Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mother's Day Butterfly Craft + Card for Toddlers and Preschool Kids: Project #93

Mother's Day Butterfly Craft + Card
MOTHER'S DAY 2011 IS MAY 8th
Toddler & Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 2 Years and Up    

 
Supplies Needed
  • 2 Cupcake Liners
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Craft Stick
  • 2 Googly Eyes
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • White Glue
  • Construction Paper

    Time Needed
    • 20 Minutes
    What To Do
    1. Flatten out the cupcake liners.
    2. On one side of the craft stick write A Mother's Day Greeting.
    3. On the other side of the craft stick put one long strip of double sided tape.
    4. Add googly eyes toward the bottom of one end.
    5. Place cupcake liners onto the craft stick as shown below.
      HINT: You may need an additional piece of tape where they overlap
    6. Use a 2 inch piece of pipe cleaner bent into a "V" shape for the antennae. 
    7. Use white glue to attach the antennae to the butterfly.
    •  To Make it Into A Card
    1. Fold a piece of construction paper in half.
    2. Use double sided tape to place it onto the front of the card.
    3. Add Mother's Day Greeting to Inside and Outside.
    4. Let dry completely. 
    5. ENJOY! You're done! Give your gift and/or card proudly!
    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.
    For Older Children
    An older child may want to paint his craft stick first, do his own writing on the card and craft stick, as well as cutting the cupcake liners to the shape of butterfly wings.

    Featured Toys
    Sunny Patch Bella Butterfly Collection
    Each piece of the Sunny Patch Collection of Outdoor Toys features a fun character. Bella Butterfly is a pretty pink butterfly with hearts on her wings and long, beautiful eyelashes. This friendly butterfly can be found on bubble sets, flip flops, rain boots, a bug house (shown left), gardening gloves, hop scotch set, butterfly catching net, picnic set, and even a tunnel! See all Bella Butterfly toys here.
    Featured Book
    "Caterpillar Spring, Butterfly Summer" By Susan Hood and Illustrated By Claudine Gévry. This board book is a beautifully illustrated story about a caterpillar's busy day that features a colorful, fabric covered spring (like a Slinky) that mimics the motion of a crawling caterpillar. On the final page a delightful pop up of a butterfly appears!

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    PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this preschool kids craft and tell us if you enjoyed it and any other ideas that may be similar or could improve it! 

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    "Stained Glass" Mother's Day Gift: Kids Craft Project #92

    "Stained Glass" Mother's Day Gift

    for Ages 3 Years and Up
    Hang in a sunny window and see the tissue paper light up like stained glass
    I absolutely loved this craft that Melinda from LookWhatMomFound showed on her blog! I think it's just beautiful! What a wonderful Mother's Day Gift it would make!
    Supplies Needed:
    • Colored Tissue Paper scraps
    • Wax paper
    • Construction paper
    • Scissors
    • White glue
    • Tape/ribbon
    Time Needed:  
    • up to 30 Minutes plus drying time
    What To Do:
    1. Cut your wax paper and construction paper to the same size, 8”X8” is a good size
    2. Cut shapes from your folded up paper. Think the oldschool snowflake method, Fold, crease, fold crease. The bigger the cuts the better, you want to see through this cutout as much as possible.
    3. Spread a very thin layer of white glue on your wax paper and start randomly sticking your tissue paper pieces till it’s COMPLETELY covered, let dry 2 hours or overnight if possible. (might have to place under heavy book to flatten if it starts to curl up)
    4. Add sporadic dots of white glue on your construction paper cutout and place over tissue paper sheet. Press firmly.
    5. Give it to MOM for Mother's Day or someone else special. This is a great gift project!
    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. 
    Melinda and RobMeet Melinda
    who originally posted this Mother's Day Kids Craft!
    Melinda Babiak, co-owner/writer of LookWhatMomFound … and Dad too, is a go-to source for anything your family needs. 

    As a Nielsen Power Mom and mother of three kids, she has the expertise to spot which items rock and which are flops, from toys to apparel and fashion to electronics. With more than 10 years spent in the corporate world before becoming a SAHM she thought through blogging she could lend some parenting experience to help other families finding those useful but trendy finds that flood the market. Her entire life is focused on her children and family, so she’s always on the lookout for fresh and fun things for my family.

    Rob Babiak is the other half of LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too. As the husband and dad part of this team he gives a different perspective to the world of blogging; a dad’s view to the product reviews, family happenings and all around a dad’s opinion. He shares stories about the family, hosts his own sponsored reviews and giveaways and discusses his opinion on blogging, life and the world the surrounds them.
     
