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Quick Craft Ideas for Young Children

Getting a toddler to sit still can be a near-impossible feat. They’re constantly exploring the world around them. That’s a good thing, but sometimes they need some creative downtime. That’s where toddler crafts come in.

Crafting is great for toddlers for a number of reasons. It can help them develop longer attention spans. Most crafts help develop hand-eye coordination. And young children can benefit from learning how to follow simple instructions. Here are some craft ideas that your toddler can do (with supervision).

Craft Stick Puppets

Puppets are fascinating to toddlers. Creating their own puppets is easy, and it’s lots of fun. All you really need are some craft or popsicle sticks, construction paper, safety scissors, markers and glue.

Help your toddler cut animal shapes out of construction paper. He can draw faces and other details with washable markers. Glue the stick to the back of the shape, let dry, and he’s ready to put on a puppet show. If you want to make more elaborate puppets, try cutting shapes out of foam. Glue on a pom pom for the nose, and add some googly eyes.

Paint with Pudding

Kids love to fingerpaint, but it’s so messy. And there’s also the concern about them eating the paint. Even if the paints are nontoxic, it can make cautious parents uneasy. The solution? Let them paint with pudding!

You don’t need different flavors to make different colors. Just use one serving of plain vanilla pudding, divide it up into small portions, and add food coloring to create various shades. Give your child a paper plate to use as a canvas for his masterpiece. When he’s done, he can eat it with no worries.

Design a T-Shirt

If your toddler sees you sewing or painting clothes with fabric paint, she may want to try her hand at designing clothes. But needles are small and sharp, and fabric paint is messy. What to do? Break out the markers!

Kids can have a blast decorating a plain white t-shirt with colorful markers. If you use washable ones, they can create a design, wear it, and start over after you wash the shirt. If a permanent design is desired, however, you’ll have to let him use non-washable markers. You can avoid a mess by covering the work area with newspaper and putting a smock on your toddler.

Placemats

Making placemats out of contact paper is very easy. Have your toddler cut shapes out of construction paper and glue them onto a whole piece with a glue stick. He can add detail with markers or embellish with stickers. When he’s done, place the artwork on a piece of contact paper, sticky side up. Place another sheet of contact paper on top, sticky side down.

Most toddlers will only have the patience to make one placemat at a time. But he can make another one tomorrow, continuing until there are enough for the whole table. He’ll be so proud to know that everyone sees his artwork at every meal!

Crafting can help your toddler learn important skills while keeping him quietly occupied. Whether it’s a rainy day or he’s just feeling creative, seize the opportunity to let him channel his imagination into something you can both admire.


Plannning for Summer Fun

Summer is here. This means all of the kids are home and you are probably already hearing “I’m bored.”
I have found that, if I plan well then summer doesn’t have to be expensive or boring. By planning I don’t mean scheduling every minute of every day, that will drive you and your kids crazy, I do mean planning something everyday.

Sit down with your summer calendar and first write in any vacations you have planned, visitors coming into town, VBS’s & camps they are going to and other commitments you may have. Now see how much time you have left. Try and plan 1 activity a day, that is appropriate for your child’s age. It could be a craft, trip to the beach/pool, rent a movie, go bowling whatever. I try not to put too many events that cost money in one week.

Make good use of the free/low cost experiences your town, church and county offer. Does your library have special summer programs? We have 2 movie theatres that show free movies on Tuesdays all summer long-how great is that? Do you have a state/national park nearby? They offer amazing programs year round. You may have to spend some time researching what is available in your area but when your kids have activities to look forward to it makes those stay-at-home days much more manageable.


Powder Art Giveaway

I think all kids need creative activities in their busy schedule. Whether it is creative/dramatic play, arts & crafts, music or dance-kids need a creative outlet. So many times arts & crafts projects are messy and expensive. Powder Art is good clean fun!

From Powder Art

Powder Art,™is a mess-free twist on paint by numbers and a great activity for kids to explore their artistic abilities and build their reasoning and motor skills.

“We wanted to create a product that was mom-approved and kid-worthy. Through research, we’ve found that kids love art projects and working with colors in a fun, unique way. Moms appreciate that Powder Art is educational, safe, non-toxic, made in the U.S.A and most of all, virtually mess-free,” said Mike Gipson, general manager of the specialty products division for Crescent.

The innovative peel and paint art activity uses revolutionary dry paint powder made of recycled paper, instead of paint. Kids need little assistance to complete the art project due to the user-friendly paint palette tray of colors and design boards with peel off stickers. With easy-to-use paint-by-number designs, Powder Art allows kids to choose to follow the color guide or they can explore their creativity by either designating different colors for their design or mixing colors together for a customized picture.

You can purchase any of the 8 different Powder Art kits from their website OR you can win the Bible Stories kit right here at Mommy Babble.

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