Toy Parachute Craft

kids craft

“This is the best craft EVER.” I wasn’t even sure it was going to be a post until he said that. But let’s be honest when your child declares that and then stays busy playing with it, it’s got to be shared.  This was really fun and helps clean out my art closet that is in a sad sad state. I will be doing crafts inspired by my “Spring Cleaning” ( really cleaning before listing our house for sale) on my other blog so check them out! Also please remember any crafts with ribbons. yarn and strings should be closely supervised and only played with while supervised.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a dinner sized napkin, clear tape, a hole punch, yarn, scissors and a wee paratrooper ( we used our playmobil ambulance driver).
  2. Start by cutting 4 pieces of yarn all the same length ( we did about a foot).
  3. Next open your napkin all the way.
  4. Reinforce the corners with clear tape. I did the front and the back. This will make it sturdy and resist ripping.
  5. Punch holes in about the same place in each corner.
  6. Tie the yarn to the holes. I also taped the ends down.
  7. Now tie two strands on each side together.
  8. Make two more knots close together, these will be the arm holes.
  9. Pop them in it.
  10. Drop!

Alien Dress Up

Aliens are super cool and combining a craft with pretend play is even cooler. We love dress up at our house ( and preschool) and this alien headband craft was created to use as a pretend play prop. I suggested my son glue eyes on the band but he was very adamant that they needed to be up high on antennae. Even though I have directions you can follow this is the sort of craft that is best used as inspiration for your own unique creation.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper, paint, glue, sparkly pipe cleaners, sticky back sparkly foam, googly eyes, tape and glitter!
  2. Start by having your child paint the paper. This will be cut in two strips to make the headband. Tell your child you will be cutting it, this can really upset young kids if they aren’t warned. I like using either a foam paint brush or paint markers like these when we want the paint to dry fast.
  3. While they paint, trace a circle 6 times on the backing of the sparkly foam.
  4. Cut out.
  5. Glue the googly eyes on.  Let dry.
  6. Next cut the paper in half.
  7. Add glue and glitter. You want to do it after your cut  not before so that you aren’t cutting into glue and glitter. Trust me glitter is messy enough, but cleaning it out of scissors is no fun. Let dry.
  8. Cut your pipe cleaners into different heights.
  9. When eyes are dry ( or at least dry enough not to slide, peel off the backing of the 3 foam circles that do not have googly eyes on them. Press the pipe cleaners into them.
  10. Peel the back off the circles with eyes , press into the circles with the pipe cleaners so they are sandwiched.
  11. When the glitter is dry tape the pipe cleaners with eyes on the front of  one strip. You will want it near the end because you are going to tape the other strip on top to sandwich them.
  12. Size it to your child’s noggin’ and secure the two ends with tape. I like using tape for 2 reasons. It’s forgiving and it’s fast, so kids can play right away.

Books


The Way Back Home
by Oliver Jeffers is a moving story about a boy , a martian and the moon they were both stuck on. Together they figure out a way to get back home even though they are so sad to say goodbye to each other. I love this author, I love his illustrations as well, they are so unique and the emotion he manages to convey is amazing. There is an illustration of the boy and martian standing awkwardly before they have to say goodbye and it embodies the emotion. Grab anything written by this author and you will be happy!

Hush, Little Alien by Daniel Kirk is a quirky updated version of the classic lullaby. So many bedtime books are super sugary but this one is funky and bright! I love the space theme and the illustrations are great! The rhymes are funny and kept my son interested in the lullaby much longer than the traditional one which he deems a “baby song”.

Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer is an odd, heartwarming, entertaining story. My son loves this story about the man on the moon who wants to be a part of the action on earth and decides to visit himself. Of course as is the custom on earth we are afraid of outsiders and he is thrown in jail. Luckily as he goes through the phases he manages to slip out through the bars.He finds someone to help him return home where he belongs, even though he is sad to go. I couldn’t help but think of ET… but that’s just me.

