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
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
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
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
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
There is nothing better than water play on a hot summer day. Slap bathing suits on the children, along with sunscreen and hats and you are ready to go!!! I have some activities for the children to do in the backyard with water:
wash the bikes, trikes, little tikes vehicles wash the inside toys in . . . → Read More: Summer in the Backyard made easy (Water fun)
A secure, fenced- in backyard can provide hours of safe, relaxing summer fun. I have compiled a list of equipment and supplies to make your summer in the backyard easier. All of the activities I will be providing in this series will use these items . . . → Read More: Summer in the Backyard made easy (Getting Ready)
Inside snow play
Why not bring the outside in!! Here’s some ways to get kids playing and learning about snow and ice inside. These activities combines sensory (feel of snow, texture, properties as it starts to melt) and science (colors combine as the snow melts).
Fill tupperware bins or buckets with snow and bring . . . → Read More: Snow and Ice Play
Having snowball fights in playground and school yards are prohibited, so why not pretend to have one inside? First, make two teams. Each team chooses a colour of tissue paper. Then scrunch up the paper into balls. (Don’t tell the children what the game is until the last minute. This prevents over-excitement!). Once you have everything ready, you can collectively decide the rules of the “battle.” Older children can create various barricades with chairs or toys to hide behind. . . . → Read More: Indoor “Snowball” fight
One of my favorite fables for young children is Stone Soup. Here is a link to a version of the story that you can read to the children. The best way to enhance this story is to have the children participate and “act-it-out.”
Gather up the food items needed, either fresh or plastic foods. Give . . . → Read More: Stone Soup Story Time