Thursday, March 31, 2011

Colored Lentils: Kids Crafts Project #69

Colored Lentils Preschool Craft
Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up   
ADULT SUPERVISION & PARTICIPATION REQUIRED

Green Lentils

Red Lentils


Supplies Needed:
  • Bag of Dried Lentils
  • Sealable Plastic Bags or Tupperware Type Containers with Lids (may stain - rinse immediately)
  • Tape
  • Food Coloring
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Paper Towels
  • Tablespoon
  • Cookie Sheets (1 for each color)
Time Needed:  
  • 5 Minutes per color plus drying time
This project will give you a great sensory alternative to using other art supplies. The lentils will be colorful, cool to the touch, smooth, and make noise when moved. Most children greatly enjoy working with lentils because of the sensory stimulation involved. It's just fun! They lend themselves to such interesting projects. I can't wait to show you! Get yours ready!

What To Do:
  1. ADULT ONLY Pour 1-2 capfuls of rubbing alcohol into the plastic bag or container.
  2. Add about 10-15 drops of food coloring.
    HINT: We found that we needed more food coloring for these than on other projects.
  3. Add 1-2 cups of dried lentils.
  4. Seal closed bag or container.
  5. Tape closed bag or container so it doesn't leek if it opens. Wrapping masking tape around the container lid works well as does taping the seal of a plastic bag.
  6. Shake Shake Shake the lentils & wiggle and move them around with your fingers for about 3 minutes.
  7. Empty container onto a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.
    We should have used the cookie sheet under here!
    Instead I had to work to get the colors off the table!
    Flatten and dry thoroughly. Only takes an hour or less.
  8. Smooth out the lentils with the back of a spoon so they are 1 layer deep.
  9. Let dry completely.
  10. Repeat all steps for each new color.
  11. ENJOY! You're done! 
  12. Don't Forget to 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.
    I just love touching them!

    You may find them addicting to touch and play with too!
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!

PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.    

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Flying Bugs, Fish, & Superheroes: Spring Kids Crafts Project #68

Flying Bugs, Fish, & Superheroes
Spring kids crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up
Flying Bugs, Fish, and Superheroes OH MY!
When fish fly! Wait...
My daughter's flying bug!
The kids love to make them move!
Original Craft from LookWhatMomFound
Our flying superhero. Guess Who?


Supplies Needed:
  • Plastic Easter Eggs that Come in 2 Pieces (usually sold in 12 packs)
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Construction Paper or Foam Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Thin Ribbon, String, or Yarn
  • Imagination!
Time Needed:  
  • up to 30 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do:
Original craft instructions from LookWhatMomFound: Use 2 piece plastic Easter Eggs - Cut out wing shapes - Cut a length of invisible thread or fishing line + tuck part of wings and thread into egg and close the egg so you have 1 piece - Put on googly eyes - Use tape to attach the other end of the thread to the ceiling! 
My eggs wouldn't close with anything inside them so I modified this craft as follows:
  • For Flying Bugs
  1. If using a 2 piece egg put it together and tape it closed around the seam with double sided tape.
  2. Cut out wing shapes from construction or foam paper. 
  3. Attach wings to the sides of the egg - the double sided tape is already on the egg :)
  4. Attach eyes to front of egg.
    HINT: The front is the shorter piece of the egg.
  5. Attach some string, yarn, or ribbon to the top of the egg.
    My son's flying bug!
  6. Hang from ceiling with a piece of tape.
    My daughter's flying bug!
  7. Tap it to watch it fly through the air :)
  • For Flying Fish
  1. If using a 2 piece egg put it together and tape it closed around the seam with double sided tape.
  2. Cut out 2 or 3 fins and a tail shape from construction or foam paper. 
  3. Attach fins to the sides of the egg - the double sided tape is already on the egg :)
  4. Attach the 3rd fin (optional) to the top/back of the egg.
    This fish likes the air, not the water!
  5. Attach eyes to front of egg.
    HINT: The front is the shorter piece of the egg.
    We named him "fishie". We are very creative when it comes to names LOL!
  6. Attach some string, yarn, or ribbon to the top of the egg.
  7. Hang from ceiling with a piece of tape.
  8. Tap it to watch it fly through the air :)
  • For Flying Superheroes
  1.  If using a 2 piece egg put it together and tape it closed around the seam with double sided tape.
  2. Cut out a cape from construction or foam paper. Add hero emblems etc as desired.
    Faster than a speeding bullet...
  3. Attach cape to back of egg  - the double sided tape is already on the egg :)
  4. Attach eyes to front of egg.
    HINT: The front is the shorter piece of the egg.
  5. Add facial features, hair etc with a marker or cut outs from construction paper.
    He might not be a man of steel, but he's a mighty plastic flier!
  6. Attach some string, yarn, or ribbon to the top of the egg.
  7. Hang from ceiling with a piece of tape.
  8. Tap it to watch it fly through the air.

