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Toddler Activity: Tacky Tie for Father’s Day

a simple craft for toddlers to do for daddy for Father's Day

 

I have been brainstorming ideas for Father’s Day this year that are appropriate for G to give to her dad and are appropriate for my husband.  My husband is apparently not the stereotypical “dad.”  He is not remotely interested in hunting and fishing.  He doesn’t golf.  And though he is a computer nerd (self-admitted), he doesn’t like most of the typical fashionable tech gadgets (we are anti-Apple around here).  He is also not the grill-master or gardening guy.  So, it can get a bit difficult!

Another thing about my husband is I can count on one hand the amount of times I have seen him in a tie.  We are just a casual family around here, so it would look really out-of-place with his one-pocket t-shirt and cargo shorts!  But I got to thinking about turning the typical Dad’s day gift on its head to make it something fun for G to do and something funny for D to receive.

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Toddler Craft: Paper Rainbows (Two Ways)

Do you have a playdate coming up with toddlers or preschoolers?  Are you looking for an easy activity or craft to do with them?  I came up with a couple of VERY basic crafts for toddlers/preschoolers to do using stuff you probably have around your house.  And it takes no time at all to multiply it for the group size you have.

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Make It: Rainbow Puzzle

Our toddler loves puzzles!  She doesn’t always get every one of them, but they are fascinating to her.  I love that she is interested in them because they are one of my absolute favorite things to do (during all that free time I have).

In light of this fact, I had a brainstorm the other day that involved felt.  I seem to be having quite a few of those lately.  This particular brainstorm resulted in a rainbow puzzle for her to work with.  It is a perfect quiet time activity for little ones.  It will help reinforce the concepts we are currently teaching G about colors and will be a fun fine motor activity for her, too!

I created this without a pattern; but it was very easy to put together.

To make you need:

Materials:

  • Felt in red, orange, yellow, blue (I used two different shades), green, purple, and white
  • Scissors (I used fabric scissors)

Procedure:

  1. Take the purple felt and cut out a small semi-circle from the edge.  Place the semi-circle over the green felt and cut a semi-circle 1/2 inch larger than the purple one.
  2. Take the purple semi-circle and cut a 1/2 inch strip off of the top to create a curve.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the remaining colors in reverse color spectrum order (blue, yellow, orange, red).
  4. Cut free-form clouds out of the white felt.
  5. Place onto full sheet of blue felt in a rainbow.

G enjoyed “making rainbows” all week and she did it so artfully (one of the results):

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Easter Egg Decorate and Play

We don’t do the Easter Bunny around here, but I am always up for something fun for G to do.  So when her aunt posted a technique for dying Easter eggs on my Facebook wall last week, I knew we needed to do this one!  It is perfect for toddlers because it is so sensory and messy.

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Coloring with Toddlers: 2 Simple Tips

We have a little one a little under the weather.  I think it is allergies, but when she feels bad, she is much less active than normal.  It gives us an opportunity to color.  This is usually a very short-lived activity, lengthened dramatically by stuffy noses and sneezes.  But the problem with coloring with our toddler (and I know we are not alone in this) is the mess that can be created.  Crayons all over the floor, on the table, everywhere.  In fact a few have been broken by being stepped on (not a good thing for the crayon or the stepper!).

So, we were working on coloring when I came up with an idea to keep crayons and paper on the table.  By the magic of contact paper and tape, coloring can be (somewhat) cleaner.   It takes only a moment to set up a coloring station for your toddler to help them keep everything in place and stabilize the “target.” Continue Reading

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Noah’s Ark with Colorful Animals

We are finishing up our unit on the colors of the rainbow this week and we are having so much fun with it, I can’t wait to share this with you!

We created a place for the colorful animals G made to hang out:

It was actually pretty easy to do: We traced an outline of an ark on a piece of poster board.  Then we glued ripped pieces of brown construction paper onto the ark.  Then we cut out some squares of black construction paper and added them in for windows.  Once the glue was dry, we cut out the shape of the ark from the poster board.

When we presented it to G, she was so excited!  We took out her handcrafted animals and we talked about the colors and names of the animals.  We talked about how Noah took the animals into the ark with his family.  And we talked about our memory verse: God said, “I put my [rain]bow in the clouds,..I will remember.”  By the end of the week, G could finish the verse for me (so exciting!).

She also enjoyed playing with the animals and pointing out their eyes.

If you missed the tutorials for creating these simple toddler crafts, here are the links to each of them:

These crafts have all been VERY BASIC, but our little one (almost 21 months) has enjoyed doing them.  They have helped with her fine motor skills and creativity, while reinforcing the color of the week.  Please feel free to use any of these ideas and share them with others.  If you do the craft, please let me know.  I would love to get feedback from others who tried them with their toddlers.