Wrapping Presents!

Yay! It is the most wonderful time of the year! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by! What kid doesn’t want to waste all of your wrapping paper and wrap presents for his/herself?

So today I wanted to share a super easy activity that is great for fine motor skills and is also pretty fun (and one that doesn’t waste all of your tape).

All you need is:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Objects to wrap such as blocks or toys
  • Bows (optional)

Give your child the materials and let them start wrapping! I’m sure it will be a hit. 🙂

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Happy wrapping!

Amber

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DIY Colorful Fuzzy Shoes

I made these shoes with Independence Day in mind, but these shoes will work with whatever colors and fabrics you choose to make them with. Thanks for taking some time to visit my crafty blog, I hope you enjoy this activity!

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What you need:

  • Pair of flip flops
  • Different colors of fabric (I have used fleece in the past which works but tends to make your feet pretty warm! This time I used some flannel I found and re-purposed an old t-shirt.)
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Next, depending on the age of your child doing this craft, have them or you assist in them cutting out long strips of the fabric. This will be kind of trial and error depending on what fabric you use and how long you want them to look on the shoes, but here is an image of about how long I cut them out to be. The t-shirt material was stretchy, so I made those pieces a little bit shorter then the flannel.

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Then comes the fun, but time consuming part! Depending on the age of your child again, assistance may be needed. This is a great project for developing those  fine motor skills as well as pattern recognition! Have your child tie knots around the plastic piece of the flip flop. I have usually done double knots, but who knows you might be fine just tying them in one knot! Then decide on your pattern and continue making the knots until you are finished!

Being the Fourth of July is coming up this week, I used the colors red, white, and blue to make these for my sister. They might feel a little tight the first couple times you wear them after making them, but as you break them in, they will stretch out. I hope you enjoy making some of these fuzzy shoes!

If you tried this activity, I would love to hear about how it went!

Amber

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30 Craft Materials To Always Have In Your Home

If you don’t have a list, you probably aren’t going to remember what you have and what you need. Chances are if you don’t know what you have or what you need, you are going to come looking for a list like this to give you the basic craft mate

rials you need in your home for your child to explore with.30 craft materials to always have in your home

  1. Markers
  2. Crayons
  3. Plain White Paper
  4. Construction paper
  5. Printer paper (okay that’s enough paper!)
  6. Glue/ Glue sticks
  7. Stencils
  8. Child sized scissors
  9. String
  10. Beads
  11. Watercolors
  12. Paintbrushes
  13. Stickers
  14. Finger Paint
  15. Straws
  16. Feathers
  17. Pipe Cleaners
  18. Glitter
  19. Foam pieces
  20. Pom-Poms
  21. Popsicle Sticks
  22. Do-A-Dot markers
  23. Stamps/ink
  24. Tissue Paper
  25. Paper Plates
  26. Cotton Balls
  27. Googly Eyes
  28. TAPE!!! (You can never have too much tape!)
  29. Colored Pencils
  30. Play dough/Cookie cutters

 

Well, there you have it. My list of 30 good craft materials to always have on hand in your home to do with your child. In addition to this list, there are so many good crafting materials outdoors you can find to use to incorporate into a craft such as sticks, rocks, leaves, flowers, dirt, water, feathers, etc. There are also many craft materials you can get from items in your home being recycled as well that would be good to hang on too! This includes toilet paper/paper towel rolls, cardboard, milk and egg cartons, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, magazines, newspapers, sponges, etc. I hope you’ve found this list useful and one that will prove helpful as a list you can print off and bring to your local crafting store next time you go!

Any more suggestions? Leave a comment!

Amber

Painting With Marbles

Who doesn’t like fun crafts that involve paint? Better yet, marbles!  This activity is not only fun and engaging to your child but also supports their growth in their creativity! As it is currently raining outside where I am, it seems to me like this would be a fun rainy day activity.

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Before you get started you will first need to make sure you have the following items:

  • A box big enough to fit in a piece of paper
  • Different color paint
  • Paper
  • Marbles

Once you have these items, you are ready to get started!

First, place your paper into whatever box you will be using for this project. I happened to be using a big cardboard box which was able to fit two pieces of paper at once.

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Next, add in your different colors of paint to the different corners of the box. (I did mine on the corners of the paper, but if I did it again, I would use the corners of the box rather than the paper.) Hooray for reflective practice!

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Finally,the fun part! Let your child grab the box and shake it in all directions and see the cool trails the marbles will leave on their paper.

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I hope you enjoyed this craft! Did you try it? I would love to see a photo from your experience!

Amber

Painting with Wet Glue

Looking for a fun easy craft to do? You need the following household items:

  • Toothpicks (optional)blog
  • Different colors of paint (can also be used with food coloring)
  • Aluminum foil pan or recycled lids  (I used a pie pan)
  • Glue

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First pour the glue into the container you will be using, I used a pie pan for this step. Next add in some paint. (Without the blue paint it kind of reminds me of Green Eggs and Ham!)

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Finally, give your child some toothpicks or they can use their fingers to swirl the paint into the glue and make cool patterns swirling the colors around. When the glue dries, it could even be hung up outside to make a cool sun catcher! The best part of this colorful activity is that it allows your child to grow his/her fine motor skills in their hands!

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Thanks for following along! Did you try this activity? How did it go? Post a picture to the comments, I would love to see!

Amber