Faemom Crafts for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kids

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(This is one of Evan’s favorite crafts.  He loves animals, especially sea animals.  Any craft he can play with, he just loves to do.  I love stain glass coffee filters.  There are so easy and fun.  I also know tons of crafts to do with them.  Sean enjoys coloring with markers and the water painting.  Both boys love playing with their jelly fish.  When they run with the jelly fish, it looks like the jelly fish are flying.)

 

Things you need:

*      Smock

*      Coffee filters

*      Markers

*      Paint brushes

*      Bowl

*      Water

*      Hole punch

*      Streamers

*      Stapler

*      Scissors

*      Yarn or string

You can flatten the coffee filter if you like.  Have the child color the coffee filter with markers. 

Coloring the coffee filters

Coloring the coffee filters

After the child is done decorating the coffee filter, let the child paint the coffee filter with water.  (If you want a few lighter colored filters, press some on the wet, painted coffee filter.) 

Painting the filters

Painting the filters

Let the coffee filter dry. 

Filters drying in the sun (Look, there's my foot)

Filters drying in the sun (Look, there's my foot)

Have the child punch a hole or two in the middle of the coffee filter. 

A couple of holes that aren't in the middle

A couple of holes that aren't in the middle

Have the child cut eight streamers of about two feet long.  Staple the streamers onto the filter. 

Stappling streamers

Stappling streamers

Tie and tape a piece of yarn about two feet long through the hole.

 

Jelly fish!

Jelly fish!

(One day, Sean wanted to keep painting, but I wanted to clean up.  Then it dawned on me.  Why not let him paint the sidewalk outside the door while I clean up?  {Don’t worry I was less than two yards away from him} Sean and Evan loved this activity!  They got a little wet, but that doesn’t matter on a nice warm spring or summer day)

Things you need

·         Water

·         Bowl

·         Paint brush

 

Fill the bowl with water.  Take the bowl and paint brush outside.  Show the child how to paint with water.  Let the child have at it.

 

Our pompom chicks!

Our pompom chicks!

 

(The boys really enjoyed doing this.  I’ve always thought pompom chicks were so cute, but I knew the boys would crush real eggshells, so I decided to use plastic ones.  Evan is so enamored with his chick that he actually plays with it, making the cracking noises of the chick hatching out of the egg as he removes the top of the shell.)

Things you need:

¨      2 yellow 1in pompoms

¨      Plastic egg shell

¨      2 googly eyes

¨      Orange construction paper or orange craft foam

¨      Glue

¨      Scissors

 

A Few of the materials you'll need

A Few of the materials you'll need

Cut a triange in the orange paper or craft foam to make a beak.

Have the child glue a yellow pompom to the inside of the bottom of the egg.

 

Squeezing glue in the bottom of the egg

Squeezing glue in the bottom of the egg

 

Have the child glue the second pompom on top of the first.

 

Squeezing glue on the first pompom

Squeezing glue on the first pompom

 

Have the child glue on the beak and the googly eyes on the top pompom.

 

Gluing the eyes

Gluing the eyes

 

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