Kids Craft- Spring Caterpillars

This is a cute and very easy preschool or toddler craft for spring.  I saw this at my son’s school and wanted to share it.  It requires paper egg cartons (our teacher solicited the parents to gather everyone’s used ones), some Tempera paint, a marker for the eyes (or pre-made googly eyes) and pipe cleaners.

Spring Caterpillars!

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Cut the egg cartons and have the children use the Tempera paint to color them.  Draw on the eyes and help them poke in the pipe cleaners.  Super easy.  They can help with the wall display too, if you choose to have one!

Spring Caterpillars Craft

Spring Caterpillars Wall Display

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You can include this activity along with lesson plans to learn about the morphing stages of butterflies.

Valentines Box

This is a cute and easy way to make a re-usable Valentines box for parties or school to hold the kid’s Valentine cards.

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First, start by getting a box and picking out whatever pretty colored paper you want.  In this case, my son wanted a heart shaped box (but even a shoe box will do).  He also picked out the papers which included a funny monkey paper.  You will also need glue and scissors of course.

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I started by putting the glue on and smoothing it out with my finger so the paper would not get wet ripples on it.  I did the sides of the box first by putting on the paper and cutting it close to the edges with scissors or an Exacto knife.

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Then I did the heart cut outs and put them on the bottom of the box.

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I decorated the top in the same way.

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I added his name.

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And lastly, I cut the whole in the top by using a rectangular shape for the hole and a box cutter.

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If you have older kids they can do all of this work themselves.  My son is only four so I did the major work, but I let him add stickers to the top and sides that matched the colors.

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Below is a file which makes 1 page of heart shapes which can be printed on any specialty paper to make the heart cutouts.

This below document is for the rectangle shape for the box top.  The shape is editable so you can adjust it to make the right size for your box.

 

The Traveling Bear

My son’s school has great ideas for “homework” for the toddler age group.  One night as a homework assignment, they sent home a classroom bear.  The objective was to document the activities you did for a weekend with the bear and present them to school.  This is a great idea for classes but also Home-school Co-ops and Mommy’s Playgroups.

Classroom Project: Traveling Bear

Classroom Project: Traveling Bear

Here are some highlights from our visit with Brown Bear.

We ate out with Brown Bear.

We ate out with Brown Bear.

We made cookies with Brown Bear.

We made cookies with Brown Bear.

Yes, my four-year-old can crack eggs like a pro!

Yes, my four-year-old can crack eggs like a pro!

We built a project with Brown Bear.

We built a project with Brown Bear.

We made pickles with Brown Bear.

Played in the leaves with Brown Bear.

Played in the leaves with Brown Bear.

 

We went to dance class with Brown Bear.

We went to dance class with Brown Bear.

We read books with Brown Bear.

We read books with Brown Bear.

And a bunch of other run stuff that Mommy forgot to photograph, like swim class and other fun stuff.  This activity does take a bit of work on the parent’s part to photograph and print them out, but even if that is not an option, just writing down the activities and discussing them in class is a worthwhile activity to teach the kids about how other families do things.

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Park Collage

I got this cute idea from a friend and I want to share it.  Going to the park in the fall is such a fun thing.  The next time you go, take a couple of pieces of paper and a bottle of glue with you.  Have the kids pick out the best fall leaves and blooms and paste them onto the paper for a colorful collage while you are there.

You can take a group of kids for a playdate or just your kids.  Talk to them about the types of trees and leaves and specimens you find.

Turkey Disguise

I got the idea for this fun activity from my son’s school.  The idea is to help the Thanksgiving Turkey find a good disguise to keep him safe from being eaten!  It builds imagination and creative thinking.

Print out a turkey printable from the internet.  Explain the concept and have the toddler (preschooler) pick what disguise the turkey should have.  My son picked a fire truck!  Since a fire fighter was a little more appropriate and easier to do, we went with that.  I got him some fireman related stickers, markers and paper.  He colored the turkey, used the stickers and even made flames from paper cut outs to go at the bottom.  Have fun!

No turkeys were harmed in the making of this post.