Category Archives: Toddler Ideas

Handprint Caterpillar Craft

I saw this idea on Facebook a few days ago and really wanted to try it, so this was our craft table activity at Twins Club today.Handprint Caterpillar

You will need:

  • paper
  • paint
  • small circle stamp (a bottle lid or similar)
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • black pen

Paint the palm of your hand with the chosen colour for the body of your caterpillar and your fingers another colour for the legs. Print a line of hand prints along the paper to form the body and legs of the caterpillar. Make sure the prints are touching or overlapping. We did three prints, but you can do as many as you want.

Use the circle stamp/bottle lid to print a head at one end. Once the paint has dried add a nose and antennae and glue on some googly eyes.

 

Caterpillars

 

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Sticky Window Craft

It has been a beautiful sunny day here today and has really felt like spring is finally arriving!

This morning, with the sun streaming through the patio doors, it was the perfect opportunity to do some sticky window craft. I was sent a link to this idea a few days ago by a friend who recommended Kara’s Classroom to me and I immediately knew we’d be giving it a go!

Sticky windows involve cutting a piece of sticky back plastic and taping it to a window with the sticky side facing outwards. I cut some tissue paper squares of several colours and added some craft gems and felt shapes. Jasmine had a go first but was soon joined by Thomas. Ben hasn’t been feeling great again today but he did a little bit.

The kids really enjoyed doing this so I think it is an activity we’ll definitely be doing again.

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A Messy Afternoon

I started writing our Christmas Cards this morning and discovered we didn’t have anywhere near enough. This provided me with just the excuse I needed to get the kids crafting!

So out came the cards, the paint and the Christmas themed sponges. I used plates for the paint so the kids could dip the sponges in easily, however after the first couple of cards I realised it would be more successful if they painted the sponge rather than just “splatting” it into the paint 😉

Sponge Painting Cards

 

We didn’t have many blank cards left (obviously a trip to the craft shop is needed!) and the kids were of the opinion that they hadn’t done enough painting, so they moved onto paper and they didn’t stop until we ran out of drying space!

A Messy AfternoonA Messy Afternoon 2

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Daddy’s Birthday Cards

It was Gordon’s birthday yesterday 🙂 Birthdays are a great excuse for some simple crafting! This year we only had to make cards as presents had been shop bought, so while he was at work over the weekend we got designing. Star Wars is the latest craze in the house, so of course the cards reflected this!

Jasmine drew Yoda, complete with Lightsaber and stick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas drew R2D2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Ben drew .. um, what 2 year olds draw!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmine and Thomas also wrote inside their cards. Every time they do any writing I am amazed as I have never done any formal writing with them but they are getting so good all by themselves!!!!

 

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Scissors for Small Ones

When my twins were smaller I was so very, very paranoid about them using scissors. I was convinced they would hurt themselves and/or each other, so it wasn’t until they had been at Pre School for a few months (where they had free access to all things “junk modelling”) that I was brave enough to allow them free-ish access  to scissors at home (while I watched them like a hawk and removed them at the first sign of trouble!)

Ben, on the other hand, has had access to scissors for ages and he is just 2 years 9 months old! His older brother and sister now have totally free access to scissors (they are supposed to tell me they are getting them out!) so inevitably Ben also has easy access to them. He loves to “cut” and “snip” and is actually really good now.. much better than Thomas and Jasmine at the same age!

Yesterday he asked me if he could “do cutting”. I was in the kitchen baking a cake at the time so I almost said No. But I didn’t. Instead I got a garden gravel tray (invaluable household item for kids crafting!), put a selection of paper and boxes on it along with 3 different pairs of scissors. I placed this by the kitchen doorway and there he sat happily cutting away while I baked the cake and kept half an eye on him. He was happy, I was happy, and Thomas and Jasmine were happy because he wasn’t upstairs destroying the intricate Lego models they’d spent the day building 🙂

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