Knight’s Shield Craft

My son has been pretending he is knight for a few weeks. In all that time he’s been using a cutting board as his shield, it was high time we made him one! When we had a playdate scheduled with a friend who loves art and knights it was a done deal. Now you will notice that my directions and pictures don’t match perfectly, follow the directions because if I did this craft again I’d do a few things differently to make it easier . Oh and crafts while chatting to a girlfriend and holding a baby… just have extra things on hand in case you miss a step or 3.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard, foil, colored and scotch tape, paint/crayons/markers, scissors, paper and a toilet paper roll.
  2. Start by cutting out your shield from the cardboard.
  3. Next cut the white paper so it fits into the middle of the cardboard. This is where your child will draw their coat of arms!
  4. Time to paint and color your shield. We started with colored pencils
  5. Then added paint.
  6. Next we taped them on the cardboard. DON”T  Instead cover the whole shield with foil. Tape it on the back.
  7. Then add your white paper when it’s dry . Tape it on with colored tape ( painters tape works great).
  8. Cut a toilet paper roll in two and secure it with tape. This picture was taken 4 days after the craft was made . What was it I said about skipping steps while chatting, holding a baby and making crafts?
  9. Time to play – our boys played for 1.5 hours and amazingly no foil came off, ripped or otherwise needed repair.

Book

Imagine You’re a Knight! (Imagine This!) by Meg Clibbon is a fantastic book for children interested in what being a knight is all about. There are so many great details and answers given that I am eager to read more in tis series. My son loves this book and not just because it answers his many questions about knights but also because it’s the type of book that you can open and close as time permits , reading a little or a lot and still enjoying it. I like the humor and illustrations by Lucy Clibbon. It’s a great choice for 4 and older. 3 year olds might find it to be too much.

    Super Bowl Trophy Craft

    superbowl craft for kids

    This Super Bowl trophy also known as the Lombardi trophy for those in the know (my husband filled me in) was the biggest hit with my son. It’s super easy to make and the perfect center piece for a family Super Bowl party this Sunday. Oh and in true No Time For Flash Cards fashion I managed to throw in some letter recognition too !

    1. Gather your materials. You will need a rectangular box that will stand on it’s end, some cardboard, aluminum foil, tape, scissors and sticky back foam letters , a small sheet of sticky back foam and a marker.
    2. Start by drawing a football on your card board .
    3. Cut out. I had extra card board so I made three and taped the layers together.  
    4. Wrap in foil. My son loved this step. Don’t mind his police dress up clothes, he is rarely not dressed up as something.
    5. Cut your sticky back foam into one long strip and 3 or more longer ones.
    6. Pop them on.
    7. Wrap the box in foil. I secured it with tape.
    8. Tape the football to the box. I taped the box flaps into an arch and taped the football to that so it is on an angle like the real one.
    9. Scatter foam letters on the table and have your child find XLV. We chatted about roman numerals ( clock numbers- we have a clock with roman numerals) nothing too in depth but enough to explain what they are.
    10. Pop them on.
    11. Practice your celebration!

    Who are you cheering for on Sunday?

    Let’s Play Librarian

    Here is our library area at our house. A few cheap shelves, a throw rug, and bean bags in a small unused area of the house makes a great learning nook.

    Since we have our own little library, we decided to “play” library. Just grab some books, double sided tape, small envelopes, index cards, a notepad, pen, and stamps.

    Put a piece of double sided tape on the front of the envelope and stick it to the inside cover of the book.

    To make it easier for my guys, I tore the flap off of the envelope like this.

    Place an index card in the envelope.

    When you go to check the book out, be sure to have your librarian take out the index card and stamp it. I made my kids take the card completely out and lay it next to the book. I did not want them getting tempted to stamp their books.

    Any good librarian knows that you have to keep track of who has which book. So have your librarian stamp their notepad with the same stamp.

    Be sure that they write the name of the person that checked out the book. Sometimes we play track down the overdue book, too. :-)

    Even non-writers can do this fun activity. My daughter is two years old and loves to be a part of the library. She stamps and stuffs the index cards like a pro.

    Now that I have my kids all trained, please do not tell them that all of the books are really scanned and monitored by a computer system in the library. They have too much fun with this!

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    Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.