Baby Bling!

necklace craft

This is a great spin on the classic pasta necklace, it uses either toilet paper or paper towel rolls which are big enough to pose no choking hazard and easier for little hands to thread onto the ribbon. Still any time anything goes around your child’s neck you must stay within arm’s reach!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 1 paper towel or 2 toilet paper rolls, some markers , sparkle paint, scissors and ribbon.
  2. Start by decorating your rolls with markers.
  3. Use multiple colors and keep going and going until your child announces they are done, this may be 30 seconds or 10 minutes, depending on the day. Don’t worry that’s normal for little ones.
  4. Add the glitter- I am using glitter paint, but glue and glitter would work too, just make sure it’s completely dry before the next step.
  5. Cut the rolls into small rings.
  6. Before you start threading the rings onto your ribbon , make a bog loop that the rings can’t slip over so when your child is threading them on they don’t slip off. If your ribbon is too small for this step grab some tape and tape one end to your table instead.
  7. Start threading. Now for toddlers this could be frustrating so you may need to help them, I had to show my son a few times and then he had fun putting the rings on and off by himself.
  8. The tricky part was convincing him to put it on.


Sail Boat Craft

 

boat craft

We live by the water and one of my son’s favorite things to do is to jump in the Ergo and check out the boats at the marina. We decided to make our own today. Here is how we did it.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need A paper towel roll, the top of an egg carton, some tissue paper, glue, paint scissors and tape.
  2. Paint the egg carton. We used the dot a art paint, because it goes on with very little mess and had a playdate shortly after art time but any paint will do, just keep it thin so it doesn’t saturate the carton.
  3. Next up the paper towel roll mast!
  4. While your child is painting, cut the tissue paper into a sail.
  5. Glue onto the mast.
  6. Add a layer of tape on top to keep the sail in place. You don’t have to do this but I find tissue paper is so flimsy that I did 3 layers and needed glue on the bottom and tape on top.
  7. Glue the mast onto the boat, I poured a ton of glue and stuck the roll into it. Let dry.
  8. Voila , your boat is beautiful and environmentally responsible!


Books!

” Boats” by Byron Barton is a board book that has been read continually since it came home form the library a week ago. Perfect for toddlers who will appreciate the simple text and bright fun pictures, this book is a great for anyone with a child who like mine screams ” Boat, Dingy! Boat!” whenever they are near water!

” An Island in the Soup “ by Mirelle Levert is an award winning book , and it’s easy to see why. The story follows a little boy who refusing to eat imagines a fantasy world in his bowl of soup, it rains peas and carrots and he encounters a bad fairy but in the end he eats his delicious soup. The illustrations are perfect although the bad fairy’s unibrow is very very frightening!

” Busy Boats” by Tony Mitton is s cute little book that uses cartoony characters to help explain all about boats and how they work. This is a perfect book for children who’s attention isn’t held by a non fiction book, but wants to know more about boats!

Rainy Day Rainbow – Recycled Art

This recycled art project is great because it never really has to be done, also it’s a cooperative project that you and your child or a group can do together. You can make it for St.Patrick’s Day or just to brighten a rainy day with lots of color.
  1. Gather your Materials. For the back of the rainbow I have used some extra wrapping paper but you can use anything, in the past I have used brown grocery bags taped together and it looked great! Glue is great for older preschoolers but if you are worried about the mess or if you have a glue eater ( I know I do! ), try some double stick tape!
  2. Draw a rainbow, it doesn’t have to be perfect or even good, the paper will cover it .
  3. Get scrap paper or if you don’t have that you can color some the colors you want. Then hand the paper to whoever loves to rip things, my 14 month old loved this part of the project.
  4. Decide what order you want and start putting the paper in the arches.
  5. Keep going and going- roll it up and wait until the next rainy day to add more scrap paper to it.
In my classroom a few years ago I used this activity as an alternative to going outside when it was raining, throughout the week we would save scrap paper and on a rainy day add it to our rainbow. The children who were 2-3 loved it and when it was done were very proud when I hung it up where their parents could see it. A long term project is a great experience for little ones, so don’t worry about finishing it in one try!

A Tall Order!

Goofy Giraffes!
I’ve been wanting to do a giraffe craft for awhile but kept forgetting! This craft would probably work best with 3 and up , my little guy loved doing the coloring, but got frustrated with the rest. As long as your expectations are flexible everyone will have fun!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper towel or 2 toilet paper rolls, brown and yellow paint or markers ( I used a brown marker and yellow dotter) , some construction paper, 3 pipe cleaners, scissors, glue , some tape and a stapler. Got all that ?
  2. Have your child paint/color the paper towel roll with the brown paint or marker.
  3. Now the yellow! My little guy loved that the dot paint fit nicely inside the tube, we played this little game for about 5 minutes.
  4. While your child is painting/ coloring draw a giraffe head and ears. Cut them out.
  5. Have your child glue the ears onto the head.
  6. Let the roll dry and cut into 2 pieces, one longer than the other .
  7. Poke 4 holes in the shorter roll, and thread the pipe cleaners through for legs, this is great fine motor practice for little guys! Just be there to help, pipe cleaners can be sharp. Twist the two ends together once they are through. I cut mine to make them even.
  8. Bend the remaining pipe cleaner to make the horns, and tape it to the back of the head, glue and pipe cleaners are rarely a fun combo , I prefer tape.
  9. Glue the head to the longer roll. Let dry face down.
  10. Staple the neck to the body. Try to stand it up- ours is a leaning tower of giraffe!
Books!

” Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae is a very sweet story about a giraffe who gets laughed at because he doesn’t know how to dance. Don’t worry though it all turns out in the end and really addresses the emotions that we all face when we feel made fun of. Very cute find!

” Animals” by A. Barlow is the prefect little board book for toddlers learning about animals and is nice and short for busy babies who are only able to sit for a few short moments at a time. The pictures are so cool that older toddlers will love it too! My little guy likes to “read ” it to me.


The Plane ! The Plane!

 

 

Toilet paper rolls pile up quickly in a busy house,
so rescue a few from the recycle bin for this fun and easy craft! It’s not the cutest craft we’ve made but as soon as the glue dries it will become a favorite toy!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a toilet paper roll, a cardboard box ( a cereal box works great) , some paint, glue, scissors and marker.
  2. Draw the wings and tail of the plane on a piece of cardboard.
  3. Mix a few colors of paint, this is always one of the favorite parts of art time with my son.
  4. Paint the toilet paper roll. Let dry.
  5. Paint the wings and tail . I don’t cut them out before painting because it is much easier to paint it as one big piece. Let dry.
  6. Cut the wings and tail out.
  7. Cut a notch in the end of the paper towel roll, slide the tail in , glue the wings on and your environmentally friendly plane is done!

Books!

” Planes” by Byron Barton is a basic little board book that kept my son’s attention long enough to read it. It’s nothing special but when a child is into planes, or going on a plane ride this is a masterpiece and will fit the bill!

“Amazing Airplanes” by Tony Mitton is a little long for toddlers but a fun and fact filled book all about plane travel. The rhyming text is engaging and surprisingly educational. I really like this book. The illustrations by Ant Parker are really fun too!

” Planes” by Anne Rockwell is another book that won’t jump off the bookshelf at you but if you have a little one that points up to the sky declaring “Plane! Plane! ” every time there is any sound they will love this book.