Friday, 18 September 2009
So, my best friend, AnnetteK sent me a text message asking me for a little advice on how to keep her two year-old son entertained. She said that she keeps running out of ideas on what to do with him. So, thanks to my dear friend I have my newest blog idea.
As many of my readers know I take care of three kids (ages 3 and 5 ... if you're wondering why there's only two numbers it's because the youngest two are twins) on a regular basis, and there are a few things I have found that are nice to have handy for rainy days.
- Paper plates
- Construction Paper
- Crayons, markers, and colored pencils
- Popsicle sticks
- Tissue paper
- Toilet paper and paper towel rolls
- Paper plates
- Puffy balls (I have no clue what they're actually called, but whatev)
- Googly eyes
- Egg cartons
- Plastic containers (things like butter containers and peanut butter jars work great!)
- Plastic/styrofoam cups
- Paper bags (You know the ones used for lunches??)
- Shoe boxes
- Cotton Balls
- A few stencils (these can be homemade or store bought!)
- Dry noodles
- Pictures from magazines or newspapers
If one were to invest in some of these things I'd suggest a few containers to keep them organized. Now, I know it seems a bit lengthy and pricey, but really it's not. A lot of these items you already have in your household. With a little imagination you can make just about anything.
And I'm going to leave a few art project ideas that you can do with just about any child.
I've found that the kids LOVE having their hands traced because it tickles. And believe it or not there is a ton you can do with their tiny little hands. I find the easist way of doing "handprint crafts" is to simply trace their hands on one piece of paper and use that as a guide to cut out on other sheets of paper. BUT of course the kids think the best way to do this is by dipping their hands into a little paint and pressing it down on to the paper.
You can make flowers, sun shines, birds, animals, butterflies, rainbows, etc, etc just from their little hand prints.
Of course there are a ton of things you can do with paper plates and toilet paper rolls as well.
Not only can arts and crafts be fun, but they are extremely educational as well. I'll deffinatly be posting more on this subject tomorrow and following days with how tos on a lot of craft ideas that I do with the kids.
So, until then, I bid you good night sweet Xanga friends.