Month: April 2014

Kid Life Size Cut-outs

Last weekend I took my kids to the Aquarium in downtown Toronto. Although we all had a great time, it was very expensive. Between tickets and parking we spent $100. Good thing my kids and I will be doing some inexpensive craft activities this week. The activity I am going to show you today are life size cut outs of your children. This idea was given to me by a friend who does it with her daughter and I loved it. I highly recommend that you trace your kids the night before the activity and cut them out while they are sleeping, as this takes a bit of time.  My 4 year old daughter’s friend came over and did this craft with us.  She had so much fun doing it. She forgot to take it home and her mommy told me to save it for her because she keeps talking about it. So cute! Okay let’s move on to the activity for your little ones!

*KID LIFE SIZE CUT-OUTS

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What You’ll Need
Kraft roll paper or a roll of wrapping paper (you use the blank side) (use one roll per child)
Markers
Glue
Any other laying around the house (feathers, string, pipe cleaners, stickers, felt, foam, paint and Pom poms to name a few)

Directions
Roll out your paper
Have your child lay flat on their backs on top of the paper
Trace their whole body with a pen or pencil (My 2 year old monkey was a good sport about this).

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Cut out their silhouette with scissors

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Have them draw in the face and hair.
Decorate with your supplies.

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Our special guest decorating her silhouette.

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The end result. The girls wanted “Frozen” type necklaces.

 

Eric Carle Crafts

Eric Carle is a famous children’s author and his books are very popular in my house. Here are two fun crafts that stay in Carle’s theme.

Hungry Caterpillars

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What You’ll Need
20-24 clothes pins (dollar store has them in a pack in the laundry/hanger aisle)
A string, ribbon or shoe lace
Yellow, red, blue and green markers
Glue
Paper

Instructions
Lay out the clothes pins and have your children colour them.
All green except two blue and three red.
Cut out eye circles and colour them yellow and green.
Glue the clothes pins as you are clipping them on to the string.
Glue the eyes on the red part of the caterpillar.
Let it dry and then your kids can slither around their caterpillar.

 

Brown Bear Toast

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What You’ll Need
2 pieces of bread
Peanut butter or soy butter
Craisins or raisins
Banana slices

Instructions
Cut your bread in circular shapes. Toast the bread.
Spread peanut butter or soy butter on the bread.
On each toast, put two banana slices on the ears and one for the nose.
Add two raisins/craisins for the eyes and one on top of the banana slice for the nose.
Eat and enjoy!

*You can also make “Polar Bears” by using cream cheese instead of peanut butter.

5 Little Frogs Craft

This puppet craft inspired me after my 2 year old son and I visited the library for a toddler program. Once we left, we were given a cut out frog. Then I thought, why not make some fun puppets with the kids?
This craft was inspired by the song “5 Green And Speckled Frogs”. We made the craft and practiced our show. We would sing the song and every time a frog “jumped in the pool”, your child can drop their frog puppet in the pool (you get the picture)!
For older kids, you can make this a mosaic craft by cutting out mini green squares and have them cover the frogs in glue and stick the squares on top until they are covered.

Here is the craft below. I will also list some frog related songs you and your children can sing with their puppets.

*5 LITTLE FROGS CRAFT

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What you will need

  • A stencil frog to print and cut out. You can find them online. Here is a site you can use: http://www.spraypaintstencils.com/a-zlistings/frog-image.gif

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  • 2 sheets of green construction paper
  • 1 sheet of brown construction paper
  • 1 sheet of blue construction paper
  • 5 popsicle sticks
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Glue
  • Green marker
  • Brown marker
  • Green crayon

Directions

  • Take your frog stencil and trace it 5 times on green construction paper.
  • Have your children colour them with green crayons
  • Cut out each frog
  • Glue the googly eyes or draw eyes on the frogs
  • Glue a popsicle stick to the back of each frog
  • Draw a cylinder on the brown paper and cut it out. Draw a swirl or circles on the side to look like a log.
  • Cut out a large circle shape pond out of the blue construction paper.
  • Start singing away!!!

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*FROG SONGS

*FIVE GREEN AND SPECKLED FROGS
Five green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log,
Eating some most delicious bugs.
Yum, Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were four green speckled frogs.
Ribbit, ribbit!
(Continue rhyme until all frogs jump into the pool)

*TWO LITTLE FROGS
Two little frogs sitting on a hill,
One named Jack and one named Jill.
“Jump” said Jack. “Jump” said Jill
And they both jumped off down the hill.

*IN THE POND
Tune: “The Farmer In The Dell”
The frog lives in the pond,
His tongue is oh so long.
It reaches high to catch a fly
And then he sings this song.

*Little Green Frog
Mmm mmm went the little green frog one day
Mmm mmm went the little green frog
Mmm mmm went the little green frog one day
And they all went mmm mmm ahhh!!

We all know frogs go ladedadeda
ladedadeda ladedadeda
We all know frogs go ladedadeda
ladedadeda ladedadeda
They don’t go mmm mmm ahh.

Fun Easter & Passover Craft

With the Easter and Passover holidays coming up, my kids and I thought we would make two fun crafts to get everyone into the spirit. The Passover craft I made with my children and they loved it!!! The Easter craft I think is really cool, but my kids are two young to do this one, but I would recommend doing it with older children.  Here are the craft instructions below.

For those who celebrate these holidays, Happy Passover and Happy Easter to all.

*Easter Egg Yarn Craft (Taken from the Six Sisters Stuff Blog)

Easter Egg YArn

What You Need
Yarn
Flour
Water
Balloon

Directions
1. Blow up small water balloons
2. Make your glue. I first added 1 cup flour and 1 cup water and whisk together. Then I slowly added a little more water until I got the consistency of Elmer’s glue.
3. Yarn. Next I added my yarn into the bowl and let it soak for about a minute.
4. Put Your Yarn On Your Balloon. As I slowly pulled the yarn out of the glue I would run it through my fingers to get rid of any access glue. The less glue you have the cleaner your eggs will be.
Lay out on both sides to dry. Once the balloons harden, you pop them. They make great centre pieces.

*Moses And The Red Sea (EDIBLE CRAFT)

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What you will need:
Paper plate
Teddy Bear Cookies
Peanut butter or soy butter (to stick the cookies)
Container of Cool Whip defrosted
Blue food colouring

Directions
1. In a bowl, mix 1-1.5 cups of cool with with a few drops of blue food colouring. Mix until the Cool Whip turns blue.
2. Take a plate, spread some cool whip on both sides of the plate creating a path in the middle.
3. Drop 4 drops of peanut butter on the plate. Stick the cookies to the plate so they stand up.

Then watch Moses part the red sea :)