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Leap Year

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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…

Pinecone Bird Feeder

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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 so…

Reindeer Handprint Craft

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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.