Faemom Crafts for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kids

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(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.)

(When it rained the other day, I was so excited because I’d wanted to do this craft forever.  I had to wait until warmer weather.  It also turns out it should be raining, not sprinkling.  It did not work out at all.  I’ll try next time it rains.  I got the craft at Family Fun.)

Things you need:

  • Heavy paper plate
  • Food coloring
  • Rain

Drop several drops of food coloring on the plate.  Take the plate outside and let the rain make patters with the food coloring. 

Food coloring on the plate- check

Food coloring on the plate- check

Out in the rain

Out in the rain

 

Still doesn't look like art

Still doesn't look like art

 

Still looks ugly

Still looks ugly

( I got this idea at this website, but I decided not to float tea candles on them.  I thought we could float frogs, which worked out well.  The boys loved them!  I made a few of them testing out with different glues.  Don’t use school glue, unless it’s a one time use.  Craft glue and hot glue worked well.  Craft glue gets a little soggy, but it will re-adhere when dried.)

Things you need:

  •       2 sheets Green craft foam
  •       A CD
  •       Scissors
  •       A pen
  •       Hot glue gun with glue or craft glue
  •       A toy to sail the boat, preferably a frog

Trace the CD on both pieces of craft foam. 

Tracing circles

Tracing circles

Cut out the circles.  Cut out a triangle out of the circles (best to do it with one circle on top of the other), forming the lily pad. 

Does it look like a lilypad yet?

Does it look like a lilypad yet?

Glue the lily pads together.  Allow the glue to dry. 

It's time to sail.

It's time to sail.

Take the lily pads out to the pool or bath.

So the green one is the life guard?

So the green one is the life guard?

Looking for something different to do?  Have your child draw with chalk on the walls.

The latest in backyard artwork

The latest in backyard artwork

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

(Nothing like a little gardening to get the kids interested in the great outdoors and possibly vegetables.  Before I dug a hole, I thought the boys would like to paint their own special pot.  This would also make a great gift.  The boys loved doing this.)

Things you need:

  • Terra Cotta Pot
  • Primer
  • White paint
  • Washable paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Smock
  • Sealer (optional)

Primer the pot, and then paint it white (or any color you or your child would prefer as the background). Allow the pot to dry.  Have the child paint the pot with the washable paints. 

Sean decided to paint the inside of the pot

Sean decided to paint the inside of the pot

 

Because Evan did

Because Evan did

 Allow the pot to dry.  If you want this work of art to last, seal the pot.

The finished product

The finished product

 

The inside of the finished product

The inside of the finished product

Pet Rocks

Posted on: May 19, 2009

(There’s nothing like a pet, especially a pet rock.  We have a great time looking for rocks.  Then we wash them, dry them, and decorate them.  The boys love rock hunting.  They enjoy the painting too.  This is a fun, easy project.  And you can do it over and over because you can make all kinds of pets.)

Things you need:

  • Smock
  • Rocks
  • Paint (or markers)
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Random other stuff like buttons, plastic gems, shells, whatever you want to add (optional)

Find some rocks with the kids.  Have the child wash the rock.  Allow the rock to dry.  Have the child paint the rock (or color it). 

Allow the rock to dry.  You can have the child decorate the rock with markers.  (Evan made a tiger rock.  I messed around.)  Glue on eyes. 

If you want to make you pet rock more unique, glue on other fun stuff.

(This is another craft we’ve done twice.  Since we recently moved to another city with completely different vegetation, I thought this was a great way to learn more about the plants in the area.  The boys just LOVE picking flowers and leaves.  This is an easy craft that the boys like doing.  There is no mess.  I found this craft at Family Fun, which is a great site.  Note to self, must add a blog roll.  Also you can flatten the materials, but if you don’t the buds can rot.  Younger children, like around 12 months to 18 months, easily get stuck to the contact paper.)

Things you need:

¨     Plant material

¨     Clear contact paper

¨     Marker

¨     Scissors

¨     Hole puncher (optional)

¨     Ribbon (optional)

Go hunting with your child for interesting art material.  Trace the shape of your collage on the clear contact paper.  (I like circles, so I traced a plate.)  Don’t cut out the shape, but do cut around it.  Peel the paper.  Have the child decorate inside the shape with the plant trimmings. 

Sean puts on the buds

Sean puts on the buds

Cover the trimmings with another piece of contact paper. 

Evan prefers a larger variety.  Notice the covered collage.

Evan prefers a larger variety. Notice the covered collage.

Cut the shape out.  If you would like, punch a hole in the collage and tie a ribbon through the hole.  I’m easy; I hung them up on our window with tape.

Aren't they pretty?

Aren't they pretty?

(One day, Sean wanted to keep painting, but I wanted to clean up.  Then it dawned on me.  Why not let him paint the sidewalk outside the door while I clean up?  {Don’t worry I was less than two yards away from him} Sean and Evan loved this activity!  They got a little wet, but that doesn’t matter on a nice warm spring or summer day)

Things you need

·         Water

·         Bowl

·         Paint brush

 

Fill the bowl with water.  Take the bowl and paint brush outside.  Show the child how to paint with water.  Let the child have at it.


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