Thursday, August 17, 2017

Farm Animal Bottle Bowling

For my daughter's Farm Themed Birthday party, I created a set of Farm Animal Bottle Pins for bowling.  They also worked great as decorations that the kids could play with during the party. 


Materials
  • clean plastic bottles of various shapes and sizes (we used milk, veggetable juice, and soda bottles)
  • paint (that is appropriate for plastic)
  • markers
  • drop cloth 
  • paint brushes 

Steps

1. Gather all materials.  (Before you start your project, clean the bottles to remove any liquids, tape, or glue.)
2. Paint your bottles the appropriate colors.  I choose to make three cows (white), two pigs (pink), and one chicken (yellow).
3. After the bottles are dry, draw on the faces and other details.
For your chicken you will need to draw on eyes, beak, and feathers.  For the cow, you will need o draw on eyes, a mouth, nose, ears, and spots (if you choose to make a Holstein). For your pig, you will need to draw on eyes, a mouth, nose, and tail on the back.


4. Complete the animals by painting (or using markers) to finish the details. I used a combination of painting the details and drawing them on with Sharpie markers.  The markers had a tendency to pull the paint off the bottles.


Resources
Crafting by Holiday's Five Perfect Little Piggies makes for a different style of a Pig
Knock the Animals Down 
My Pinterest Page for Farm Ideas 




Saturday, August 12, 2017

Creating a Painting for Dad

For Father's Day this year, my children painted a picture for my husband. I had seen various versions of this on the Internet and Pinterest.


Materials


Steps
1. Gather all your materials.
2. Using the painter's tape, mark off on the paper a word or image you wish to remain white after the tape is removed.
Marking off the image. 

3. After the tape is applied, paint the paper.  Be sure to cover the entire paper so their is no visible white spot left.
My son painting very carefully.



4.  After it is dry, remove the painter's tape to reveal your word or image.
Waiting for the painting to dry.

5. Display your child's art work.
My son's is on the top and my daughter's is on the bottom. 

Resources

Life as Mama 8 Basic Art Projects Your Toddler Will Love 
Adventures in Pinteresting Creative Easy Kids Painting 
A Mom's Quest to Teach's Crafts for Father's Day Pinterest Board 



Monday, August 7, 2017

Fine Motor Skills

There are many ways to help young children develop fine motor skills.  Some of the best ways is for them to practice moving objects of various sizes from one container to another.  Here are a few activities we have done together. 


Beans 

We have a variety of different sized dry beans for the kids to use for crafts and activities.  One day I took a couple of trays outside, some different size containers, and the beans for the kids to explore. They spent the majority of the time moving them from one place to the next.  

Materials 
  • dried beans
  • trays 
  • funnel 
  • containers 
  • broom 





Seasons Bottles 

I had my toddlers help create our Seasons Bottles by putting appropriate items into each of the four bottles.  My daughter really loved putting the items in the bottles but couldn't figure out why she was unable to get them back out. 

Materials 






Our Other Activities 


Teach Me Mommy's Threading Shapes 
The Imagination Tree's Cardboard Beads 

We have used some of these various materials from Learning Resources.