Giant Sunflower Craft

sunflower kids craft
It was cold, dark and dreary today, so we made our own cheer with this giant sunflower project. This is a great craft for a day when you are stuck inside because there are so many steps . You can plant a seed or act out how a seed grows into a plant while you are waiting for your sunflower to dry.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper bag, a paper plate, some black rice, glue, yellow and green paint , a marker , scissors, a bath poof or sponge and double stick tape.
  2. Start by cutting open your grocery bag and drawing a long stem along one edge and multiple petals on the rest of it.
  3. Cut the stem outline out and have your child paint it green. My son loved using the roller paints for this because it was so easy to make long straight lines. Let dry.
  4. Paint the petals with the bath poof or sponge. I find that when we are painting a large surface it’s much better to use a big tool that covers easily.
  5. Paint the bottom of the paper plate with the yellow paint too. Let dry.
  6. Cut out the stem and petals
  7. Add glue to the center of the paper plate – more is better so this is a great time to have your child control the glue.
  8. Add the rice. My son added a few at first then dumped the whole dish on. Let dry. This actually dried to the touch pretty fast.
  9. Flip the plate upside down and using the double stick tape tape the petals on.
  10. Tape the stem on.
  11. Brighten even the darkest day !

Books!

“The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carleis a story about a tiny seed who unlike the other seeds from his flower makes it against all odds to continue the cycle of life. I really enjoy this book and love how it shows all the obstacles along the way for a simple little seed. My son liked this book but didn’t make it all the way through, which I expected since it is a long book for a 2 year old.

“Planting A Rainbow” by Lois Elhert is a wonderful book to use for teaching about flowers and colors. The illustrations are bold and bright, perfect for little curious minds. I have always liked this book because you can sit down and dive into it reading each flowers name on every page , or browse it more casually with a youngerchild simply noting the colors.


Additional Activity


” Grow Little Seed!”

I love teaching through acting things out, and just like all the classes I have had my son loves it too. For this theme we started as little “ta ta tiny!” seeds deep in the dirt. Then it rained and we started growing roots ( ours looked a lot like jazz hands) and then started to push through the dirt to the sunlight. Then the sun was bright and strong and we grew and grew, and finally blossomed. With older children I would havegone into more detail , maybe include a strong wind blowing us to and fro, sprouting leaves etc…However you do it , go big, take your children’s suggestions and have fun!

Plastic Egg Crafts & Activities

recycled easter egg bugsRecycle your plastic eggs after the chocolate and jelly beans have been consumed and make something fun ! These crafts are fast and fun and let your kids create while they learn.

 

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some plastic eggs that have pre made holes in them ( most do) , some pipe cleaners, label stickers and markers.
  2. Start by drawing on your label stickers ( they are matte so you can color them and it will stick). I was shocked with how much my son liked this step, glad I added it in.
  3. Next stick them onto the egg.
  4. Use two labels to act as eyes and draw some eyes on them with a marker!
  5. Pick out a pipe cleaner or 2 if you are a toddler and like to always say “Two?” whenever anything is offered. Thread them through the holes.

Egg Blossoms!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some tissue paper, pipe cleaners, scissors and eggs.
  2. Cut your tissue paper into a flower shape. I used multiple layers for each egg.
  3. Break the egg into 2 pieces if it has a connector, and thread the bottom piece onto the pipe cleaner.
  4. Add the tissue paper by making a small hole int the middle and threading it on.
  5. Add the top piece. Thread your pipe cleaner through and then gently tug, some eggs have one hole only, in this case make a little knot and tug, if there are 2 holes simply thread it back in.
Polka Dot Discovery
I have done this activity for years and never once called the eggs Easter eggs, they were polka dots with surprises inside. Obviously if you celebrate Easter there is no reason to call them anything else but if you don’t celebrate Easter you can still jump on the polka dot bandwagon and use them to have fun learning.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some plastic eggs that open with room to hide things inside, you can also use small gift boxes. Some paper, a marker, some scissors and basket or bag.
  2. The great thing about this activity is that it’s versatile. If you are learning about shapes you can pop shapes in the eggs, if you are doing letters you stuff them with letters etc… So this next step is where you decide what to stuff them with and using a marker and paper make the surprises.
  3. Stuff the eggs and either hide them for a hunt, or place them in a basket for your child to choose from.
  4. When you child finds the egg make sure to ask them what color the outside is, and encourage them to open it up and find what’s inside.
  5. If your child is a young toddlers you can simply put fun toys in and they will be kept busy finding them. Just opening the eggs are great fine motor skills practice!
  6. One last note if you have an older sibling who is working on sight words at grade school you can pop those in some eggs for them too!

