Paper Popcorn Craft

In the spring of 2019, we took my daughter to her first circus. She loved every minute! We did not get to a circus in 2020 and it isn’t looking great for 2021 either. This week, we decided to bring the circus to us with some fun activities and art! One of my favorite part of any event is popcorn. This easy paper popcorn is easy to make and great for littles of all ages!

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Materials Used

  • Construction Paper (We used yellow, red, white, and blue)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

I started by cutting long strips from both the red and the white papers. If your child can safely use scissors, try letting them do this step!

Next, I had my daughter glue the red and white paper onto the blue paper. We talked about patterns and I encouraged her to follow a red-white-red-white pattern when putting the strips on the paper. While she was doing that, I cut the yellow paper into popcorn like shapes for her to glue on.

This easy art project is a great way to sneak learning and fine motor skill practice into your day! It is also super cute when it is finished!

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Five Reasons open Ended Art Is Beneficial For Preschoolers

In our house, often we use art as a learning tool. Sometimes, I plan out an art project with specific educational goals in mind, but I also often set up open ended art projects. Today, I want to share five reasons why open ended art time is important!

Open Ended Art Encourages Creativity

Children learn new skills so much more easily than adults do. By giving them random art supplies and leaving the end results up to them, you are helping them develop creativity that will last a lifetime!

Open Ended Art Encourages Self Exploration

We keep a wide variety of construction paper, including paper that represents a variety of skin tones, on hand. It is always interesting to watch my daughter explore the art supplies we have and turn them into something that is meaningful to her.

Open-Ended Art Gives Children A Risk-free Way To Get Comfortable Trying New Things

Trying new things can be scary! Engaging in open ended activities often can help children cope better when uncertain situations come up.

Early Exposure To Art Can Make Children Better Students

Children who routinely engage in art and other creative activities are statistically better students.

Open Ended Art Helps Improve Fine Motor Skills

Painting, gluing, cutting, and drawing all help with fine motor skills!

Art is just as important as play in young children. The freedom allowed during open ended art time is super beneficial to little ones! I’d love to hear from you! Is open ended art a learning tool in your house? What are your favorite materials to present to your child?

Paper Plate Lion

This summer, we have gotten to go to several zoos and animal parks! As summer comes to an end, we decided to bring some of that animal fun home with a few jungle animal crafts! Today, we want to share an easy paper plate lion!

Materials Used

  • Paper Plate
  • Yellow Paint
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • Yellow Construction Paper
  • A Paint Brush
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors

I started by giving my toddler the paper plate to paint.

We let the paint dry overnight. Once it was dry, I helped my toddler cut strips from the brown construction paper. I cut ear like shapes from the yellow construction paper.

Once the paper was cut out, we glued it onto the back of the paper plate.

To finish this craft, we flipped it over and added googly eyes!

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Painted Starfish

Summer is the perfect time to do some ocean themed crafts! Today, we made a paper starfish!

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Materials Used

  • Orange Construction Paper
  • White Paint
  • Scissors
  • Bubble Wrap

I started by cutting out the star fish shape. If your child is really good with scissors, then you could draw it and have them do the cutting!

Next, I helped my toddler dip the bubble wrap in the white paint. She moved the bubble wrap up and down on the orange paper.

This craft is really simple but it was a lot of fun!

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Valentine’s Day Tree

Valentine’s Day is just over a week away! Today, we made a simple Valentine’s Day themed tree. This painting craft is great for kids from two to five!

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Materials Used

  • White Paper
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • Paint
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Scissors
  • Glue

The prep work for this craft is really easy! I just cut out a tree trunk like shape and several rectangles for branches. If your child is comfortable using scissors, you can let them do the cutting.

First, I had my daughter glue the tree and branches onto the white paper.

After that, I gave her paint with cotton swabs and showed her how to use the cotton swabs to dab paint on the branches. We used a few different colors of paint. She also wanted to draw a heart on the trunk of the tree, so i helped her with that.

This craft project took about 15 minutes and didn’t make too much of a mess!

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Cotton Swab Painted Easter Egg

Easter is less than a month away. We had originally written this post last year, but since most Easter events are canceled this year, we thought we’d come back and do this art project again! We have not decorated real eggs yet this year at our house, but yesterday, we painted a paper egg.

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Materials Needed

  • White Paper (We used paper from a big roll of white craft paper)
  • Scissors
  • Paint (We used three colors)
  • Cotton Swabs

I started by cutting out an egg shape. If your little one is able to use scissors, you can draw the shape and let them do the cutting. After that, I gave my toddler the paint and let her use the cotton swabs to paint her egg however she wanted.

The cotton swab painting is so much fun for toddlers!

Book Suggestions

Little ones often enjoy when a book is paired with a craft or activity. Here are some suggestions!

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