The seasons are changing and here at No Time For Flash Cards we are celebrating longer days, warmer weather and the pretty colors spring brings all week long. I hope you join us , we have some awesome activities coming including a giveaway so stay tuned! This nest is not a kiddie project but older children will love it .
- Gather your materials. You will need a balloon, barely inflated, some brown yarn, scissors, a dish, white glue and some blue malt ball candies.
- Cut our yarn into 4 inch strands. In all I had about 25 strands.
- Dip into the glue
- Place it on the balloon. I like doing it on the tied end because when you are done you can clip it to a hanger by the tie to let it dry. You want it to be random and only part way up the balloon.
- Keep going. Criss cross all over, layer it, zig zag etc… Oh and yes this is very messy, but worth it.
- Let dry for at least 24 hours. You can hang it to dry by clipping it to a wire hanger, or you can also place it in a bowl or glass just be careful not to let the yarn touch the dish , it may stick to it.
- Pop the balloon and throw the balloon away- please please be careful with latex balloons and little kids , it’s terrifying what can happen when the two mix.
- Add your “eggs” and enjoy.
* What I love so much about this isn’t just the aesthetics but many people don’t celebrate Easter and this is a way of making a fun springtime treat using the candies that are EVERYWHERE this time of year.
Let the Countdown Begin!
Over the next week I will be counting down the top 7 posts of 2009, I determined the order base on your suggestions on Twitter, Facebook and via email as well as which posts got reposted the most on other blogs, and the most hits. Here is # 7 !
- Gather your materials. You will need 2 yellow bandages for each bug and one of another color, we chose orange but any color with enough contrast will work. You will also need 2 googly eyes for each bug, a yellow and a white crayon and glue.
- Start by drawing your night scene, a moon, some stars!
- Open your bandages.
- Stick the bandages you are using as bodies on first.
- Next criss cross the yellow bandages over the body to make wings.
- Using the yellow crayon make antennae
- Add the glue for the eyes and add them.
- Let dry
On Friday I went into the city while my parents soaked up some time with their only grandchild. After reiterating that the candy was to decorate not eat I left for the ferry and have only been told about what happened next. Time with grandparents is so precious and having a special activity makes it even better! My son was so excited to show my husband and I his “Cool gingerbread house” and since making it with my parents he has pointed to every gingerbread house he’s seen and said ” I made one of those with Grandma and Grandad! ” pretty cool!
- Gather your materials. You will need a gingerbread house kit , icing and candies. Our house came with everything you see here but when this activity is repeated next year more candies will be bought. Also make sure you have a permissive grandparent and eager grandchild.
- Start by icing the house.
- Add the candies.
- Add some more for bushes.
- Don’t forget the door nob!
- Add some icing icicles.
- Eat some icing with help from Grandad! I love this picture even though I am sure I would have said “Dad don’t ?!” had I been there, so it’s good I wasn’t.
- Beam with pride when it’s all done!
I love doing spin art and my $5 salad spinner is perfect for it. To give it a Holiday twist we drew holiday shapes on our paper first then did the spinning. My son begged to turn these into ornaments but they would be just perfect as is. Smaller bits of paint would make a a cool effect but when a 3 year old is the artist you go with the flow.
- Gather your materials. You will need a salad spinner, some paint( thin it a little if you want), glitter glue if you wish, a marker and card stock or my favorite recplacement for cardstock plain paper plates. They are already round so it’s easy to trim for the spinner.
- Start by drawing some holiday shapes, whatever you wish!
- Trim the paper and place in your spinner.
- Add paint.
- Pop on the top and spin!
- Keep going until all the shapes have had a turn.
- Let dry.
- Cut out
- Punch a hole in the top and add ribbon if you are making it into an ornament.