Nuff said – This occupied my four year old for over an hour. He taped and retaped many times. I thought about extending the experience by having him paint his sculpture (x-wing fighter.) He was more interested in building more things.
Archive for the ‘Super Crazy Easy’ Category
The snow is coming!!!!! Yay!!!!!
Here are some ideas for occupying your little ones:
1. Basic Salt Dough Recipe: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 6 to 7 TBSP of water, 1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
Keep dough in an airtight bag and refrigerate to keep it fresh. Consider also adding: peppermint, vanilla or cinnamon extract, unsweetened cocoa powder and food coloring. Allow you child to use, plastic forks and knives, cookie cutters, rolling pins, shells, rocks..anything that has texture for cutting and stamping.
2. Fill shampoo bottles or spayers with water and food coloring. Let your child spray and squirt in the snow.
3. Collage with puzzle pieces (from puzzles that are already missing pieces of course.)
4. Torn paper collage. Let your child tear up pieces of paper, then glue them to another piece of paper. Then add crayons for a mixed-media creation. Better – tear up those holiday cards you have been meaning to recycle. Best – well, I think it’s best, repurpose old artwork by letting your child tear or cut it and make a new creation with it.
5. On the left hand side of this page (the home page) is a category called “Super Crazy Easy.” All activities in this category are super crazy easy to do. Perfect for indoors. Take a look.
Of course, before doing any of these activities, enjoy the snow and play outside until your feet, fingers and lips are frozen.
For this activity mix equal parts glue and shaving cream in a pie tin.
Allow your child to paint with the mixture on to construction paper. The shaving cream glue mixture will dry to a 3D masterpiece.
OR – get out those old snow boots and let your child stamp puffy paint shoe prints on their paper.
Let me begin by saying…. shaving cream is not as messy as you might think (isn’t that right Katie?)
For a fun, sensory, and totally mess free activity spray an entire bottle of shaving cream on your kitchen table. The stuff from the dollar store works great! Let your child use the table as a canvass where they can draw in to the shaving cream. Throw in a bunch of googley eyes or jingle bells and they can form snow men from the shaving cream. The shaving cream will disappear right into their clothes as it dries, and is a piece of cake to wipe off of your tables.
My camp counselors introduced me to the beauty of shaving cream as a means to clean off tables after a messy craft activity.
Of course, just like frosty will melt as it gets hotter, your children’s shaving cream creations will also disappear.
I love this project that I found in this months issue of Family Fun Magazine. It is soooo simple, and both my 4 year old and 7 year old loved it. I think it would be appropriate for any child 3 years of age and older.
You will need:
- School Glue
- Food Coloring
- Medicine droppers
Step 1: Mix a few different color or shades of food coloring in bowls of water. One tablespoon of water per 5 drops of food coloring for a very deep color, more water for a lighter shade.
Step 2: Place a thick piece of paper, like cardstock, on a baking sheet.
Step 3: Have your child dribble glue all over the paper. They can make a picture or a random design.
Step 4: Have your child sprinkle salt all over the glue, as they would with glitter. Note: The more salt you use, the better this project works.
Step 5: Shake off excess salt.
Step 6: Using medicine droppers have your child drop food coloring one drop at a time directly onto one of the salt lines. Your child will love watching the color spread along the glue/salt lines.
Repeat step 6 until your child is satisfied with their artwork. Dry flat.
The photos are pretty self-explanatory. Let your child choose a few colors to put on a palette (pie tin) and have them paint with brushes. Use thick paint (consider adding cornstarch) to avoid paint in the face. Unless you are like me and paint in the face is just part of the process, then don’t add cornstarch.
I do own a spin art machine ($10 at lakeshore Learning,) but I like using a salad spinner to make swirl art better. With a salad spinner, instead of turning on a button to make the spinner spin, your child has to press the salad spinning button. We took turns counting to ten spins each to make these designs. I also like that the salad spinner has room for a larger canvas (paper plate) which means more paint! Yay! We made a lot of these. I will glue large popsicle sticks on each one to make fans for memorial day.
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Freeze paint in ice cube trays or in popsicle trays. Bring them out on a sunny day; they work better as they melt. Although I started with paint popsicles, in the end my artist decided he liked holding the ice in his hand better.
Have your child draw on a coffee filter with markers. Then have him/her spray the filter paper. Alternately, if it was a rainy day, you could place the filter paper in the rain for a moment. You can also use regular construction paper, and even the easel paper for the activity, with varying results.
Duct Tape Collage
Unlike other collage activities that involve glue, which would drip if used on an easel……this activity is perfect for an easel. Cut pieces of masking tape, duct tape and colored electrical and stick them to the easel so your child can grab them with their fingers. You can also use stickers for this activity.
The four year old in the photo below is ready to use safety scissors. For him I cut several long pieces of tape and allowed him to cut them into smaller pieces by himself.