Handprint Fireworks

I am sure there are versions of this craft all over , I haven’t seen any lately but here is our take on a fun 4th of July craft. It’s the first craft we’ve done since the baby arrived and it was awesome to get back to “normal” making it with my little man.  I like it because it’s simple but really adorable.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a piece of white and a piece of black construction paper, red and blue paint, glue,  2 plates, scissors and glitter.
  2. Start by putting the paint on the plates.
  3. Dip your child’s hand in , get it well covered.
  4. Print on to the white paper.
  5. Repeat with other hand and color. We did 2 hands each.
  6. If your child is like mine have extra paper on hand to keep finger painting with the extra paint. This gives the hand prints time to dry some as well .
  7. Let the hand prints dry a little and cut out.
  8. While I cut them my son washed his hands, my sink, and my breakfast bowl… I wasn’t complaining.
  9. Although I ended up doing all the gluing because he was having fun in the sink. So now glue the hands together to look like fireworks.
  10. Add glue for the glitter. If the paint is still wet, you won’t need glue on the hands.
  11. He came back for glitter, imagine that!
  12. Let dry.

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Paint Chip Flowers

Now that school is out for most of you I have been brainstorming crafts that are a little more challenging but that can be adapted for younger kids as well. This was fun to make and by no means do you or your child have to make flowers, the sky is the limit with these fun vibrant colors. Also you can take this opportunity to talk about shades and hues ! Don’t miss the matching activity after the craft for younger kids either!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paint samples, scissors, paper and glue.
  2. Start by deciding what to create, or deciding to make an abstract creation.
  3. I started with some grass and glued it on my paper.
  4. Next I made flower stems and leaves, and added them.
  5. Time for some pretty colors, I chose to make pink and purple flowers.
  6. Cut out the petals and glued them on.
  7. Now was the more creative part – the “extras” I decided to make some clouds with a dusty blue.
  8. Then my favorite a butterfly!
  9. As it dries the glue will stick but the paint samples will pull away some. I personally LOVE this, I like how 3 dimensional it makes the craft. If you don’t like this just pop a piece of wax paper over it and lay a heavy book on top for a few hours.

Paint Color Match

This activity is not just a color match it’s also a wonderful fine motor challenge for toddlers and preschoolers.
Here are the instructions.

Travel Solutions For Kids – Craft Box

travel with kids craft supplies for travelIs it time for a vacation ? A road trip to somewhere fun? Hotels, Grandma’s or maybe a beach house? Either way packing is never fun but it can be easier with this great travel sized craft supply box. This travel craft box is small but a great travel solution for kids. It  holds all he fun you need and can be packed easily into a suitcase or into your car this summer. I packed a similar one for my week in Washington DC, it was just me and three kids under 4 for most of the day , no TV , no car so these basics were our life savers!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need:
    • A container. I like this medium sized Ziploc container It’s cheap, it’s just the right size and if something happens to it, like it gets left at the Holiday Inn, no biggie.

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    • Next I have an old stained but thick place mat. The benefit of using a cloth one is that the fabric absorbs paint, markers etc.. and it’s less messy as long as you don’t care if it gets rather colorful.

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  • Next add markers and crayons I just put in the colors my son always uses, space is at a premium so these pip-squeaks markers are perfect!travel craft box
  • Paint- water colors are great , throw in an extra brush. Use the plastic cups in your hotel room for the water container. travel craft box
  • Add Play-Doh and some popsicle sticks for making sculptures, and cutting the Play-Doh.travel craft box
  • Scissors and glue. You will want scissors that are sharp enough for an adult to use but small enough for a kid.travel craft box
  • If there is extra room – glitter glue, stickers or pipe cleaners are great options. travel craft box
  • For the paper I added a handful of construction paper colors and lots of plain white paper . travel craft box
  • Put them in a file folder and this fits great in the front zipper of suitcases or even your carry-on.  Or in a car in the pockets behind the driver or passenger seats. travel craft box

Now you can take your craft supplies with you for those moments of downtime no matter where adventure takes you.

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Letter Of The Week !

Boat b !

Letter of the Week B

When I presented my son with 4 different b themes to choose from his choice was clear, “Boat bbbb boat, boat let’s make a boat!” so we did. I have been enjoying watching him trace the letters now instead of scribbling on them randomly like he used to. It’s clear his ability to write is naturally emerging and I am tickled to see it come out like this.  What new development have you seen your child do recently? Leave a comment and share!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 full sheets of construction paper, and one smaller blue piece for waves, glue, scissors and markers. The letter stickers are optional .Letter of the Week B
  2. Start by writing a large lowercase b on one sheet of construction paper.Letter of the Week B
  3. Have your child decorate it as they see fit. Mine like I said is big into tracing, which is very interesting since I have never once done a letter tracing work sheet with him.Letter of the Week B
  4. While they do that draw 2 sails and a boat on another sheet, as well as some waves on the smaller blue piece. Letter of the Week B
  5. Have them color the sail and boat with markers when they are done with the b.Letter of the Week B
  6. My son insisted on cutting out the waves himself. So I grabbed his scissors too. I cut out the boat and sails while he was doing this.Letter of the Week B
  7. Glue the waves on the remaining full sheet of paper.Letter of the Week B
  8. Glue the b on and add the glue for the boat and sails.Letter of the Week B
  9. Add the sails.Letter of the Week B
  10. Add the boat.Letter of the Week B
  11. Give the boat a name- using the letter stickers and let dry. Letter of the Week B

Books

Sail Away

Sail Away by Donald Crews was a huge hit. I can’t say I am surprised at all my son loves this author and it’s easy to understand why. The text is simple, as is the premise of the book. Readers don’t get deeply invested in the characters, they are faceless people on a sail boat, instead the focus is on the boat istself. Where it goes, how the weather affects it and how it gets beck to where it started from. I have always enjoyed the use of light in Donald Crews books, you don’t have to explain to your child that a storm is coming or that time has passed because the light in the illustrations does the explaining for you. Great boat book!

Toy Boat

Toy Boat by Randall de Seve is a story that will pull at your heart as well as make you cheer, well it made my 3 year old cheer anyway! A little boy makes his very own toy boat and plays with it, in the tub and even sleeps with it. One day when he is at the beach it floats off into the open ocean. It’s turbulent, scary and well anxious to see this tiny boat made of household things fight the waves. My son was visibly shaken by it’s unintentional freedom. With a little help from a friendly fishing boat the toy boat returns home and both boat and boy rejoice. This is a common theme for boat books-  but the illustrations by Loren Long really help this one stand out above the others. My son cheered every time we read the part when they are reunited!

More Boat Crafts & Books

Recycled Boat Craft

Laundry Basket Boat and Pretend Play

Shape Boat Craft