- Gather your materials. You will need some water, and a variety of paint brushes ( make sure they are clean you don’t want to really paint your house).
- Dip your paint brush into the water and start painting! Fences or other unpainted works the best because it will darken when “painted”.
- While you are painting with your child, point out the dry wall and the wet brush and ask them what happens when they paint it. Little exchanges like this are fantastic teaching opportunities. Remember though if they just want to do it in peace, let them you can always recap later.
- When your child starts getting uninterested- in a insanely enthusiastic way introduce the next brush. I know that this is hard for people who aren’t used to being surrounded by small kids , but a little enthusiasm goes a long way- feel free to fake it too .My son loved the roller- I gave it to him last and ended up having to go grab a coffee cause he played with it for almost 20 minutes alone! ( by grabbing a coffee I mean from my kitchen , not Starbucks).
We love the book Fredrick by Leo Lionni and many other picture books with mice as main characters so making a little mouse at art time today was a perfect fit. Using recycled materials for art isn’t just frugal it’s also a lesson in creativity for kids. What can they make with a recycled box? Crafts like that give them a few suggestions. If your child is strong enough to cut through cardboard have them do the cutting, it’s great for building hand strength.
- Gather your materials. You will need a small cardboard box from your recycling bin, a marker,pipe cleaner, glue, googly eyes, some paint and a paintbrush.
- Cut your box flat and draw one large Oval and two smaller ones.
- Draw a nose and whiskers on the large oval with a black marker. I drew mine in when it was dry but it would be much easier to do it before.
- Have your child paint the ovals. Let dry, I sped up the process by wiping the excess paint off with a paper towel.
- Cut out the ovals out .
- Glue the ears and eyes on.
- Poke a hole near the bottom of the body and attach the pipe cleaner (I cut mine in half) for a tail!
Books About Mice
Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes is a fantastic story about Shelia a little mouse who is not afraid of anything until she looses her way… luckily her little sister who is afraid of somethings knows the way home and proves to her older sister that you can be be afraid sometimes and still be brave!
Frederick by Leo Lionni is a fable about the importance of imagination. When all the mice are working hard to gather things for winter Fredrick is quietly taking in the sun, and colors they will need to help get them through the dark, cold hungry days ahead. The other mice don’t see why this is so important until everything they have gathered runs out and they need Fredrick and his imagination to help them make it ! Great commentary about art being vital. Your toddler may not pick up on that but you will !
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…) by Laura Numeroff if you haven’t read this yet I am really shocked, grab it! It’s a fun book about what happens when you give a mouse a cookie… the demands keep flowing but so will your child’s imagination and enjoyment. Children love these books, and because they are short you will notice that they will start “reading” them to you very very soon. Fun stuff!
Below you will find links that will hopefully provide you all with information to keep your precious little ones safe and sound !
- All about infant car seats, why they should ONLY be used rear facing and why you might want to think twice before using an old seat.
- 1 year old and 20 pounds is the earliest you can turn your child around in a toddler seat but click here to find out why it is safer to keep your toddler rear facing as long as possible.
- Click here to check to see if any seat your child may be using has been recalled.
- A guide to Forward Facing Seats
- A Parent’s Guide to Booster Seats!
- This video is not easy to watch BUT will have you considering keeping your child in a 5 point harness as long as possible.
- Click Here to find a car seat technician near you to check your seat- research suggests that as many as 90% of all car seats are incorrectly installed!
I have old greeting cards in almost every drawer in my house, this craft is fun, easy and helps you get rid of the clutter!
- Gather your materials. You will need those old cards you have hanging around, some glue, some scissors and a piece of construction paper.
- Start by cutting out pictures from the images on the cards. Older kids can and should do this step, they will love it too!
- Grab the glue and go for it! Today was my son’s first day gluing himself and there were some spills but I was surprised how well he did, so fear not if they want to try themselves why not?
- Ask them about the colors, shapes and pictures as they keep going!
- Now you can open all those clutter free drawers!
Have fun exploring the letter O for letter of the week and the subject of octopuses with this simple craft.
- Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, some paint , crayons or markers, scissors, glue and some tissue paper, or ribbon for the tentacles.
- Draw a big FAT O, it needs to be fat so when you cut it out it is strong enough .
- Have your child paint / color the O. Ask them about the letter while they do this or if they are younger you can name it a few times and see if they will mimic you. We are using paint dobbers, they dry fast and are not very messy.
- While your child is painting cut our 8-10 ( some may rip) tentacles, we are using tissue paper but ribbon or regular construction paper would do in a pinch.
- Cut out the O.
- Put 8 dots of glue on the back side of the O.
- Glue on the tentacles.
- Let dry!