All About Me Activity

Right now, kids in preschool and elementary school are likely starting off their school year with some self exploration activities. We have been working on several at home with our toddler. Today, I want to share an activity geared towards children from ages five to seven. My toddler did the activity so I could share it with you all and although she did enjoy it, she didn’t get as much out of it as an early elementary school aged child would.

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Materials Needed

  • Two Pieces of Construction Paper
  • Markers
  • Scrap Paper, white board, card stock, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Magazine Clippings (I used food, material items, and words)

Start by drawing a M and an E on one of the pieces of construction paper. Next, give it to your child to cut it out. If you do want to do this activity with a toddler, you’ll probably need to do the cutting.

After that, have your child pick out magazine clippings that they think represents them. If the child can not read yet, read them the words that they have to choose from.

Once both letters are covered in magazine clippings, have your child glue the letters onto the other piece of construction paper.

Finally, write down “All About” on a piece of scrap paper, card stock, white board, or really anywhere that your child can see it. Let them copy it down onto their collage. If you are doing this activity with a toddler, write it down for them. If you are a teacher doing this activity with a class, you can extend the activity by letting the children speak one at a time about what items and words they used in this activity.

Book Recommendations

If you want to pair this activity with a book, we have a few suggestions!


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Multi-Media Fashion Design Craftivity

Over the past few weeks, we have been working on crafts and activities that encourage our toddler to explore her sense of self identity. Recently, we did this craftivity that encouraged creativity and fine motor skills. Since the goal is to encourage creativity, you can use any materials you’d like! I’m going to tell you how we did it, but you can use whatever you have laying around!

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Materials We Used

  • Two Pieces of Construction Paper (I used white and then let my daughter pick out the other color from a pack of multicultural construction paper)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Markers
  • Cut up tissue paper
  • Assorted gems and such

I started by drawing the shape of a person and cutting it off. If you can not freehand this, a quick google search will be able to give you something you can print out and trace.

Next, I gave my daughter the person shape to glue onto the white paper.

After that, I gave her markers so that she could draw her person’s face and hair. She is two, so she didn’t give her person much detail, but slightly older children can draw parts of the face. After she was done with that, I helped her glue on googly eyes. Lastly, I gave her the other materials and let her glue them on however she wanted. I offered as little guidance as possible.

This craftivity is perfect for kids aged two to five. It can be done at home or in a classroom setting. It is a perfect way to use up miscellaneous craft supplies you have laying around. The end result will be as unique as your child!

Book Suggestions

Small children learn best when activities or art projects are paired with a good book!

Our toddler had tons of fun dabbling in fashion design and we hope your little one enjoys it as well!

The Ultimate Guide to Apple Sensory and Crafting Fun

Fall is almost here! Today, we are going to share 15 great apple themed crafts and sensory activities.

Original Photo by Little Bins Little Hands
  1. Apple Scented Cloud Dough
  2. Apple Play Dough Recipe
  3. Red Apple Slime Recipe
  4. Apple Pie Play Dough Recipe
  5. Apple Scented Play Dough
  6. Natural Apple Scented No Cook Play Dough

7. Easy Apple Craft

8. Jumbo Flashcard Handprint Apple Craft

9. Parts of an Apple Coffee Filter Craft

10. Adorable Apple Tree Craft

11. Apple Pinch Pots

12. Yarn Apple Craft & Garland

13. Paper Apple

14. Footprint Apple

15. Paper Plate Apple

To enhance both learning and fun for your little one, check out this apple book list!

Toddler Favorites at Walt Disney World

Disney World is our favorite vacation spot. Our toddler accompanied us for her first trip this past spring and it is safe to say that she loves it as much as we do. Disney offers four amazing theme parks and two water parks. We have never taken time to visit the water parks, so we will be focusing on the parks in this post. Disney goes above and beyond to make sure they have attractions for people of all ages and all ability levels. Today, we want to share some rides, attractions, and experiences at Walt Disney World that are amazing for toddlers.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

In this ride, you are invited to join in on one of Winnie the Pooh’s many adventures. You get to ride in a honey pot through the 100 acre woods. Little ones will love getting to see Pooh and all of his friends. We rode this ride several times during our last trip and our toddler giggled through each ride. As a bonus, there is a fun play area at the rides entrance.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover

This one might sound like an unexpected choice, but it is an amazingly underappreciated ride. It is a train like ride that takes you around Tomorrowland. It offers wonderful views and a bit of a rest from a hectic day in the parks. Our toddler loved it.

