Friday, March 30, 2012

Easter Eggs Hiding in the Grass: Spring & Easter Preschool Crafts for Kids Project #63

Easter Eggs Hiding in the Grass
Spring & Easter Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up
Our completed Easter Eggs hiding in the grass.
I love our spaghetti grass!

Textured Easter Eggs Sensory Art! Kids Easter & Spring Crafts Project #67

Textured Easter Eggs Sensory Art
Easter & Spring Crafts for Kids of all Abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    
Textured Easter Eggs Sensory Art!
Beautiful vibrant colors and interesting textures make this Easter craft a sensory dream come true!
Supplies Needed:
  • Colored Cotton Balls or Pom Poms
  • White Glue 
  • Double Sided Tape
  • 2  Sheets Yellow Construction Paper or Foam Paper
  • Buttons in Different Colors & Sizes
  • 6 Pipe Cleaners, 2 in each of 3 colors
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed:  
  • 15-30 Minutes for each textured egg craft plus drying time
What To Do:
  •  Colored Cotton Ball Textured Egg:
  1. Print egg template and cut out 3 eggs from construction paper or foam paper. You only need to use the egg shape from the template.
    Photo of Egg Template. Print from Link
  2. The foam paper we used had an adhesive back so we used the sticky side to attach the colored cotton balls. If you aren't using that, apply glue or double sided tape to the first egg.
    Adhesive back on our foam sheet revealed. Use double sided
    tape or glue if you are using a different item.
    Attach colored cotton balls in any way you like!
    Ahh! Beautiful, Soft, & Fun to Touch!
  3. Attach the colored cotton to the egg.
  4. Let dry completely, if necessary.
    My son approves :)
  • Button Textured Easter Egg:
  1. The foam paper we used had an adhesive back so we used the sticky side to attach the buttons. If you aren't using that, apply glue or double sided tape to the second egg.
  2. Sort buttons by color if you want your egg to look similar to ours.
    This is something my kids really enjoy. The feel, sound, and sight of the
    buttons is irresistible to them!
  3. Attach buttons to the egg.
    We peeled back the adhesive a little at a time because
    it was very strong and we were getting stuck to it!
  4. Let dry completely, if necessary.
    LOVE IT! Beautiful!
  • Pipe Cleaner Textured Easter Egg: 
  1. Wrap a pipe cleaner around a pen or your finger.

  2. Remove pipe cleaner. It should be squiggly.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all pipe cleaners (6).
  4. The foam paper we used had an adhesive back so we used the sticky side to attach the pipe cleaners. Apply double sided tape to your last egg.
    HINT: I also did this without the sticky back foam and it worked best using double sided tape and NOT glue if you have it.
  5. Stretch or compress the squiggly pipe cleaner so it will fit the width of the egg where you are placing it.
  6. Press flat to attach to the egg.
  7. Repeat until all pipe cleaners are used and egg is covered.
  8. Let dry completely, if necessary.
  • Put it all together!
  1. Use double sided tape or white glue to attach all 3 eggs to a sheet of construction paper or sheet of foam paper.
  2. Let dry completely, if necessary. 
  3. Hang with pride and admire! Go ahead and touch it!
  4. 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.

    Looking Fantastic Together! Great to look at and touch!
I'm soft and colorful!
Beautiful, colorful, shiny, hard, and both smooth & bumpy!
I'm fuzzy, soft, bright and flexible!
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 enjoys sensory activities let him really get involved with the different supplies and encourage him to touch, sort, and handle them.
 
For Older Children: An older child will enjoy this project as is.




FEATURED BOOK
A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Happy Snappy Easter Egg Hunt" By Derek Matthews. Each page features bright artwork and a pop-up of a different creature, including a rooster on a rooftop, a butterfly, a duck swimming down the riverside, a skipping lamb, and all the Easter bunnies. Happy Snappy Easter Egg Hunt makes a sweet bedtime book and an ideal Easter basket stuffer. The "Snappy" books are immensely popular with the 3-5 year old crowd because of their fun graphics and pop-up fun!

Check out these FREE Easter Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!

Play An Egg Matching Game! Cut out 12 pair of eggs from construction paper, using several different colors. Then, make 12 exact matches (from the 24 eggs) using patterns, hole punches, dots, letters of the alphabet, or numbers.
  • To Play
    Age 3 and up
    1. Place 18 eggs face up in a grid pattern (3 rows of 6 eggs)
    2. Put the rest of the eggs aside for now
    3. Player 1: Looks for a match on the board and takes those eggs
    4. Player 2 does the same. 
    5. This play continues until a player can not find a match. When this happens a card is taken from the remaining 6 eggs and turned over on the board.
    6. Game is over when all matches are made.
      TO PLAY COMPETITIVELY: Winner is the player with the most eggs at the end.
      TO PLAY COOPERATIVELY:
      Place all eggs face up between the players. Race instead of taking turns and both players try to gather up the egg pairs as quickly as possible. Set a timer for 3-5 minutes and together see if you can beat the timer!
PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.    

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pot o' Gold at the End of the Rainbow Craft

This St. Patrick's Day craft for kids is brought to you by our Blog Ambassador, Melinda, from LookWhatMomFound. Enjoy this art project with your child while building skills (and bonds) that will last a lifetime.


