Fall memory keeping toddler craft

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Do you sometimes feel like the time is passing by too fast? I do. Of course it’s never that way when I have to make dinner, while taking care of a whining baby, and a toddler that’s dangerously bored, aka I’ll-throw-a-tantrum-any-minute-now.. It’s when we sit down to craft with my daughter, and I look at her hands, and I see that these are not baby hands anymore.

She’s growing up. Little by little, but she is. The summer dresses that I’ve bought couple of months ago seem to be suddenly too short. Her vocabulary is growing every day. She’s dressing up on her own, and finally eating with her fork :). I fell that pretty soon she’ll be going to school. She’ll have her own friends. Her life. But for now she’s still mine. I wanted to capture this moment, her chubby hands, the feeling of this fall. So this is what we’ve made.

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Since I really like the contrast of colours that you get by using black cardboard, here it is again :). Of course you can use white as well. Here is what we’ve used:

big cardboard sheet

Paper

finger paint

dry leaves

glue

We started by stamping her hand on the yellow sheet of paper.

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..we glued it on to the cardboard:

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And then my daughter was gluing the leaves.

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And here it is, our simple and really easy, fall memory keeping toddler craft:

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I think think that we might be making them every year :). I plan to add them to our photo albums. Yes, I still make them. And how do you preserve your baby/ kids souvenirs ?

 

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Paper puppet theatre

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My daughter loves puppets. It may be a family issue:). When I was little I used to love going to the Puppet Theatre. It was a magical place, in a baroque style building next to an old park by the river. You get the picture ? Magical. So couple of days ago, when it was raining, I decided to make some easy paper puppets. Since there is no Puppet Theatre around here, we can play that we have one at home! Here is what we used :

Colourful paper sheets
Wooden sticks
Plastic eyes
Empty Kleenex box
Glue
Scissors

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I drew a simple teddy head on a black sheet of paper, cut it out, and then give to my daughter to glue the mouth, nose (small paper triangles) and plastic eyes.

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Than she glued the wooden stick.

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Then I cut another three triangles : one for the foxes head, and two for the ears:

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And it was up to Lili to glue it all together :

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Then I took the empty Kleenex box, and I’ve cut off one side and the top. Then we glued the craft paper around it. My daughter choose the colours πŸ™‚ I’ve cut the paper. Β It was team work :).

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And here she is, in her room, plying a “Teddy and a little fox from the woods” πŸ™‚ !

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We have so much fun pretending that we run a puppet theatre ! What other animals would you like to have in the paper puppet theatre? I have a feeling that soon we’ll be adding some new characters to our play !

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Giant DIY birthday card

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Today you can find me at Typically Simple blog where I share the tutorial for this Giant DIY birthday card, made totally by my toddler (and a tiny bit by me πŸ˜‰ ).

It was so much fun to make, and it’s one of these projects that you could make equally with a toddler as with a big kid. So it’s perfect if you have more than one child to entertain that wants to prepare a birthday card :). And it also lets them get dirty… I don’t know how about your kids, but what I’ve learned as a mother is that a dirty kid is a happy one !

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To see how to make one yourself head to Typically Simple blog !

Rainy day toddler activity : paper roll animals

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Even thought it’s summer, we still had couple of rainy days. I know, we could still go outside and look for snails and frogs, but somehow I didn’t really fell like it ;). Instead I took out from recycling some toilet paper rolls, paint and plastic eyes from dollar store.
And we got dirty with paint, our hands got sticky with glue, and we didn’t even notice when lunch time arrived :). If you would like to make one of these creations here is what you’ll need :

Toilet paper rolls
Paint
Glue
Plastic goggly eyes
Scissors

Start by painting paper rolls. I wanted one black, one white and two colourful, but they turned out kind of mixed. And I think it’s just fine :). My daughter wanted me to paint face on to some of them, so I did a squirrel and a dog ( or a rabbit, you choose ).

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Cut stripes of paper roll for ears, and little triangles and half circles – they will make for a nose and paws:

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Let your toddler glue the eyes,ears, nose and paws.

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Now, are you ready for some role play ? Have fun with these ! πŸ™‚

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Linked to :
http://craftdictator.com/2014/06/26/craft-frenzy-friday-45/

Toddler art: 2d mixed media paper flower

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Almost every morning after breakfast my daughter asks me if she can paint or do some crafts with me. Usually I tell her that she can draw alone while I’ll clean and take care of her sister. It’s not exactly what she hopes for, but most of the time she agrees. So on the days when I tell her that I have more time and we can do something special she’s really very enthusiastic and cooperative. And I just love inventing pretty little projects that she can actually make on her own, only with my guidance . So this project was really fun to make for the two of us. And I guess I can say that it’s her first mixed media piece of art πŸ˜‰

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One toilet paper roll
Black cardboard
Colourful tissue paper
Pompon
Decorative straw
Glue
Scissors

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Cut toilet paper roll in to 2 centimetre wide pieces. Glue them on the cardboard in to a flower shape:

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Roll the tissue paper in to small balls, and glue them insight of the paper towel ” petals”:

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Glue as much decorative straw around it as you wish :). My daughter felt like the flower needed plenty !

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Add a Pompom in the middle of a flower.

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And bravo, you just made a lovely, 2d mixed media piece of art !

Linked to : http://www.niftythriftythings.com/nifty-thrifty-sunday-161/

Colour mixing water play

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With the warm wether we can finally play outside with water πŸ™‚ . There is something ultimately attractive in water play, the mess, the splash the sensory experience of it. And every child loves making mess :). So I’ve prepared some plastic containers and food colouring and we went outside to play:

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I’ve started slowly adding the food colorant, so she would see and understand how do colours mix together :

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Then she started to mix different colours with each other :

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And then we mixed everything together to discover that in the end it will all became brownish .

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And then we got all wet πŸ™‚ . Now go and prepare your messy water station!

Foam spring flowers

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My two and a half years old daughter really loves this kind of crafts; she gets to glue things and make funny faces. I loved this craft because it was simple and there was no sticky and dirty stuff to clean afterwards :). So it’s a win-win acctivity ! And it makes for a cute kids room spring decoration.

Foam sheets
Pipe cleaners
Plastic eyes
Glue

Start by cutting a flower shape out of a foam sheet, and then pierce the pipe cleaner through the centre of the flower:

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Make a loop, so it holds better :

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Now it’s time to glue eyes and mouth (made from a piece of a pipe cleaner):

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Have fun making yours!