Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Hand Print Craft

Toddler, Pre-K, K

Isn't this the sweetest! Super easy to do, and whom ever you give it to will surely love it!!

To make this craft you will need:
  • Red paint
  • Construction paper
  • One pair of adorable hands
Simply paint press your child's hand (either one) on the paper at a slight angle. Clean that hand up and paint the other one. Turn the paper so it is easier for you and your child. Line up the fingers with the last set and turn their hand to an angle. Simple heart!

I added a heart outline to mine since his hands are so small and it may not have been apparent that it was a heart. And, I love to add simple rhymes to the paper as well.

Happy Valentine's Day!

**Don't forget that date at the bottom!!**

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Candy Airplanes

Mommy Craft

It was a late night as I finished these up for Gracie's first grade classroom tomorrow--but they were so worth it! I am thrilled at how darling they came out.

This idea was a Family Fun idea, and was pretty simple to put together.

To make this craft you will need:
  • Smarties candy
  • Lifesavers candy (of any kind)
  • sticks of gum (any kind/flavor)
  • Small-Med sized rubber bands
I got the assorted bag of rubber bands from Walmart for $.98 and found plenty of the perfect size.

First, unwrap your lifesavers. Leave everything else in their packages! Pick two lifesavers, these are your wheels. Thread the rubber band through both wheels. Hang on to the ends--don't let go. Now, carefully place a Smarties candy in between the "wheels" and on top of the rubber band. You haven't let go of the ends have you?! Now, open the end of one rubber band and slip through on end of your piece of gum Once that is secure, stretch the other loop of rubber band over the other end of the gum.

Ta da! The rubber band is a bit tricky, but you will get the hang of it in no time.

I actually found this idea on one of my craft blogs after GiversLog offered a free printable to go at the end of the airplanes. These totally make for the complete package!

You can find the free printable here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Heart Animals

Toddler, Pre-K, K, 6+

Now that I just told you about DLTK kids, you will see all the fun heart animals you can make!

There are plenty of boy-friendly ones including a snake, dog and this too cute snail!!

Follow the link and the instructions to make your heart-animal!

Boy-Friendly Animals:


Squeeze Me!

Toddler, Pre-K, K

Most of us crafty stay at home moms know all about DLTK kids, and if you don't go there now and check out all of their fun things!

Well, they added a new Valentine craft this year--an octopus! Another great boy friendly Valentine idea!

Well, I love the idea, but I have to admit I wasn't a huge fan of the octopus. So, I found my own. You are welcome to use it, or the one they have on their site.

To make this craft you will need:
  • Octopus printable (mine or theirs)
  • Crayons/markers
  • Construction paper (scrap will do fine, you just need a little)
  • Permanent marker
  • Glue stick
If you print out my octopus, you will just need your child to color him/her. I put mine on a piece of blue construction paper to make it look like it was in the ocean--but that is optional. If you use their printout--you will need to assemble your octopus.

Once you have assembled, or colored, cut out 8 small paper hearts. (If you use their template, it is provided in the printout). Write the letters I, L, O, V, E, Y, O, U--one on each heart. There are 8 letters to spell "I Love You" and the octopus has 8 tentacles.

How cute!!

I Love "Ewe"

Toddler, Pre-K, K

This was such a darling idea! And boy friendly too! Plus, mommy is missing her Strasburg Ram home so much--it fit in perfectly.

Now, my toddler was too young to make this by himself, and I am all for printable as a base. So, I found a site that let me use a clip art image of a sheep and add my own text! how cool is that.

To make this craft you will need:
  • Printable
  • Crayons/markers
  • Cotton Balls
  • White glue (do not try to use glue stick!)
I had my toddler color his page first, and then we added the glue (he helped--a lot!). I started with whole cotton balls, but quickly realized they were too big. So, I pulled the cotton apart in sections and it came out just as cute and fleecy.

Click to enlarge the printable and save or print or however you best do it.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mommy Crafts A....

Felt Valentine Tic Tac Toe Game

Gracie loved this game that made for her this week. It was my first attempt at bean bags, and I have to say they came out pretty well. I used two different colored felts for the hearts and filled them with dry beans. I was going to sew a tic-tac-toe board, but with Gracie having the flu most of the week--time was seriously limited. So, I opted for a large piece of paper.

Love Bugs

Toddler*, Pre-K, K, 6+

***Note: I made mine with my toddler, but I did most of the work. My 6 year old needed a bot of help, but mostly did it alone.***

I know this craft has been done before, but I put a new spin on it. :)

To make this craft you will need:
  • Wooden clothespins
  • White Glue
  • Pom Pom's
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Construction paper (optional)
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Magnet strips (optional)
I got my pom poms and clothespins at the Dollar Store. My idea was to alternate between red and pink, but my daughter decided she wanted all sorts of colors. And, then I added in green for my son. So, really let your kids make their own love bugs.

