmark because my whole goal was to make reading special. This bookmark can be used for reading or for children this young used to tag a book they want to read that night. My daughter chooses her bedtime books every night and now she can tag which one she wants to read by popping the bookmark in it and setting it on her room.
Here is the step by step- clearly photographed by me
Gather your materials. You will need some blue , brown, yellow and white paper. You will also need googly eyes, scissors, a hole punch, some raffia ribbon, glue stick and crayons.
Start by cutting out a blue rectangle and a smaller brown one. Glue them together.
Next cut out a small yellow beak . Then cut out a circle, long skinny rectangle and semi circle from the blue paper. Glue them together on the brown rectangle.
4. Send Them On Their Way With More To Read!
I was fortunate enough to have the publisher provide books for all my guests, I don’t think I could have afforded to do that. There are inexpensive ways to send each child home with a book like hitting up Goodwill, the dollar store or asking each guest to bring a book to exchange. I do think that this step is important and such a great way to focus on what a gift reading and books are.
This was our first book play date but I know there will be more in the future. You can learn more about all the Pigeon Series here , check out Mo Willems’s blog here, and yes The Pigeon is even on Twitter!As mentioned above this post and party were sponsored by Disney-Hyperion
Taking care of the earth is a big job and it requires teamwork. In the spirit of Earth Day and working together a bunch of rad kid bloggers and I decided to share Earth Day crafts today in a blog hop. There are so many fun Earth Day projects from us , Marie over at Make & Takes, Holly at Kids Activities Blog, Christine at Childhood 101, Stacey at Kid Stuff World and Becky at Patchwork Posse. You can find the links below our super ( like seriously super) easy earth suncatcher craft tutorial.
Cover it with glitter. We talked about how much water there is on earth and how it breaks up the land. Depending on the age of the child you can get really detailed with this step. The nice thing is that it doesn’t have to be detailed and works for all ages.
Now go explore these other awesome ideas and fantastic blogs.
Found Things Collage on Kid Stuff World
Recycle Paper Tube Train on Make and Takes
2 T-shirt Cinch Sack on Patchwork Posse
Make a Planet Earth on Kids Activities Blog
Paper Mache Pots on Childhood 101