- 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 ?
- Have your child paint/color the paper towel roll with the brown paint or marker.
- 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.
- While your child is painting/ coloring draw a giraffe head and ears. Cut them out.
- Have your child glue the ears onto the head.
- Let the roll dry and cut into 2 pieces, one longer than the other .
- 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.
- 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.
- Glue the head to the longer roll. Let dry face down.
- Staple the neck to the body. Try to stand it up- ours is a leaning tower of giraffe!
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!
- Gather your materials. You need some adhesive labels, markers, stamps if you have them and glitter if desired.
- If you are using a stamp do the stamp first and let dry.
- Add color with a marker or if you didn’t use a stamp start drawing with the marker.
- Let dry.
- Add the sparkle!
- 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.
- Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, red tissue paper, a marker, a googly eye , glue and scissors.
- Draw a big fat D with your marker, have your child color it of you want and cut it out.
- While your child is coloring it, cut out small triangles to make the dragon’s spikes!
- Glue along the straight side of the D.
- Add the triangles.
- Cut out a small circle add it for an eye, glue the googly eye on top.
- Cut out some tissue paper fire
- Glue on to finish the dragon D !
A new activity will be posted Monday.
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!
I have been getting requests for some more complicated crafts for older siblings so today I am offering up two crafts using the same materials that will keep preschoolers and school age kids busy!
You may remember this art project from your school days, it was a favorite of mine as a student and teacher. Some preschoolers have the dexterity for this craft but generally I would suggest this for Kindergarten and up.
- Gather your materials. You will need tissue paper in your desired colors. Some card stock, or better yet an old cereal box or other piece of light card board. A pencil or small marker and some glue.
- Cut the tissue paper into squares no bigger than 2×2 inches.
- Draw the picture you are going to make. Don’t worry if you make a mistake the tissue paper will cover it anyway.
- Take one or two pieces of paper and place your marker or pencil end in the middle.
- twist the tissue around the end
- Dip in glue and place on picture.
- Keep going until your picture is done!
Easy Peasy Tissue Collages
- Gather your materials. This activity is what you make it. All you need is some uncooked pasta, a container and something to scoop with.
- Pour the pasta into the container and make a big deal about it pouring into the container and NOT onto the floor. I was really surprised by how careful my son was this morning doing this. When a piece would fall onto the floor he would exclaim ” Uh Oh” then pick it up and pop it back in. I was shocked , but happy.
- Introduce different things to scoop and pour with. We used different sized containers and a measuring cup.
- Interact with your child while they are pouring, use words like “fill” “pour” ” empty” and “full” with preschoolers ask them how many scoops it will take to fill a cup , then count it out, grab another container, take bets and repeat!
- When you notice that the pasta starts making it on the floor more and more often, it’s time for the dust buster, Don’t wait too long, sensory activities go from fun to disaster fast, so stay on your toes, the learning a is worth it!