Four small pom poms will fit nicely on the clothespin, but I wanted my bugs to look "fuller" so I squeezed 5 on. If you want your kids to do this alone, tell them 4! You really have to squish and be patient with 5. Spread glue generously over the top of your clothes pin and add the pom poms one by one.

When that dries you can cut a small portion of pipe cleaner and fold it into a "v" shape and glue in between pom poms 1 and 2.

My bugs really need eyes, but I didn't have small googly eyes left, so the next time I head back to the Dollar Store I am going to pick some up and we will finish these little bugs off.

I also added small construction paper hearts to the top of their antennae, and I used magnet strips and glued them to the bottom of the bugs so they could go on the fridge.

These would make great gifts. They just need a note in their pins saying something like "you've been bitten by the love bug." That is still at thought of mine, but right now they are all happy together on the fridge (well, as happy as you can be without eyes :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Birthday Rhymes & Fingerplays

Toddler, Pre-K, K
I was so thrilled when I found this great list of birthday-themed finger plays and songs!

The Birthday Child
By Rose Fyleman

Everything's been different,
All the day long.
Lovely things have happened,
Nothing has gone wrong.
Nobody has scolded me,
Everyone has smiled.
Isn't it delicious
To be a birthday child?

Happy Birthday

I've got a lot of presents
that I'd like to give to you.
I'll give you all my Brussels sprouts
and all my liver too.

I'll give you all my gym socks
when they really start to stink.
I'll give you all my pens when
they are running out of ink.

I'll give you all my broken toys
and empty jars of paste.
I'll give you all my bubble gum
that's chewed and lost its taste.

I'll give you all the dust balls that
I found beneath my bed.
I'll give you all my batteries
as soon as they are dead.

So have a happy birthday,
you're a special friend indeed,
and please accept this trashcan
full of stuff that I don't need.

Copyright © 1999, Kenn Nesbitt

The Wish
By Ann Friday

Each birthday wish
I've ever made
Really does come true.
Each year I wish
I'll grow some more
And every year

by John Archambault

Glory may
I like today.
Today, today
I like today.
No other day's
quite like today,
Not tomorrow
or yesterday.
I like today
In every way.
Today, today,
My birthday!

The Birthday Cake

Today is my birthday.
I think I'll make a cake.
Mix and stir, stir and mix,
Then into the oven to bake.

Here's the cake so nice and round,
I'll put icing on so white.
I'll put on all the candles
To make my birthday bright!

Happy birthday to me!

Happy Birthday!

Today's the day
We get to say
We're happy you were born.

The Birthday Cow

Happy Mooday to you,
Happy Mooday to you.
Happy Mooday
Dear Yooday,
Happy Mooday to you!

A Great Birthday Poem/Rhyme for a turning six year old!

When I was one
I had just begun.
When I was two
I was nearly new.
When I was three
I was hardly me.
When I was four
I was not much more.
When I was five
I was just alive.
But now I am six
I'm as clever as clever,
I think I'll stay six
Forever and ever.

A Great Birthday Poem/Rhyme for a turning five year old!

I'm not exactly big,
And I'm not exactly little,
But being Five is best of all
Because it's in the middle.
A person likes to ride his bike
Around the block a lot,
And being Five is big enough
And being Four is not.
And then he likes to settle down
And suck his thumb a bit,
And being Five is small enough,
But when you're Six you quit.
I've thought about it in my mind -
Being Five, I mean -
And why I like it best of all
Is 'cause it's In Between.

Birthday Printables

Toddler, Pre-K, K, 6+ Up
I didn't find many, but I really enjoyed the ones I did find. If you would like to use them as well, here's how to get them...

Crayola Birthday Cake
"B" Is For Birthday
Other Coloring Pages
Birthday Cut & Paste Activity
Birthday Crown!

Birthday Prints

Toddler, Pre-K, K

You have the paint out still, so make some prints for a keepsake.

To make this craft you will need:
  • Paint
  • A Birthday Hand
  • A Birthday Foot
Don't forget to add the date and your child's name. And if you are looking for a good way to keep these hand and feet prints, scroll up and see the printable birthday book I created.

Birthday Cake (Cupcake) Hand Print Idea

Toddler, Pre-K, K

Okay, not only were there VERY few birthday printables and craft ideas--I didn't find any hand print ideas--and I love to do things with hand prints.

So, I made one up, and I LOVE it!!

To make this craft you will need:
  • Your child's favorite color paint
  • White paint OR another favorite color paint
  • Yellow Paint
  • Construction paper
I already had white paper out before I thought about I used a coordinating color blue for my candles. If you think ahead and use a color peice of paper, white would look great for your candles.