    Melinda and Rob come together to form a very unique dynamic that shines through their writings, pictures, stories and interactions here, on Twitter and in real life.  As it says in the title; they are a Mom and Dad working together….most of the time.
    FEATURED TOY
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    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Textured Butterfly Craft for Kids: Project #91

    Textured Butterfly Craft for Kids
    Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
    for Ages 3 Years and Up    
     textured butterfly craft for kids

    Supplies Needed
    • Colored Cotton Balls
    • Sequins
    • White Glue 
    • Sheet of Foam Paper (we used yellow)
    • Foam Paper or Construction Paper in Shape of Butterfly - butterfly template (print landscape)
    • 2 gems (optional)
    • Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
    Time Needed:  
    • 20 Minutes plus drying time
    What To Do:
    1. Print and cut out butterfly template and glue to yellow foam sheet.

    2. Apply a liberal amount of glue where you'd like your sequins to go.

    3. Pour sequins over the glue. Pat down firmly with palm of hand. Wait 10 seconds. Lift foam sheet so that excess sequins fall away.
      HINT: Do this on newspaper or over a bin so you can easily put away and reuse the excess sequins.

    4. Apply glue along the center of the butterfly for the body and press yellow cotton onto it.

    5. Cover the rest of the butterfly with the colored cotton using glue.
      HINT: Use a mirror pattern

    6. Repeat for each color cotton you want to use.
    7. OPTIONAL: Glue on 2 gems for antennae.
    8. Let dry completely.
    9. ENJOY! You're done! Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall, or stand it up on a shelf!
    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.

    For Older Children
    An older child will also enjoy this project.


    Featured Toy
    Butterfly Paint by Numbers by Melissa & Doug
    *On Sale $3.99

    Everyone loves rainbows and butterflies and your little designer will have fun matching the numbers and painting an adorable multi-colored butterfly! Just follow the easy directions and display the finished project, in the display stand, with pride.

    *price is subject to change




    Featured Book
    "Butterfly Butterfly A Book of Colors" by Petr Horáček. Little ones will hover over this colorful look at insect critters as they peek through die-cuts and enjoy a final pop-up surprise. Lucy sees a beautiful butterfly in the garden, along with a bright green beetle, a brilliant blue dragonfly, some red ladybugs, and many more flying and crawling things. But when will the radiant butterfly appear again? Petr Horácek uses his trademark saturated hues and simple shapes to create an enticing view of the world of colors — and a peekaboo look at the slow-paced life abuzz in the backyard garden.



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    PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this preschool kids craft and tell us if you enjoyed it and any other ideas that may be similar or could improve it! 

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Craft: Kids Craft #90

    Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Craft
    Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
    for Ages 3 Years and Up   
    Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Kids Craft
    Supplies Needed
    • Pipe Cleaners of Various Colors
    Time Needed
    • 5-10 Minutes for Each Butterfly, depending on dexterity.
    What To Do
    1. Take 2 pipe cleaners and twist them in the middle, creating a large X.

    2. Attach the matching ends by twisting together on each side.


    3. Bend to form into the shape of 2 butterfly wings.

    4.  To create the body wrap a pipe cleaner so that it joins the 2 wings along the center.

    5. Take new pipe cleaners and wrap them around the entire frame of the butterfly.
    6. Reshape butterfly if necessary :)

    7. Make some more and hang them up together!
    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!.
    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.

    This project uses fine motor skills. One great thing about it is that the project is quite forgiving. If your child squeezes it too much or holds it too tightly, it can simply be reshaped at the end!

    This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Let your child pick any colors he wants for the pipe cleaners.

     For Older Children
    An older child will also enjoy this project and may want to add antennae and/or eyes :)

    Featured Toy
    Bella Butterfly Picnic Set
    *ON SALE NOW: $23.99 
    price subject to change
    The Bella Butterfly Picnic Set is perfect for a picnic in the park or backyard. This complete picnic set stores in a butterfly adorned picnic basket! Comes with place settings for four: cups, knives, forks, spoons, and flower-shaped plates. Part of the Sunny Patch Toys. 

     
    Related Links
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    PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this preschool kids craft and tell us if you enjoyed it and any other ideas that may be similar or could improve it! 

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Dinosaur Kids Craft from Recycled Boxes: Kids Craft #89

    Dinosaur Kids Craft from Recycled Boxes
    Crafts for all abilities!   
    for Ages 3 Years and Up (with adult assistance)    
    Our dinosaur named "Little Foot" after the movie character.

