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

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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

(After the sad misery of a failed project, I worked out a better frog.  It took me a few days, but I came up with a better idea.  The boys love these frogs just as much as the Ugliest Frogs in the World.  Maybe more because the Ugliest Frogs in the World have taken a vacation, trying to find out where everything went totally wrong.  This was an easy craft, and depending on the gluing skills, it could be relatively mess-free.)

Things you need:

  • 2 in green pompom
  • 2 small green pompoms
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Green craft foam
  • Glue (school or craft)
  • A pen
  • Scissors

Glue a googly eye on each of the small green pompoms.  Allow them to dry.

Who's looking at you, kid?

Who's looking at you, kid?

  Cut out a circle out of the green foam to make a lily pad.  I used the top of the juice can to make my circle.  Cut out a triangle out of the circle. 

The lily pads

The lily pads

Have the child glue the 2in green pompom.  Have the child glue the frog eyes to the top of the 2in pompom.

I can see!  I can see!

I can see! I can see!

 

Sitting like two frogs on a log

Sitting like two frogs on a log

(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.)

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.

(I got this idea off of Family Fun.  But I decided to do it using coffee filters, which was more fun and messy.  The boys loved building these and playing with them.  It makes walking to get the mail more fun.)

Things you need:

  • Smock
  • 2 coffee filters
  • Markers
  • Bowl of water
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Yarn

Have the child color the coffee filters with markers.  The more color, the more fun. 

Colored coffee filters

Colored coffee filters

After the child is done decorating the filters, have the child paint them with water, making the colors run. 

Water painting filters

Water painting filters

Let the filters dry.  Fold the filters in half to cut out half a butterfly making the wings even on both sides.  (I wish I could have found a template.)  Do not make a head or tail because the pipe cleaner will do that. 

Butterfly cutouts

Butterfly cutouts

Have the child fold the pipe cleaner in half and slip the butterfly wings between it. 

The bodies are forming

The bodies are forming

Cross the ends of the pipe cleaner to form antenna.  You can bend them into little nubs if you like. 

Almost done.  Now where's that yarn?

Almost done. Now where's that yarn?

Tie a piece of yarn to the pipe cleaner, long enough to fly the kite behind the child.  If the child wants to flutter the kite, tie two short pieces of yarn to the pipe cleaner.


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