Arts and Crats

Toilet Paper Tube Mummies

Alright, let’s bust out those toilet paper tubes I told you to save last week and make some Toilet Paper Tube Mummies! This was a very simple and fun activity. Babs is only two so this was more about the process than the product. FiIMAG0016
ne motor skills it takes to squeeze the glue, the sensory experience of glue and cotton ball fuzz stuck to your fingers, etc. So don’t be to upset if they don’t turn out perfect. Plus mummies are supposed to look like they are falling apart anyway! The only items you will need for this project are cotton balls, googly eyes, toilet paper tubes, a cookie sheet (or as we call it our art tray), and glue.

The next step is important if you really want it to look like a mummy. Babs needed help with this one. You need to unravel each cotton ball. I do this by pinching the side and then having Babs pinch the middle of IMAG0025the cotton ball and pull. The result will be a long strand of cotton. If you let you littles ones just go for it you will end up with fuzzy mummies and that’s okay. Like I said its more about the process than the product.

After unraveling all of the cotton balls, have the kiddos squeeze some glue onto the cookie sheet. They should then take the toilet paper tube and roll it the glue until the surface is covered. Last the can take the long strands of cotton balls and wrap them around the tube. Add the eyes and you are finished!

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Then comes the clean up…..as you can see Babs is thrilled. ūüėȬ† IMAG0036

Materials Needed

Toilet paper tubes

cotton balls

glue

googly eyes

art tray

 

Kids Cook

Mini Pumpkins

Okay so I know I have been slacking on the kids cooks ideas, but let’s face it, sometimes life just gets in the wayWP_20151017_11_33_31_Pro.¬†ūüėČ ¬†Lately I have just been letting Babs help me cook our breakfast. We did make super cute mini pumpkins for a Halloween party we went to last weekend. I saw a picture of them online and I wish the website would have been listed so I could give them credit for the idea. The first thing we did was peel the oranges. This really tests those fine motor skills. I start one for Babs like the picture to the right. However, if you have smaller child¬†that would like to help you could also do most of the peeling and let them just pull the peels off like the picture below.

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We also made banana ghost to go with them. I used the celery and grapes to keep them standing upright. They were a huge hit at the party!

Here is the recipe page for Mini Pumpkins!

Materials Needed

celery

small oranges

one eager and hungry kiddo ūüôā

 

Arts and Crats

Water Bottle Ghosts

This art project was so simple and Babs ended up loving it so much more than I though she would. All you need for water bottle ghosts is an empty water or pop bottle with the label peeled off, a bag of cotton balls, and some black construction paper (googly eyes are optional).WP_20151019_11_33_16_Pro

I gave Babs the water bottle and dumped out the cotton balls and let her go to town. I did one as well so she could follow my example. All she had to do was fill the water bottle will the cotton balls.

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This project was a simple way to slip in some fine motor work. ūüôā I cut out construction paper ovals for the eyes and mouth¬†and we attached them with masking tape. We also decided to add some googly eyes to some of the ghosts but I actually think they look better without. Great to add to your end tables¬†for Halloween decorations! Babs loves seeing all her art work displayed.

Materials Needed

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Bag of cotton balls

Black construction paper

Googly eyes (optional)

Sensory Play

Lumpy Bumpy Sludge

Our sensory project this week¬†is Lumpy Bumpy Sludge, or Eyeball sludge in honor of Halloween. ūüôā To do this sensory project you will need corn starch, canola oil, water, a package of Jello, flour, and mini marshmallows. I call this project sludge instead of slime because the Jello gives it more of a gritty feeling.¬†It will also¬†give this sensory¬†project a good color and smell. I used tropical fusion Jello so it smelled¬†wonderful!¬†Babs even kept saying,¬†“Yum Strawberries!”¬†because it smelled so good!

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Some tips and tricks for those of you who have kids like mine that are hesitant to touch any of these gooey concoctions.  I usually give Babs some spoons and scoops to use while she explores for the first few minutes. After about five minutes I start to encourage her to touch the sludge with her hands. It helps her if I touch it too.

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I have included the recipe for Lumpy Bumpy Sludge below. I have the measurement of marshmallows that we used, however, you can add as many or as little of the mini marshmallows as you would like. It all depends on how lumpy and bumpy you want your sludge to be. You can even pull in some fine motor skills into this sensory play project by encouraging your child to use their thumb and index finger to pinch and pick up the marshmallows. The sludge makes them slippery so it is more of a challenge.WP_20151019_10_18_36_Pro

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Materials Needed

Mix the following ingredients in together in a bowl. Add the flour slowly and the marshmallows last.

Corn starch 1/4 cup

Water- 1 1/2 cups

Canola Oil- 1/3 cup

Flour- 1 1/3 cup

Mini Marshmallows- 3/4 cup

Jello- 3oz package

Arts and Crats

Leaf Man Art Project

Let’s put those leave we collected to good use! We used our leaf collection from a couple of week ago and created our own Leaf Man based on the book. This was a great way to talk about placement of body parts. I don’t know about you, but when Babs and I are drawing pictures, her people often have arms floating randomly off to the side or legs where arms should be….lol! This project gave us some different materials to work with and held her attention really well.

