Japanese stickers Kitty Cat via KitCatBox
Craft ideas for seven days a week….This blog is dedicated to a friend who has recently found herself at home full-time with a very active and smart toddlers/ preschooler. Use basic household materials, easy accessible and affordable art supplies, recycled items and found objects outdoors.
The great thing about the nature based activities is you can spend time outdoors finding your materials, and your child can collect stones or twigs, flowers and weeds, take along an egg garden to fill up!
1. Nature Paint Brushes: A Gathering Game…….
This can eat up time, get your little one out and engaged, and allow you fresh air too! Make it game! Come home, eat lunch and make your brushes and get ready for messy painting!
2. Kitty Cat Recycles
My number one tip is prep your space and materials to prevent toddler spread, aka making your home look like it’s been ransacked. For example, for this super car and boat terrain made on crafters or builder’s paper draw it the night before, and have your children fill in the colors. Get playing!
3. Craft Paper DIY Play Terrain
Preemptive planning keeps the tantrums away, or in the very least to a minimum! Discover some inexpensive stimulating activities to do with a preschooler, or primary school age child.
4. Easy Dino Crown for Imagination Play
Make a dinosaur hat…..via cutting tiny bites, a great site with realistic projects and lots of home school activities that can be easily intergrated into your day even if you do not home school.
5. Make some bugs…
I am the first to admit that crowd control is essential to making crafting time successful in your home, e.g not creating colossal messes with supplies. A great way to manage this is to keep some of the supplies put away, and bring out just what you need for each project. This allows for the child to easily follow the directions as well. For free drawing, of course we always leave out paper and supplies, but a limited amount! Trays work great for each child in any case.
Make bug pages (via cuttingtinybites)
6. FRAME IT UP!
One of my favorite activities is beautifully outlined and designed on the creator’s site, and involves reading an educational eco-system book narrated by the Cat in the Hat and creating your own sea creature populated realms ! It involves water so it is sure to be a winner for the under 8 set.