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.

Valentines Box

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.

 

Sensory Playdates

This is a very simple idea for multiple playdates to teach young kids about their senses.  You can do a separate playdate for each of the senses.  Use items from around the house as the props and as the kids sit in a circle pass around the items and talk to them about the items and what senses they feel.  I’ll use smell as the example:

That’s Smelly! Playdate

Choose several items to pass around to the kids and try to have them describe how the item smells.  Try not to use any loose powder items like spices or scented makeup because they can accidentally inhale them.  Also steer clear of any chemicals.  Some examples are:

Bar of Soap

Flowers

Citrus (scratch the skin for more smell)

Scented Candles

Scented Stickers

Other playdates can focus on sight (light and dark, colors, near and far) or touch (soft, hard, rough, smooth, slick, warm, cold etc.) or sound (loud, quiet, music, talking, car sounds, animal sounds, echoes, etc.) or taste (salty, sweet, sour, bitter, spicy, warm, cold).

Toy or Book Exchange Playdate

This is a very simple idea where each participants brings either a toy or children’s book (whichever theme you choose) and the kids swap the items.  This is a good chance to teach them about sharing.  They also get rid of a toy or book that no longer interests them and they receive a new interesting and FREE item.  Yeah for frugal moms!

Cozy Coupe Playdate

I actually “borrowed” this playdate idea from my friend.  This is a great playdate for anyone who has a safe area such as a long circular driveway, large carport or any other paved area away from the street.  For this playdate each of the participants brings a ride on toy such as a Cozy Coupe, Tricycle, Bicycle, Ride-on Truck or Car, etc.  It works best for ages 18 months and above.

The kids ride around, get physical exercise and have a great time while you teach them about sharing and road rules.