Olympic Torch Craft For Kids and Toddlers

olympics activities for kids
The Olympics are a big deal in our family, my grandmother was a medalist in the 1932 games and to honor her as well as the games in Beijing we will be doing Olympic activities all week!This Olympic torch craft will be fun to do for younger children but older ones will be able to appreciate the significance of the Olympic torch , to learn more about it check out this site .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper towel roll, some red paint, orange tissue paper, aluminum foil , glue, scissors and a paint brush.
  2. Start by painting your torch red.
  3. While your child is painting rip the aluminum foil into small pieces, if you are doing this with an older child they can use scissors to make pretty designs like the real torch!
  4. Spread your glue on the top half of the roll.
  5. Add your aluminum foil.
  6. While your child does that cut your tissue paper into flames.
  7. Add glue on the inside and stuff your tissue paper flames inside.

 

Letter Of The Week ! Aa !

Alien
A !

There are lots of options for introducing the letter A, apples, alligators, ants to name a few but I chose to do alien since my son has shown interest in them lately. Use your children’s interests when choosing your activities , it will be more meaningful to them and everyone will have more fun !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper or cardboard, black foam or paper , some paint, glue, scissors and a pipe cleaner.
  2. Draw a big A on the cardboard/ construction paper.
  3. Have your child paint the A in fun bright colors, we used the dot a art paint dobbers.
  4. Keep going with a new paint color! Let dry.
  5. While your child is painting cut out 2 big alien eyes, and a mouth out of the black foam sheet or construction paper.
  6. Cut out your A and add your glue. As you can see I forgot to cut it out. …so just pretend I did.
  7. Add the eyes and mouth, let dry.
  8. Poke two small holes in the top of the A and thread the pipe cleaner through. Bend it to make fun antennae.
  9. Glue the A onto a full piece of paper and voila!

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Note about Learning Letters

Spend time pointing out letters to your child throughout the day. A simple ” What do you see?” is a great way to start , there is no need for you to point out what they miss, just follow their lead. Have them help you read recipes, mail and signs at the store – yes toddlers too! Children need to see that letters are everywhere and when they learn in context they retain what they have learned well. So don’t limit yourself to just these activities, use them for what they are, a fun way to introduce a letter, but focus on learning in a comprehensive way- which for young children must include play! Don’t forget to sing, and read all kinds of books!

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.


Reader’s Corner- Re-post by request!

Make your own crayons!

Thank you Ellen who sent in this awesome activity and pictures! She is a mom with an elementary aged daughter who helped and a preschool aged son who got to play with the end result! Here’s the how to!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an Oven set at 275* , a muffin tin, with liners, and all those old broken crayons we all have laying about. New ones would work too!
  2. Line your muffin tin with paper liners, and about half full with the crayon bits.
  3. Bake for about 8 minutes, watch them closely because they melt fast.
  4. Take them out of the oven once they are melted and let cool for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the liners and get coloring! If they break put them aside and do it again!

Thanks again to Ellen for letting us share this !

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Mr. Fix it!

Hammer Heads!

This is an old preschool staple, but none of my mommy friends had ever heard of it, so I am sharing so everyone can try this super simple and fun activity.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some Styrofoam, golf tees, a play hammer and your child. Seriously how simple is that?
  2. Put the golf tees in the Styrofoam – don’t push them all the way in though.
  3. Add your little one and let them pound it in.
  • You will not want to leave them unattended, in case a tee breaks, or small bits of the Styrofoam breaks off. So watch carefully as they have a blast hammering! Oh and don’t tell them they are building fine motor skills too!
Song!


This Is The Way We Build A House

This is the way we pound our nails,
pound our nails, pound our nails,
This is the way we pound our nails, so early in the morning.
This is the way we turn the screw,
Turn the screw, turn the screw
This is the way we turn the screw, so early in the morning.
This is the way we saw the wood
saw the wood, saw the wood,
This is the way we saw the wood, so early in the morning!
This is the way we build a house,
build a house, build a house.
This is the way we build a house so early in the morning!

Book!

” Building a House” by Byron Barton is a no frills look at how homes are built. The bright colors and concise wording is perfect for preschoolers. I love that there is writing on one page and illustrations on the other, makes it super easy to show children the pictures as well as for them to see you follow the text with your finger!