Friday, September 28, 2012

Handprints - Mummy Bird and Little Bird

Spending a bit of one on one time with your children can be a lot of fun. Here is a cute idea for a Mummy and Me painting you can make together, you could even team it up with a book such as Are You My Mother? by P.D Eastman

You will need
Wiggly Eyes
A large piece of White Paper
Orange Paper
Marker Pen

To Make
1. Paint your childs hand or let them do it themselves if they can and make a handprint on the white paper

2. Repeat the above step but with your own hand this time
3. Let Dry
4. From the orange  paper cut triangles for beaks 
5. Glue on wiggly eyes

6. Glue on the beaks

7. With a marker pen draw legs

Inspiration for this craft was found here. I love the way our Mummy and Little Bird turned out they remind me of Cardinals.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Spring Playdough Garden

The Spring flowers are out in force in our area and everything is looking very colourful and pretty. This inspired us to re visit an old idea of Playdough Gardens but we changed it up a little this time making them on a smaller scale using lots of spring blooms from our garden. I also tried a different playdough recipe as I had no cream of tartar left. The new playdough is a bit stickier than our normal version and I don't think it will last as long but overall the kids still loved it and it is a handy backup recipe to have.

No Cook Playdough 
2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 tablespoon cooking oil
3/4 cup water
2 drops of food colouring

Combine flour and salt then add water, food colouring and oil. Mix until combined. Knead well (I put a little flour on the bench first as it was still a little sticky at this stage) If still too wet add more flour.
Recipe from: Best Recipes

You will Need
Shallow Container or Lids
Flowers and Greenery

To Make
1. Cut some flowers and greenery to make your garden

2. Push playdough into the shallow container (a large lid may also work well)

3. Stick the flowers etc into the playdough until you are happy with the look of your garden

and because it is playdough you can pull it out and start all over again

Friday, September 21, 2012

Easy Rainbow Drawing

 This easy rainbow drawing can be made by a range of skill levels it doesn't matter if they scribble, draw lines or colour it in as long as you use a range of rainbow colours it will look cute.

You will need
White Paper
Blue Paper
Rainbow coloured Marker Pens, Crayons or Coloured Pencils

To Make
1. From the white paper cut out a rainbow shaped arch and clouds
2. Ask your child to draw or colour a rainbow on the white arch

3. Glue the rainbow to the blue paper
4. Glue on the clouds

 Ta Dah! so easy and he was really proud of his rainbow :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Greeting Card Puzzle

I really like this idea but can't claim it as my own as I first saw it at our local Kindy. I love that it is a fine motor skill and problem solving activity all rolled into one, that you can cater it to a range of skill levels and you could theme it for lots of different occasions.

You will need
Old Greeting Cards (the picture side only)
Coloured Paper
Marker Pen

To Make
1. On the back of the greeting card (so picture side down) draw lines for your child to cut along. Cater the lines to your childs skill level straight lines, curved lines or zig zags

2. Ask your child to cut along the lines

 3. Put the puzzle back together and glue the pieces in place

Such a simple idea and you are recycling or is the right word repurposing?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Our Leaf Family

This is a simple but fun activity Neevah came up with using the left over leaves Liam had collected. She liked seeing how wacky she could make the members of her family and we also sneaked in a little writing practice.

You will need
Marker Pens

To Make
1. Glue leaves to the paper leaving enough room between each for arms and legs. You will need 1 leaf for every member of the family.

2. Draw faces, arms and legs on the leave bodies. Make the people as funny or as realistic as you like - in Neevah's picture I have green hair!

3. Label your picture with the names of each family member

4. Display the picture somewhere the whole family can enjoy it

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