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( 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?

(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.

(I first did this craft when I decorated the rooms.  Then I decided to let the boys do their own.  If you don’t care what it looks like, just plunk down a bunch of stickers.  If you have a theme, only give them those stickers.  Or else chaos reigns.  And as long as there is chaos, there is fun.)

Things you need:

¨     Switch plate

¨     Stickers

¨     Clear nail polish

¨     Screw driver (regular head)

Either use the existing switch plate or buy a new one. 

A Switch plate (not to be confused with a switch pitcher)

A Switch plate (not to be confused with a switch pitcher)

Wash the switch plate.  Have the child decorate it with stickers. 

Stickered

Stickered

Coat with clear nail polish because it is easy to clean when on and the cheapest, most on hand sealer.  Screw switch plate in place.

Ones I did with a theme

Ones I did with a theme

(This is a very easy craft and non-messy.  The boys loved doing this so much that we’ve done it several times and I’m working on new ideas.)

Things you need:

  • Blue construction paper (or water looking scrapbook paper)
  • Sea stickers
  • Markers (optional)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tape

Give the child the piece of paper and the stickers to create an underwater theme. 

Pretty water paper (blue construction paper works just as well)

Pretty water paper (blue construction paper works just as well)

If the child wants, (s)he can draw seaweed, sand, and any other sea creatures. 

No markers here

No markers here

When the child is done, cover the paper with plastic wrap to give the illusion that one is looking into an aquarium.  Tape the plastic wrap onto the paper.

A "wrapped" aqurium.  Notice the feeding frenzy in the top one?

A "wrapped" aqurium. Notice the feeding frenzy in the top one?

(Did I mention we picked up a lot of rocks on our nature walk?  We decided to make some paper weights.  We made some a few months ago for their grandparents.  We glued on some of those half-marbles.  This time Sean decided on shells from a shell lei.  This is an easy project for 12 month old on up.)

Things you need:

  • Rocks
  • Smock
  • Paint or markers
  • Glue
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Shells, buttons, plastic gems, beads, whatever you like to add

Go on a rock hunt with the kids.  Wash and dry the rocks.  Have the child decorate the rock. 

Painting and glittering a rock

Painting and glittering a rock

 

Coloring a rock with markers

Coloring a rock with markers

Let the rock dry.  Glue on the little knick knacks. 

Rock with shells

Rock with shells

(Some days you just don’t know what to do with the kids.  How about some paint, glitter, and confetti?  The boys loved this.  It’s actually one of those duh crafts, but sometimes we need a little help thinking outside the crayon box.  Basically we were sitting at the bank, and Evan pointed out finger-painting pictures with confetti.  He loved them, so I thought why not.  This will also work on little toddlers.)

Things you need:

  • Paint
  • Confetti
  • Glitter
  • Smock
  • Paint brushes (optional)
  • Glue (optional)
  • Paper (newsprint is great for projects like this)

Set up the craft, and then let the kid just create!

Evan working on his master piece

Evan working on his master piece

 

Sean's work in progress

Sean's work in progress

 

Tada

Tada


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