Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A Classic - Painted Butterflies

We did an old favourite at Toddler Group yesterday. We painted, folded, squished and printed onto A4 paper before cutting the wings out and peeling the paper open. We stuck the bodies on with double-sided sticky tape then added a couple of Baker Ross' finest eye stickers. These make an excellent alternative to googly eyes when working with young children. They're always incredibly popular at Toddler Group. Everyone loves a sticker!

Jess made four of them! This one is my personal favourite...

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Adapting a Favourite

I have raved about these suncatcher kits from Hobbycraft before but we gave them a twist today. There was some great fine motor skills going on here as Jessica used pipettes to paint the mandala suncatcher.

She delighted in the sound effects and the bubbles. Her delicate squeezes meant, unlike me, she didn't pick up and expel all of the paint in one go so the craft wasn't over in a flash either. It's almost certainly not what was intended by the designers but I love it. 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Ice Cream Anyone?

I took this idea from a very good friend of mine a while ago (thanks, Preet!) and Jessica has played with our set so much that we thought we'd make a set for her preschool. Each scoop of ice cream is a scrunched up A5 piece of construction paper. The flakes are straws wrapped in construction paper and the strawberry sauce are lengths of wool. I made cones from brown construction paper and then covered them in self-adhesive gold foil, which I love, from Home Bargains. We have also made them a set of ice lollies like the ones I shared last week too. So cheap yet there are hours and hours of fun to be had with them.

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