Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Camping and Vacationing as Your Family Grows

Written by Melanie from A Year of Jubilee Reviews for GummyLump.com 

There seems to be a natural progression in camping with children. As a young couple with only one small child we were able to squeeze into a small pup tent, cook on the open fire, enjoy the nature walks all while being oblivious to the bugs, humidity and lack of sleep!! Ah, to be young again. 
Tips for Camping with Kids and Family


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Educational Activity Blogger: Making Picnics Special

Written by Vicky from MessforLess.net for GummyLump.com
for ages 2 and up with Adult Participation & Supervision

I love any excuse for a picnic. What is better that being outdoors and sharing good food with loved ones? Melissa & Doug have come up with a way to make picnicking with little ones easy. Check out the Bella Butterfly Picnic Set which is perfect for little hands. It is brightly colored and has a happy butterfly on one of the top flaps.

Bella Butterfly Picnic Set for Kids

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Educational Activity: Outdoor Fun For The Birds

Written by Melanie from A Year of Jubilee Reviews for GummyLump.com



Our move to Kentucky midyear put us behind schedule in our homeschooling for the term, at least in what this Mom wanted to see accomplished. I want to continue our studies a few days a week into the summer. Any more than that and I think there may be a mutiny! I don’t want the kids to miss the beautiful summer by being cooped up inside either though. So why not incorporate some of our learning into outdoor fun!

With the move just 3 hours south, I have still noticed several birds that I don’t recognize, birds that I hadn’t seen on our farm in Ohio. Bird watching is a global hobby enjoyed by all ages. A perfect outdoor fun project with learning and science in the mix!
 
Brainstorming with the kids we came up with some things we need/want for our bird watching adventure:

Monday, July 9, 2012

Crafty Blogger: Build Your Own Ice Cream Truck Craft for Kids

by Melinda from LookWhatMomFound...and Dad too! for Gummylump.com
for Ages 4 years and up with adult supervision and help

Our neighborhood is not just small---it's secluded. We never see an ice cream truck drive through ringing its bell and dishing out yummy treats. So, we made our own! ~Melinda
I saved about 2 weeks worth of cardboard boxes making sure they didn't cut up and tossed in the recycling. The kids and I spent about an hour putting together our own version of the Ice Cream man right in our own garage.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Educational Activity Blogger: Creative Sand Play


Written by Vicky from MessforLess.net for GummyLump.com
for ages 3 and up with Adult Participation & Supervision

Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set by Melissa & Doug

With summer nearly here, my kids are starting to want to spend a lot of time outside in the sunshine. My kids have been having a ball in the great outdoors with some fun Sunny Patch Sand Toys by Melissa & Doug. Whether outdoors to you means the beach, the park or your own backyard, these toys will help keep your little ones having fun in the sun. Just make sure to lather on that sun screen!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Educational Activity: Sensory Fun - Exploring Ice & Water with Preschoolers

by Samantha from LittleHandsBigWork.com

for children ages 3 years and up with Adult Participation



 
"Fill a baby pool or sensory tub with different size and shape ice cubes and let your kids explore eith their senses! They can practice motor skills too by spraying, watering and scooping!" ~Samantha

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Crafty Blogger: Beach Ball Craft for Preschoolers

by Amanda from Crafts-N-Things for Children for GummyLump.com
for Ages 1 year and up with Adult Participation and Supervision

This is a great craft for preschoolers to practice staying inbetween the lines and making decisions. It is also a fun craft for toddlers to practice color recognition. ~ Amanda
Beach Ball Preschooler Craft from Gummy Lump

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sandpaper & Felt Traveling Art Board Craft for Preschoolers


Written by Natalie from SippyCupMom.com for GummyLump.com
for Ages 4+ with Adult Participation and Supervision

Your child will have all they need to create imaginative pictures and creative stories using their Sandpaper & Felt Traveling Art Board!
 
Sandpaper & Felt Traveling Art Board

Summer is just around the corner and for many families this means travel! There are plenty of ways to keep your kids busy, but if you want one that encourages creativity and imagination, help them make a Sandpaper & Felt Traveling Art Board! 

Supplies Needed: 
Time Needed:  
  • 10 minutes plus painting and drying time
Instructions: 
  1. Have your kids paint the box; let them go wild! I reused a box that had many dark colors on it. These were covered completely in just two coats of the Poster Paint. Let dry between coats.
  2. Cut sandpaper to fit inside one side of the box.
  3. ADULT: Glue sandpaper using hot glue gun to one inner side of the decorated box.
  4. Cut felt in various shapes and sizes. I did some geometric shapes and some hearts, birds, butterflies, etc. 
  5. When finished, enclose all of your felt shapes within the box and your Traveling Art Board is ready to go on the road!



