Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rabbit Rabbit Helicopter

We have had a fun filled Rabbit morning ..... First we pretended to be rabbits

Then we did some rabbit size sorting ..... when i hear 'Mummy the helicopter wants to join in' so we did just that with Questions such as can you put the helicopter on the biggest rabbit etc. Next time we do this activity I think we need more than 3 sizes as it was a bit easy.

Then we made some twirling rabbits which are doubling as great rabbit puppets. Neevah has enjoyed spinning/twirling them round and round in her hands and also making them talk and walk. The idea for this Rabbits came from the 4 Crazy Kings blog where she made the cutest Twirling Cat & Ballerina

You will need:
Bamboo Skewer
Marker Pens

To Make:
1 .Cut out 2 matching rabbit shapes (1 for the front & 1 for the back)
2 .Glue the skewer between the rabbit shapes
3 .Let Dry
4 .Decorate the rabbits
5. Rub between your hands/fingers to make them twirl

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Egg Rice Shaker

I have to admit I am almost over all the easter egg crafts but every day Neevah has asked for more. This idea is super easy I put some rice into the plastic easter eggs then taped them shut. Liam held his up to his ear for a good listen and then carried it around for awhile.... Neevah was very intrigued with what was inside the egg making the noise and she also did some shimmy shaking dance to the sound of the egg.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Colour Matching Easter Egg

This morning while building block houses with the kids I asked Neevah for the yellow block and she tried to pass me a green block so I knew it was time to go over our colours again. So sticking with the Easter theme we made a colourful stripey easter egg this activity presented plenty of opportunities to name and match colours. Depending on the age of your child and how long they will sit at one craft you may like to try less colours Neevah's ethusiaism for the project was wavering by the end (she did roughly 75% by herslf) and she asked for help sticking on the tissue paper pieces. This would also be a great activity to do with a larger group of children just draw a huge egg and let them all help stick on the stripes.

You will need
PaperColoured Markers
Tissue Paper / Crepe Paper
Ribbon (optional)

To Make
1 .Draw a Large Egg Shape with stripes - 1 stripe per colour
2 .Colour each stripe with marker pen to correspond with your tissue paper colours3 .Cut up your tissue paper into small pieces
4 .Ask your child to sort the tissue paper into piles of the same colour5 .Ask your child to name all the colours on the egg and to find the matching pile of tissue paper
6 .Glue the pieces of tissue paper onto the egg matching up the colours - we named each colour as we stuck it on .... once she asked for my help we divded the roles up a little she picked a piece of tissue paper, named the colour then showed me where to put it and I stuck it onto the egg7 . Let it dry8 .Cut out the egg shape and add a ribbon (optional)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Late Night Roadworks

It was the night before Liams birthday close to midnight at a guess the kids were all tucked up in bed. But Mummy and Daddy were hard at work creating a playmat, roads a plenty, a helicopter pad and a pond all to surprise their little man.

Complete Success we could not have asked for better the kids love the new roadway a perfect birthday suprise for a car loving little boy.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Easter Egg Alphabet Bunting

After seeing everone super cute heart bunting for Valentines Day I decided we needed some Easter bunting chear to brighten up the house. This project took 3 days to complete with Neevah painting 8 - 9 eggs each day today i helped her out with a few eggs when she was loosing interest.

You will needWhite Paper
CrayonsBlack MarkerRibbonScissors
Staples / Glue

To Make
1 .Cut out 26 egg shapes (I did a few each day)2 .Write the letters of the alphabet on your eggs using crayon3 .Paint the eggs using water colours - this was a great introduction to crayon resistence and Neevah was quite intrigued that she could still see the letters after painting over them and when you have had enough of painting ask some friends (toys) to help

4 .Let the eggs dry
5 .Go over the letters in black marker - I did this so they stand out better when hung up high
6 .Attach your eggs to the ribbon we used staples mostly because i didn't want to wait for them to dry
7 .Hang your bunting

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Easter Birds

Birds are not traditionally associated with easter unless it is a chicken but it isn't a huge stretch of the imagination with so many eggs arounds. These easter birds are really bright and can be easily hung . Inspiration for these birds can be found here they are a little bit messy to make and Neevah did need some help (would be great for 4yrs+) but overall they are well worth the effort . How cute would these be as easter decorations around the house or hanging from trees in the garden as the kids hunt for eggs.

