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.

 

21 Father’s Day Gifts {kids can help make}

kid made father's day gifts Dads are rad. We need to celebrate all they do for our families with some fun and funky Father’s Day gifts. These Father’s Day gifts go from simple and stereotypical to off beat and quirky. All can be made by kids with some ( sometimes a little sometimes a lot) of help from an adult.

easy father's day cookies

Father’s Day Tie Cookies
Kid Art T-Shirts For Dad
Super Dad Medals
Toddler Made Book Mark
Coupon Book of Experiences With Dad from Carrots Are Orange
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Dad Painting
Crayon Candle
Smart Phone Picture Frame
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Custom Cork Board
Write Dad An Action Figure Story
Family Bowling
matching games
Mustache Match Puzzle
Bird Bath ( that kinda looks like The Stanley Cup)
Surprise Notes For Dad ( Printable) from Teachmama
Neck Tie Canvas Art

home depot decoupage
Tool Bench Pencil Holder
Colored Pencil Trivet from Pink And Green Mama
Father’s Day Key Chain & Poem

summer craft for kids
Popsicle Stick Coaster
Fine Art Magnets
Football Craft

What are you making for the dads in your life this year ?

Monarch Butterfly Craft For Kids

monarch butterfly craft I hope you like butterflies as much as we do! This butterfly craft was inspired by our first monarch butterfly sighting ( or at least we think it was a monarch). When my daughter and I were digging through our craft cabinets for inspiration we saw the party streamers saved from Halloween and this is what we made. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out or if the streamers would stay in the clothes peg. We made these a week ago and they have stayed in place perfectly.

Gather your materials. You will need some wooden pegs like these from craftprojectideas.com , party streamers in orange, yellow, white, and black, markers, scissors, and pipe cleaners. monarch butterfly craft for preschool

Start by cutting your streamers. If your child is interested you can have them make a pattern. monarch butterflies craft

Next color your peg with markers. My daughter loved this and colored both of ours at the same time. We used smelly markers and in the split second that I was putting the camera back down she stuck both the markers up her nose. Can’t really blame her, they smell so good! Guess we will need to get new markers. butterfly craft for preschool

Time to put the party streamers into the pegs. These pegs have a slit and the paper can be carefully slid into it and then scrunched. Great concentration exercise! monarch butterfly craft for kindergarten

Next time for some pipe cleaner antennae. Pink was a must. mess free butterfly craft

What I love about this butterfly craft is that there is no drying time. No paint and no glue means no wait needed to send it home or play with it!

 

Books About Butterflies

Extend or introduce this activity with a story or two about butterflies. All our book lists include affiliate links.

From Caterpillar to Butterfly

From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heligiman is part of my favorite non fiction for kids series ” Let’s Read and Find Out Science”.  I always grab these books at garage sales and thrift stores. In this edition you follow a classroom of students observing a caterpillar as it metamorphosis into a butterfly. A classic spring activity for preschool age children to discover and learn about life cycles. Also a perfect match for your own Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden which I highly recommend and will be doing this year with my son. Reading non fiction with your preschoolers is important as it teaches them seamlessly that writing and reading is not just for stories but for information too.

butterfly colors

Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horaeck is such a wonderful book! I love the simple text and engaging story about a little girl who is trying to find the butterfly that she saw the day before. In her attempts she finds many other colorful bugs in her garden. At the end of the book is a beautiful pop up butterfly that will delight your little readers. I read this to a class of 2 and 3 year olds who were glued to every page and both my kids who are 3 and 7 loved it as well.  Great book!

 

 

Crafts and Activities For Kids { Link Up! }

rp_link-learn-2014-455x178.jpgWhile you are reading this I am hopefully happily running a half marathon here in Washington State – I can’t wait to see all the awesome kids activities and crafts you link up after my race. I will be cozy in my sweats getting totally inspired by the amazing posts y’all share week after week.

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Have a great day and thanks again for sharing your ideas with No Time For Flash Cards readers.



50 Summer Activities For 3 Year olds

3 year old activities Three is that magical age between being a baby and being a big kid and is the perfect time to mix some planned activities in with free play. I get asked often about my schedule and I hesitate to share it because our schedule changes so much. What I won’t hesitate to share is that three year olds shouldn’t be sitting down doing mom or other adult directed activities a lot. This is the icing not the cake. The cake should be free play including having sensory materials available, outside time,  tons and tons of books within reach,  and lots of quiet cuddle time too!

Here are 50 summer activities for 3 year olds some are as simple as setting something up and letting them explore and others are more structured.

summer activities for 3 year olds

Sticky Window Pom Pom Play

4th of july sensory activity for kids
Shaving Cream Fireworks

Shell Sorting
Shell Sorting

toddler activites
Color and Clean Car Wash

dinosaur themed activitiy
Backyard Dinosaur Bone Dig

star fish craft
Bubble Wrap & Dish Scrubber Starfish

paper plate octopus craft
Paper Plate Octopus

Alphabet Sensory Tub
Alphabet Sensory Tub

paint like jackson pollock
Paint Like Jackson Pollock

color mixing edit
Liquid Color Mixing

truck painting for toddlers
Truck Painting

five senses activity sound
Sound Safari

potato prints
Potato Masher Painting

ocean sensory tub
Ocean In A Box – water play

feather painting
Feather Painting

hose it down
Hosing Down Shapes and Letters In The Yard

kids crafts
Paper Plate Crab

spray painting
Spray Painting

jewel butterfly craft
Paper Plate Butterfly

Preschool Pretend Play Scientist
Mad Scientist Lab

find & count bug hunt nature activity
Find & Count Bug Hunt

rainbow sensory tub
Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Tub

cutting into nature outdoor scissor skills
Nature Cutting

bug
Bug Painting

mud pie play
Mud Soup

weather activity for preschool
Make Your Own Weather Station

ocean themed crafts
Paper Bag Jellyfish

Mining Activity
Mining For Magnets

driveway graffiti
Driveway Graffiti

uncle sam puppet for 4th of july craft
Uncle Sam Puppet

paper plate sun
Paper Plate Sun

bulldozer party
Construction Site Sensory Tub

playdough kabobs for kids
Playdough Kabobs

sensory activities for kids
Touch Box

letter of the week
4th of July Letter F craft

fly swatter painting
Fly Swatter Painting

Nature Color Hunt
Nature Color Hunt

worm painting for toddlers
Worm Painting

patriotic activity for kids
Flag Hunt

camping for kids
Pretend Play Camping

obstacle course fun
Build Your Own Obstacle Course

4th of july crafts
Cupcake Liner Fireworks

watermelon letter craft for kids
Letter Watermelons

Pretend Play Vet Clinic title
Pretend Play Vet Clinic

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Gelatin Gooey Ocean Play

sensory tub prints
Sensory Table Painting

car wash for toddlers
Backyard Car Wash

alphabet hunt outdoors with duplo
Outdoor Alphabet Hunt

handprint fireworks 4th of july
Handprint Fireworks for 4th of July

simple super crafts painting with nature
Painting with Nature

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg – what activities do you like to do with your 3 year old? Tell us on our Facebook page!