    Don't Forget to 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 your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.

Substitute any listed supplies for supplies that your child enjoys working with.

If your child has trouble using fine motor skills use much larger eyes. The small eyes we used require very good fine motor skills.

This is a great craft to practice using safety scissors.  Safety scissors cut only paper and imperfect cuts will look fine on this craft.
 
For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project. Maybe you can make monsters or puppies or something else creative with these fliers!

PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.     

The fascinating world of flying and crawling insects is brought to life in this highly detailed new floor puzzle. Artistic images on this jumbo-sized 24-piece puzzle offer children an enlightening new way of exploring and identifying a bountiful garden full of dozens of insects! 18.5" x 46.5"

FEATURED BOOK
A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Easter Bugs" By David A. Carter. This is an amazing pop up book!  Inside each brightly decorated egg is a new bug, unlike any you'll ever see in nature like the the fluffy yellow Chick-Chick Bug (with touchable fleecy soft fur). There's even a bucktoothed Bunny Bug with turquoise spots. Kids will have a great time guessing what kind of critter is inside each egg and of course, flipping the pages to see each amazing pop up!

FEATURED PRINTABLE
Check out these FREE Spring Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bathtub Art - Painting in the Tub! Crafts for Kids Project #66

Bathtub Art
Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 4 Years and Up   
ADULT SUPERVISION AT ALL TIMES - THIS TAKES PLACE IN A BATH TUB!
Recent Bath Tub Watercolor Art!


Supplies Needed:
  • Bathtub with Child Bathing (you must provide LOL!)
  • Shaving Cream
  • Egg Carton
  • Paint Brushes
  • Food Coloring
  • Watercolor Paint Set
  • 3 Spray Bottles
  • Paper Towels
  • OPTIONAL: washcloths, plastic cups, tile brushes, sponges, superheroes
Time Needed:  
  • As Long As They Want!
CAUTION: These did NOT stain the white tiles on my bath walls but I cannot guarantee the same result on all surfaces. Test a small area and/or clean frequently if you are concerned. Do NOT let the paints stay there for any extended period of time. Using shower spray should be enough to clear it away. If you need something tougher use tile cleaner and a sponge. KEEP OUT OF YOUR CHILDREN'S EYES AND, OF COURSE, MOUTH! 
    What To Do:
    • Shaving Cream Paint:
      Thank You to Meet the Dubiens where I discovered that you could use colored shaving cream in the tub!
    1. For each paint color mix shaving cream and a few drops of food coloring together. 
    2. Use an empty egg carton to add the shaving cream paint to. It holds quite a few and is easy for you to hold the top part of the egg carton while your child paints the shower walls.
    3. Add a paint brush or two and you're ready to go!
    4. Finger painting with this is great fun too!
      CAUTION: Keep out of eyes!
    • Watercolor Painting:
    1. Take a few paper towels and dip the edges into the bath water.
    2. Stick them to the bath wall(s) at your child's reach.
    3. Give them the watercolor paint and some paint brushes.
      HINT: They can even paint on themselves!
    4. Let dry completely and hang the next day!

    • Spray Bottle Painting:
    1. Fill spray water bottle with water and a few drops of food coloring.
    2. Shake to mix well.
    3. Put water bottle spray cap on securely.
    4. Repeat steps 1 thru 3 for each color.
    5. Dip edges of Paper Towel into water and stick to bath wall(s).
    6. Spray onto paper towels for beautiful art.
    7. Let dry completely and hang the next day!
      We also sprayed the walls and cleaned them off using sponges, washcloths and tile brushes! Pouring cups of water over the paints once on the wall was a big hit. We also gave our superheroes a thorough washing and scrubbing with their special "soaps".
    8. Don't Forget to 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!
     
    PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar. 

    Sweet Bunny Rabbit Kids Craft: Easter & Spring Crafts for Kids Project #65

    Sweet Bunny Kids Craft for Easter & Spring
    Preschool Crafts for Kids of all abilities!   
    for Ages 3 Years and Up    
    Meet our completed bunny the kids named "bunny" LOL

    Supplies Needed:
    Time Needed:  
    • up to 30 Minutes plus drying time
    What To Do:
    1. Pour pink paint into your craft bowl and paint pink the curved side of your bowl.
       
