Sunday, June 29, 2008

Little flag

In anticipation of Canada Day!


  • white paper (for a more durable flag use thick paper such as cardstock)
  • scissors
  • red crayon / marker / pencil crayon / paint
  • drinking straw (the one shown is approx 19cm in length)
  • tape
  • optional: print out an image of a maple leaf, glue

  • adult to cut paper down to appropriate size to match straw handle (one shown in image is approximately 14cm wide by 6.5cm high)
  • draw red lines for two red stripes, one on either end of the flag
  • draw red maple leaf in centre of flag (or cut out image of maple leaf for pasting onto flag)
  • have child colour red stripes and maple leaf red
  • tape flag to end of drinking straw
  • wear safety glasses to avoid having your eye poked out by a very excited flag waver!


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Hand flower


This was created at our local Ontario Early Years Centre.

  • construction paper of contrasting colours (petals and centre)
  • glue
  • pencil (with which to trace little hands)
  • scissors

  • have an adult trace four or five hands on construction paper (petals) -- if you are giving this as a gift, it is a nice touch to have one hand per member of the family!
  • have an adult cut out the hands
  • have an adult cut out a circle for the centre of the flower (the one shown is about 10cm in diameter)
  • have child glue the hands to the back of the flower centre
  • if desired, improvise stem with popsicle stick, pipe cleaner or construction paper (alternately glue the whole thing on a large piece of paper and draw the stem in -- along with flowers and birds!)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Handprint placemat


(This idea came home from school.)

  • large sheet of coloured construction paper
  • smaller sheet of white paper (shown cut with scalloped edges)
  • marker / crayon for drawing on paper
  • fingerpaint for making handprint
  • glue
  • smocks to keep child and adults clean
  • clear contact paper or laminate large enough to cover the sheet of construction paper

  • write any messages ("Happy Mother's Day," "Happy Father's Day," "Happy Birthday" etc) on the white sheet of paper leaving room for two handprints
  • have child make handprints around text
  • glue white sheet of paper to construction paper
  • laminate
This is a terrific gift idea for a "special" occasion such as Mother's Day, Father's Day or a parent / grandparent birthday!