Naptime Creation

Bedroom Door
Wreath

When I was a little girl I felt so grown up when I got to decorate my bedroom door for Christmas. This wreath uses craft basics and a dollar store garland to make a wreath the perfect size for a bedroom door!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, cheap dollar store garland, pom poms, a small bit of ribbon and a hot glue gun.
  2. Cut the middle out of your paper plate.
  3. Start by putting half the garland through the hole. Then start wrapping on end of the garland in and around your paper plate. Don’t glue anything yet.When you get to the end ( all the plate is covered cut.
  4. Add hot glue to your plate and glue down both ends.
  5. Add some pom poms and ribbon with the hot glue.
  6. Time to put this adorable, fast and cheap wreath up for all to see!

Environmentally Friendly Christmas Lights !

christmas craft for kids I love how this turned out, but don’t be fooled this isn’t really a toddler craft. Even though my son had fun , I did most the work for this one. Older children could do this with little to no instruction but toddlers will need one on one help for the painting to look like lights, they can also just have fun with the sponges , or both!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a kitchen sponge, washable markers, scissors, some plain white paper, some bright thin paint, tape and black construction paper.
  2. Start by drawing a light bulb shape on the sponge. Cut out, then wash the marker off.
  3. We used the paint rollers for our paint, but you could use any paint or even an ink pad. Essentially you are stamping the sponge.
  4. Stamp! If like me you have been house bound due to weather and are a little crazy and want to try this with a toddler here are my tips… Ask your child where they want the sponge, then place it there, then have them slap the sponge and FREEZE. My son loved this , he loved freezing and it helped get nice prints for the effect. We managed to have fun with these tricks, he also directed which color to use. After he rolled the roller on his head I took over those duties too.
  5. Do another color…and repeat. I blotted my sponge between uses but I didn’t bother washing it.
  6. Let the bulbs dry. Here is where I gave my son the sponge and roller and let him be free! While I finished up .
  7. Add squiggly circles at the neck of each bulb.
  8. Connect the bulbs with a marker “wire”
  9. Trim and tape to a black piece of paper. I am using tape because plain white paper is thin and glue could ruin the prints.

** Also as a mom who has been saying “Please don’t touch the lights, that’s your warning!” for days now, I was so happy tonight when my son went to touch the lights on the tree I said ” You can go get the lights we made and touch those!” and it worked , we’ll see if it does tomorrow! **

Naptime Creation: Make a Point !

Make at Home
Pointillism


Georges Seurat is the artist best known for pointillism, which is essentially a painting made of many many tiny dots of color to create a large homogeneous work of art. For examples of his work click here and here. When teaching children about fine art I think that a great way to do it , is to have them try it out. Making images using this technique is hard and will foster some appreciation after testing it out! Here’s how.

  1. Gather your materials. If you have some art books on hand grab a few , or check some out of your local library, although some pictures online are good, being able to manipulate the pictures helps. You will need some markers ( more colors the better) and paper.
  2. Look at some of the paintings with your child, make note of how from far away they look like regular painting you would paint normally. Up close you can see the individual dots. Ask them if they think this would be easier or harder than normal- would it take more time? Let’s find out!
  3. Let them go! Have extra paper on hand because this can get frustrating, it’s not easy. Show them how the marker can be used on the side to make a large dot and on it’s tip to make a small one.
  4. Suggest using different shades colors for effect.
  5. Go clean the house cause this might take them a while ! If your child is getting frustrated , suggest doing the outline of drawings with the points, and filling in the rest traditionally.

Field Trip !

Museums are fantastic places for kids, the coolest thing I have ever seen as a teacher was a group of 4 year olds in Paris sketching a Rodin sculpture. They were sprawled everywhere and even now many years later that memory reminds me how vital art is!

So here is a list of fine art museums with Georges Seurat’s works!

Pilgrim Craft


Use cereal boxes to create a simple pilgrim craft. Re-using cereal boxes is one of our favorite ways to make crafts with what we have on hand.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a cereal box, something to color with , I am using pencil crayons but if you are doing this with a young child , I suggest paint. Glue ( I cheated and used double stick tape though- I think you should too! ) , googly eyes, scissors and a fine tip marker.
  2. Start by drawing out the pilgrim, you will need to cut open your cereal box and on one large side draw 2 shoes, 1 shirt, 1 pair of jaunty shorts, and a hat. All of that will be painted black so keep them together to make it easy. Do not cut out.
  3. On the next side of the box draw his collar and 3 long rectangles, these will be the legs and the white band around his hat. Color white.
  4. On the next piece draw his face and hair and a neck and 2 arms with hands, I forgot that step with hilarious results. Color peach and brown.
  5. On the last draw 2 small circles and 3 squares, one larger then the other two with a small square in the middle of each. These will be the buckles on his shoes and hat. Color gold , orange or yellow.
  6. Cut everything out. Here is where you will probably take over for your child, that’s ok.
  7. Start piecing together, I started with the shirt, adding the collar, then head.
  8. Next add the, hat , band on the hat and buckle.
  9. Next the legs, then shoes.
  10. I forgot the arms initially and when I tried to eyeball how big the hand should be I missed, I have to share my oops with you ! I think that hand is a bit too small….
  11. Add shoe buckles, shirt buttons , draw and face with the marker and add the eyes.
  12. If you want you can reinforce the paper doll with extra pieces of cardboard. I like doing this to make sure it lasts a minute or two in my toddlers hands!

Naptime Creation – for older children!

Table Manners
Place Card Holder
I fondly remember making place cards for my mom when guests came over , this simple place card holder can be adapted to any occasion, use a sprig of pine for Christmas, or some glittery berries for new years! Also for the kids table you can make the Foam Turkey and glue a clothes pin to the back! This is also a great way to practice penmanship which doesn’t get much action these days! Even if you aren’t hosting a big holiday dinner making some place cards is a great way to involve your children in setting the table!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some dried grass, or other fall foliage, glue, cardstock, paper cutter if available, scissors, clothes pins, fine tipped marker , gliter glue , hole punch and ribbon.
  2. Start by cutting out an oval with scissors or cheat with a paper cutter like me! I am using brown blank note cards , I liked the color and the weight is perfect for the project.
  3. Using a hole punch , punch two small holes in the oval.
  4. Thread a piece of ribbon through , use a longer piece than you think you will need, trust me it’s easier to cut off extra than re thread it.
  5. Add a little dab of glue where the main part of your foliage will be. If you are making this sans kids use hot glue it will be way faster and sturdier.
  6. Add fall foliage , tie a bow.
  7. Add glue to a clothes pin, don’t add as much as I did, it took forever for mine to dry!
  8. Pop your oval on, let dry.
  9. While that dries cut a 2nd oval out, write the name of a guest and decorate , I chose to do simple dots of glitter glue.
  10. When dry put it together! Remember you can pop different name in for next year, or if you have a change in the guest list. Your placecard will stand on it’s own, i just couldn’t get a good picture!