As a general rule, most of the art and activities posted on here will be child guided, but today we are breaking that rule. This cute little footprint apple is a great keepsake. We made several of them to pass along to family and friends!
I start by putting red paint on a paper plate and getting ready plenty of wet paper towels to clean up the mess that I knew would follow. I decided to do this while Mr. Not So Crafty was at work, but I can tell you that it wasn’t the best idea. This would definitely be easier to do with two adults!
I dipped one little foot into the paint, then pressed it on the paper. After that, I repeated the process with the other foot.
After I cleaned up painted baby feet, I painted a little stem and leaf. Once that all dried, I cut out around the painting. This step is completely optional but I liked how it looked!
Farm animals are really popular in our house. This paper pig is super simple and turned out so cute! With slight modifications, this activity is great from kids between 18 months and 6 years old!
Pink Construction Paper
Green Construction Paper
Colored Pencil, Marker, Or Crayon
The prep work for this craft takes under five minutes. Mr. Not so Crafty took toddler chasing duty while I cut out two circles (one bigger than the other), two rectangles, an oval like shape for the snout, two small triangles, and a tail shape. I am not good at drawing things, so your tail may be way better than my tail. If your little one is three or four, try just drawing the shapes and letting them cut it all out. If your one is five or older, then try telling them the shapes and letting them do the drawing and the cutting! This is great fine motor skill practice as well as shape recognition practice.
After I finished the prep work, Mr. Not So Crafty brought the little one to her highchair so she could get to work on her pig! We handed her parts one at a time and she glued them on the paper.
After letting it dry for a little bit, we helped our little one glue on the eyes and draw on a mouth and nostrils. The older your child is, the less help they will need with this step! After that, it was all finished! When planning this, we didn’t actually plan for it to hang off the page, but that is how it worked out. We encourage you to just let your little ones creativity flow, even if the results are different than you had pictured in your head.
School has officially started everywhere in our area. Our toddler is too young for school, but she loves watching the school bus drive past our house. She loves pretty much anything that moves. We felt like this was the perfect time for this cute little shape school bus!
White computer paper
Yellow construction paper
Back construction paper
As with most crafts, its easiest to start with the prep work ahead of time! For little ones under three, you’ll probably want to do the cutting. You will need one long yellow rectangle, one smaller yellow rectangle, three to six black squares (we cut out four but only used three), one long skinny black rectangle, and two black circles. If your little one is over three, just draw the shapes and let them do the cutting. Cutting is great fine motor skill practice!
Next, just let your little one assemble the bus. We always try to offer as much freedom as possible when putting together shape based crafts and activities. The end product may or may not look as intended, but your little one will get the chance to learn and explore while creating something they will be very proud of. Our child is only 20 months, so we do offer a bit of guidance, but mostly just to make sure no parts of the project get eaten!
Fall is coming soon and it is our family is so excited. If feels funny writing this as we sit in the AC hiding from the hot, humid weather outside, but September 22nd will be here before we know it. We have a few things that we think makes the transition from summer to fall more comfortable and fun!
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There is something therapeutic about putting away the summer clothing and breaking out the cooler weather clothes. In Ohio, we can go through all four seasons in a single week this time of the year, so we cant put all of our summer clothes away just yet, but we definitely enjoy doing some shopping for the upcoming season change!
We love decorating for holidays and seasons. Fall is such a fun time to buy new seasonal decorations.
Fall Themed Children’s Books
We do a lot of reading in our house. We try to match a book with the activities we do, so soon, we will be breaking out the fall books! We try to keep our books organized by type so they are easy to find.
We hope these shopping suggestions help get you in the fall mood. If you are looking for suggestions for activities to do with your family, check out this great list from Everywhere With Ella.
We would love to hear from you! What is your favorite part of fall? Do you have a thing you must purchase each year?
Right now, we are working on teaching our toddler the parts of her face. This activity is great for toddlers and preschoolers. When I worked in early childhood education, each year the class did self portraits at the beginning of the school year. This activity was inspired by the one my amazing former boss did, but I wanted to make something toddler friendly to share with you all.
Piece of White Computer Paper
Magazine Clippings of Noses, Mouths, and Eyes
Start by taking your child to look in the mirror. Point out their eyes, their nose, and their mouth. Next, let your child pick out two eyes, one nose, and one mouth to use. I tried to give my little one a variety to pick from. After your child picks their face parts, let them glue the magazine clippings on the paper however they’d like.
The face might take a little bit to dry, but after its done drying, draw an outline for the face around where your child put the facial parts. If your child is over three, try letting them draw it themselves.
Next, let your child draw their hair and anything else they want. I helped my toddler with the hair a little bit, but then let her draw as she wished.
After you little one is finished, don’t forget to date it! We laminated ours and will try to remember to do another one next year to compare. This simple activity was a lot of fun and is a great way to work on self image and body part recognition.