Dino-mite !

Shape-o-saurus !

Shapes and dinosaurs are both a big deals at our house right now , so I mixed the two together for this fun and really simple activity. To make it more challenging you can have older children draw their own shapes to make the dinosaur .My son insisted on adding the “rocks” after we had finished the dinosaur, who am I to say no?
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some heavy paper ( I am using card stock but construction paper will work) , some markers, scissors, glue and a white piece of paper. I also used a full piece of construction paper to use as a backing for the finished masterpiece!
  2. Have your child draw the dinosaurs habitat using the markers on the white paper.
  3. While they do that , draw out the shapes that will make up the dinosaur on the back of the heavy paper. I used a semi circle for the body, triangles for the spikes, a circle for the head, rectangle legs and square feet.
  4. Cut the shapes out.
  5. When the habitat is drawn, grab the glue and start adding the shapes. Start with the semi circle and remember to label the shapes for your child or have them tell you what they are.
  6. For the spikes I added some glue in the shape of a triangle and that guided my son , without me telling him. He was very proud of himself when he figured it out!
  7. Add the feet !
  8. Add the circle head and an eye and a mouth ! I just used marker but a googly eye would look cute too!
  9. Let dry.
Books !

“Dinosaurs” by Gail Gibbons is an interesting and comprehensive introduction to dinosaurs for preschoolers. If you have a little one who wants to know more, this is a great book for them. It covers the basics and then some about dinosaurs and paleontology.

“Dinosaur Roar!” by Henrietta and is a board book that I’ve read often enough , I don’t need to look at the book. The premise is simple, using 2 different dinosaurs every page illustrates a pair of opposites. Toddlers and young preschoolers adore this book and I can’t blame them, it’s adorable and a great tool for teaching !

“How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon” by Jane Yolen is another favorite. I like the whole series and think this book is a great one to read before doctor appointments especially if you have a child like mine who is never happy to go! I love the details in Mark Teague’s illustrations and never tire of reading this book, even when my son grabs it again and again.

Easy Unbreakable Ornament Craft For Kids

ornament crafts for kids My son eats glue, he likes paint too but glue is his snack of choice during art time. This craft is perfect because it used sticky back foam that requires no glue, but you can easily use regular foam or paper if you don’t have a glue hungry toddler. This unbreakable ornament is perfect for trees that are going to be admired by kids or cats. It’s an easy Christmas ornament craft for kids of all ages.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2-3 colors of sticky back sparkle foam sheets, a yogurt or other plastic lid, some ribbon, a marker and scissors.
  2. Trace the outside of the lid on the back of one of your foam sheets. Cut out.
  3. Peel the backing off and press onto your lid, I lined it all up for my son and he pressed it down.
  4. While your child marvels at the sparkles, cut out some shapes from the other foam sheets. I made a few diamonds, rectangles, triangles and squares. Make any shapes you like!
  5. Add them to your circle. I kept them out of reach, and had my son ask for each by it’s name, we haven’t done much with shapes lately so I wanted this to be a mommy lead lesson. If it’s just fun time, I would ask him casually as he was adding them what each was without being so blatant.
  6. Keep adding them until your ornament is full!
  7. Poke a hole in the top of the ornament
  8. Thread a ribbon that is folded in half through the hole, tie a knot.
  9. Hang up and marvel at this super easy but super cute ornament!

This Star Has Six Points !

Popsicle Stick
Star of David

Not only is this a great Hanukkah craft, it also encourages fine motor development and teaches about shapes. So even if you don’t celebrate Hanukkah don’t skip it! You can add sparkles, stickers or anything else you want to the star once it’s dry! I have a few more Hanukkah crafts lined up, one by a guest contributor, a nap time creation and book reviews later this week!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 6 popsicle sticks per star, glue, blue paint, wax paper and a paint brush.
  2. I pre made popsicle stick triangles for my 2 year old. Older kids can do this step no problem. Add glue to both ends of one stick, the right end of the bottom one and using a third make a triangle. Repeat and let dry.
  3. Pour a few colors of blue paint into a container.
  4. Paint your triangles. My son was fascinated with the blends the 3 colors of paint made, and I was loving how delicate he had to be with the small paint brush. This is great practice for his fine motor skills.
  5. Paint your other one!
  6. Let dry.
  7. Glue one triangle on top of the other. Voila a beautiful Star of David.

There Are Endless Ways To …

robot kids craft

We are taking a little break from Christmas things because I had to share this robot with you! Everyone likes to make silly things, this craft will keep creating long after the glue dries. All the pieces have magnets on them so your child can put them together however they feel like. Please please be careful with anything magnetic with kiddos that still put things in their mouths, do not let them play with it unattended!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 1-4 foam sheets, I am using a sparkle one which you can buy in a single sheet at a craft store. You will also need scissors, glue, a marker, magnetic strips and a fridge or cookie sheet to play with.
  2. Start by drawing your robot pieces on the back of the sparkly foam sheet. I drew a square, 2 small rectangles, 2 wiggly legs, a large rectangle and a small neck piece that I ended up not using.
  3. Cut them out.
  4. Cut out some small foam pieces to make eyes, buttons and other decoration on the robot.
  5. Glue the foam pieces on. Let dry .
  6. Flip the robot parts over and add the magnetic strips.
  7. Create your funny robots! ** Edited to add this picture of my son who loved it, he ripped most of the foam off but created new robots on and off all day. **

Shape Turkey Craft For Kids

When you are teaching shapes it’s easy to fall into a rut, this activity is a great example of how to mix shapes into art seamlessly. This is a fun way of including Thanksgiving crafts into your math lesson.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need Various colors of construction paper, googly eyes, scissors, glue and markers.
  2. Give your child a piece of construction paper you have cut into a big square, have them decorate it with markers ( or crayons) if they are old enough you can ask them to draw the very first thanksgiving, or maybe a farm scene. If they want to just go abstract that’s perfect too.
  3. While your child is drawing cut out 5 hearts 4 large and one tiny.
  4. Next cut out a large oval, a rectangle , a small circle and a triangle.
  5. Time to start gluing! Start with your hearts. Arrange them so that the points are down , they are going to be the feathers.
  6. Next glue the oval lengthwise over the bottom of the hearts.
  7. Now the rectangle. When something has to be glued in a certain direction I like to add the glue first so my son can see how it goes without me looming over him, then he can succeed on his own!
  8. Add the circle for the head.
  9. I did the googly eyes because my son was trying to put it in his mouth (will it never end?) , also add the triangle and tiny heart for a beak and waddle.

Song!

I have a turkey, big and fat.
He spreads his tail and walks like that.
His bowl of corn he would not miss
And when he talks, it sounds like this
Gobble Gobble Gobble!