4th Of July Crafts – Spin Painted Noisemaker

4th of july craft for kids It’s time to get out all the red, white, and blue paint for 4th of July crafts! This craft can easily be adapted to any color so even if you aren’t celebrating Independence day you can make a fun noise maker for your music basket. My daughter absolutely adored making this and even though she created a product the focus of the activity was largely on the process. She experimented with the colors, experimented with where we placed the paint and the direction we spun the salad spinner. Crafts can be about more than the finished product, it’s all in how you do it!

Gather your materials. You will need two small paper plates, some red, blue, and gold paint. We used gold but any glittery pain would work well. You will also need a salad spinner, stapler, and some dry pasta or anything else you want to pop inside. I like bigger pasta because it’s less likely to sneak through the plates and spill. fourth of july spin painting

Start by putting your plate in the spinner and adding paint. You can do all the colors at once or one at a time. Have fun with this and experiment! 4th of july craft spin painted noise makers for kids

Close the lid. Make sure it’s on tight. And spin.  My daughter and I took turns spinning. 4th of july spin painting

Open and be amazed and if you want keep adding more paint to see what you get! 4th of July spin painted craftWe must have done the first plate 8 times. She was in heaven and I was loving how she adjusted where and how much paint she added each time. I could see the gears shifting. spin painted noisemaker craft for 4th of july

When they feel like their design is just right let it dry and grab the second plate. Repeat the process. The novelty had not worn out one bit with the second plate. We did this one five or six times too. This photo is a totally gratuitous one , I just thought it was cute. spinner craft 4th of july

After they are totally dry ( ours took about 12 hours they were so layered with paint)4th of july spin painted tambourine craft add the pasta. 4th of july craft for toddlers

Pop the top on and staple. I stapled it in three places to get a start and then my daughter did the rest. Now you are ready to make noise at the 4th of July parade! 4th of july craft for kids noisemaker

 

 

 

 

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Easy Paper Plate Craft – Butterfly

paper plate butterfly craft We love simple crafts that can be set up and made using only a few materials and done in those little snippets of time that busy families have. Yesterday we hit the gym, the grocery store, the beach , and two school conferences. It was a busy day to say the least but when my daughter and I were briefly in the playroom I noticed she’d covered a book in gems and asked her if she wanted to make a craft with them. We didn’t have time to make this complicated and I think it turned out perfectly simple. I started making one after I cut two plates by accident but she ended up finishing mine too! This easy paper plate craft is great for fine motor development ( picking up and placing all those little pieces) too.

Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, pipe cleaner, glue, scissors, and some fun collage material like gems, buttons, sequins…. whatever you have on hand. butterfly craft

Start by cutting two triangles out of the plate. paper plate craft butterfly

Add glue. Much like her brother at this age adding glue is rather dramatic at times. paper plate butterflies craft for kids

Add on the gems and buttons. fine motor paper plate butterflyShe had to spill them all over the table so she could find the “most amazing ones.” Seems logical!jewel butterfly craft

Let dry enough so that the gems don’t fall off. Add the pipe cleaner. She finished mine while hers was drying so you can see tons of glue on mine. paper plate butterfly with jewels

 

Marshmallow Easter Bunny Craft

easy easter craft for kids I love making things with mini marshmallows. We have made all sorts of things with marshmallows over the years but never an Easter bunny craft with mini marshmallows. It was time to grab a bag of mini marshmallows and have some fun. When I post these crafts I often get many comments and emails asking how I can stop my kids from eating all the marshmallows and keep crafting. It’s simple really. I have used the same method for years and in incorporates some math into the craft as well. I will give them a number of mini marshmallows to add and after they do they can have 3 to eat. Then I give them another usually larger number and so on until they are done. So yes there is some eating but no more than a handful go in their mouth … I am pretty sure I eat more than they do. I LOVE marshmallows!

Gather your materials. You will need some mini marshmallows, white glue, googly eyes, some yarn, pencil, some construction paper and pom poms.marshmallow bunny craft for kids

Start by making a template for the outline. I used a piece of scrap paper that had drawing on the other side.

