Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Dinosaur landscape


(This idea came home from school.)

  • large sheet of paper
  • construction paper (blue, purple, green) cut like dinosaur silhouettes
  • orange construction paper cut as fish
  • black construction paper cut as a volcano
  • tissue paper squares (shades of blue, orange, red, yellow)
  • corn flakes
  • glue

  • have child glue dinosaurs and volcano to paper (fish near the bottom)
  • have child scrunch blue tissue paper and glue near fish for water
  • have child scrunch orange, red, yellow tissue paper and glue along volcano for lava
  • glue crushed corn flakes to bottom of page for texture

Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter egg ideas


Random ideas:
  • use rubber bands to create "voids" when dying the eggs
  • use crayons or wax candles to draw designs that reveal themselves when the egg is dyed
  • dye half an egg at a time
  • use paint brushes or cotton swabs to apply dye in lieu of soaking the egg in the dye

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Easter basket


This was created at our local Ontario Early Years Centre.

  • small paper plate (shown is 15cm / 6" in diameter)
  • "Easter grass" (decorative straw)
  • white glue
  • easter coloured construction paper cut into egg shapes, approximately 6.5cm x 9cm (2.5" x 3.5")
  • markers, felt shapes, crayons, sparkles etc for decorating the paper eggs
  • strip of coloured construction paper for the handle (approx 2.5cm x 18cm / 1" x 7")
  • stapler

  • glue the "Easter grass" to the top of the plate
  • decorate paper eggs as desired
  • glue decorated paper eggs on top of easter grass
  • staple handle across the plate (fold the edge of the handle under the outer edge of the plate and staple) -- be sure that the staple is completely folded and there are no sharp edges to cut little hands
  • enjoy your Easter basket!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Stegosaurus hat

stegosaurus_hat_1(This idea came home from school.)


  • whole paper plate (the one shown is 23 cm (about 9") in diameter)
  • paper plate cut in quarters or sixths (depending on how much mileage you ant to get out of them) -- note the rounded corners in the photo to the right
  • bits of sponge for dipping into paint (the ones used were approximately 6cm x 4cm (2.5"x1.5"))
  • Stegosaurus coloured paint (purple, brown and green)
  • two 40cm (16") pieces of Stegosaurus coloured yarn (purple, brown or green)
  • hole punch
  • stapler

  • have child sponge paint of different colours on the bottom of the whole plate
  • have child sponge paint of different colours on both sides of the pieces of plate (do one side, let it dry, do the other)
  • fold the plate pieces at right angles, along the outer edge
  • have an adult staple the plate pieces along the middle of the painted whole plate, akin to a spine (make sure the staples are completely folded over with no sharp edges exposed)
  • have an adult punch one hole at the top and one hole at the bottom of the plate
  • adult to tie one piece of yarn through each hole
  • place hat on child's head and tie under child's chin

The finished product could be a choking hazard if child left unsupervised. Child safety is your responsibility!

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Exploring patterns with paint (and toy cars)


(These ideas came home from school.)

  • large sheet of paper
  • washable paint of various colours
  • washable (plastic) toy cars or trucks with interesting tire treads

  • assign one vehicle per colour of paint
  • have child dip vehicle tires in paint and then drive all over the paper
  • explore patterns on the paper
  • explore repeating patterns overtop each other (within same colour)
  • explore what happens when paint colours mix
  • explore which colours show up on other colours




Of course, if you really want to get into the swing of things, get them to paint a car with using the wheels of a car!


Sunday, March 02, 2008

Paper towel roll bird feeder

bird_feeder(This idea came home from school.)


  • sturdy paper towel roll, cut to a 13cm (about 5") length
  • hole punch
  • sturdy string or yarn 30cm (about 12")
  • lard
    [The debate rages on as to whether or not lard is bad for birds, you'll have to do your own research and come up with your own conclusion about the suitability of this ingredient. While we're at it, you may want to consider whether you feel putting up a bird feeder has a negative impact on birds' natural ability to find food or migrate south. But I digress.]
  • bird seed (if you have squirrels in your area, consider getting squirrel proof bird seed)
  • cookie tray

  • punch two holes opposite each other in the top of the paper towel roll piece, about 2 cm from the edge of the tube
  • thread the string or yarn through the holes and tie both ends together tightly
  • spread a thin layer of seed on a cookie tray
  • rub lard over the paper towel roll (cover the child's hand with a plastic baggie if you don't want to deal with little lardy hands)
  • roll the lardy paper towel roll in the seed, until most of the lard is covered with seed
  • hang on a tree and wait for the birds to come!
(Photo shows bird feeder wrapped in a plastic bag for transport. Do not hang bird feeder while covered with a plastic bag!)

The finished product could be a choking hazard if child left unsupervised. Child safety is your responsibility!