Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Making Art out of Scraps

Materials needed are:
Tin foil, glue, construction paper, scissors, and tissue paper scraps.
[We were going to make a creation out of only tin foil but Bug insisted on using the tissue paper too!]

Have your little one pick their piece of paper
(Sorry its blurry she wouldn't sit still!)

Get a piece of tin foil

Cut it into strips....

Then cut the strips into small squares.

Have your child pick up a square of tin foil....

Then squish it.

After the pieces are squished...
Pull them apart. Each one will be left with unique lines and marks.

Next have your child put glue on the paper..

Next have your child put the tissue paper and tin foil on the glue. (We throw many pieces on at once :] )

Have your child push down on the tissue paper and tin foil so it sticks to the glue

After it dries they are left with a unique creation!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Puffy Paints!

These paints are a unique way to let your child be creative!! They dry the way they were left so your child can create a 3-D picture!!

All you need is a paper plate, construction paper, wipes, shaving cream and glue.
(If you want different colors food coloring and Popsicle sticks will be needed as well)

Have your child pick their paper color

Place the plate close to their paper

Put your shaving cream on the plate. (No specific amount needed)

Add your glue to the shaving cream.
[If you add food coloring now is the time to add a few drops...]

Mix the shaving cream and glue together. Let your child do it if they are willing!
[If you added food coloring use your popsicle stick to stir it so hands aren't stained]

(Of course, after I started mixing it Bug decided that it was okay for her to do it too!!)

Once your paints are mixed paint your papers!

These paints have a unique texture making this a sensory project too!! Let your child take their time and explore it!! They are smooth and creamy....yet sticky!!

Let your child's creations dry and hang them up for everyone to see!!

{Lesson Learned: If your child's hair is longer pull it up and out of their face for this one or you will be brushing puffy paints out of their hair!!}

The wipes will clean the small spots and wipe it out of their hair.....Warm running water works better for their hands and / or feet when they are covered in it!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Noodle Play

How often do we tell our kids not to play with their food?? Yes, it's good manners at the table when they are eating BUT, letting them explore foods is a great sensory activity for them!! 

Materials needed:
Any sort of noodles or pasta. We used cold Ramen noodles!

Cook the noodles and let them cool. Playing with luke warm noodles or cold noodles will be 2 different experiences for your child as the noodles have a different texture..

After being told not to play with food it may take your child a little while to be "okay" with playing with them!

Slowly we got into it!!!

We used a container and a fork to play with. Toddlers love to fill and dump things!!


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Packing Peanuts???

Why not let your little one make a masterpiece before you throw those packing peanuts away!!! So easy and yet your little one will have so much fun showing you what they can create!

All you need is packing peanuts, glue and construction paper!!

Have your child put glue in the pattern of their choice. With little ones they may need help...

If you help your little one cover the majority of the paper with glue so they can freely place the peanuts where they would like.

One by One or.....

Push them all on the paper...either way your child will have a one of a kind picture!!

Once dry proudly display your child's creation on the refrigerator!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Painting Pictures

Something as simple as sitting with your child while they are painting and talking to them about what colors they are using or counting the brush strokes can be a HUGE learning experience for your child. And, as a bonus they get quality one on one time with you!!!

All you need to do this is paint brushes, paints (finger paints work well),art smock, cups for paint and paper. [Using a paper plate to put paint colors on works well too!]

Have your child pick the colors they want to use. For younger children 3 seems to be pretty good but you can use as many or as few as you would like!

Put their art smock on.....

and let their creativity show!!

Encouraging your child to mix colors is a must!!

Clean up is simple. Warm soapy water for your child's hand and plain warm water will wash the paint brushes and cups out.