- Gather your materials. You will need a large brown grocery bag, a marker, some paint, a few pipe cleaners, scissors and stickers if you want. I had a stapler in there but only because I made the head hole HUGE and had to make adjustments.
- If like me you have a grocery bag with printing on the outside you will want to turn it inside out. It will make the bag wrinkly but my son didn’t seem to mind one bit.
- Cut out large arm openings, you don’t want holes because the bag will rip, instead you will need large openings from the bottom to the shoulder.
- Cut a large head opening. Here is should be a hole.
- Draw some fun roboty buttons and dials. I asked my son what he wanted and he said “button” as he pointed at my shirt so that’s what we did. There is no wrong way to do this!
- Add fun stuff like stickers, or cut out foam shapes, the sky is the limit. We added small star stickers.
- Start painting! We used a foam brush because it spreads the paint thin and you will want to have a quick drying robot costume since no child wants to wait to make believe!
- Add another color or two!
- Add some pipe cleaners for added flair – I threaded them through and bent all the ends so there were no sharp edges. Let the paint dry.
- Have fun playing robot!
Fall Foam Magnets!
Gather your materials. You will need some foam sheets- they can be found at most big box stores, in multi packs or individually. A pen, glue, scissors, some glitter glue and magnetic strips.
- Gather your materials. You will need an old cereal box or other cardboard, some paint, a paintbrush, popsicle sticks,a pen, glue, some buttons for the eyes, and scissors.
- Draw a big oval, 2 small ovals, a triangle and some wings ( wings aren’t pictured because I added them later – but you can do it right away! ).
- Have your child paint the large oval a light color, we chose white.
- Paint the triangle and the wings a darker color, we used brown.
- Paint the eyes a bright fun color , ours are red. Let everything dry.
- Paint the popsicle stick any color you want.
- Cut out , or have your child cut out the shapes.
- Glue the triangle onto the top of the oval.
- Glue on the eyes.
- Glue the buttons in the middle of the eyes.
- Glue on the wings.
- Glue the popsicle stick to the back and let everything dry.
- Have a hoot !
The Little Brown Owl
Went the little brown owl one night
Went the little brown owl,
Went the little brown owl one night ,
And they all went hoo hoo hoot!
But we all know owls go ,
la di da di da!
la di da di da!
la di da di da!
We all know owls go
la di da di da
they don’t go hoo hoo hoot!
” The Sleepy Owl” by Marcus Pfister is a cute little story about an owl who overslept. The author is well known for his “Rainbowfish” character but don’t overlook this adorable and happy story!
- Gather your materials. You will need some newspaper or paper to write words on, some cardboard ( old cereal boxes are always handy) ,double stick tape, crayons, glue and scissors.
- Cut out your words from the newspaper, if your child is able to let them do this themselves. Help the read the words .
- If you are doing this for a toddler cut the words out and using double stick tape tape them to cardboard backing , I just used some more cardboard for this. This will allow your child to glue the words on, newspaper is easily crumpled and toddler fingers have a hard time with it. The backing will help them do it without your help, which will help prevent hearing ” I do it” and ” Me do!” .
- Draw a big W and cut it out.
- Let your child color it with crayons.
- Grab the glue – I usually dot it on then close the cap and let my son imitate me. He is learning where to put it , and soon I will open it for him , but right now we are still practicing!
- Add the words.
- After it’s dry , sit with your child and ask about the words they chose, point our letters or simple praise their fantastic work!
Naptime Creations are summer crafts for school age kids!
- Gather your materials. You will need some heavy paper or card stock, old greeting cards are a great free and environmentally sound option for fun paper! You also need some glue, scissors, ribbon, a hole punch or eyelet press, and paper punches . You can also use stickers, or stamps!
- Cut 2 rectangles out of different papers, one larger than the other.
- Punch some fun shapes out of paper .
- Glue onto the smaller rectangle.
- Glue the smaller rectangle onto the larger one , let dry some.
- Using the eyelet setter or hole punch, punch a hole at the top of the rectangles ( make sure that you go through both layers) .
- Thread a loop of ribbon through.
- Pull ends of the ribbon through the loop and tighten.
- Get to reading something GREAT!