Showing posts with label easy kids activities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label easy kids activities. Show all posts

Hungry Caterpillar Process Art

This easy Hungry Caterpillar Process art project is perfect for preschoolers and elementary aged kids. It gives them a chance to create an adorable picture to go along with story time. I don't know about you, but I love storybook crafts for kids!




This project is perfect for fall. We used fresh apples that were too bruised to eat, and painted these cuties with them. If you have an abundance of apples. maybe you will want to put one to work for this art project.




We have lots of apple crafts on site! 
These cork and button apple trees are a favorite fall craft for kids of all ages.
Corked Stamped Apples are an adorable craft for kids.
Apple Tree Window Clings are a fun budget friendly project.
3D Paper Apples are a good project for using up scrap paper.
Apple Tree Addition makes for a fun way to learn math.



Supplies:
An apple 
Green, red , yellow, black paint.
Paper Plate
A pencil
A knife
Paper


Slice an apple in half
Pour a large dallop of red, green and yellow paint onto a paper plate.
We kind of mixed a little green and yellow together to create a cool effect.
Offer a small drop of black paint.


Offer the child an apple and encourage the child to dip the apple into the paint, and stamp the apple, so that the circles touch one another, going across the page.


Have your child give the caterpillar 4 or 5 segments.
Then encourage the child to dip the other apple half into the red paint and stamp the apple to form the head.


Next, dip the pencil into the black paint and create the eyes and mouth of the caterpillar.
Next, dip the pencil into the yellow paint and finish the eyes.
Now, I know what you are thinking.
Why not use a paintbrush?
Well, we did try that, but it smeared the yellow and black together. We found that the pencil was much easier to work with; and it gave Harper the chance to paint with a non traditional object. We both enjoyed that! You can kind of see in the mouth of the caterpillar that it is a little messy; that was the paint brush. 


Next, grab the stem from the apple and dip it into the green paint.
Give the caterpillar some antennae.
 

 Allow to dry completely. 

Display and enjoy this cute Hungry Caterpillar craft!

Play Doh Sea Snails

 Play doh is always a favorite play time tool at my house. There are just so many ways you can create with it! This play doh snail activity is so easy! Kids of all ages will love to grab a can of doh and a few favorite shells and get creating! 



Summer is near, and we are so glad. We have been virtually learning for about 15 months now and we are ready for a break. While the kids have less work to submit each day as the year dwindles down, we have more idle time than ever. I am NOT the mom who wants to entertain kids all day long (sorry guys!) so I turn to open ended creative ideas like this one a lot. It keeps the kids happy and gives me a chance to get some things done. 

Even my 11 year old had fun with this one. Rolf usually is too tween cool for any of my hands on play anymore, but this one was high interest and he got involved with his sister.


These play doh sea snails are awesome for rainy day play too. You only need 2 colors of play dough and a few shells to make the magic happen!

Supplies:
Sea shells 
2 or more colors of play dough





Instructions:
Invite the kids to roll out a color of doh for the body of the snail. Carefully insert one end of the rolled doh into the shell. Make sure the end is rolled thin, and don't force it too far into the shell.


Form some small antennae and attach to the head of the snail.
Add small details with a different color of play doh.
Repeat with more shells for a bunch of cute little friends!



This is such a fun activity for kids that requires so little in supplies. It is economical and easy, but can create more detailed creatures with a little patience and imagination.

You can find more fun play doh ideas here
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