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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

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)

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

Pipe Cleaner Weave

pipe cleaner weave example

I was looking for materials around the room to use at quiet time, and I gathered up some different colored pipe cleaners and some plastic sewing mats. . . . → Read More: Pipe Cleaner Weave

Toddler Fun with Links

Plastic links and ball

I found a coloured plastic ball and plastic links in the baby section of Walmart (clearance aisle), and took them to the daycare to see what the children would do with them. First they had fun trying to attach them to the ball and it was a good fine-motor workout. . . . → Read More: Toddler Fun with Links

Clothes Pin Sort

colored clothespin color match

Clothespin color matching

Thrift stores are a wonderful resource for cool, interesting materials. I bought a bag of colourful clothespins for two dollars. I then went to the dollar store and bought some aluminum pie plates for a buck.  This is the result!!! You can have the children match by a single color (put one . . . → Read More: Clothes Pin Sort