Paint Blowing Snow Man

We have shared several snow men crafts in the past, but most of them were aimed towards toddlers. Today, we wanted to share a winter craft for older children. This one is perfect for children aged four to eight. Our toddler helped us out a bit, but it was far above her developmental level.

Materials Needed

  • Blue Construction Paper
  • White Paint
  • A Straw
  • Snow Man Parts (We used a foam orange triangle and black confetti. You can use your imagination based on what you have in hand)

Start by making a traditional looking snow man with white paint. If you are brave, let your child handle the paint bottle.

Next, let your child use the straw to blow the paint around. This might get a little messy, but they will have a blast.

After they are done blowing the paint around, let your little one put on the snowman parts. We did not need glue, because the paint was enough to hold everything.

The end result will take awhile to dry, but is super cute when it does.


Winter Tree Cotton Swab Painting

Right now, it is freezing in Ohio. Mr. Not So Crafty has been braving the cold to go to work, but the rest of us have not left the house in several days. It is a perfect day to make art!

Materials Needed

  • Blue Construction Paper
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • White Paint
  • Cotton Swabs (Between four and six work great)
  • A Rubber Band
  • Glue
  • Scissors

This art activity has very little prep work involved. Use the brown paper to cut a base of the tree and some rectangles for the branches. Next, wrap the rubbing band around the cotton swabs. After that, you will be ready to start creating with your little one!

Start by letting them glue the tree onto the blue paper. The older your child is, the less help they will need with this.

After the tree is assembled, it will be helpful to let it dry a bit before you let your little one start painting. However, our toddler has no patience, so we had to start painting right away. It turned out fine that way.

When your little one is done, they will have a beautiful winter tree scene!

Perfect Book Picks for Preschoolers

Before we became parents, the not so crafty momma was a not so crafty preschool educator! We have previously posted our picks for must have books for newborns and terrific books for toddlers. Tonight, we want to share some books that we feel are perfect for preschool aged children. Because we know most parents are on a budget, all the books on our list are under $12.

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The Wonky Donkey became a home library essential when
the video of the grandmother laughing hysterically while reading the book surfaced online. It is a silly story that will make everyone giggle.

The Wonderful Things You Will Be is beautifully written and illustrated. The story is simple and very sweet.

Dragons Love Tacos does not contain any deep life lessons or fancy story line, but it will make most preschoolers (and their parents) giggle. It is a silly, but adorable, story that is really well illustrated.

On the Night You Were Born hold’s a special place in our hearts. We bought it for our toddler while she was still in the NICU as an infant. It is also a great story for preschoolers though! Preschoolers are often very curious about the parts of their lives that they do not remember, so this book is the perfect way to help open up conversation on that topic.

We hope you enjoyed our book list! We would love to hear from you! What is your favorite book to read to a preschool aged child?

Heart Wreath

After every holiday, we go shopping for clearance goodies. Last year, one of the goodies we found were foam hearts. Those hearts inspired today’s craft.

Materials Needed

  • Paper Plate
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Foam Heart Stickers

Start by cutting the center out of the paper plate.

Next, peal the paper off of the back of the foam hearts and let your little one put them on. This could be done with foam hearts (or paper hearts) that do not have a sticky back as well by putting glue on each heart. We like the sticky style foam because it is less of a mess!

When your little one is finished, just turn it around and tape on the ribbon. After that, your wreath is finished!

Terrific Books For Toddlers

Last week, we shared a list of great books for newborns. This week, we want to share some terrific book choices for toddlers! We know toddlers can be rough on books, so every book on the list is under $12.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a must have classic! We love Eric Carle in our house and have many of his books. This story is colorful and very easy for toddlers to follow along with!

Press Here is a fun and very interactive book. Most toddlers have short attention spans, so books like this that really get them involved are so important!

I fell in love with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus when I was doing my student teaching “a few” years ago! It is just so fun! This is a great book for not just home, but for a toddler day care setting as well.

Baby Faces lets toddlers explore a variety of faces and words.
Most toddlers love looking at pictures of other babies and toddlers!

Mess Free Painted Heart

Today, we did another heart themed craft! This time, we painted.

Materials Needed

  • Paint (We used three colors, but the amount is up to you)
  • White Paper
  • Scissors
  • Gallon Sized Plastic Food Bag

Start by cutting out a heart from the paper. Next, put paint in drops around the paper. Our toddler loves mixing colors together, so we did multiple colors. You can just do one color if you’d like as well.

Next, put it in the gallon bag and let your little one move the paint around.

Once your child is finished, just take out the heart and throw away the bag! The clean up is super easy.

Tissue Paper Heart

So we know Valentines day is still almost a month away, but today we want to share a simple craft that is perfect for little ones between one and four! This tissue paper heart is great for both home and classroom art time.

Materials Needed

  • White Paper
  • Tissue Paper Cut Into Squares
  • A Pen or Marker
  • Glue

We started by drawing a heart on the white paper.

Next, we covered the heart in glue. We put a bit of extra glue on the outline of the heart.If you are working with a child who is three or four, you can let them put on the glue themselves to keep them interested in the process.

After that, we let our little one put the tissue paper on. We handed her one piece at a time.

The finished project is simple but adorable! It only took about 20 minutes from start to finish, so it is perfect for a busy day!