Faemom Crafts for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kids

Archive for June 22nd, 2009

(I always liked those cute little egg shell planters.  I once read that cutting grass was an easy way for children to learn how to cut.  So I combined the two projects.  Since I was going to let Evan cut the grass, I figured I better use plastic egg cups.  Luckily these ones even had holes.  The boys loved doing this because they got to color with markers and play with the dirt.  How awesome is that!)

Things you need:

  • Egg carton
  • Plastic Easter egg shells
  • Markers
  • Dirt
  • Grass seed
  • Spoon
  • Water

Take the plastic eggs and have the child draw faces on the eggs.  (I wanted to add googley eyes, but Evan nixed that idea.) 

Decorating eggs

Decorating eggs

Place the eggs in the egg carton, so that they cannot be tipped over. 

See, mine had a face.

See, mine had a face.

Have the child place some dirt in the eggs with the spoon. 

There's a reason I suggested a spoon

There's a reason I suggested a spoon

Have the child put in enough grass seed to cover the area. 

You might want to do this outside

You might want to do this outside

Have the child put on a slim covering of dirt.  (Um, we missed that step.  We had too much dirt to begin with.) 

Grow, baby, grow

Grow, baby, grow

 Let the child water the plants and take care of them.  (Unfortunately we only had three blades of grass grow.  We’re redoing this planting experiment.)

I picked up a couple of bead necklace kits because they were a buck and wondered what it could hurt.  Some days I just can’t find a craft I like to do with the boys that I have all the materials.  I think this would be a great activity for older kids but not toddler or preschool age.  The problem is that the picture beads (the skull and cross bones and the monkey) didn’t have big enough holes.  I had to push the elastic thread through the hole with a needle, and I’m just not ready to let my almost-four-year-old handle a needle.  The big colored beads were perfect for little fingers.  But next time I want to make necklaces with the boys, I’m going to spring for more expensive beads.

The back of the packaging/directions.  So damn simple.

The back of the packaging/directions. So damn simple.

 

Cool looking but not for little fingers

Cool looking but not for little fingers


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Many teachers have told me how important nursery rhymes are for child development. Jack be nimble. Jack be quick. Jack jump over A candlestick

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