Pete’s Silly Side Show

Pete’s Silly Side Show is a circus themed character meet and greet. It is a fun, upbeat environment and the wait times are typically under 25 minutes. The line is inside and air conditioned, so it is a great little break from the heat. This area is also home to an amazing gift shop.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends

This ride is super cute. When the ride ends, you are in a real aquarium that offers plenty to explore. There is even a shark themed play area. We went back to Epcot one night specifically so our toddler could revisit this ride and the aquarium.

Spaceship Earth

We love space ship earth and we were excited to share it with our toddler. It’s a 15 minute ride, so we were worried that it wouldn’t keep her attention, but it did. She loved the interactive ending.

Frozen Ever After

Frozen Ever After was new to us on our last visit. It is in Norway in the World Showcase. It is a must for any Frozen fan. It’s a very pretty and fun boat ride. It is a bit rough though, so it may scare some toddlers. Our toddler really liked it overall. She didn’t love getting her head a tiny bit wet, but she got over it quickly. This ride brings a wait time of at least an hour most days, so we highly suggest getting a fast pass in advance.

Toy Story Mania

This is Mr. Not So Crafty’s favorite ride. We did not get to take our toddler on it while we were visiting Hollywood studios because it was closed for much of the morning, but we are still adding it to our list of rides that toddlers will love. It is colorful and interactive. This is another ride that you may want to get a fast pass for because the line does get pretty long.

Animation Courtyard

Animation Courtyard offers a variety of toddler friendly character meet and greets. They each have a separate line (or at least they did when we were there in the spring) so it can eat up a bit of time, but there was not in Hollywood studios that interested our toddler.

 ABC Commissary

So this isn’t a ride or an attraction, but it is an extremely toddler friendly restaurant. They offer a huge selection of dipping sauces, which I think is a dream come true for most toddlers.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

This ride is always one of our fast passes at Animal Kingdom. If your toddler likes animals, you will not want to skip this. You will see a variety of wildlife up close. This is a ride that is fun to ride multiple times each trip because it is always a unique experience.

The Boneyard

The Boneyard is a playground designed for kids 10 and younger. It is decorated as a dinosaur bone dig site. It features a sandpit, slides, swings, caves, and so much more!

Adventurers Outpost

This character meet and great spot is currently home to Mickey and Minnie in adorable safari themed outfits. This was our toddler’s favorite place to meet Mickey and Minnie. We fast passed this character experience, but the wait time is usually only around 30 minutes, so you could also just wait in the regular line.

We would love to hear from you! Have you been to Disney with a toddler? How was your family’s experience? Did your small child have a favorite ride?

Self Portrait

Young children are continuously working towards forming their own self-identity. The activity we are sharing today is a great way to encourage children to explore how they see themselves. This activity is also a great way to reinforce the concept of facial part recognition for children who are still learning the parts of their face.

Materials Needed

  • Two Pieces of Construction Paper (We used white and a piece of paper from a set of multicultural construction paper. I let my toddler pick which piece of paper from the pack she wanted to use to represent herself.)
  • Glue
  • Magazine Clippings of Face Parts
  • Scissors
  • Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils

I started this activity by having my daughter look in a mirror. I asked her to point to her nose, mouth, and eyes. We talked about what color her eyes were. Next, I had her pick two eyes, a nose, and a mouth to glue onto the construction paper. I offered her no guidance when she was gluing. Instead, I let her put everything where she thought it should go.

After my daughter was done with the gluing, I drew an outline around where she put her face parts.

Next, I cut it out and asked her to glue the face onto the white construction paper. If your child is preschool or early elementary school aged, let them draw the outline around the face and do the cutting themselves. This is great fine motor skill practice.

To finish this activity, I had my toddler pick a marker to draw her hair.

My daughter enjoyed this activity. The end result looked nothing like her, but that is fine. We will all enjoy looking back at this self portrait when she is older. Just under a year ago, we did a slightly different version of this activity. It was fun as a parent to look at both of them together. Over the next few weeks, we will be doing several more self exploration activities that we are excited to share with you.

How to Help Your Child Overcome a Fear of the School Bus

While we officially have just over a month left of summer, most schools in our area start at some point next week. This is a hectic time for many families. It might also be a stressful time for some children who are anxious about riding the school bus. Today, we want to share a few craft and book suggestions to help children overcome their fear of the school bus.

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Crafts

This paper plate craft incorporates painting, cutting, and matching!

Photo Credit: Honey & Lime

This easy shape school bus is made with paper and is simple enough to fit into a hectic day!

Photo Credit: Look! We’re Learning

Books

I’d love to hear from you! How are you getting ready for the start of a new school year? Are your children anxious, excited, or a mix of both?