Faemom Crafts for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kids

(The boys loved them.  They loved making them.  They loved playing with them.  I found them to be the ugliest frogs in the world, which is why I give this craft thumbs down.  You know what you get when you make eyes by using a small pompom and then glue a mini pompom on top?  You get what looks like white breasts with green nipples.  I secretly threw these away and came up with my own version of the craft, which I’ll post on the next post.  If you can figure out a better looking frog, let me know.)

Things you need:

  • 3in green pompom
  • 2in green pompom
  • 2 small white pompoms
  • 2 green or black mini pompoms
  • Green craft foam
  • Glue (school or craft)
  • Scissors

Cut out of the green foam two frog feet.  I used a quarter to trace around and added three triangles to the top. 

I know.  They're ugly feet.

I know. They're ugly feet.

Have the child glue the 3in pompom to the feet.  Have the child glue the 2in pompom to the first one, making the body and head.  On the top of the head, have the child glue the white pompoms to make eyes. 

Gluing the eyes

Gluing the eyes

Have the child glue the mini pompoms to the small white ones.

The Ugliest Frog in the World.  (I'm a freak of crafting!)

The Ugliest Frog in the World. (I'm a freak of crafting!)

(I always liked pompom animals.  They seem so much fun, so cute.  Evan likes carrying them around and naming them.  So I decided we needed to make lady bug ones.  This was an easy, simple craft that both boys enjoyed, which turned out to have no mess.)

Things you need:

  • Red 1 in pompom (or 2in)
  • Black mini pompoms
  • Black marker
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue

Have the child make black dots on the red pompom.  The child might have to swirl around the marker to make a good size dot. 

Making spots

Making spots

 Glue on the eyes. 

He can see!

He can see!

Then glue the mini pompoms on the top to make antennas. 

Now he is a true bug.

Now he is a true bug.

Evan decided he needed to decorate his bug more, so he added a mini red pompom for an earing.

The ladybugs

The ladybugs

(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

(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.

Nursery Rhymes

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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