Bath Pouf Painting

infant and toddler painting ideas

Can I stress again how important free art is for kids? What the heck is free art you ask ? Creativity without an agenda , although I shaped the paintings into leaves for fall, the activity was very much child directed. He choose out of a basket of 5 brushes ( even though he only used the bath pouf) which to use, and the paint colors too. Also throughout the week I offer him paint, crayons and his favorite; pens with simple paper to create. Kids need this freedom to develop their creativity and hopefully a passion for art!

  1. Gather your materials. For free art with a toddler I offered crayons or paint, a variety of brushes including a bath pouf,  and I chose the paper. The paper  in our case was a grocery bag. With an older child I would provide more choices.
  2. Allow your child to decide which paint color to start with
  3. Start painting with the brush of choice.
  4. Add another color, brown was our winner, too bad on brown paper it doesn’t show up well. Resist overriding your child’s decisions even if green would have looked better, he chose brown so brown it was.
  5. Let dry and cut into a fun shape if your child wants !

 

 

Letter of the Week L l !

Leaf L !

School is starting , the leaves are turning and we had to turn our heat on the other day so I thought this weeks letter craft should reflect the upcoming season! Sorry it’s a few days late, it’s been so rainy we had to wait for the leaves to dry!

 

  1. Gather your materials. You will need to gather some leaves, 2 pieces of construction paper, glue, scissors and some markers.
  2. Go outside and find some fun colorful leaves! If the neighbor’s cat wants to help that’s a bonus!
  3. Draw a big L
  4. Have your child color the L while you wipe down and or dry the leaves!
  5. Add the glue
  6. Glue on the leaves.
  7. Let dry, I had to cover the L with wax paper and the heaviest ( and best might I add) cookbook I have to press the leaves down. After about an hour I was able to peel the wax paper off and let the leaves dry in the open.
  8. When dry cut out and glue onto the 2nd piece of paper.

 

Song!

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!

 

Parent’s Corner : Make This Tonight !

Letter
Lacing Card

Once again shopping online has forced me to try and see if I could make it myself. I don’t need 5 bug lacing cards, I already have too many toys in my family room! So here is how I made one. I used my son’s initial, but there is no reason not to make a rocket ship, butterfly or a simple square!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard ( I am using a cereal box) , some card stock, permanent double stick tape,scissors, a hole punch, eyelets and an eyelet setter. Oh and a fun shoe lace. I let my son pick this out at the store, it’s thick so it’s won’t fall our of the holes easily.
  2. Cut your cardboard to a size the will be easy for your child to handle, the older the child the bigger it can be.
  3. Cover it with a large piece of cardstock the same way you would wrap a present. This way there are no sharp edges they can play with.
  4. Draw and cut out your initial or shape in a contrasting color and using the permanent double stick tape tape it on.
  5. Punch some hole around the shape. I messed mine up but ultimately even if they aren’t spaced perfectly it’s ok, they will still lace just as well.
  6. Add your eyelets.
  7. Start lacing. Please ignore my son’s messy face, I was making this while he ate lunch and he couldn’t wait to play with it. I was so excited to see how well he did with it too, not bad for 21 months! I think I may make a few more and “give” them to Santa for his stocking!



Inspired By You !

Sticker
Zoo !

Sam from Edmonton is the mastermind behind this very creative and easy activity, pretty impressive for a 3 year old! While drawing he asked his mom for animal stickers to put in his zoo! I have added a few steps for the younger crowd, but there is no need to add the steps if you don’t want to. Thank you to Sam and his mom Katalin for sharing this fantastic idea with me !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a piece or two of paper, glue, scissors, some animal stickers and your choice of crayons, markers or colored pencils.
  2. Cut 2-3 cages paper out of the lighter paper, you don’t have to do this step if you child can draw the cages themselves, but if not this is a good way to lengthen the activity for children who may benefit from that.
  3. Have your child draw cages, depending on their age they can do a basic one or something more sophisticated with signs and walk ways. If you are using the cut out cages have them color them here.
  4. Add your zoo animals! Have your child identify which animals they are choosing and what sounds they make or of they are older ask them what would happen if a monkey and lion shared a cage!
  5. Color the zoo background
  6. Glue the cages on !
  7. Now you have your very own zoo .
Huge Thanks to Sam , my son loved this craft and we have been doing variations of it for days now, and I have been able to make dinner in peace!

Books!


” 1, 2, 3 To The ZOO” by Eric Carle is fun counting book perfect for toddlers. Actually as I type this my toddler is reading it. There are no words, just pictures and numbers and that makes it perfect for toddlers who are just learning both numbers and animals because parents can read it slowly counting , naming the animals and making the animal sounds, or more quickly just counting!

” Good Night Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann is a silly story about a zookeeper and his charges that follow him home to bed. Luckily his wife is on her toes and gets those silly animals back to the zoo ! This book is good for the 1-3 crowd , after that most kids I know have lost interest in the limited text. I love to use this book as a bedtime story.

” Inside a Zoo in the City” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli is a rebus read along , so children who can’t read words yet can help read this with pictures put right into the text! The story is repetitive and builds with one animal and page at a time. Preschoolers love these books and the repetitive nature of it makes it interactive and fun!

Easy Magic Wands

Magic Wands


Young children have amazing imaginations unaffected by reality , so art projects that create props for make believe are particularly fun to do!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some heavy paper, crayons or markers, some glitter ( of course! ) glue, tape and a straw for the handle.
  2. Draw 2 stars or cheat like me and use a cookie cutter as a template on one piece of paper.Your wand doesn’t have to be a star, I like to use some shape we are learning just for reinforcement but remember not all activities have to have a clear cut lesson. Kids are always learning, sometimes I need to remind myself of this too.
  3. Decorate your stars with crayons or markers. I usually tape down the paper so it’s easier for my toddler to do the activity and not worry about the paper shifting.
  4. Time for glue, drizzle it all over.
  5. Add the dreaded or loved sparkles , shake off the excess and let dry.
  6. When dry cut out the stars and tape the straw to the inside. Then glue or tape the two stars together sandwiching the straw. Let dry and voila!
Song!



Little Bunny Foo Fo
o

 

Little bunny foo foo ,
hopping through the forest,
scooping up the field mice ,
and bopping them on the head!Down came the Good Fairy,
and she said ,
“Little bunny foo foo, I don’t want to see you,
scooping up the feild mice and bopping them on the head!
I’ll give you three chances before I turn you into a gooooooon!”Repeat until no more chanc

es! 

**Note to Parents** You are probably well aware by now that a lot of songs, books etc.. for young children like ” Little Bunny Foo Foo” have some violence or maybe words you aren’t comfortable with. Over the years I have used this song especially to illustrate to my students the consequences of inappropriate actions. While clearly I never turned any student into a goon- we were able to use this time to talk about what happens in our class when you bop someone. So while it’s every parent’s right to censor anything in their child’s life, songs like this can be used for good!



Book!

To be honest there aren’t many Fairy books out there I liked enough to recommend but this one is a fantastic book! ” Alice the Fairy” by David Shannon is an exception, as I am sure there are others I just need to find them. I love David Shannon in general and this book is a favorite. My most recent class was read it in French and loved it , I am sure the charm of Alice is the same in any language.