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We did have to collect a few new leaves so we could have some different colors in there. Our previously collected leaves had already turned brown. I first made an example so she could see what we were going to make. I also kept the book close by so she could look at the picture. The example is pictured to the right. After that we worked on one together. During this time I encourage her to be as independent as possible. After we have made one together, I give her the materials to make one on her own. I give her some verbal prompts like, “remember where the arms go.” and I may help her squeeze the glue if she needs it. The one we did together and the one she did on her own are pictured below. I will let you guess which one she did on her own (hint: it still has a floating arm ūüôā )

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Side note: If you are a teacher in lower elementary or just have an older child you would like to do some activities at home with, Scholastic has some great interactive lessons on Venn Diagrams to go along with the Leaf Man book! Click the link below!

Scholastic Lesson Plan: Leaf Man

Materials Needed

Leaves of different colors

glue

craft eyeballs

construction paper

markers to label pictures (optional)

art tray/cookie sheet

Story TIme

New Fall Themed Story Time Book!

After our recent trip to the library we have started reading Leaf Man written by Lois Ehlert. It is a wonderful story about a leaf man who is blown away by an Autumn breeze. While caught in this breeze he flies over many other leaf plants and animals.

WP_20151014_10_08_24_ProSince this is not a particularly long book we just sit and read it a few times. I did not see the need to create any movement activities with this book. Babs loved the book! As we read I point out all the different leaf creatures on each page. Now when we are outside she spends most of her time looking for Leaf Man…lol! It’s actually pretty cool to see her make the connection. ūüôā Gone are the days of looking for cloud animals during summer picnics….sigh, an on to finding the many leaf creations a Fall breeze can create! Art project post is soon to follow!

pretend play

Dollar Store Dress Up

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She was to busy putting out fires for a picture in her fireman hat so I had to settle with cowgirl, beads and all!

Dress up can keep kids entertained for hours and it doesn’t have to be elaborate! Since it is around Halloween time the Dollar Tree by our house has some simple dress up items that has inspired creativity in Babs I didn’t even know she had yet! A simple plastic fireman helmet sparked discussion about what firefighter does as well as encouraged her to use some toys or household items in different ways.¬†She put on¬†the hat and away she went! She used a mixing spoon for a hose and pretended the couch was on fire. She ran around the house making fire engine noises, it was great! Ahhh….to be a kid again! I think I see a¬†cardboard box fire truck in our future creations. ūüôā She has been so into it that we just started reading the book¬†Firefighter Ted by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre. Dress up is the most fun for us when follow Babs lead. If you find anything cool and cheap while you are shopping give me a heads up!

Music and Rhymes

Flashlight Fireflies

Flashlight Fireflies is a new rhyme we are working on this week. Babs really loved it probably because she gets to use a flashlight. ūüôā I picked up a¬†two flashlights at the Dollar Tree. They are the small ones so they won’t be to heavy for tiny hands. Our hallway is dark enough to do this activity but a bedroom with the curtains closed would work great too. The first time I say the rhyme I show her the motions with the flashlight. The second time around I give her a flashlight and we do it together. She liked it so much we did this rhyme about 10 times! The rhyme is listed below, however,¬†you can download the word document for Flashlight Fireflies¬†and print it. I like to print the rhyme and also a¬†coloring page¬†to go with it.¬†I foundWP_20151013_17_23_18_Pro this coloring page at COLORING.WS from DLTK’s¬†website.¬†I¬†will have¬†Babs color it later this week and add it to our song and rhyme binder.¬†Then she can go through and¬†use the picture to choose a rhyme. I also add the word document¬†because¬†I would probably mess up the words if I didn’t….hahaha!¬†The motions are in parenthesis below¬†each line.¬†It goes like this….

Firefly firefly in the sky,

(wave flashlight on ceiling)

Firefly firefly way up high,

(wave flashlight on ceiling)

Firefly firefly come down low,

(wave flashlight on floor or wall)

Firefly firefly move so slow

(wave flashlight very slow on floor or wall)

Materials Needed

Rhyme

Two small flashlights

A dark room

Sensory Play

Mold and Melt Goo

Mold and melt goo was a new sensory experience for Babs. She wasn’t to sure about it because it starts off hard and it was a little difficult for her to get out of the bowl. I ended up giving her a spoon and helping her scoop it out with my hands. Once she had a piece in her hand and I showed her how it “melts” she thought it was pretty cool. As you can see in the pictures we spread out the sensory play table-cloth because this project is messy and there is no getting around it!

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All you need to complete this sensory play project is corn starch and water. The specific amount of corn starch and water you will need is listed in the materials needed section at the end of the post. This is not one of the sensory projects that we save all week. I will be making a fresh¬†batch of it on Friday and adding a little color. To add color I would either replace the water with liquid water colors (I will post Friday how to make your own without spending a fortune ūüėȬ†) or you could add a little powdered or liquid food coloring. Depending on how much of either type of food coloring you add you may have to adjust the amount of corn starch or water in the recipe. Hope you enjoy!

Materials Needed

Corn starch 2 1/2 cups

Water 3/4 cups

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Songs and Rhymes for Babies

As I am adding new songs and rhymes to the binder we have at home I came across some that we used when Babs was under a year old. She loved to when we did the motions with her. It was one of my favorite bonding times with her. Thought I would share. They are from Winnipeg Public Library. Click the link below will take you to a PDF file you can download! Enjoy!

Songs and Rhymes for Babies and Toddlers