Music Art : Tin Can Drums

We’ve been on a tin can binge, so Henry and I had to make these drums from tin cans, too! During my hunt for balloon ideas, I found this tin can drum idea from both Quirky Momma and Mini-Eco. Since Father’s Day is this coming Sunday, and his Dad used to be a drummer, I […]

Art : Window Paint Creations

Paint on a large window, outside?  It doesn’t get much better than that! We’ve finally had some nice weather lately, and getting outside has been much needed! I quickly made up some window paint. I googled the recipe for window paint and ran across a recipe that included dish soap. I looked under my sink, […]

Free Play : Carpet Doodles

Carpet doodling was an unexpected activity that came out of some free play. Henry and I scored a bunch of old utensils and cookie cutters from my great-grandmother’s house. They’ve been in a bucket around the house and played with nearly every day. As we were playing one day, we discovered that they could make […]

Sensory Play : Flour Piping Activity

After seeing the sand piping bags at Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning, I knew it was a sensory activity that Henry would love to get messy doing. Minus the sand, we made our own flour piping bags. After our Free Play : Stirring and Mixing activity, I couldn’t let Henry miss out on mixing together the flour and water.Henry […]

Paper, Paint & Vehicles

[After two other failed crafty attempts today.] Henry created this piece of art:   While I was getting supper on the table, I handed him a piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper. Color of his choice: Green. Poured some washable paint in a container. And gave him his green paintbrush. [A couple of months ago, Henry and I bought this […]

Shaving Cream Eggs for Easter Tree

A messy messy activity ending with a beautiful craft for Easter Start by adding shaving cream to a pan. [Henry had troubles pushing it hard enough to make it come out.] Add food coloring. Swirl the colors around. Swirl some more [and end up with a not so pretty color] Build towers. Add utensils. [Henry […]

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Balloon Art

In continuing with our balloon extravaganza : we painted balloons today. We painted them two ways : [1] paint before blowing up the balloons [2] paint blown up balloons I liked painting the balloons beforehand the best. It had a sense of mystery. What will this look like when it gets big?     Henry wasn’t as […]

Salt Painting

Henry and I experimented with glue, salt and food coloring. I did not like this craft, until I framed it. There’s something about the frame that makes it look professional! [okay, that may be an exaggeration] Its really pretty easy and a toddler can definitely do it.  1) Paint some white school glue on your paper […]

KoolAid Paint with Fun Cleanup

<align=left> Some crafts don’t turn out exactly how you plan…  [isn't that the cardinal rule of crafting with toddlers and preschoolers?] but the process of doing it is still just as fun and educational. Henry painted with ice cubes and KoolAid. He sprinkled a couple packages of KoolAid on paper in a tupperware. Added some […]