Paint the palm of your child's hand their favorite color--DO NOT paint their fingers yet. Now, paint how ever many years they are turning fingers white (or the other favorite color)--leaving the tips of their fingers clean! Now, paint the tips yellow.

Press their hands down at once, don't try to do this in steps or you will likely find a smudged cake.


I think I get an extra sticker for creativity on this one :)

Birthday Theme

Today is my toddler's SECOND Birthday, and I wanted to do fun things with him today to help celebrate. I was sad (and frustrated) to find so few activities out there for kids. Most children have parties and such on the weekend before or following their birthdays, but what about their day of celebration?! I found a few fun things, and made up some of my own. So, join us in wishing Thomas a happy 2nd Birthday--and remember these activities for when your child is celebrating. You can make it a week-long event!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mommy Crafts A....

Love Banner

I don't think it looked as nice as the idea I found as I was circling through my favorite craft blogs. But, it adds some heart-felt color to the room. :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groundhog Egg Carton Craft

Toddler, Pre-K, K, 6 & Up

I found this idea and thought it was super cute! I made it for my toddler--but I let him paint the egg carton. An older child could do the entire craft themselves, but if you have the supplies your younger one will LOVE opening and closing the groundhog's den.

To make this craft you will need:
  • Egg carton
  • Brown paint
  • Brown or black pom pom
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes (optional)
You need to portions of the egg carton cut out, one for the top, and one for the bottom. Let your child paint these brown.

When the paint is dry, put some glue on the inside of one of the cups and glue a brown pom pom inside. If you have small pom poms you may want to smash several together to make him big enough to fill the cup bottom.

You can add eyes to him if you would like.

Now, the idea I found said to tape the top to the bottom. Tape did not work for me--but I had clear tape. I bet if you have good masking tape it will work fine. So, I improvised and pierced the top and bottom with a knife and put in a brass brad. It doesn't open very wide with that in place, but it is plenty for my kids to play peek-a-boo with the groundhog.

As you can see I jazzed my groundhogs burrow up a little. Let your child be creative.

Groundhog Hand & Foot Print Craft

Toddler, Pre-K, K

You know, I couldn't find a single hand or foot or even thumb print idea for Groundhog days--and you know I love to do those (my toddler does too!). So, I made up my own, and I think it turned out super cute!

To make this craft you will need:
  • Construction paper
  • Brown paint
  • Green paint
  • Permanent marker
  • 1 cute foot
  • 1 cute hand
Paint your child's foot brown and have him stamp it on the paper. After you clean him or her up. Paint one of their hands green and have them stamp several prints along the the bottom of the footprint (at the toes). Now you see the groundhog in the grass.

Once the paint has dried, use a permanent marker to fill in the face and body lines.

Groundhog Peek-A-Boo Cup

Toddler, Pre-K

My toddler thought this craft was super fun. I let him do the coloring, and I did the assembling. Of course, then he got to make the groundhog pop up and down, and that was clearly the most fun part of all!

To make this craft you will need:
  • A disposable cup (Styrofoam, paper, etc)
  • 1 popscicle stick
  • Groundhog template (see below)
Now, I got creative and decorated my cup with strips of construction paper to make dirt and grass and such. But you can let your child color or paint the cup, or even leave it plain.

Cut a small a slit in the bottom of your cup, just long enough for your Popsicle stick to poke through. Glue the groundhog head to the top of your stick. I let my child color both pictures (the template has 2 on the same page) and I put on on each side of the stick, so no matter how he was holding it he would see the furry little friend's face.

Click here to get the groundhog face printable.

Click here to get the poem that goes with it (I cut and glued mine on the outside of the cup) This template also has grass that your preschool child can use for cutting practice.

Groundhog Day Treat

Mommy Craft

I found this idea under the heading of "hibernating animals," but when I started racking my brain for groundhog ideas, I just knew I had to make this for an afternoon snack for my kids!

To make this snack you will need:
  • Chocolate pudding
  • Oreos or graham crackers (or both)
  • Teddy Grahams
Use pudding snack cups or make your own and add your layers. First, crush oreos in a small baggy with a rolling pin. In a separate baggy crush graham crackers (or use some of the Teddy Grahams). I put my oreos on top first, but realized that the other layer blended with my groundhog too much. So, if you are using both crumbles, use your lighter one (graham cracker) first. Lightly spoon out the crumbles on top of the pudding. This is your dirt. The pudding is his burrow under ground. Now, stick a Teddy Graham in the middle of your dessert pushing him down until you just see his little head. From the head up he looks like a groundhog--right ? Well, my kids LOVED the snack, and I am sure yours will too. It is sweet and fun!

Groundhog Day!

I have so many fun ideas for this over-looked, but fun holiday! Come on, play with us!