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Brown Paper Bag Turkey

Paper Bag Turkey on table

This is a cute thanksgiving craft that can be used as a centerpiece for your holiday dinner. – stuff a brown bag with newspaper or tissue paper and tape the end. . . . → Read More: Brown Paper Bag Turkey

Winter Snowflake Tree

Winter snowflake tree

Children love to rip and tear. Here’s a fun, sensory craft activity which gives them a chance to do that.

You will need the following items: brown paper bags or craft paper, white glue, glitter, and snow-like materials (white feathers, snowflakes, cotton balls, doilies).

Using brown lunch bags or brown packing paper, have them . . . → Read More: Winter Snowflake Tree

Teddy Bear Day

Bear head-band template

February can be dull and dreary!!  Teddy Bear day is a fun way to end the month and it fits right into the hibernation theme. The children dress in their jammies and bring their favorite stuffed bears to home/daycare.  Read on for some bear themed activities:

Bear head-band template

Bear Head Bands- trace the . . . → Read More: Teddy Bear Day

Art Tips for Toddlers

I just finished a few weeks in a toddler room and it reminded me how frustrating it can be to accommodate  little messy hands during craft and sensory activities. Here are some tips to minimize the mess and destruction:

always use washable markers, paint and glue make sure everything is non-toxic and can be ingested . . . → Read More: Art Tips for Toddlers

Where do all the Animals Go? (Hibernating)

clay hedgehog with straw prickles

The end of fall or the beginning of winter is a good time to introduce the children to the concept of hibernation. Where do all the animals go in the winter? Where do they sleep? Are they cold? . . . → Read More: Where do all the Animals Go? (Hibernating)

Burlap Fall Wall Hanging Craft

Fall Wall hanging burlap

This easy weaving activity can be kept as a permanent  fall decoration.  I’ll describe a version for school-age children first, then one adapted for preschoolers.

Burlap is used as a background to sew on various materials. The children can gather organic materials on a walk or in the yard, or you can buy artificial leaves . . . → Read More: Burlap Fall Wall Hanging Craft

Keeping kids busy on long trips

As the Canadian March Break approaches, I am reminded of the countless hours of travel that my family put in over the years. Planes, trains and automobiles with the sweet sounds of crying, whining and fighting siblings. Many years ago when my children were small, we lived a four hour plane ride from our families. A friend of mine, who travelled to Europe every summer, gave me this great idea for long plane rides (works in the car too). . . . → Read More: Keeping kids busy on long trips

Puffy Paint

shaving foam painting

Puffy Shaving Foam Paint

An easy way to add a new dimension to a child’s painting experience! All you need is paper, sensitive shaving cream and white glue.

Mix  the glue and shaving cream ( half and half) to produce a whipped, puffy paint. Use whatever painting tools that you have on hand and watch . . . → Read More: Puffy Paint

Sandbox Treasure Hunting made easy

Long, cold winter days linger on and  it is sometimes hard to come up with something new to do with the kids on days when they can’t stay outside for very long.  I was rummaging around the craft’s cupboard, when I came across some fake glass gems from the dollar store. I grabbed one and buried . . . → Read More: Sandbox Treasure Hunting made easy

Confetti snow picture

confetti glue picture final

Supplies for Confetti Glue Pictures

For this craft, you will need white confetti. It can be found at dollar stores, party places and your local department store. The children can use white glue or a glue stick.

Have the children “paint” their picture with glue first. I keep my confetti in small bucket and . . . → Read More: Confetti snow picture