Pot o'Gold at the End of the Rainbow

for Ages 3 Years and Up with Adult Participation and Supervision  




Supplies Needed:
  • A cup, bowl or other open container to fill with “gold”
  • Black paper
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue & tape
  • 2 Cotton balls
  • Crayons, pencils or markers
  • Gold wrapped candy or gold wrappers or “gold” coins cut from paper
Time Needed:  
  • 15 Minutes
What To Do:
This project is easy to alter to allow any child, any ability to participate.  Cutting can be done by an adult, tracing out the rainbow shape and stripes can be done in advance, "coins" can be punched or cut with supervision.

General Instructions:

Wrap your container with black paper to resemble a pot, secure with tape. Have your child color the rainbow on white paper.  For younger children, draw out the rainbow stripes and arrange crayons in the correct order.

ROYGBIV(red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet)

Cut out the rainbow, apply glue at the top of the rainbow, gently press pulled apart cotton balls for the clouds.  Tape the rainbow to the inside of the cup then fill with “gold”.  




Our Rolos candies weren’t individually wrapped so we ate the candy but used the large wrappers to stuff the pot as our gold.  Any candy with gold wrappers or gold paper circles will work perfectly.

Don't Forget to Take a photo of your finished project and share it with us on the GummyLump Facebook Fan Page!

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.  

Kids Art Supplies   

A Great Big Welcome to Our First Blog Ambassador of 2012!


We are so happy to announce that Melinda from LookWhatMomFound.com is our first Blog Ambassador of 2012! We are big fans of Melinda and her blog (and let's not forget her husband...and Dad too)! Melinda will be guest-blogging for us, sharing fun & easy arts and crafts projects for kids! Join us in welcoming her:

ABOUT MELINDA
Melinda is half of the mom-and-dad blogging team from 
LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! Over four years ago, Melinda left the corporate world to focus on raising her children. Fifteen years of parenting three children has provided her with many experiences that she uses to educate her family on morals, ethics, and the difference between right and wrong. 

While she believes academics are very important, she holds fast to the idea that an education goes beyond books and grades. Melinda strives to raise children with good hearts, strong principles, and a foundation built on love and respect for others.


Follow Melinda on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

St Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids


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 

Visit GummyLump.com for Kids Art Supplies 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"The Tiny Seed" By Eric Carle Inspired Kids Craft - Sensory Tree: Project #78

"The Tiny Seed" Sensory Tree - Eric Carle Inspired Kids Craft
Preschool Crafts for Kids of all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    
"The Tiny Seed" Inspired Sensory Tree from the Eric Carle Scene below!



See Video of "The Tiny Seed"



Supplies Needed:
  • Colored Lentils - red and green
  • White Glue
  • Brown Paint
  • Green Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Craft Bowl
  • 1 Sheet of Foam Paper
  • Newspaper or Aluminum Foil To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed:  
  • up to 30 Minutes plus drying time
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 ! 

What To Do:
  1. Pour some white glue in a bowl along with brown poster paint and mix together.

  2. On your sheet of foam paper paint a tree trunk with some branches.
  3. Pour red lentils over the painted area. Press down firmly and wait 30 seconds.

  4. Lift foam sheet to allow excess lentils to fall off. Pour them back into a plastic bag or container for reuse.

  5. Pour green paint into your craft bowl and add some glue. Mix together.
  6. Paint the leafy treetop onto your tree by painting the green between and around the branches. Also dab a little glue and/or paint away from the tree. Those are the seeds!

  7. Pour green lentils over the foam sheet. Press down firmly and wait 30 seconds.



  8. Let dry completely.
  9. ENJOY! You're done! Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall, or on the wall near your favorite place to read "The Tiny Seed".



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 !  

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. Any amount of branches is fine.

Some children will really enjoy playing with the lentils! Let them have a good time with a bucket (or baking pan) a spoon or shovel and some containers!
For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project.

FEATURED BOOK:
This craft for kids was inspired by Eric Carle's "The Tiny Seed". I really enjoy reading this book to my children. I like how the tiny seed makes it against all odds and finally becomes a beautiful and giant flower. It reminds me of my own kids who were born as preemies are now super big and strong. "The Tiny Seed" has simple text, fantastic illustrations (doh!), great information about how seeds become plants, reference to the changing seasons and so much more! Like all of Eric Carle's books, this one is a treasure and your children will enjoy following the plight of the tiny seed who eventually escapes all the perils to become a wonderful, special flower! Not just about the life cycle of flowers, but a bigger message about how the tiny are anything but insignificant!

FEATURED TOY
Tootle Turtle Gardening Tote

The Tootle Turtle Tote Set is an adorable tote bag with a cute turtle's face on the front. This tote set stores your inspiring gardeners tools and includes a Trowel, Cultivator, and Spray Bottle! Part of the Sunny Patch Collection of toys.

Sunny Patch is an imaginative world filled with whimsical, adorable characters boys and girls will love. With their Sunny Patch friends to help guide them, children are inspired to learn about and appreciate all living things. The Sunny Patch brand has been thoughtfully designed to encourage kids and families to find new and enjoyable ways of exploring their world together, while bringing a spirit of playfulness to everyday activities.  


PLANT A SPRING GARDEN!


Watch Video of "The Tiny Seed"

Check out these FREE Flower Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!

Plant some seeds! Marigolds, lima beans, and grass all grow very quickly and can be planted indoors or out!


ACTIVITY:
A fun activity to do with this craft is to make 2 flowers: 1 small and 1 big. Use the Eric Carle Tissue Paper Method to paint the tissue paper for the flowers. Once it's dry cut out the 2 flowers and tape onto a piece of construction paper. Use crayons or markers to add leaves and a stem. In the center of the small flower have your child tape a baby picture of himself (or a sonogram photo). Inside the big one have him put a recent photo of himself!

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

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