May 8, 2018

Butterfly Activity & Craft for Kids!




One of LB's favorite activities during our BUG week was this one! We have played with it several times so far and had so much fun coming up with new and beautiful butterfly designs! Some of the designs above are LB's creations, and some are mine. 'Tis fun for all ages! :)

Prep:
  • Using different colors of craft foam, cut out the following:
    • 3 (or more) butterfly bodies, and draw smiley faces on each of them
    • 3 (or more) pairs of wings
    • 5 (or more) sets of different shapes (about 8-10 of each shape)


Here's what you do:
  • Lay out all the pieces on the floor or table and show your child how to put them together to create a beautiful butterfly.
  • Then let them do it on their own. It's so fun to see what they come up with! (I was surprised to see LB make his designs so symmetrical and simple. Since he's a wild and rowdy 2 year old, I expected something crazier from him, so it was fun to see how he did it on his own.)
  • Then take them apart and start again!


originally posted 9-2012

You might also like our awesome activity we did using the same idea to build DINOSAURS using craft foam pieces. My kids loved it. Check it out!

May 1, 2018

4 Creative ways to make cute Mother's Day Cards with Kids Handprints!



Children's Handprints are so adorable! 
Here are 4 fun and easy ways you can use your children's handprints to make cute homemade Mother's Day Cards for Grandmothers, or any special Moms you know!

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Handprint Garland Mother's Day Card


Handprint Circles Mother's Day Card


Handprint Flowers Mother's Day Card


Handprint Flowers Mother's Day Card

February 2, 2018

Valentine's Day Game! - Heart Toss


(originally posted 1-31-14)

Here is a quick and fun little game you can whip up for your little ones as Valentine's Day is approaching! ♥ It would even make a great game for a Valentine's Day party! 

Supplies:

Prep Work:
1. Fold your 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper in half. Cut out a heart shape:




2. Then, about 1.5" inside that heart, cut another heart shape out:



3. Unfold it and you've got your Heart!



4. (**Set that inside heart aside for another craft we'll do next week!)  :)


5. Using a hole punch, punch a hole through the top of the heart (on both sides):


6. Cut 2 long pieces of yarn and tie them each through the holes:



7. Then tape the yarn onto the top of a doorway so that the heart hangs at a good height for your kids to be able to toss into:



8. Next, get 3 pieces of pink construction paper and cut them into 4 squares each.



9. Scrunch each one into a ball (or you can let your kids do it. Kids are master-paper-scrunchers.) :)
10. (**Set 2 of these aside for a craft coming up next week!) Now you have 10 paper balls, ready for tossing!



Time to PLAY!
Playing is easy and fun.
Hand the paper "balls" to your kids and have them take turns tossing them into the heart!

We each took turns and tossed all 10. As we tossed we counted up how many each of us got through the heart. LL(2) had fun just tossing them all over the place. :) LB(4) got pretty good at it and even got 7 out of 10 one time!


♥ HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! ♥

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November 30, 2017

Christmas Games with Bows!




originally posted 12-3-12

Here is the first activity for our "Presents" - themed week! 
Here are some fun activities you could do for a Christmas activity or even a Birthday!

You will need:
  • A bunch of gift bows (You can buy them fairly cheap this time of year. I actually bought this big bag of bows 3 years ago and have barely made a dent in using them---so finally I can put them to good use!)
  • 2 big bowls or buckets or bins.
  • A child or children with lots of energy!





Here are a few easy game ideas:

1. Bow Run:
    • Place 2 buckets each at opposite ends of the house. Fill one of the buckets with the bows.
    • Have the child pick up one bow at a time and run it to the other bucket, then run back to get another one. Continue until all the bows have been transferred. Then do it again!
      • OR you can have the child place a bow on their head and walk slowly to the other bucket and drop it in.
      • OR you can have them balance a bow on their arm(s).
      • AND/OR you can have them find 2 matching bows at a time and take both of them. (Here's LB(3) playing):



2. Bow Pick-up Race

    • Have your child grab handfuls of bows and throw them up in the air. Then time them to see how fast they can pick up all the bows and put them back in the bucket.
      • OR you could choose a color and have them just pick up bows of that color. (Here's LB in action!):


3. Bow Hunt
    • Just like an Easter egg hunt---only with BOWS! Hide all the bows in a room, or all around the house and have your child(ren) search for them.


4. Bow Fight
    • Place a long jumprope or string or line of pillows in the middle of the floor to section the room into 2 equal halves. Have team A on one side, team B on the other.
    • Each team starts with an equal number of bows. Set a timer for 2-3 minutes and say "go!" Everyone picks up the bows and throws them to the other team's side of the room! 
    • When the timer beeps everyone drops all the bows and counts how many bows are on their team's side. Whichever team has the least amount of bows wins.
    • Then play again!