Thursday, February 25, 2016

Leap Year

It's a leap year!  What other fun way to celebrate than with a leap frog craft.  I probably do more handprint activities than what some moms would like because hands are typically challenging with little ones.  JP has been pretty good with them because when he was young and we would color or use the magna-doodle toy I'm not much of an original artist so I'd trace his hand.  I can copy but to just draw something off the top of my head is not really my forte.  After a while he thought it was fun so even before he was 1 he would put his hand on the paper and take the crayon and try to trace his hand.  It was 1 or 2 lines between his fingers but he understood what he was supposed to be doing.

After helping others with handprint crafts now I have come to realize that it's not typical for a young child to keep their hand still.

Tracing isn't too bad, no messy paint and you can fold the paper in half after you've traced 1 so you get 2 of them.  

For this project you will need the following supplies:
-Green paper
-White paper
-Markers
-Pencil
-Scissors
-Something to cut circles and ovals
-Adhesive





I pre-cut circles and ovals using my Creative Memories circle and oval templates.  I love Creative Memories!

Start by tracing the hands.  You can trace 1 and then fold the paper to cut out 2 if the kids don't sit still for that part.




Next color the eyes.  I glued the eyes first and found it would have been better to color them first so you don't get marker on the head or see a little white space.  You can see in the picture what I'm referring to.  It's just my OCD when it comes to things like that and sharing my lessons learned with you!

Now you can assemble and add the nose, mouth and any personal information.





This is the closest thing I could get with JP and his project.  He kept wanting to turn it so he could see it.  Oh, the challenge of getting the perfect picture with a toddler!

  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pinecone Bird Feeder

All kids need to be exposed to different textures and not just 1 time.  I remember the first time JP felt grass, he'd army crawl off of the blanket and touch it and didn't know what to do about it.  If you sat him in it he would lift 1 leg up so it wasn't touching and try to lift the 2nd leg up.  He'd look at you like what on earth are you doing to me.  It was new for him so he had to learn.  It's like that with all textures...sand, stickers etc.  I try to incorporate some of that into our weekly activities with the kids.

I also try to do the craft ahead of time with JP.  One reason is to make sure it's going to work ok and I have all of the supplies but another reason is so that I can help the other moms do it and not try and get one done with him.

I had some pinecones leftover from another activity I did with a different group of moms/kids so I was looking for ways to use them up.

What you'll need:
-Pinecones
-Peanut Butter
-Birdseed
-Fishing line (or something to hang it with)
-Spoon
-Scissors
-Something to cover your work area


Start by scooping the peanut butter and using the spoon to push it into all of the crevices of the pinecone.  





Once you have it covered in peanut butter roll it around in the seed.  You can see that this is going to be messy.  It's hard for them to leave the seed alone and in the bowl!








After you have the seed all done then you can attach the string.  I just tied it to the top row/point of the cone.  Some other moms thought it would be easier to put the string on before you start with the peanut butter.  I am a little ocd when it comes to some things so I think if you had the string on you'd get peanut butter on it.  It's your call, but those are some options for you!!



We hung ours on small bushes outside the front window so JP could see it.  We didn't see any activity that day but the next morning the whole thing was gone.  Nothing on the ground, it was just gone.  We did a couple more and the same thing happened.  They were both gone one night.  We live at a dead end next to a field and have wildlife.  There are hawks and owls that hunt the field, opossum, squirrels, coyote and who knows what else so one of them found some food for the winter.

Reindeer Handprint Craft

I am the playgroup coordinator for my Fit4Mom group.  Once a week after our Stroller Strides class I have a brief activity that we do with the kids.  It's been fun!

This post is a little late since it was a craft we did right before Christmas but I'll get caught up someday.  I don't have step by step pictures but it wasn't difficult (in theory).  JP is older now so if I say leave your hand open he will.  If you have a baby, 2 people might make it easier to manage when it comes to getting handprints.

I've found it's best to paint their hand instead of trying to dip it.  You can get a nice even coating and in all of the right spots.

You'll need:
-Craft paper
-Paint
-Markers/pens
-Fuzzy balls (small and red if you want Rudolf)
-String or pipe-cleaners for hanging
-Hole punch
-Glue

Start by making a handprint on a solid colored piece of paper.  Let it dry and then you add the little embellishments for the tail, hooves, antlers, eye and nose with the markers.





Cut out the handprint using the handprint shape as a guide.  Next adhere the print to a patterned piece of paper and again, cut out the shape.

Now you can glue the nose on.  I added the nose before all of the cutting and found it difficult, it was sticking up in the way so it's just easier to add it last.

Finally, you can punch your hole and add your hanger.