Build a snowman and your name


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A very cute winter craft is making name snowmen. I made the circles before hand and cut out the rest of the shapes as well. When it was time for the kids to make their snowman they found the correct letters and built their snowman to spell their own name. They also had some fun painting with a scrub brush to make snowflakes on the picture as well.

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Although when you have a one year old do this …. It kind of looks like the poor snowman melted hahaha

Easy Christmas craft for toddlers


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Super easy craft to do with preschoolers!

I had premade strips of colourful paper ready and some triangles cut out of cardboard.

The children covered the triangles with glue, then they laid the strips of paper across the triangle.

They had fun looking at the different lengths of paper

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Once dry I trimmed the excess paper away, taped a Popsicle stick to the bottom and stuck them into egg cartons that were covered with tinfoil.

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Here are our trees don’t they look beautiful!

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Spin Art


Using a salad spinner makes very interesting designs.  This activity also encourages co-ordination, fine and large muscle development,

012  I cut the circles just the right size to fit the bottom of the spinner,

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then we dropped tiny bits of watered down paint onto the paper, shut the lid and spun.

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Dream catchers


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Lately I have been admiring all the dream catchers on pinterest. This morning I scrounged through the craft cupboard and found a few things that I could use to attempt to make one. As I sat there trying my best to weave the string one of the kids asked if I was making a spider web. I explained what I was making and the kids watched as I attached the feathers.

Then the kids gave it a try.

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I cut out the center of some paper plates I had and punched holes around the edges. I also did a couple of strings for them just to get them started.

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this was a great exercise in strengthening fine motor skills

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Marbles!


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I am not sure what the wooden box was originally used for but it works wonderfully with marbles!
This keeps the kids busy for a long time.
The younger ones place the marbles in the slots while the older ones take time to sort by size or colour.

All done on their own, I just set it up and watch how they play.
I do have younger ones here at my daycare and marbles can be very dangerous (choking hazard ) so this activity is supervised.

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The lid was fun too.

Our pretty sparkly thingamajig


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I think this would be a great afternoon project for any school age child to make on their own, or like what I did, you can have the younger ones help string the glass beads onto the copper wire.

Not exactly sure what you would call it other than a beautiful work of art!

We used : sticks, copper wire, glass beads, and napkin rings.

I’m sure that anything that you find in your junk drawer would make an amazing eye catching work of art.

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Scribbles are good!


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Working together creating big scribble pictures has more benefits then you may know! They are learning… Colours, team work, space recognition, sharing, manners, early writing skills, creativity, and that is just off the top of my head!