Your child will have all they need to create imaginative pictures and creative stories using their custom made shapes. If they are really into bugs, make them some ants, butterflies or ladybug parts. Do you have a child that loves fashion? Cut-out skirts, shirts and shoes to mix and match. The options are endless!


I love crafting, scrapbooking, drawing, jewelry making, soap making and cake decorating. And now I have three silly little helpers to assist in these projects! My oldest is a bubbly, artistic girl, the middle child is a sweet little boy who draws rocket ships and race cars and the youngest divides her time between actually coloring and attempting to eat the crayons!  I share my fun crafting adventures on the Sippy Cup Mom blog in my "Make It Pretty Wednesdays" segment. In addition to this, we write about life with kids, travel, reviews, giveaways and much more!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Red Eyed Tree Frog Craft for Kids: Project #104

Red Eyed Tree Frog Craft for Kids
Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    
 
Supplies Needed
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Green Poster Paint
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Stick Glue, White Glue, or Double Sided Tape
  • Orange or Red Crayon
  • Scissors
  • 2 Red Googly Eyes
Time Needed
  • 15-30 Minutes plus drying time.
What To Do
  1. Paint one side of the paper plate with green paint.
  2. Draw 2 arms and 2 legs onto the green construction paper.
  3. Color in the hands/feet with red or orange crayon.

  4. Cut out arms and legs.
    HINT: If your child is going to play with this project, I suggest cutting out the toes as one big circle so it doesn't easily tear.
  5. Attach the arms and legs to your frog with glue or tape.
  6. Add red googly eyes to paper plate with glue or tape.

  7. Draw a mouth for your froggie.
  8. ENJOY! You're done! Play!
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!
 
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This bright green Froggy face ball will encourage everyone to hop into good times in your backyard or on the playground! Made of durable rubber, this ball is ideal for early catching and kicking games. 
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Painted Doily Flowers Kids Craft: Project #102

Painted Doily Flowers Kids Craft
Preschool Crafts For All Abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up  
 

Supplies Needed:
Time Needed:  
  • 15 Minutes Plus Drying Time
What To Do:
  1. Paint a doily with a large paintbrush by dabbing the tip of the brush onto the doily. Use more than one color for some fun! Let dry.
  2. From construction paper cut out 2 leaves and a stem for your flower.
    We used the leaves we had leftover from another paper flowers craft.
  3. When doily is dry use double sided tape or a glue stick to adhere the flower to a piece of construction paper.
  4. Add the stem and leaves using either double sided tape or a glue stick.
  5. ENJOY! You're done!
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 Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project as is.  
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A familiar friend with a fresh new twist! Paint the scenes according to the color key, then glue the wooden pieces to form a 3-D display. Great for party favors or activities, or just a rainy day! More...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Confetti Flowers with Bling Craft for Kids: Project #101

Confetti Flowers with Bling Craft for Kids
Preschool Crafts For All Abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up   


Supplies Needed:
Time Needed:  
  • up to 30 Minutes
What To Do:
  1. Make the confetti by using your scrap construction paper. Just cut multiple colors of construction paper into smallish bits of any shape. They do not have to be uniform and a child can help with this using safety scissors.
  2. From a piece of foam paper cut out the shape of a flower.
  3. Peel away the backing to expose the sticky area.
  4. Pour some confetti over the sticky area and press down firmly to make sure it sticks. Lift up flower over a container to save the leftovers.
  5. Cut out a circle and use white glue to put in the middle of your flower.

  6. Put a liberal amount of white glue over that circle and add your craft gems.


     
  7. Let dry completely.

  8. ENJOY! You're done! Make some more and hang them on the wall or frame one and give as a gift!

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


This project is especially good for exercising small motor skills. The paper cutting and the placement of gems both require precise finger movements.
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A pocket-sized wooden mirror with lots of sparkly stickers, "gems" and glitter glue are included for you to add your personal fashion statement. Decorated on both sides, this is your way to put "your best face forward"! A wonderful rainy day craft project. Makes a great party favor too! More...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Beautiful Paper Flowers Craft for Kids: Project #100

Beautiful Paper Flowers Craft for Kids
Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    



Supplies Needed:
Time Needed:  
  • 15-30 Minutes
What To Do:
  1. ADULT: Stack the construction paper and then cut out the following shapes: large circle (about 4" across), small circle (about 2" across), stem, and leaf. Also cut out several petals - you'll want many more of these than the other shapes.
    IMPORTANT: Save your scraps of paper for the next project! We'll be needing some construction paper confetti!
  2. Tape the shapes onto a piece of construction paper to create flowers of varying colors!
    HINT: You can make cards & wall art very simply this way and they look beautiful!

  3. ENJOY! You're done! Make some more flowers!
    HINT: You can do this same project with butterflies!
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. 
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