If you have sponges, scissors, paint, and paper hanging around your house – oh, and toddlers too – this Valentine’s Day craft may be just what your little one needs. Not only is this little craft fun and creative, it also lets your toddler work on tracing, spelling, and letter recognition.
Every piece of your little one’s art may seem special – up until you have twenty of the exact same paintings or pictures piling up on your dining room table. Though they are creative memories you wish to cherish forever, storage can get tricky after a while.
Below are some suggestions as to how to either save, send, or scrap some of the projects and crafts your children have created.
If you’re social media savvy, you have probably seen all of the popular posts involving painter’s tape. Whether it’s just some crazy trend or a way to keep busy during quarantine – Moms don’t care as long as it maintains sanity and keeps their kiddos creative.
Below are some creative projects moms have been doing during this time cooped up around the house. Get ready for your windows, fences, and driveway to be colorful and bright this summer.
At this point, parents all over the place may be losing some of the creative energy they had when this quarantine started… as well as losing some of their sanity.
Well, we are here to help!
Below are some easy, budget-friendly projects you can do with your little one(s) if you are running out of ideas. Most of the options below are projects you can do with items in your home – so you won’t have to Instacart or Amazon extra items.
Super Mama, Leah Gemmati, is at it again with her creative, crafty ideas for the littles. Leah shared her Advent Calendar craft with the Mommee Coffee blog in December and she is back with an easy, low-cost craft for family members and little ones to do together at home.
There is nothing sweeter (or more frustrating) than trying to do a painting project with your toddler! Here are a few tips I use when trying to do a project that will be wall-hanging-worthy at the end and not just a glob of brown paint on ripped paper. :)
You’d never think to use coffee filters for arts and crafts, but you’ll be surprised when you try these colorful snowflakes! The coffee filters provide a strong, water-absorbent surface so they are tough enough to handle a lot of water saturation and rough coloring from your kids.
It’s starting to get cold outside, but since we don’t live near the snow, we decided to make play dough snowmen instead. We used this simple play dough recipe and added peppermint extract to give it a nice wintery, fresh smell. To decorate we used things we had around the house like googley eyes, beads, sticks, ribbon, and pipe cleaners. The kids had a blast and made cute snowmen families. This is a fun activity to try at home, or to package up as an inexpensive gift for friends.
My three-year-old goes to a preschool/daycare every day. So when I have a little extra time, I like to make a special snack for the kids. It helps out the teacher (I know she appreciates it) and the kids love it! I try and keep the snacks healthy, so these ones are a perfect blend of healthy and some sweet. And honestly, they took me 15 minutes tops. So you can do it too!
I saw this idea somewhere on the internet the other day, so I adapted a little and we created beautiful fall leaves with watercolors! By using coffee filters, it allows the colors to blend together and spread out easily for beautiful mosaic looks. There is no wrong way to do this one, so it's great for any age.
Thinking outside the sandbox! Now your kids can create their own shell sandcastles without going to the beach.
Unfortunately where we live in San Diego there aren't as many cool shells on the beach as you'd think. So as much as I'd like to take the credit for my mad skills in shell collecting, these are all store bought. But they are actually from my wedding in 2010, so I feel better finally finding a home for them!
My 4 year old is learning about shapes and colors at preschool this year, so I decided to try a little art project at home that would get her thinking about both. We used painter's tape to create different shapes for her to paint in. This made it simple for her to stay within the lines because the tape served as a nice barrier for her broad brush strokes. A simple project that looks like a masterpiece!
My kids love playing outdoors, and they are always looking for new activities. We used to do a lot of chalk on the driveway, but since my 1 year old started getting in the mix, it has been difficult to keep him from eating the chalk (and anything else in his sight). So, I came up with a fun activity they could all enjoy.
My daughter's kindergarten class has been learning about shapes, so I helped them create their own space robots. The fun thing about this project was how unique each of the robots turned out to be. The kids had a blast thinking about the function of each of their robot's buttons and of course talking in robot voices.
This is a fun art project to try with kindergarten or preschool children who are beginning to write the alphabet. It comes out really bright and colorful and would look great framed and hung up on the wall.
My daughter’s teacher sent out a note this year saying the class would be exchanging valentines in class and that it was a great opportunity for them to practice writing their name on each of the cards. Candy was an optional add-on, but could not be eaten at school. I decided that it would be fun to include a little something for each of the kids but I didn’t want to encourage the kids eating candy, so we went to the dollar store to look for alternatives.
When you have little kids, every holiday is important. To make the house festive for Hanukkah, our social media maven and her family created a paper plate Menorah art project. Even though they celebrate Christmas, they dug right in and had hours of fun.