Faemom Crafts for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kids

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(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 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.)

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.

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

It’s hard to find new craft material.  Many of the sites use the same crafts, but that’s usually because the kids like them, though I have found sites quoting other sites by word.  It’s a little crazy.  One of those crafts that I’ve seen everywhere is cheap shrinky-dinks.

When I was kid I loved shinky-dinks.  I made tons.  I piled them into my dollhouse.  I haven’t seen the shrink-dink paper in years, so when I found this craft, I was very excited.  Then I was very disappointed.

You’re to take a clean Styrofoam meat tray like you get your meat on from the butcher section.  You make a shape, color it, cut it.  You pop your shape into the microwave.  And bam!  A shrink-dink is born. 

Or not so much.

First off, when they say clean, you’re to get a brand-new, never been used Styrofoam meat tray.  I decided to scrub and clean a meat tray to eat-off perfection.  When popped into the microwave, the enticing stench of burnt meat and plastic wafted through the air, making me gag.  My microwave stunk for days.

To make matters worse, all that pain gave me no gain.  I drew out a couple of diamonds and squares and had the boys color them.  I figured we’d start out simple, see how much the Styrofoam shrunk before we started making cool things like ice cream and dragons.  I figured we could use the shapes as jewels for our pirate treasure.  They shrunk quite a bit, but they curled and didn’t shrink uniformly, leaving me with unrecognizable curled plastic.  Awesome.

So if you’ve done this craft and it worked for you, please let me know where I went so terribly wrong.  If you haven’t done this craft, I say “beware.”

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

(It’s every local dish, like the neighborhood as my husband says.   Anyways, it’s a lot of fun to make and to eat. I figured I throw some recipes on the blog, since I have such a hard time finding easy to make recipes for toddlers.)

Things you need:

  • Tortilla
  • About a cup of shredded cheddar cheese (If you like another kind, try it and let me know how it tastes.)
  • Butter
  • Butter knife (or spatula as my mom suggested for younger kids)
  • Pizza pan
  • Foil (optional, I just don’t like to wash more dishes than I need to)
  • Pizza cutter or knife

Preheat oven to 350°.  Wrap the pizza pan with foil.  Place the tortilla on the pan.  Have the child butter the tortilla. 

 

Evan buttering without a spatuala

Evan buttering without a spatuala

Have the child sprinkle the tortilla with cheese until it is covered.

 

You missed a spot

You missed a spot

Leave a small area around the tortilla like a crust. 

Mmm, cheese

Mmm, cheese

Place in the oven for five to ten minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the tortilla are golden. 

Waiting is the hardest part

Waiting is the hardest part

Remove from oven. 

Don't freak out.  The cheese will go back to normal.

Don't freak out. The cheese will go back to normal.

Cut pieces and serve.

Yum, now I'm hungry.

Yum, now I'm hungry.

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


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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