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(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.)

Gift Bags

Posted on: May 25, 2009

(Sometimes you just want to spruce up that gift bag, and sometimes you need an activity for a party.  I first did these with elementary school children at a Halloween party with all kinds of art supplies.  Then we did them at Sean’s birthday party with two three-year-olds and a two-year-old.  Every child I have done this with has enjoyed it.)

Things you need:

  • Plain gift bags (any color)
  • Crayons, markers, stickers, glitter, glue, what ever you want to decorate with

Give a bag to the child.  Let the child decorate it.  (Totally easy and potentially mess free.)

Can you figure out who did what?

Can you figure out who did what?

 

Another example

Another example

Picture Frame

(I wanted to have the boys paint a picture frame like they did for their Daddy, and I thought about making the whole frame.  The boys loved painting and decorating their frames.  I’m still trying to get them to add stickers, but no go yet.)

Things you need:

  • Popsicles sticks
  • Glue
  • Smock
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Optional: glitter pens, glitter, stickers, buttons, anything you want to decorate with

If you have wide popsicle sticks, use two for each side of the frame.  If you have thin popsicle sticks, use three for each side.  Create a square with the popsicle sticks, overlapping two sides.  Glue the sticks together at the overlapping of the sticks. 

The beginning of the frame

The beginning of the frame

Allow the glue to dry.  Have the child paint the frame. 

The paineted frames (Can you tell which is Sean's?)

The paineted frames (Can you tell which is Sean's?)

When the frame is day, have the child decorate the frame more if s/he would like.

Glitter pen painted

Glitter pen painted

(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

Bath Salts

Posted on: May 4, 2009

(This is another easy gift to make.  The boys love shaking and smooshing until all the salt is colored.  You can use Epson salts or regular salt for this.)

Things you need:

  • Salt (as much as you want to make the salts)
  • Food dye
  • Essence or oils (editable oils work as well as the oil for making soaps and candles)
  • Zip lock bag
  • A jar

Have the child pour in the salt into the bag.  Help the child drop some food coloring into the salt as well as the oil.  Securely close the bag.  Have the child shake and smoosh the bag until all the salt is colored.  Pour into a nice jar.

Bookmarkers

Posted on: May 4, 2009

(Both my mom and mother-in-law are huge readers, so I thought this was a wonderfully easy project to do.  The boys love decorating with stickers, but you can use anything else you would like.)

Things you need:

  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Stickers, crayons, markers, paint, stamps, anything you want
  • Clear contact paper
  • Optional: hole punch, ribbon

Cut the cardstock to a size you like for a bookmarker.  I cut mine about 6 by 2. 

Naked bookmark

Naked bookmark

Have the child decorate the bookmark. 

Decorated bookmark

Decorated bookmark

Cover the bookmark with contact paper.  (Ok, I haven’t done that yet, but I will.  Tonight.)  If you would like, punch a hole at the top of the bookmark and tie a length of ribbon through it.

(This is a very easy and very simple scrub.  The boys like to shake things up.  They also helped pouring in the ingredients.  This is an excellent scrub to use or to give as a gift.)

Things you need:

Equal parts of

  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Dry oatmeal

And a  container to put it in

Mix the sugar, salt, and oatmeal in a bowl.  Put the scrub into a nice jar. 

To use the scrub: Just wet skin, rub the scrub on, and rinse.


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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