    2. Let bowl dry completely.
    3. Cut 2 long ovals from your pink construction paper for the ears.
    4. Glue to the top back of the bowl.
    5. Pull apart 2 or 3 cotton balls and glue to the inside of the ears.
    6. Glue googly eyes and pom pom nose onto the front of the bowl.
    7. Cut 3 pipe cleaners in half and glue under nose as whiskers.
    8. Use last pipe cleaner to make the mouth (see image below)
    9. Decorate bunny with bow in hair, or other fun additions like big teeth, a bow tie, or a carrot!
    10. Let dry completely. 
    11. ENJOY! You're done! Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall!
    12. Don't Forget to 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: This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.
    • Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.
    • If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project. 
    • Cut out the ears and cut the pipe cleaners ahead of time if your child isn't able to do this.
    • If your child does not like working with white glue (or it's too hard for him to squeeze it out) you can used double sided tape or paste, glue dots, or a glue stick. ADULT can use a stapler to attach the ears if desired.
    • As always, substitute construction paper colors for colors your child chooses :)
    For Older Children:
    An older child will also enjoy this project as is but may want to add more fun by making this a puppet. Cut an 11 inch x 1.5 inch piece of thick cardboard and staple to each end of the bowl to make into a quick puppet!

    FEATURED BOOK:
    A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "The Velveteen Rabbit" By Margery Williams. This beloved classic was originally published in 1922! In this book a toy stuffed rabbit wants to become real, but he can only do that through the love of his owner. It has been awarded the IRA/CBC Children's Choice award. If your children like to pretend play they will enjoy this story about how toys can become real!
    Check out these adorable FREE Bunny Rabbit Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!
     

    Saturday, March 26, 2011

    Fuzzy Lamb Kids Craft: Spring & Easter Preschool Crafts for Kids Project #64


    Fuzzy Lamb Kids Craft
    Spring & Easter Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
    for Ages 2 Years and Up
    This little lamb hasn't dried yet but I really wanted to post him. He's so cute!
    Supplies Needed:
    Time Needed:  
    • 15 Minutes plus drying time
    What To Do:
    1. Cut out the shapes for the head and ears from the black construction paper. You can even print out our photo below for a template.
      HINT: For small children (under 4) you may want to have all shapes already cut out for them.
    2. Glue the head & ears onto the green construction paper and add the googly eyes.
    3. Pull apart 4-6 cotton balls so they are wispy.

    4. Glue the pulled cotton balls onto the green construction paper in an oval shape. See below.
      HINT: For small children cut out an oval shape and have him glue it to the paper and then cover it with the cotton balls so he has a guide.

    5. Cut out 4 little legs for your lamb from the black construction paper (4 little ovals)and glue so that the feet are under the "fleece".

    6. Cut out a small circle from the black construction paper for his fluffy tail.
    7. Let dry completely.
    8. ENJOY! You're done! Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall!
    9. Don't Forget to 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!
    PARENTS: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project. I read recently that you should do your best not to touch their work! That's a challenge for me. What about you?

    For Children with Special Needs: This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.
    • Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.
    • If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project. 
    • Cut out all shapes for the lamb if your child isn't able to do this.
    • If your child does not like working with white glue (or it's too hard for him to squeeze it out) you can used double sided tape or paste, glue dots, or a glue stick.
    • As always, substitute construction paper colors for colors your child chooses :)
      For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project and may want to draw and color a beautiful meadow background for the lamb.

    FEATURED TOY:
    Sheep Puppet/Lamb Puppet $7.99


    FEATURED BOOK:A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Brave Charlotte" By Ahu Stohner & Illustrated by Henrike Wilson. This book won the New York Times Best Illustrated Award! More importantly (LOL!), Charlotte is my daughter's name! In this book Charlotte is different from the other sheep - she isn't sheepish at all. She's brave and likes to explore but the other sheep don't approve of her behavior. However, when the shepherd breaks his leg Charlotte is the only one brave enough to take the long trip to tell the farmer and save the day! A cute story about being different, being brave, and risk taking.
    Check out this adorable FREE Lamb Printable from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!
     
     
    PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, and  other ideas that may be similar. We love to hear from you!
        

