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

(Another egg carton craft.  After making spiders, caterpillars, and bugs {I’ll get to those at another time}, I wanted to make something other than a bug for once.  So I came up with this turtle.  This is another easy craft where you can pick how you want to decorate the carton.  The boys loved making them and playing with them.  The first time I didn’t even want to throw out the turtles until an unfortunate smooshing accident.  Remember Styrofoam egg cartons cannot be colored or painted on, so use cardboard.)

Things you need:

  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Crayons, markers, and/or paint
  • Pen
  • Green construction paper or green craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional: things to glue on to decorate the shell

Cut out a cup from the egg carton. 

Egg carton cup (again)

Egg carton cup (again)

Trace four feet, using a dime, on the green construction paper.  Make a “U” shade using the dime for the head, and make an obelisk shape for the tail. 

The body parts

The body parts

 Cut out the shapes.  Have the child draw eyes on the head.  Have the child decorate the shell. 

So I used the photo.  We made them on the same day.

So I used the photo. We made them on the same day.

Have the child glue on the feet on each corner of the cup. 

Adding the feet

Adding the feet

Then glue the head between two feet, and glue the tail on the opposite end of the head.

The turtle brothers

The turtle brothers

 

One of the first turtles

One of the first turtles

(Another favorite craft medium of mine is the egg carton.  You can make lots of things with it.  You can paint them, color them, glue them.  But you have to get the cardboard kind because you can’t do anything with the Styrofoam kind.  I like to let the boys’ imagination run wild sometimes, so I let them make any kind of “bug” they wanted.  We have painted our bugs in the past, but I let them use markers and then dive into my goody box of randomness.  Evan chose to use little tiles from a stepping stone kit.)

Things you need:

  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Markers, crayons, and/or paint
  • Googly eyes
  • glue
  • Any decoration you want to use (shells, buttons, marbles, noodles, etc)

Cut a cup from the egg carton. 

Egg carton cups

Egg carton cups

Have the child color the egg carton cup. 

Coloring the master piece

Coloring the master piece

With the opening down, have the child glue the eyes on the carton. 

It has eyes!

It has eyes!

Have the child glue on extra decorations.

Evan's is the right one, the "lady bug."  Sean's is the left, going for minimalism

Evan's is the right one, the "lady bug." Sean's is the left, going for minimalism

(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 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.

(My boys are into pirates.  So we had to make a pirate craft.  We made spyglasses.  The boys loved painting them, stickering them, and playing with them.  Some stickers don’t bend well around the paper towel, which is just silly, so you can have some freak outs.  My boys had the plastic wrap off within seconds of playing with them.  Arrrr!)

Things you need:

  • Empty paper towel roll
  • Smock
  • Paint or markers
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands

Have the child decorate the paper towel roll with the markers or paint. 

Finger painting?  Didn;'t I give you a brush?

Finger painting? Didn;'t I give you a brush?

If the child uses paint, let the roll dry. 

Drying

Drying

Have the child decorate it with pirate stickers. 

Looks more pirate-y!

Looks more pirate-y!

Cut a piece of plastic wrap big enough to cover the end of the paper towel roll.  Wrap a rubber band around the plastic to make it stay.  Repeat with the other end.

There be a mighty fine spyglasss, mateys!

There be a mighty fine spyglasss, mateys!

(We recently moved to Arizona, and the house we have moved into has lizards EVERYWHERE.  I’ve never seen so many lizards converge on one spot before.  Obviously this has stirred up some curiosity, so I decided we needed to make a lizard since the boys were not fast enough to catch one.  This was a lot of fun.  You can make this complicated for older children by having them do designs on the lizards, or you can make this very simple even for a young toddler.)

Things you need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Lizard cut out
  • Black marker
  • Crayons
  • Scissors

I found some cool lizard color sheets here.  Print one out and cut it out of the paper to make a template.  Trace the lizard onto the sandpaper with the black marker.  This will ruin the tip. 

Tracing lizards

Tracing lizards

Have the child color the lizard.  Cut out the lizard, which will sharpen the scissors.  (My boys refused to let me cut out their lizards.)

The finished product . . . sort of

The finished product . . . sort of


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