Then trace the bunny. My son did this solo and I gave my daughter a bit of a hand.bunny marshmallow craft for kids

Add the glue.marshmallow easter craft for kids

Next start adding the marshmallows. marshmallow easter bunny craft for preschoolSeeing how my two very different children attacked this task was fascinating. My three year old was methodical carefully placing the marshmallows on end. marshmallow crafts for easterWhile my seven year old was putting them on as fast as he could to eat more marshmallows.  Counting is natural even if you don’t use the same add then eat method I explained above.eating marshmallows from the craft

Add glue for the features.marshmallow bunny whiskers

Add the eyes, the yarn whiskers, and pom pom nose.fine motor marshmallow easter craft

Long after he was done my little girls was carefully adding the marshmallows. marshmallow easter bunny craft for kids and preschoolersWe sat down and counted together when she was all done. Her’s had 73 total!

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Books About Bunnies

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White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker is a classic in my mind and if you have never read it you must. It’s not a complicated story, instead it’s a brilliant book and lesson about color mixing . The cover illustration of the bunny in the paint always makes me think of dying Easter eggs which is another great opportunity to teach about color mixing. Kids love this book and adults reading it will enjoy the fun and dynamic language used to describe the vibrant colors that the bunny plunges into.

A Very Big Bunny

A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo is a nice book about two bunnies that don’t fit in at school.  This book opened a good dialogue between my son and I as we were reading about how both the tallest and the shortest bunny in the class got picked on.  The students in their class were mean but not purposefully bullying, they excluded these bunnies because they simply didn’t fit. The part that hit me the most was when the teacher lined the kids up by height, and Amelia the tall bunny was always last. It just made me think of how adults so often single kids out without trying to be terrible, but really hurting them. All that aside, the book itself comes to a nice conclusion and I think it’s worth grabbing for any child tall or short or in between.

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Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson is such a sweet little book that just oozes spring! Readers get to follow along with the wee little bunny as it frolics around with other animals and plays the day away. After a long day the bunny returns to it’s happy place to snuggle with it’s mama. Toddlers will connect with the bunny and this sweet little story. The illustrations by John Butler will make you want to reach into the pictures and try to pet the bunny’s soft fur, they are that vibrant!

Crafts & Activities For Kids { Add Yours! }

kids activitiesIt’s the weekend, time for us all to check out what all the awesome kid blogs were up to this week. It’s so easy to do with Link & Learn. Just scroll down and see all the great activities for kids.

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Rolling Pin Shamrock Prints

shamrock art projectI love creating things with shapes and this print making activity uses shapes to create something new! Heart stickers work together to create different sized shamrocks. You could do this on lids and make stamps like these but we opted for a rolling pin! Using a rolling pin was a novel idea for my three year old who was not even born yet the last time we used a rolling pin for print making.  I loved the way that the shamrock prints turned out and how it looks like a field of shamrocks. It’s a fun St.Patrick’s day art project but you could make all sorts of shapes and designs any time of year.

Gather your materials. You will need a rolling pin, paper,painter’s tape, aluminum foil, foam heart stickers, green paint, glitter glue, a big tray or cutting board , and green marker. shamrock prints painting

Start by covering your table with paper and securing it with the painter’s tape. Cover the rolling pin with aluminum foil. rolling pin shamrocks

I showed my daughter a shamrock we had and then added the three heart stickers on the rolling pin for her to compare. shamrock print craft for kids

Then she added another layer of heart stickers. We repeated this four more times. I wanted her to understand that the shamrock was a combination of the three hearts. While she did that I spread the paint out on the cutting board. As per my little glitter loving child’s request I added glitter glue to the paint as well. rolling pin shamrock art project for kids

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Roll it on the paper. The first time we did this we had a big section of our rolling pin that had no stickers on it and it made big sections of paint. So we wiped the foil down and added some more. Then it worked way better! shamrock craft for st.patricks day

The prints dry to the touch pretty quickly ( as long as you don’t have too much paint) so after you are done printing grab a marker and add the stems! shamrock printing activity

After that you can use this to wrap up a little St.Patrick’s day surprise or just pop it on the wall like we did! shamrock prints with foam stickers