Category Archives: Arts and Crafts

4th of July President Stick Puppets

Time for another installment of our toddler series, a collaborative series of posts between myself and Kristan of Munchkin and Bean. Last week and this week we’re talking about 4th of July activities. If you missed our 4th of July Sensory Bin and our Red, White, and Blue Flower Science then be sure to go back and check them out.
4th of July Stick Puppets (6)
This week we’re making president stick puppets. Supplies needed: popsicle sticks, coins with president faces on them, card stock, scissors, duct tape, and paint. (more…)

DIY Color Matching Sea Shell Game

Here’s a fun DIY game that can fit in your purse or diaper bag for on the go. If you happen to live near a beach, then you could collect some shells and make this game for free. Otherwise, if you find yourself land-locked as I do, you can purchase affordable sea shells online or at your nearest hobby shop.
Color Matching Sea Shells Game (4) (more…)

Crafting and Playing with Nature

Welcome back to the next installment of our toddler series, a collaborative series between myself and the ever-creative Kristan of Munchkin and Bean. This week we are talking about nature. Making art from nature, crafting with natural objects, sensory exploration in nature, etc..

 

SunnyGirl is a pretty big fan of oil pastels for coloring. We put a fun twist on this simple activity by having leaves handy. She outlined the leaves on the paper and even colored directly on the leaves.
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Counting Tree, a craft for practicing numbers 1-100

I recently purchased my first paper punches and I’ve been going a little punch-crazy around here ever since. For this craft I used a leaf-shaped paper punch, blank index cards, green crayons, a Sharpie marker, a glass bottle from the recycling bin, a small branch from outside, and some glue.
Counting Tree, Suzy Homeschooler (2) (more…)

Toddler-Friendly Homemade Kites

Last week we had a rather blustery day outside and I wanted nothing more than to make kites with the children. The problem though is that at 5 and 2 years old, neither of my children is quite able yet to fly a proper kite. I thought back to my own childhood and remembered how one year in school we made kites from grocery bags, this seemed simple enough that even SunnyGirl could do it.
Toddler-Friendly Homemade Kites from recyclables, Suzy Homeschooler (2) (more…)

Child-Directed Arctic Small World Play

Last week I took LittleMan and SunnyGirl to an indoor playground and we just happen to have ordered some crackers which were served to us in a Styrofoam bowl. At home the next day, LittleMan commented that the bowl looked an awful lot like a snow-cave and went off to grab his polar bear toy. Soon he enlisted my help by asking me to make some more ice for the polar bear’s home.
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Under his direction (more…)

“You must unlearn what you have learned.” – Yoda, Star Wars

If you couldn’t tell, Star Wars is one of my main fandoms. (As evidenced here, here, and here.) But something you probably didn’t know about me is that I also love handprint art. I’ve been on a quest to find ways to combine these two loves. I’ve managed to come up with a few characters, so far handprint Yoda has been my favorite.

Here’s the how to. You’ll need green, white, brown, and black paint. Paint one of your hands and press it to the page, make sure you have your thumb pointed towards were Yoda’s toes would be (down). Then wash your hand and paint the other hand green, press it down pointing the opposite direction, with thumb still down, like so.
Handprint Yoda, Suzy Homeschooler (more…)

Unicorns, Griffons, and Greek Mythology

I loved greek mythology as a child and I have been very excited to share that passion with my children. Right now we are reading the Harry Potter books as a family and Forks, the phoenix, caught LittleMan’s attention so I made this little craft to  spark conversation with him about the myth of the phoenix. For those who are unaware, a phoenix is said to always be male and to live 500 years. When a phoenix dies, it bursts into flames and new phoenix rises from the ashes. The new phoenix is then said to carry its father’s ashes into the sun.
Phoenix Pinata
It was pretty easy to make and we had everything we needed to make it (more…)

Rubiks and Puzzles

If there is one thing that a geek can appreciate, its a puzzle to solve. Whether it is a crossword, Sudoku, Rubik cube, or something a bit more complex, we just love to exercise our minds for no real reason outside of enjoyment.

This love of problem solving starts young, with simple puzzles.

One of the simplest puzzles that a child can start with is homemade popsicle stick puzzles. To make these all you need is popsicle sticks, tape, and something to color with (markers, crayons, paint, etc..)
Puzzles, Suzy Homeschooler (1)
Lay out your popsicle sticks (more…)

LEGOs

Did you know there is no such thing as “LEGOs.” Its true. LEGO is a brand name and the actual product is LEGO brand bricks.

LEGO bricks are a marvelous product. So fantastic in fact that the design hasn’t been changed since 1958 yet the company is still producing a wide variety of sets and creations based around that simple 2×4 brick.

Of course, they have added other brick shapes and designs over the years. The most popular of which being the the LEGO Minifigures. Everything from the classic red shirt and yellow head to the elaborate movie characters, LEGO has made sure there is something for everyone.

Despite the wide variety of premade options available, the type of people who are most drawn to LEGO’s products (ie creative people) just can’t seem to help themselves from taking things a step further and creating their own custom LEGO designs.
How to make a custom LEGO minfig (free printable included) from Suzy Homeschooler (1) (more…)