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  • Sunday, January 31, 2016 9:17 PM | Deleted user

    From the Artful Parent.


    1. Bowls or Dishes (for making the ice)
    2. A large tray with sides
    3. Salt
    4. Liquid watercolors or food coloring
    5. Droppers or a spoon


    The post in the link above actually has really detailed instructions, with helpful hints for how to talk about what is happening with your kids.  Here are just some bullet points:

    1. Freeze water overnight in a variety of bowls of different shapes and sizes.
    2. The next morning, loosen it with some warm water and place the ice on a tray with a lip.
    3. Let the kids pour salt over it and watch it melt.
    4. Pour food coloring on it and watch where the colors go.
  • Sunday, January 03, 2016 1:51 PM | Deleted user

    There are many different recipes for fake snow, but you can quicklysnow11 make this one with things you already have around the house!


    • Baking soda
    • Shaving cream
    • Glitter (optional)


    1. Add one cup of baking soda to a bowl.
    2. Add shaving cream slowly, stirring until you have reached the consistency you want.
    3. Add glitter (optional).
    4. Check out the link below for other recipes and creative ideas for how to play with the snow once you have it!!

    Adapted from: http://www.kidsplayandcreate.com/pretend-fake-snow-recipes-for-kids-how-to-make-snow-paint-snow-clay-for-kids/

  • Sunday, January 03, 2016 1:45 PM | Deleted user

    Adapted from http://day2dayparenting.com/5-winter-crafts-toddlers/Cotton Snowman - Early Intervention Support


    • cotton balls
    • clear contact paper or glue
    • construction paper
    • scissors
    • stapler
    • black marker


    1. Cut three circles for the snowman- or make Olaf shapes- from the contact paper.
    2. Staple the contact paper to the construction paper, backing side up, to form the snowman. OR: glue in the shape of a snowman.
    3. Your child can peel off the backing and place cotton balls on the contact paper.  
    4. Your child can glue pre-cut snowman parts.
    5. Add arms and hair with the marker.

    Kuffner, Trish. The Toddler’s Busy Book. Illus. Laurel Aiello. Minnetonka: Meadowbrook Press, 1999. Print.

  • Tuesday, December 01, 2015 5:34 AM | Deleted user

    This is a great project for making handmade cards or wrapping paper!

    Materials Needed:

    • Potatoes
    • Knife (for adults)
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Glitter
    • Sparkly pipe cleaners
    • Glue
    • Paper (White or craft paper)


      1. Start by cutting your potatoes in half and carving out designs/lines in it. I would look for a potato that is the very round to make it look like a ornament bulb. Have the kids take a paintbrush and paint on Christmas colors.
      2. Have them stamp it on a white piece of paper (or craft paper roll) and sprinkle with glitter.
      3. Take a black marker and draw a small rectangle on top of each ornament shape. Cut short pieces of pipe cleaner and twist it at the bottom to make it look like the string for the ornaments.

      Adapted from Craft Morning.

    • Monday, November 30, 2015 5:41 AM | Deleted user

      These are a fun way to personalize teacher gifts or give something to that relative who already has it all!  These are made from air dry clay but you can also make it with salt dough or cinnamon (smell great!).


      • Air dry clay
      • Cookie cutters
      • Stamps (letters or images)
      • Paint
      • Paint brush
      • Straw
      • Ribbon
      1. Roll out the air dry clay so that it's about 1/4 inch thick.
      2. Use cookie cutters to make appropriate shapes.  Stars, round ornaments, angels, candy canes, gingerbread men, etc.
      3. Using the straw, cut out a hole for the ribbon to slip through at the top.
      4. Using stamps, make a design.  For teachers "a b c" might be cute.  Or other holiday words like "joy" and "hope".
      5. Paint the air dry clay.  Use gold, silver, green, red, etc.
      6. Allow to dry--probably 24 hours.
      7. String a ribbon through the hole.
      Other ornaments kids can make can be found here.  

      Adapted from The Artful Parent.
    • Sunday, November 01, 2015 9:47 PM | Deleted user


      • Brown, red, yellow, orange and black (or other) construction paper
      • Googly eyes
      • Scissors
      • Glue
      • Print out of poem (below)


      1. Trace each child's shoe and cut it out to make the body of the turkey.
      2. Trace each child's hand on red, orange, and yellow construction paper and cut them out to make the turkeys feathers. (It's easiest to just trace their hands once and then use them as a template for the other colors.)
      3. Help the kids glue their feathers down and then their turkey body on top of the feather.
      4. Cut a triangle out of the scrap orange paper for a beak and a squiggly gobbler out of the red paper. (Make sure to have the kids point out the colors and shapes while their putting their turkeys together.) Glue the eyes, beak, and gobbler on as pictured.
      5. Read the poem together. During this part you can have the kids point out the letter of the week in the poem or find site words depending on where they are in their development.
      6. Have kids glue the poem on.  (Text below)

        This isn’t just a Turkey 
        As anyone can see, 
        I made it with my hand and foot 
        Which are parts of me. 
        It comes with lots of love 
        Especially to say, 
        I hope that you have a very 

      Adapted from Mamas Like Me.

    • Sunday, November 01, 2015 9:25 PM | Deleted user

      A project perfect for all those acorn caps you see around this year!


      • Acorn caps
      • Markers 
      • Liquid school glue
      • Play dough
      1. Color the inside of the acorn caps with the markers.  
      2. Spread out the play dough in a container--casserole dish, etc.  Place the acorn caps securely into the play dough.  
      3. Fill the caps up to the top with the liquid glue.
      4. Wait for them to dry for 48 hours.  Check periodically to see how the colors and glue change.
      5. Use the acorn jewels for all sorts of different games!  They can be treasure to hunt for, money to use playing store, or anything else you can think of! 

      Craft is from Kiwi Crate.   

    • Wednesday, September 30, 2015 3:26 PM | Deleted user

      Use this handy guide to help identify the leaves in your neighborhood next time you go on a walk!  Check for size, shape, and color when making classifications.  


    • Wednesday, September 30, 2015 3:19 PM | Deleted user

      This craft made it's Parents of Tots debut at last year's Apple Tot Time, so all credit goes to Bonnie!


      • Paper
      • Apple
      • Dull knife
      • Paint: red, green, and brown
      • Paintbrush
      1. Cut the apple in half.  Insert the dull knife solidly into the skin of one half so that it becomes a handle.
      2. Dip the apple in red paint and print it on to paper for however many apples your tree will have.
      3. Dip your thumb into green paint and dab two thumb prints at the top of each red apple for leaves.
      4. Use the paintbrush and brown paint to draw a branch coming out of each apple and attaching onto a larger limb.

    • Monday, August 31, 2015 10:13 PM | Deleted user

      Popsicle stick
      Scraps of red and green felt
      Google eyes
      Black marker (for personalization if you wish)


      1. Cut an apple shape from the red felt. Cut a leaf shape from the scrap of green felt.
      2. Glue the google eyes and the leaf onto the apple.
      3. Glue the whole apple onto the popsicle stick about halfway down the stick so that the apple isn’t floppy.
      4. Wait for it to dry and personalize with your name on the stick, if you wish.

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