Paper Plate Tambourine

 

When I tested the sound of pasta in these paper plates last night , my son who was already in his PJs and ready for bed jumped up from his dad’s lap where he was reading and ran into the kitchen begging for it!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 paper plates of the same size, some uncooked pasta, a stapler, some ribbon, tape and whatever you choose to decorate your tambourine. We used a sponge paint brush , paints and glitter paint.
  2. Mix your paint colors if you are using paints. I love doing this because it’s an easy hands on color mixing lesson , and my son adores to ” mix mix mix” !
  3. Start painting both paper plates. I am using a sponge brush because it helps keep the paint very very thin, and it will dry faster so we can make music asap! Let both plates dry.
  4. Add on the ribbons, I am taping them to hold them in place when I staple . Also this way your child can choose where to put them!
  5. Scoop pasta onto one plate. I am using big penne pasta so that I can space out the staples and nothing will fall out. You can use rice, dried beans etc… but you will have to staple or glue it together carefully so you aren’t vacuuming up rice for the next week!
  6. Place the 2nd plate on top and staple away!
  7. Now go make music!

A Tall Order!

Goofy Giraffes!
I’ve been wanting to do a giraffe craft for awhile but kept forgetting! This craft would probably work best with 3 and up , my little guy loved doing the coloring, but got frustrated with the rest. As long as your expectations are flexible everyone will have fun!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper towel or 2 toilet paper rolls, brown and yellow paint or markers ( I used a brown marker and yellow dotter) , some construction paper, 3 pipe cleaners, scissors, glue , some tape and a stapler. Got all that ?
  2. Have your child paint/color the paper towel roll with the brown paint or marker.
  3. Now the yellow! My little guy loved that the dot paint fit nicely inside the tube, we played this little game for about 5 minutes.
  4. While your child is painting/ coloring draw a giraffe head and ears. Cut them out.
  5. Have your child glue the ears onto the head.
  6. Let the roll dry and cut into 2 pieces, one longer than the other .
  7. Poke 4 holes in the shorter roll, and thread the pipe cleaners through for legs, this is great fine motor practice for little guys! Just be there to help, pipe cleaners can be sharp. Twist the two ends together once they are through. I cut mine to make them even.
  8. Bend the remaining pipe cleaner to make the horns, and tape it to the back of the head, glue and pipe cleaners are rarely a fun combo , I prefer tape.
  9. Glue the head to the longer roll. Let dry face down.
  10. Staple the neck to the body. Try to stand it up- ours is a leaning tower of giraffe!
Books!

” Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae is a very sweet story about a giraffe who gets laughed at because he doesn’t know how to dance. Don’t worry though it all turns out in the end and really addresses the emotions that we all face when we feel made fun of. Very cute find!

” Animals” by A. Barlow is the prefect little board book for toddlers learning about animals and is nice and short for busy babies who are only able to sit for a few short moments at a time. The pictures are so cool that older toddlers will love it too! My little guy likes to “read ” it to me.


Stick It To The Man !

Naptime Creations!
Stickers!

This activity is fun and fast and amazingly low cost too! You would be surprised how long 6 year olds can sit and do this craft- we did it in our after school class for a week straight, I bought pack after pack of these labels!


  1. Gather your materials. You need some adhesive labels, markers, stamps if you have them and glitter if desired.
  2. If you are using a stamp do the stamp first and let dry.
  3. Add color with a marker or if you didn’t use a stamp start drawing with the marker.
  4. Let dry.
  5. Add the sparkle!
  6. Before unleashing these gorgeous custom made stickers on the world be clear about where they are and where they not supposed to be stuck! I have a family heirloom christmas ornament with an ” Allison” sticker on it, it’s been there since 1983, I am pretty sure my parents managed to get the rest of the stickers off the other things I claimed. Learn from me.

Letter of the Week ! Dd !

Dragon Ds!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, red tissue paper, a marker, a googly eye , glue and scissors.
  2. Draw a big fat D with your marker, have your child color it of you want and cut it out.
  3. While your child is coloring it, cut out small triangles to make the dragon’s spikes!
  4. Glue along the straight side of the D.
  5. Add the triangles.
  6. Cut out a small circle add it for an eye, glue the googly eye on top.
  7. Cut out some tissue paper fire
  8. Glue on to finish the dragon D !

Books!

” The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch is one of my favorite children’s books ever. It’s sassy so be prepared but it’s got a wonderful message under it’s sassiness! Girls can be strong, can outwit dragons and don’t need a man! I love it!!

” Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton is a beautiful book. The illustrations are outstanding and a perfect accompaniment to such a beautiful story and children’s classic!