Faemom Crafts for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kids

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(Here’s another craft we did at Evan’s theme fourth birthday party.  I figured this was easier and less messy than giving the children fabric and fabric paint.  This is an easy craft that is great for a group of children as well as young toddlers.  I recommend foam stickers, but you can use regular stickers and markers.  This craft is not messy, is easy, and all the children enjoyed this craft.  We have already made a second set of flags because the boys enjoyed them so much.)

Things you need:

  • Foam sheet (either black or red)
  • Pirate foam stickers
  • Pirate stickers
  • Markers

Give the child the foam sheet. 

Foam sheet with a coin foam sticker

Foam sheet with a coin foam sticker

Let the child decorate the flag with the stickers and markers. 

Decorating the flag

Decorating the flag

This is a great time to talk about how pirate flags were to scare merchant ships so that the pirates could take over the ship without a fight.

Evan's Pirate Flag

Evan's Pirate Flag

 

Sean's Pirate Flag

Sean's Pirate Flag

(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.

So now I’m thinking every Sunday night I should complain about a terrible craft, try to warn you about it before you try it.  When I worked for the Girl Scouts, we had to do all the crafts ahead of time so that we didn’t look like fools in front of the girls, loosing their attention, their respect, and our patience.  We met every quarter to do a week of crafts to make sure we worked out all the kinks.  We don’t have that luxury as parents.

So this last week I tried making rock candy for the boys from a book called EcoArt!: Earth-Friendly Art and Craft Experiences for 3 to 9-year-olds by Laurie Carlson.  This recipe calls for 4 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water, which ended in totally disaster.  I got the first two cups dissolved, but after stirring for forty-five minutes, I couldn’t get the last two cups of sugar to dissolve.  I finally gave up and poured the sugar water into glasses.  Big Mistake.  Huge Mistake!  I ended up with two glasses filled of hard candy that I have been trying to dissolve away for four days.

After talking to a few experts (my mom and grandma), they assured me that there was too much sugar in the mixture.  After looking online at the other recipes, I have to agree.  Apparently this recipe was to speed up the crystal growth, which didn’t work in my case (which I think is like trying to bake a cake faster at 500 degrees and that always works out well).  The recipe said nothing about boiling like the online recipes too. 

So stay away from crystal rock candy recipes with a lot of sugar to water ratio.  I’ll keep working on this recipe.  I also will try a few more crafts before returning this book to the library.

Planting

Posted on: June 3, 2009

(I don’t know one kid who doesn’t like getting dirty.  For young children, like my boys, I would recommend starting out with a plant; while, older kids have more patience and would enjoy starting a plant from seed.)

Things you need:

  • A pot
  • Potting soil
  • Pebbles
  • A plant or seeds
  • A small shovel
  • Water

Have the child cover the bottom of the pot with pebbles to allow good drainage.  Then have the child shovel the soil half way in the pot. 

A pot filled half way

A pot filled half way

Have the child place the plant or seeds in the pot. 

The flower

The flower

 Have the child fill the pot with soil with the shovel or hands.  Water the plant as needed. 

Watering the plant

Watering the plant

(Encourage your child to talk and sing to the plant as this will help the plant grow better.)

The growing flowers

The growing flowers


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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