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Tissue Paper Butterflies for Toddlers: Spring Kids Crafts Project #62

    Tissue Paper Butterflies for Toddlers
    Spring Crafts for Preschool Kids - Crafts for all abilities!   
    for Ages 2 Years and Up
    Spring Craft for Kids: Tissue Paper Butterflies for Toddlers

    Supplies Needed:
    • Double Sided Tape
    • Colored or White Paper (does not have to be thick)
    • 3 Colors of Tissue Paper
    • 3 Pipe Cleaners
    • Pen, Pencil or Marker (you just need the tube part to wrap the pipe cleaner around)
    • Scissors
    Time Needed:  
    • 15-30 Minutes
    What To Do:
    NOTE: SAVE ALL TISSUE PAPER SCRAPS UNTIL THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETED. YOU WILL NEED THEM FOR DECORATING THE PAPER.

    BUTTERFLY 1:
    1. ADULT: Cut out one 4 inch x 4 inch square from each of your tissue paper colors. You can make them any size but squares seem to look best.
      Once the tissue paper is cut to size see that it's square by
      folding once in each direction and trimming the edges.
    2. ADULT: Cut out one 3 inch x 3 inch square from one of your tissue paper colors. One of your butterflies will have 2 colors this way :)
      One of our butterflies was pink and yellow.
    3. ADULT: Cut  3 inches off one of the pipe cleaners.
      HINT: This method is for younger children (2-3 years). It's the easiest.
    4. Wrap the 3 inch pipe cleaner around the center of the square and twist once. This makes the butterfly body and antennae. If your child can fold the tissue square back and forth (like a fan) three times, have him do that :) There's a lesser chance of tearing the tissue paper that way. Gently spread the wings out.
      Toddlers will feel very proud of these beautiful, yet simple to make butterflies!
      My daughter made this one. You see it's wrinkled but it still looks lovely!
    5. Done with that one :) Use double sided tape on the back of each wing, or just on the back of the pipe cleaner and tape to your paper.
    BUTTERFLY 2:
    1. Take your 2nd tissue paper square and fan fold it about 3 or 4 times.
    2. Use the scissor to cut a V shape or a wavy shape on each end of the fan. This gives the edges a pretty look.
      HINT: If you have any fancy edge scissors use those :)
      Cut an interesting edge on each side for a very fancy butterfly!
    3. Take your 2nd pipe cleaner and wrap it around the pen. It should be curly now.
      Use a pen, marker, pencil, straw or other narrow tube!
    4. Place the curly pipe cleaner over the center of the butterfly.
      HINT: Squeeze the center point while the tissue paper is still closed like a fan and put one of the coils over the tissue paper. Then squeeze the coil closed. This will attach the body.
      When it looks like this it's on properly. Now squeeze pipe cleaner
      coil closed around the tissue paper.
    5. Put double sided tape on the back of the pipe cleaner and attach to the paper.
    BUTTERFLY 3: 
    1. Place the smaller of the 2 remaining tissue paper squares on top of the other one (centered).

    2. Make a fan.
    3. Make 3 small cuts in each of the ends with your scissors. Each cut can be about .25 to .5 inch long.
    4. Take your 2nd pipe cleaner and wrap it around the pen. It should be curly now.
    5. Place the curly pipe cleaner over the center of the butterfly.
      HINT: Squeeze the center point (still closed like a fan) and put one of the coils over the tissue paper. Then squeeze the coil closed. This will attach the body.
    6. Put double sided tape on the back of the pipe cleaner and attach to the paper.
      See the pretty edges on this one?
    DECORATION TIME:
    1. Snip up all the little scraps of tissue paper you have.

    2. Place pieces of double sided tape on the remaining blank areas of your paper.
    3. Sprinkle the tissue paper confetti over the tape strips. Press down to make sure they stick.
    4. ENJOY! You're done! No drying time on this one!
    5. Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall!
    6. Don't Forget to 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 your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
    This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.
    Substitute any listed supplies for supplies that your child enjoys working with.
    This project is very open-ended. Please take all the liberties you want with it. There is no right way, right color, right size to make these butterflies! Be creative and have a great time!

    For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project as is but if you want to make it more challenging you can add stickers to the wings, eyes to the butterflies, or even gems/buttons to the antennae. You could even hang the butterflies like a mobile instead of sticking them to paper!

    A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Four Friends in the Garden" By Sue Heap. Nancy is a little girl who LOVES fancy things. In this story, Florentina the bear, Rachel the rabbit, Seymour the sheep, and Mary Clare enjoy a day in the garden chasing a butterfly and drinking lemonade. Chasing the butterfly isn't getting them anywhere. It keeps fluttering away. If they stay still what will happen?

    Check out these FREE Buttefly Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!
    PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.     

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