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Pet Rocks

Posted on: May 19, 2009

(There’s nothing like a pet, especially a pet rock.  We have a great time looking for rocks.  Then we wash them, dry them, and decorate them.  The boys love rock hunting.  They enjoy the painting too.  This is a fun, easy project.  And you can do it over and over because you can make all kinds of pets.)

Things you need:

  • Smock
  • Rocks
  • Paint (or markers)
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Random other stuff like buttons, plastic gems, shells, whatever you want to add (optional)

Find some rocks with the kids.  Have the child wash the rock.  Allow the rock to dry.  Have the child paint the rock (or color it). 

Allow the rock to dry.  You can have the child decorate the rock with markers.  (Evan made a tiger rock.  I messed around.)  Glue on eyes. 

If you want to make you pet rock more unique, glue on other fun stuff.

(Some days you just don’t know what to do with the kids.  How about some paint, glitter, and confetti?  The boys loved this.  It’s actually one of those duh crafts, but sometimes we need a little help thinking outside the crayon box.  Basically we were sitting at the bank, and Evan pointed out finger-painting pictures with confetti.  He loved them, so I thought why not.  This will also work on little toddlers.)

Things you need:

  • Paint
  • Confetti
  • Glitter
  • Smock
  • Paint brushes (optional)
  • Glue (optional)
  • Paper (newsprint is great for projects like this)

Set up the craft, and then let the kid just create!

Evan working on his master piece

Evan working on his master piece

 

Sean's work in progress

Sean's work in progress

 

Tada

Tada

(This is another craft we’ve done twice.  Since we recently moved to another city with completely different vegetation, I thought this was a great way to learn more about the plants in the area.  The boys just LOVE picking flowers and leaves.  This is an easy craft that the boys like doing.  There is no mess.  I found this craft at Family Fun, which is a great site.  Note to self, must add a blog roll.  Also you can flatten the materials, but if you don’t the buds can rot.  Younger children, like around 12 months to 18 months, easily get stuck to the contact paper.)

Things you need:

¨     Plant material

¨     Clear contact paper

¨     Marker

¨     Scissors

¨     Hole puncher (optional)

¨     Ribbon (optional)

Go hunting with your child for interesting art material.  Trace the shape of your collage on the clear contact paper.  (I like circles, so I traced a plate.)  Don’t cut out the shape, but do cut around it.  Peel the paper.  Have the child decorate inside the shape with the plant trimmings. 

Sean puts on the buds

Sean puts on the buds

Cover the trimmings with another piece of contact paper. 

Evan prefers a larger variety.  Notice the covered collage.

Evan prefers a larger variety. Notice the covered collage.

Cut the shape out.  If you would like, punch a hole in the collage and tie a ribbon through the hole.  I’m easy; I hung them up on our window with tape.

Aren't they pretty?

Aren't they pretty?

(These are really fun to make and play with.  We’ve actually done these twice.  Evan loves to play with what he makes.  Sean just likes to get messy as he makes things.  This is an easy craft, and it is not very messy.)

Things you need:

  •   Six to seven 1 in pom poms
  •   Popsicle stick
  •   Glue
  •   Black marker or goggly eyes
  •   Mini pom poms (optional)
  •   Magnet (optional)

Have the child put glue on the Popsicle stick. 

Gluing the pom poms

Gluing the pom poms

Have the child place pom poms on the stick. 

Making a colorful bug

Making a colorful bug

Have the child mark the eyes with a marker or help the child glue the eyes.  Glue the mini pom poms on the head for antenna.  If you would like, glue a magnet on the bottom of the stick when the caterpillar is dry.

Two cute caterpillars crawling along

Two cute caterpillars crawling along

(I warned you that I love staining coffee filters.  My mom is quite fond of carnations, so I had the boys make a few.  This is easy.  Evan preferred to make white carnations, so all his hard work on staining them was for nothing.  Of course, the flowers still looked pretty and made it a no mess project.)

Things you need:

  • Coffee filters
  • Markers
  • A bowl of water
  • Paint brush
  • Smock
  • Green pipe cleaners

Have the child color the filters with markers. 

Coloring the coffee filters

Coloring the coffee filters

 Have the child paint the filters with water. 

Painting the filters

Painting the filters

Let the filters dry. 

Hey, haven't I seen that picture before?

Hey, haven't I seen that picture before?

When the filters are dry, take three and fold them in thirds. 

Ok, thirds or fourths

Ok, thirds or fourths

Put the filters together, fluffing them and arranging them to look like a carnation. 

Doesn't it look like a real carnation?

Doesn't it look like a real carnation?

Twist a pipe cleaner around the bottom, leaving a good length for the stem.

The carnation

The carnation

(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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