    Supplies Needed:
    • Masking Tape
    • 1 Empty Box Macaroni or similar size
    • 3 Paper Towel Tubes
    • Blue Paint (or whatever color dinosaur you prefer)
    • Egg Shaped Foam
    • Googly Eyes
    • Foam Paper in Blue (or whatever color dinosaur you prefer)
    • Scissors
    • 1 Foam Paint Brush
    • 1 Craft Bowl (for glue)
    • Sharpie Pen
    • Black Construction Paper
    • Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
    Time Needed 
    This project took us a while because my kids wanted to play with it before it was even painted and then didn't want to give it back to paint it and let dry!
    • To Build the Dinosaur: 1/2 hour - 45 minutes
      Painting the Dinosaur: 1/2 hour + drying time
      Completing the Dinosaur: 15 minutes + drying time
    What To Do
    1. Using the paper towel tube as the neck of the dinosaur, press it into the foam egg (head). Use masking tape to secure the pieces together if you need to.
    2. Put the macaroni box on its side horizontally and cut a hole in it about 1/2 inch from one end (see photo below for position). Place neck into the hole and secure with masking tape.

    3. ADULT: Create the tail.
      • Cut about 7 inches off a paper towel tube. 
      • Cut a slit about 4 inches long on one end of the tube. Make the same cut on the other side of the tube in the opposite location. 
      • Now cut it so that the last 4 inches of the tube look like a "V" shape (see photo below). 
      • Use masking tape to wrap the cut end of the tail.

    4. Put a hole in the box and insert the tail. Use masking tape to secure the tail to the box.
    5. For the legs...

      We made only 2 legs but my children keep telling me that it needs 4. The size of our box won't allow 4 legs. I tell them it's the dinosaur's profile, but they aren't buying it! Make any number of legs you would like.

      • ADULT: Cut 2 pieces (for 2 legs) of cardboard tube about 4 inches long.
      • Poke 2 holes in the box where the legs would go.
      • Insert Legs and use masking tape to secure. 
    6. Cut 2 feet from your foam paper and glue or tape to the legs.
    7. Pour blue paint into a craft bowl.
    8. Use a foam brush to paint the entire dinosaur.
      HINT: Paint the foam head using a dabbing method or it will get crumbly.

    9. Let dry completely.
    10. Use a 2nd coat of paint if necessary. I used Crayola paint and was very disappointed by the coverage. Both the Alex and Melissa & Doug poster paints provide much better coverage but I was completely out of blue in both of them! Unfortunately, my kids couldn't wait to play with "Little Foot" so he hasn't gotten his 2nd needed coat of paint.
    11. Glue googly eyes and construction paper smile onto the dinosaur. If you feel confident in your Sharpie skills you can use the Sharpie pen for the smile as well as the 2 dots for his nose.

    12. Let dry completely.
    13. ENJOY! You're done!
    14. 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.

      For Older Children
      Older children will enjoy this project as is.

      Featured Book
      "The Land Before Time" by Molly Goode is the book version of the movie by the same title. Little Foot needs to get to The Great Valley! Dinosaurs are running out of food and need to find a place
      where food is plentiful. Along the way, Little Foot makes new friends, escapes the dangerous jaws of Sharp Tooth, and has many other exciting adventures. Perfect for any dinosaur lover!


      Featured Toy
      Dinosaur Dawn 24 pc Floor Puzzle
      *Now ON SALE: $10.39
      price is subject to change

      Check out these FREE DINOSAUR 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. 

      Saturday, April 23, 2011

      Toddler & Preschool Easter Egg Pipe Cleaner Craft: Project #88

      Toddler & Preschool Easter Egg Pipe Cleaner Craft
      Easter Crafts for all abilities!   
      for Ages 3 Years and Up    
      Easter Egg from Pipe Cleaners and Foam Egg! Looks "eggsellent!"
      Supplies Needed
      • Different Colored Pipe Cleaners
      • Foam Egg
      • Scissors (optional)
      Time Needed
      • 15 Minutes
      What To Do
      For smaller children (2-3 years) you may want to cut the pipe cleaners into 4 inch pieces.
      1. Take a pipecleaner and poke one end it into the egg (about 1/4 inch). Wrap it across the egg and poke the other end into the egg.
      2. Continue poking pipe cleaners into the egg until it's colorfully covered!
      3. OPTIONAL: Tie a string or piece of yarn to the egg and hang several from the ceiling for a festive Easter decoration.
      4. ENJOY! You're done!
      5. 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.

        Toddler Egg Fun!

      Thursday, April 21, 2011

      Personality Photo Contest Update: GRAND PRIZE CO-WINNERS!!

      posted on Facebook by GummyLump.com on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 11:49am
      see all entries here
       
      Here are the Grand Prize Co-Winners!!
      • Submitted by Christina Graham: PUDDLE JUMPER!
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      Congratulations! Each of you has won a Trunki Kids Suitcase (your choice of color), matching Saddlebag, and Stickers!
       
       
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