You will need

Egg Carton
Wiggly Eyes
Needle and Thread if you would like the hung them

To Make
1 .Cut the egg cartoon so you end up with something that looks like two eyes and a beak
2 . Paint your egg carton birds - Neevah choose pink & purple for todays craft but you could paint them any colours you like3 .Let them dry4 .Glue on eyes - Neevah needed my help with this as hers kept sticking to the side of the egg carton not the bottom5 .Stick on feathers - We found the easiest way was to put glue onto the egg carton where you would like the feathers to go this could be done with a paint brush or fingers6 .Let it dry
7 .If you would like to hang your bird please see the original blog for examples

Neevah introducing herself to the birds

Neevah's bird (I made the bird at the top of the post)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Work in Progress

Lots of Easter Egg Painting going on today .... you will have to check back later in the week to see what we make with them all.

Monday, March 22, 2010

E is for Easter Egg

This weeks letter is a pretty obvious choice since we are so close to Easter and it is reasonably simple. Neevah had great fun decorating the Easter Eggs she even decorated one to look like Humpty Dumpty.

You will need
3 pieces of paper (in at least 2 different colours)
Marker Pens

To Make
1. Cut out some Easter Egg shapes - I then drew on some stripes, circles etc on some of the eggs just to give some ideas of how Easter Eggs can look
2 . Let your child decorate the eggs3. Draw a Large E
4. Let your child decorate the E5. Cut out the E
6. Glue the E onto the last piece of paper7. Glue on the Easter Eggs

Saturday, March 20, 2010

My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes

A very quick post today and a very simple craft activity. Neevah and I have been reading My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes by Eve Sutton it was one of my favourite picture books growing up and it is a favourite with Neevah too. I printed out a cat from the internet and let Neevah paint it we then glued the cat to a piece of card to make it more durable for play (covering it in clear contact might also be a good idea) and found the cat a box to hide in. Neevah didn't want her photo taken today so unfortunately I don't have any to share of the crafting process but i will share the end result.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pretend Cooking

Happy St Patrick's Day ... both of the kids are a little under the weather at the moment and have not been sleeping well so today we kept it simple with a little bit of pretend cooking. We put flour, water and a few drops of green food colouring into a bowl and Neevah set about making the family some pretend green cookies.

She poured the mix

She Stirred the mix

Then she got sidetracked from Cookie Making .... in went the hands

Look Mum green fingers

This was a great activity when anything to involved is out of the question but it is not without mess so it is best done on a washable surface and in play clothes.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Little Bit of Cuteness

Just sharing a little bit of cuteness today ... Liam drawing ... after this photo was taken he drew all over the table and his arms

Monday, March 15, 2010

C is for Cow

I read alot of blogs! mainly ones similar to mine and have found many ideas that I love a recent find was stART : A Story + Art = A Great Start you can find out more about it here. This week i thought we would give it a go and was fortunate enough to be able to package it up with our letter of the week C. Neevah's interest in the letter C has been sparked by two books we have been reading one is about Cows and one is about Cats both are firm favourites this week. Today we are focusing on the book about Cows

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Neevah is thoroughly enjoying this book (we are borrowing it from the library) it makes her giggle everytime we read it. Farmer Brown has his work cut out for him literate cows and animals on strike the farmer must negotiate.You will Need
2 pieces of paper in different colours (we used white and green)
white scrap paper (big enough to draw a head and tail)
black marker pen
black paint
small sponge

To Make
1 .Draw a cows head and tail then cut it out - I copied the head from one of the cows in the story
2 .Cut a small circle or splotch shape from your sponge (this will make the cows spots)
3 .Draw a big C on one piece of paper
4 .Let your child paint the C using the sponge to create the cows spots5 .Let the C dry
6 .Cut out the C and glue it onto the remaining piece of paper7 .Glue on the Head and Tail
Inspiration for today's C is for Cow can be found here

Check out other great stART projects at A Mommy's Adventures.
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