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(This was one of the simple crafts we did at Evan’s birthday party, which was pirate themed.   I chose buckets because I figured the kids could reuse them and not throw them away for a while.  This was easy and mess free, especially if parents write the name of the child.  The kids had a lot of fun, enjoying decorating the pails and playing with them.)

Things you need:

  • Plastic pail
  • Stickers
  • Foam stickers (optional)
  • Permanent marker

Have the child pick out stickers to decorate the pail. 

Evan's pail

Evan's pail

Have the child decorate the pail.  Write the child’s name on the pail.

Sean's pail

Sean's pailanother pail

(I have read several places about taking those magnet business cards and doing something with them, like gluing pictures on them.  I decided on art work for the boys to do.  As my b0ys love coloring and stickering, they enjoyed doing this.)

Things you need:

  • Business magnets
  • Craft foam or construction paper
  • Markers, stickers, anything else you want to decorate with
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Glue (craft or hot)

Trace the business magnets on the craft foam or construction paper with the black marker. 

Tracing the magnets

Tracing the magnets

 Have the child decorate the shape.  Cut the shape out. 

The artwork

The artwork

Glue to the magnet. 

The magnets

The magnets

(I have also heard of moms who make a scan of the child’s artwork and print it in business card size.  This would work for the magnets too.)

(I was trying to find a twist on the picture frame idea because grandparents and parents just love pictures.  The boys really liked decorating the frames.  Evan had a unique twist on the stickers as he used Halloween spiders.)

Things you need:

  • Craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Markers, stickers, anything you want to decorate with
  • Glue (craft or hot)
  • Picture
  • Magnets

Trace out a square for the picture on the craft foam.  Cut out the square.  (I left an inch and a half around the picture for the frame.) 

naked picture frames

naked picture frames

 Have the child decorate the craft foam. 

The frame, Evan, decorate the frame.

The frame, Evan, decorate the frame.

 

Decorate the frame.  Decorate the paper.

Decorate the frame. Decorate the paper.

Glue the picture in the frame.  Glue magnets on the back of the frame.  (I picked up decorative magnets for a buck at Michael’s.)

The back of the picture frame

The back of the picture frame

 

Decorated frames

Decorated frames

(This is a great craft with lots of variety.  The boys and I did this one last year.  They had a blast.  The husband loved it.)

What you need:

  • Unfinished thick picture frame (the thicker the better to give room for toddler creativity)
  • black or white paint
  • finger paints
  • paint brushes
  • sealer or top coat
  • sand paper
  • smock

First sand and prep the picture frame.  Next paint the background color with white or black paint.  Once the background paint is dry, have the child paint the frame.  After the painting is dry, paint the sealer or clear top coat to protect the painting.

Variations:

For older children, a regular unfinished frame works well too.

The child can stain the frame.

The child can paint it black and the sponge paint it with gold, silver, or any other favorite color.

The child can paint it black and put stickers on it.  Glow-in-the-dark stars look really cool.

The child can paint it a solid color and glue rocks, shells or buttons on the frame.

The child can decoupage the frame with material, color paper, magazine articles.

Gift Bags

Posted on: May 25, 2009

(Sometimes you just want to spruce up that gift bag, and sometimes you need an activity for a party.  I first did these with elementary school children at a Halloween party with all kinds of art supplies.  Then we did them at Sean’s birthday party with two three-year-olds and a two-year-old.  Every child I have done this with has enjoyed it.)

Things you need:

  • Plain gift bags (any color)
  • Crayons, markers, stickers, glitter, glue, what ever you want to decorate with

Give a bag to the child.  Let the child decorate it.  (Totally easy and potentially mess free.)

Can you figure out who did what?

Can you figure out who did what?

 

Another example

Another example

(This project may be a bit advance for younger children as I used a stencil to decorate the tote.  Of course, I’m all for handing over the fabric paints and letting kids go wild.  I made this tote for my nephew’s birthday to replace a gift bag.  Evan liked it so much that he wants one.  You can make one with any theme or let the child do it.  I liked how it turned out.  And yes, it was fun.)

Things you need:

  • Tote
  • Stencil
  • Fabric paints
  • Paint brushes

Note: I used red, blue, and black fabric paint.  You can add water to dilute the paint if you would like.  Any type of stencils would work.

Lay the tote flat.  Place stencil down on tote.  You may tape it to keep it from moving.  Holding the stencil firmly paint within the stencil. 

I hope a black skull looks as good as a white one.

I hope a black skull looks as good as a white one.

It is easy for paint to soak under the stencil, so you must hold it firmly. 

Well, I wish I had yellow paint.

Well, I wish I had yellow paint.

It is best to let the print dry before using another stencil in case you have to overlap. 

Hmm, not bad, but it's missing something.

Hmm, not bad, but it's missing something.

I used the tip of the handle of the brush to write the words.

Do the letters look straight?

Do the letters look straight?

Picture Frame

(I wanted to have the boys paint a picture frame like they did for their Daddy, and I thought about making the whole frame.  The boys loved painting and decorating their frames.  I’m still trying to get them to add stickers, but no go yet.)

Things you need:

  • Popsicles sticks
  • Glue
  • Smock
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Optional: glitter pens, glitter, stickers, buttons, anything you want to decorate with

If you have wide popsicle sticks, use two for each side of the frame.  If you have thin popsicle sticks, use three for each side.  Create a square with the popsicle sticks, overlapping two sides.  Glue the sticks together at the overlapping of the sticks. 

The beginning of the frame

The beginning of the frame

Allow the glue to dry.  Have the child paint the frame. 

The paineted frames (Can you tell which is Sean's?)

The paineted frames (Can you tell which is Sean's?)

When the frame is day, have the child decorate the frame more if s/he would like.

Glitter pen painted

Glitter pen painted


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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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