Category Archives: Crafting with kids

Mod Podge Cereal Boxes

When was the last time you used Mod Podge? I had an old jar of it kicking around and decided to turn into a craft for Isabelle and I. 

Supplies:

  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brushes 
  • Tissue paper
  • Cereal boxes, soap box, cracker box

Mod Podge is basically glossy glue. You paint it on something, start adding pieces of tissue paper and brush the glue over it again. 

Tissue paper works well, but you can also use wrapping paper and fabric. 

Our results:

  

February Art Work

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Last month, Isabelle and I have been busy crafting away. Here are a few projects we did:

This month, I have a few more ideas up my sleeve. Can’t wait.

DIY felt bean bags

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As I mentioned in a earlier post, our toddler has learned a new skill: Throwing. I’m happy that she has learned this new skill, but I want to encourage her to throw the right things vs. the wrong things (like spoons/books/iPhones/etc…).

Here is my very simple and quick tutorial on how to DIY felt bean bags.

You will need:

  • Dry beans (I used Pinto Beans)
  • Ziploc bags
  • Decosonic bag sealer (optional)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Felt
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks

Put beans in Ziploc bag

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Tape or Decosonic the Ziploc bag to make it small enough to fit in between a felt piece folded over.

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(Optional) Tape the beanbag to the felt.

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Glue gun around the edges of the bean bag and fold the felt over

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Once the glue has been set and cooled, check the edges for any spots where the glue didn’t take.

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Cut around the edges of the felt and enjoy!

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 We tried the bean bags with her yesterday and for a first try it went well. I put a small bin on the floor and taught her to throw the bags in the bin. She didn’t really throw the bags into the bin, more a pick up and drop in the bin. We have some work to do, but good for a first try.

Get your toddler to paint a pumpkin

Painting #halloween #pumpkins tonight.

#14 on my list of 41 things to do during the Halloween season was to get your toddler to paint a pumpkin. Since she’s still a bit young for real paint, this is what we did.

Supplies:

  • 2 small pumpkins (I got ours at the Superstore for .99 cents each)
  • 1 vanilla pudding
  • 3 small plastic containers
  • Food colouring (red, yellow, blue and green)
  • 2 paint brushes
  • Bench
  • The great outdoors

What we did:

  • Distribute the pudding in three plastic containers
  • Mixed one each one with different colour food colouring
  • Brought our mini pumpkins and art supplies outside
  • Let her go wild!

The finished product:

Finished art #pumpkin painting

It was such a success. Our 14 month old daughter really enjoyed herself. She never put the pudding in her mouth, but she could have if she wanted to.

Have you ever used food as paint before? What have you used in the past?

 

41 Halloween-y things to do in october

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{costume: Hello Kitty}

This is my daughter’s year of “firsts”. Last year, she didn’t react much to the holidays. She was a cute, adorable potato. Even though she was still a little person, she didn’t laugh, react or point to things the way she does now. NOW, the holidays are going to get interesting. She’s going to react to things, pull ornaments off trees, get scared, eat some treats, she’s going to really experience  the holidays.

Now, she may or may not remember these days, but hopefully with the magic of photo and video, I can help her remember some of these beautiful moments and start traditions that will continue for years to come.

The first holiday that I’m really excited for it Halloween. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Not only do you get to dress up, eat delicious pumpkin spiced food and carve pumpkins, my birthday is in October (not near Halloween, but close enough).

This year, as I want to make a Halloween special. I’ve made a list of great things to do during the Halloween season.

  1. Eat pumpkin poop
  2. Spider ice cubes
  3. Make pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon for breakfast
  4. Make Halloween cookies
  5. Make hot dog mummies for dinner
  6. Make hot apple cider
  7. Make hot mulled wine
  8. Make pumpkin pretzels
  9. Make tin can lanterns
  10. Glowing ghosts
  11. Magnetic spiders
  12. Candy centrepiece: using candy corn, candy pumpkins, add a tree (use a paper towel roll to keep the tree in place)
  13. Make a monster door
  14. Get your toddler to paint a pumpkin
  15. Tissue paper ghosts
  16. Spooky forest craft (black construction paper, branches and googly eyes)
  17. Halloween preschool sensory bag pumpkin
  18. Masking tape mummy
  19. Slimy eyes (sensory bag with cheap hair gel)
  20. Erupting pumpkins
  21. Goggly eye soup
  22. Goblin gut sensory painting (might be fun to do in the water/sand table)
  23. Flying ghosts rockets
  24. Pumpkin bowling
  25. DIY Halloween Hair Dye (with sidewalk chalk)
  26. Watch adult Halloween movies (Hocus Pocus, Halloween, The Nightmare Before Christmas)
  27. Watch a Halloween movie kids (The Haunted Mansion, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Casper)
  28. Make a Halloween necklace
  29. Colour a Halloween picture
  30. Rake the leaves and play in them
  31. Make a Halloween garland
  32. Wrap up kids like mummies
  33. Play tic-tac-ghost
  34. Make a wall of bats
  35. Bobbing for apples
  36. Carve a pumpkin (tips)
  37. Bake pumpkin seeds
  38. Visit a pumpkin patch (Ontario)
  39. Tell a spooky campfire story with a flashlight
  40. Eat or make caramel apples
  41. Go trick or treating

Do you have any fun Halloween activities that I could add to my list?

Indoor Art – Ziploc Bag Art

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Ziploc bag art is good clean (cheap!) fun. It’s a great way to keep babies busy when it’s yucky outside.

What you’ll need:

  • Child (able to stand on their own and older)
  • Large Ziploc bags
  • Masking or painters tape
  • Paper (scrap paper works perfectly)
  • Finger paint (ketchup and mustard works too)

Set up:

  • Cut the piece of paper to fit flat inside the large Ziploc bag
  • Put a few drops of paint on a piece of paper
  • Carefully insert the paper in the Ziploc bag and seal
  • Use the tape to attach the Ziploc bag to the wall or window
  • Then let the child tap, bang or use their fingers to move the paint around in the bag
  • Voila! Ziploc bag art!

Our daughter is a very busy girl. We always say “everything for 5 minutes” and that’s about as long as she would play with this. I bet you other babies, would probably play with this a little longer, but mine, not so much.

What we did do, is we left the Ziploc bag art up on the patio door all day. She would go to it through out the day, bang on it and then move on to something else. It worked for us in that sense.

 

Have you tried this craft before? What did you think of it? Would you do it again? How did you do it differently?

 

The original idea for this craft came from this pin on Pinterest:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/504614333220390928/