 

Painting With Cookie Cutters

toddler painting ideas

This is such a simple activity that kids of all ages can enjoy, perfect for the weekend when your family is together all day. Cookie cutter painting is a fun way to make recognizable shapes without too much structure. My son loved doing this and I thought it was the perfect,simple way to end a great Spring Fling Week here at No Time For Flash Cards. Thanks for celebrating the changing of the seasons with us!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper, a cookie cutter , paint and a plate.
  2. Spread your paint on a plate.
  3. Dip your cookie cutter in the paint
  4. Print !
  5. If you want add another color and keep going!

Bunches of Love !

Bouquet of Hearts

Who doesn’t love flowers? These are custom made by your very favorite little artist just for you! Valentine’s Day is a great time to reinforce learning about heart shapes too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some card stock or stiff paper, markers or crayons, pipe cleaners, and scissors.
  2. Start by drawing a heart on the card stock, cut it out and use it as the template to draw more on the other card stock. You can simply draw the hearts individually too. If your child is able to have them draw the hearts!
  3. Have your child color the hearts, we chose other red and pink colors for drawing but any color marker or crayon will work!
  4. Make 3 small holes with sharp scissors or a very small hole punch in the heart.
  5. Thread the pipe cleaner through. This is great for fine motor development, but really little hands will need help. The pipe cleaner should have some extra after being threaded through and you will bend that to secure it.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each heart.
  7. Older children can write messages in black pen on the heart or you can have your child dictate a valentines message for the recipient
  8. Tie a pretty bow around your stems and give it to someone you love!

Books!

” Valentine Friends” by April Jones Prince is a great book for toddlers who have just made some valentines or are just about to. The text is as simple as it gets, explaining one simple step of a valentine’s day art project on each page. The first letter of the action matches the first letter of the animal doing the action . My son liked pointing out the art supplies, animals and sat well for the whole book which isn’t always the case. Cute book for the very young!

” Who Do You Love? “ by Martin Waddell has a cute concept and the cats on the cover grabbed my attention. The book I got from the library was in board book form and I was a little disappointed when it had as much text on each page, my wiggly man shut it on the 2nd page and insisted on a book about school buses instead. When I grabbed it later he sat back down to look at some of the pages but the story didn’t grab him. I the story about a cat and a kitten playing a “Who do you love?” game listing all the cats the kitten loves before bed, it’s very sweet. The part where the kitten says that she loves the cat she met in the woods yesterday gave me the heeby geebies though. I understand it’s supposed to be funny that the kitten lists this stranger and hasn’t said her mama yet but it just came across as creepy. I would just skip that line if I read it again.

Shine On ! Summer’s Here !


Disco Daisy Bouquet!

Sequins are a fun addition to any craft just make sure your child is able to resist the urge to pop them in their mouths! I am happy to report my son seems to be ready!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need A piece of construction paper, some paint, some muffin cups ( shiny ones are a bonus!) some mini muffin cups , sequins ( or sparkles) , some glue , tape and a small piece of ribbon.
  2. Flatten out a muffin cup and place a small amount of paint in the center.
  3. Let your child finger paint the cup.
  4. Put some glue in the center of a mini muffin cup, if you do not have a mini muffin cip you can use a small circle of any paper.
  5. Drop sequins onto the glue.
  6. My son LOVED this part, we did 4 mini muffin cups. This is great fine motor skills practice, you can even ask them to pick out specific colors of sequins if they are really digging this part of the craft! Just go with their flow!
  7. Glue the mini muffin cup into the center of the larger one.
  8. Tape two ( or however many flowers you have) pipe cleaners onto your construction paper for stems, then glue the flowers onto the paper.
  9. Gather the stems and tie together with a ribbon.


Song!

For a cute song about seasons click HERE


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