Tag Archive | crafts

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 Fish in Bubbled Waters

Wow!  We are already at the end of our first activity plan from the Leaping Lilies curriculum; Bath Time!  We’ve had a lot of fun learning over the past two weeks….and boy are we (and our dolls) clean!  Today’s post demonstrates how to turn any simple, one dimensional activity (like a craft) into a whole-learning experience.  (Meaning that all areas of development are being challenged or addressed in a meaningful way)

 

On alternating Fridays I blog about the final activity of our current theme 

This week’s Theme:Bath Time

Activity Description: Make a soap fish to use in the bath

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Language, creative, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, social, emotional

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

 

Lets get started!

  • Make your soap fish!

You will need:

  1. Wash cloth
  2. Bar of soap (oval shaped works best)
  3. Craft foam sheets
  4. Elastic band
  5. Piece of lace or ribbon
  6. Needle & thread (or crazy glue… I tried it for ease and speed – it seemed to work just fine)

Instructions:

Place the soap in the centre of the cloth

Place the soap in the centre of the cloth

Gather the cloth around the soap

Gather the cloth around the soap (Mommy helped!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secure with a strong elastic band

Secure with a strong elastic band

Cut out foam pieces for eyes, fins and mouth

Cut out foam pieces for eyes, fins and mouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secure foam pieces with a couple of stitches.  (I also tried crazy glue for ease and speed - it seemed to work)

Secure foam pieces with a couple of stitches.

Tie decorative ribbon around the elastic

Tie decorative ribbon around the elastic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taa Daa! Finished soap fish!

Taa Daa! Finished soap fish!

 

 

Excited to use these in the bath!

Excited to use these in the bath!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Use this activity to create a whole-learning experience

Language Development:

The entire process encourages self-expression and conversation.  Teach new words as they come up in context.  Make conversation around the parts that your tot finds interesting or curious.  Ask questions that require an opinionated response.

Creative Development:

Have your tot take participate in the creative process (as much as possible).  My girls chose the materials; the cloths, the colours for each of the foam elements, the ribbon and they helped assemble the fish.

Fine Motor Skills:

Manipulate the cloth (folding & gathering)

Manipulate the cloth (folding & gathering)

Scissor skills (cutting the foam pieces)

Scissor skills (cutting the foam pieces)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross Motor Skills:

Encourage your tots to wash themselves.  Give them instructions that are more physically challenging for them.  (Such as, wash the back of your neck, under your arms, the bottoms of your feet, use the opposite hand)

Emotional Learning:

Obviously your tot should never be left alone in or near a bath but there are elements of bath time that can be used to encourage self-reliance (such as, undressing independently, testing the water before getting in to see if it is suitable and self-washing).  Parts of the activity also help to develop patience (such as, waiting for and adult to do certain parts before they can continue).  This is also the appropriate age to start learning the importance of personal hygiene. (What is it?  Why is it important?)

Social Learning:

In our case, this activity provided exposure to new situations/activities because I am NOT overly competent with a needle and thread so it was something different for them to see me doing.  Also, I’m pretty sure they have never seen a bar of soap before (only liquid).  In story books, the soap is always pictured as a bar of soap and they are always confused when I tell them that the image/drawing is soap!

VERY interested in what Mommy is doing.

We’ve never seen this before!  VERY interesting!

Cognitive Learning:

First there is the sensory component (touching/feeling all the different materials, choosing colours, smelling the soap..and yes, one of them even tasted it, despite my warnings).  It is also necessary to follow instructions (several multi-step instructions) to complete this!  Finally, this is a great activity to develop awareness of sequencing (first, next, last) because this is a step by step process that is completed in a specific order.

The girls really enjoyed using the soap fish to wash themselves but, I chose not to share pictures of the girls in the bath.

 

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