Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Teddy Bear Hugs Lacing Craft : Project #21 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #21: Teddy Bear Hugs Lacing Craft
Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 4 Years and Up

A Valentine's Day Project Your Child Can Enjoy All Year Long
This friendly bear is ready for a new friend to love him...and lace him!
 Supplies Needed:
  • Cardboard
  • Felt Glue
  • Dark Brown Felt
  • 2 Large Googly Eyes
  • 5 Small Foam Hearts
  • 1 Large Foam Heart
  • Light Brown Felt (or light brown construction paper)
  • Plastic Lacing Thread
  • Adult Scissors (for adult use only)
  • White Chalk (optional)
  • Hole Puncher
Time Needed: 30 minutes
What To Do:
  1. ADULT: Draw a teddy bear shape on your dark brown felt using chalk. This easily wipes away if you make a mistake. HINT: Fold felt in half lengthwise so that you have a symmetrical bear. Also, I suggest making the neck less of an indent and more straight up and down. Size the neck just a little smaller than the head. The way I did this one, I found it hard to cut the cardboard (a step coming up) with my scissors.
  2. ADULT: Cut out teddy bear shape.
    My felt teddy bear shape.

  3. Using felt glue, glue your bear to the cardboard.
    HINT: Make sure you glue down the edges very well.
    Use a good amount of felt glue near the edges.
    I used an old scrap of cardboard as you can see.

  4. ADULT: Cut out the bear pattern from the cardboard.
  5. Decorate your teddy bear with googly eyes, heart ears, heart paws and heart belly. I used foam stick on hearts, but you can also use construction paper. For the mouth I cut out a rough circle in light brown felt, glued it to the bear and then added the foam heart nose and dark brown felt smile.
    Here you can see some wet spots but the glue dries clear.
  6. Allow to fully dry.
  7. Once dry, use your hole puncher to make holes in the bottom portion of the bear. Make sure you are at least 1/2 inch from the edge. I made 2 on each side and 3 along the bottom. Space them evenly.
    Use a chalk mark to X the spot to punch.
    First 3 holes punched.
    All holes punched.

  8. Cut off about 12 - 18 inches of plastic lacing thread.
    Plastic Lacing Thread I used.

  9. ADULT: Make a slip knot on one end so it doesn't pull through when lacing.
  10. Lace through the holes! Remove and repeat for fine motor skill practice!

    Finished Teddy Bear Hugs Lacing Craft!

  11. Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.
Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

If your child has an aversion to any of the supplies listed, please make substitutions.

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Let him choose how to create the face, where to put the ears, paws etc.
Your child will only be proud of his creation if he feels that he's the one who's created it!

For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by punching the holes in groups of 4 in the shape of a square. This will allow more creative lacing - making x's, squares, diagonals, etc!

Associated Educational Activities:
And now a word from *SeeryusMama: 
READ! "Bear of My Heart" by Joanne Ryder is a beautifully illustrated board book about a mother bear’s love for her little cub. The mother bear tells the cub of the places and things they will see and do together. She also assures the young cub that she will be there when he’s sad, lonely, or lost. A lovely tribute to a mother’s love for her child! A great bedtime book to reassure your little one that a parent's love is forever. You'll like it if you enjoy "I Love You Through and Through".

B is for Bear! Cut out lower and uppercase letter B. Let your child color it in. Give him paper and a crayon and see if he can make a lower and uppercase B. Use the chalkboard and write some words that start with B...bear, ball, bus, bee, bubble, brother!

Sing a Bear Song:

  • Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around
    Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground
    Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high
    Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky
    Teddy bear, teddy bear, bend down low
    Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your toes
    Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs
    Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers
    Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light
    Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight
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*Sky (Seeryus Mama) is the mama of two kiddies, Johnny (a tween) and Paige (a toddler), and the trophy wife to her husband Brandon. They live in the middle of Nebraska - otherwise known as The Good Life.  Sky works part-time at the local library, attends college part time, hoping to eventually earn a Masters in Library Science and volunteers for several different organizations. Sky blogs at Seeryus Mama, where it's all about the good life and the products that go along with it.

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