This project is much more a counting activity than art, my son was offered to color or paint his paper but declined ( he saw the marshmallows) so instead we counted our hand fulls of marshmallows before placing them on the glue . Many were eaten but lots of fun and learning was too so I didn’t mind too much.
- Gather your materials. This is an easy project all you need are some mini marshmallows, 2 pages of construction paper ( one will do the trick though) a marker and some glue.
- Start by writing an uppercase M on the paper.
- Add glue to it, now older children can add the glue to the M, I offered this job to my son but he declined saying “no no I do marshmallows” .
- Add the marshmallows. The way we did it was I gave him a handful, he counted them as he put them on 1, 2, 3, 4,5, 6 for example and then he got to eat the last.
- Keep going!
- Let dry.
- Cut out and glue onto a 2nd paper to make it sturdier if you are displaying it.
Big and Little
- Gather your materials. You need a divided tray ( thank you dollar store) or 3 separate bowls. Large and small marshmallows. I also added in the words Big and Little in the correct sections of the tray.
- Show your child how to put the little marshmallow where is says little, and repeat for the big marshmallow.
- Place all the marshmallows in the center piece or middle bowl and ask them to find the right place for little and big marshmallows.
- Sort !
How could I not do this? I already did a heart H previously and was just going to repost it but when my son woke up from nap early ( don’t you hate that?) he asked for art so we made a new one, he was pretty little when we did the last so it was fun to do a slightly different version with glitter foam.
- Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, some foam sheets, glue , markers and scissors.
- Draw a large H on one piece of construction paper.
- Have your child color the H if they want, mine was eager to glue so we skipped it.
- While they color ( if they color) cut out some hearts from the foam sheets.
- Time to glue !
- Add the hearts. We talked about the big and little hearts and how we wanted to keep them in the H, not out of the H. I have been sneaking in these little lessons while doing art. If they get frustrated with you drop it but if you get a dialogue going, run with it! Let dry.
- Cut out the H
- Glue on to the 2nd piece of construction paper.
- Show off your awesome work !
Sorting, classifying and matching objects are all skills that parents probably see their children doing naturally. These are all skills we want to encourage as they are important foundations for math, logical thinking and problem solving. Here is a super quick and easy activity we have been having fun with all weekend.
- Gather your materials. You will need some fun paper, I am using card stock I had on hand, but if you are doing this with a toddler I would stick to solid colors. The patterns were tricky for my son at first. We want it to be challenging but not frustrating. You will also need a heart paper punch or scissors and a tray or dish with multiple compartments. I got this one at the dollar store for 99 cents !
- Make multiple hearts in the different papers. If your child is very young start with 2 colors, and add more for older , more experienced kids.
- Take one of each color/pattern and tape it to the bottom of the container as a guide for your child.
- Invite your child up to test out the fun . * Since making this early on Saturday it’s been played with 5 times, definitely worth it!
By nature most young children like to sort things, you may have noticed your child lining up blocks, or toy cars, or putting all the dolls in one place, and teddy bears in another. This activity takes that desire to sort and uses it to learn about seasons. This activity seems very bland but I have yet to have a class who didn’t love it.
- Gather your materials. You will need some old magazines or catalogs, clothing catalogs work great for this. Scissors, crayons or markers, some construction or card stock paper, and tape or glue. You will need a paper bag for each season you are going to include. I suggest for children just learning about seasons to stick to Winter and Summer only.
- Steps 3 and 4 can be done ahead of time or by a parent while the child is doing step 5.
- Find pictures in your magazines or catalogs that show people in warm or cold weather clothing. In my experience it is easier for everyone if you do this step a head of time, or even just help things along by ripping out these pages and have the child do the cutting.
- Once you have found enough pictures of both seasons, glue or tape them to the paper and cut them out.
- Decorate the two ( or more) paper bags with scenes or things that represent that season. I drew pictures. Label each bag with the name of the season.
- Sort your pictures into each bag. While sorting ask your child questions, and especially if they are putting something you think should go into Summer into the Winter bag, they may have a very good explanation to put you in your place!
Hurry, Hurry, Seasons Changing
Hurry, Hurry, Spring is coming
See all the flowers blooming
Hurry , Hurry Spring is coming
Baby animals everywhere!
Hurry, Hurry, Summer’s coming
See how the sun is shining,
Hurry , Hurry, Summer’s coming
At the beach and at the pool!
Hurry, Hurry, Autumn’s coming
See all the leaves falling,
Hurry, Hurry, Autumn’s coming
Grab a sweater it’s getting cold!
Hurry, Hurry, Winter’s coming
See all the snow falling,
Hurry, Hurry Winter’s coming
Bundle up like a polar bear!