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Handprint-a-saurus

Handprint art is a really great activity because it uses minimal supplies, doesn’t take long to do and creates a lasting image of your tot’s precious hands!  If you search on-line for “handprint art” you will find hundreds of options that can fit any theme or occasion.  Whenever you do handprint art, be sure to write the date on the back (or age of your tot) for future reference.  Happy handprinting!!

Here’s one activity we did today from the Leaping Lilies curriculum

 This week’s Theme: Dinosaurs

Activity DescriptionHandprints Art (Sensory):  Make a dinosaur from your tot’s handprint (fingers are legs, palm is body, thumb is the neck & head) draw/paint on a face, claws, tail.  Embellish if desired.  Name the dinosaur [child’s name]asaurus.  (Ex.  Andrewasaurus, Monicasaurus)

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Creative Skills

Specific Skill: Making a craft

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 5 months

 

  • Preparation

– I showed the girls some images on the computer of the craft we were going to make

– I asked them to decide which art supplies we would need (click here to see a list of great craft supplies)

– They helped me get the supplies and get set up

 

  • Handprints (Step one)

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  • Adding Body parts (Step two)

-I did this part since the girls are not yet able

Mommy adds faces, claws & tails

Mommy adds faces, claws & tails

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Embellishing (Step three)

-We used finger prints as spikes.  You could also use stickers or paint or draw on horns, spikes, etc.

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**** They loved this so much that I gave them another paper to continue.  It’s not related to dinosaurs or this project but I thought they were beautiful and I loved the titles they gave them so I thought I’d share:

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Polkadots, by M & Storm Clouds by O

 

 

  • Name your dino! (Step four)

– I explained that one of their dinos would be named “[their name]asaurus”.  And that they could name the other one “[whatever they wanted]asaurus”

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Click here to see another post about preserving your tot’s little handprints!

 

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A Work of Bubble Art

It’s short and sweet today!  An inexpensive, simple-to-do, art activity using items you already have in your home.  It makes beautiful and fascinating artwork.  Enjoy!

Here’s one activity we did today from the Leaping Lilies curriculum

 This week’s Theme: Bath Time

Activity DescriptionBubble Art: Place some bubbles into a container, add food colouring and mix.  Put a straw in the container and blow bubbles until they reach well above the rim of the container, gently place a paper on the bubbles and repeat.  Use different colours.

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Creative Development

Specific Skill: Experiment using different art mediums

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 4 months

 

This activity is pretty straight forward and doesn’t require a lot of pictures to explain, so here goes!

 

    • Mix the bubbles with the food colouring (encourage your tot to do this)

      Add food colouring to bubbles

      Add food colouring to bubbles

 

    • Insert a straw into the container and blow!!! (explain that sucking will be yucky!)  O accidentally sucked in the mixture even after the warning and she ended up blowing a bubble out of her mouth which made  M laugh so hard which in turn made O so happy that she forgot about the yucky taste in her mouth! (We did keep some juice on hand just in case we needed to get a yucky taste out of our mouths)

      Blow until bubbles rise out of the cup

      Blow until bubbles rise out of the cup

 

    • Place a piece of paper gently onto the bubbles/cup

      Place paper onto the cup

      Place paper onto the cup

 

  • Repeat using different colours

    Taa Daa!  Beautiful bubble art!

    Taa Daa! Beautiful bubble art!

M & O happy with their bubble art

M & O happy with their bubble art

 

 

 

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