Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How many days until Christmas???

I know this is REALLY late! SORRY!!!


This was super simple!!

All you need for this is a piece of cardboard, stickers, tape, small plastic cups, Hershey kisses, Christmas themed paper cut-outs glue, and a permanent marker.

Let me start with the cardboard part of the calendar:

I dipped into my scrapbook pages and used my double stick tape to tape 2 pieces together and then used more double stick tape to tape the papers to the card board.

{You don't need to do this you can leave your cardboard plain but I was feeling crafty :) }

I centered the papers on the piece of cardboard and punched out some of  the letters in my scrap-booking stash...

Using elmers glue I arranged and glued the letters to the top of the pages...

This is where the rest of the stuff comes in (along with your little one)...

Count out 25 small cups and place them 'upside down' on your cardboard...

Using the stickers have your little one place 1 sticker on the bottom of each cup....

Have your little one line the cups up on your piece of cardboard....

{They may need your help making them all fit...}

If your child is old enough have them remove the cups and place numbers where the cups were.....
[Making sure to count down from 25 to 1.....1 being the last cup]


Once the numbers are there have your little one place 1 kiss on each number....


Place 1 piece of tap on the side of the cup that will be facing the top of the board... 


Do this until all the kisses are covered again....

If your child would like add a few Christmas themed paper cute outs to decorate. Hang it up and enjoy the count down!!!

Pull one cup off each night revealing the number of days left until Christmas!



Sunday, November 20, 2011

More Shaving Cream Adventures

Bug has been asking to play in shaving cream...SO WE DID! I changed it up a little bit and gave her a few different things to play with :)

We started by adding some pretzel sticks....

Then we added the leafy part of a celery stalk...

We also added some baby gold fish


Bug figured out that the fluffy parts that stick up would 'wiggle' when she blew on them...

"IM MAKING A MESS MOM!"

We got VERY messy!!!
-Shes not too sure about the shaving cream being on her face-


{*If you use whip cream instead of shaving cream this could be a fun and EDIBLE project*}

A warm wet washcloth with wipe the shaving (or whip cream) off your child [and their clothes] along with clean up the play space :) Throw the pieces of food that were played with in the garbage and you're done :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Shaker Instruments*



[I did some prep work while Bug slept so she didn't have as much sitting around and waiting to do]


What you need: Empty toilet paper rolls [or paper towel rolls], scissors, construction paper, glue, scotch tape, rice, pen/pencil, and your stencils
[To get the stencils I did a google search for the pictures we wanted to use and traced them off the screen on white computer paper]

Trace around the outside of the tubes (about 1/4 inch - 1/2 inch wider then the tube)



Line the edge of your tube up with the edge of the paper and measure it....Once you get this part measured you need to roll the tube until it is completely covered and over laps about 1/2 inch. Then cut out each square...


Cut out your circle template and trace 2 per tube...

Place the end of the tube in the circle and tape it all the way around so it is totally sealed....


I sealed one end of each tube and cut the squares of paper that will be used later...

I also cut out the stencils



After Bug woke up....






Bug picked out the tube she wanted to wear and put rice in the tube...

[Be sure each tube has at least 1 teaspoon of rice in it]


{Unless you have an older child an adult needs to do the next step}
Seal the top of the tube using another circle and tape....

Have your child pick a color to wrap around the outside of the tube...

Have your little one pick out the colors and pictures they want to use on their shaker

Since it was close to bed time I chose to put the glue spots on the pieces for Bug...


Have your child flip the pieces over on to the square...





Tape one side of the square on to the tube and roll it around and glue and or tape the other end down...

If you get brave let your child design with glitter pens :)



Here are our final projects!!! 


Throw all your scraps away, put the tape/scissors and glue away.Then sweep up the spilled rice and put your finished shakers up to dry :)












*Original Idea Found Here