By lucysmam from UK
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By lucysmam 08/13/2010
Thanks for so many great ideas! I'll print these off & start planning for the next couple of weeks.
Family fun definitely has great ideas.
Following activity is for children that do not have to put everything they touch in there mouth! (Some 3 year olds are ready for this....some are not.) I used to make colored noodles and my girls would string them. My girls are 9 and 10 now, but I still come across some of those "necklaces" they made when they were little. To make colored noodles mix rubbing alcohol and food coloring together. Then add dry noodles of different shapes. Soak until the color reaches the desired color (the longer they soak, the darker they will get up to a point.) Strain out noodle and put on a cookies sheet to dry. Depending on the type of noodles you color, you can string them or use glue and paper to make a collage.
If your child likes to play with playdough, search for a cinnamon applesauce dough recipe. I typically use the recipe that includes school glue so again an activity for kids past the oral stage. This dough can be used to make ornaments for a Christmas tree or nice hanging air fresheners. These can also be used to decorate gifts to loved ones and teachers/care givers.
Paint and multiple paint "tools". Try rolling marbles or toy cars in paint. For this activity I always tape a piece of paper into the bottom of a box so the child can drop the marble or car in and tilt the box to get different effects. Of course the car could just be pushed around after dipping in paint. Combs and knotched cardboard can also make interesting pictures. Cookie cutters work as well.
By Sandi 08/11/2010
Get a used kids puzzle (with the bigger pieces) at a thrift shop. Give her some Dollar Tree paints, foam brushes and glitter.
Using tacky glue and pin backs/magnets, put them on the backs of the puzzle pieces before they are painted. If the pin back is used, she will have that to hold on to. If you use the magnet, place them on a cookie sheet and she can paint them without a mess.
You will both have lots of fun. Another idea is to use white glue and water (1/2 and 1/2) and put the glue on the puzzle piece. Then put on magazine cutouts, like a collage, or paint a solid color and put on stickers when it's dry.
Have a lot of fun...I did with my daughter!
By christi 08/11/2010
Family fun crafts has tons of crafts and they are listed by age group. http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-age/
By carolcoen 08/11/2010
Knot a shoelace and have the 3 yr old string buttons on it and tie in a knot when full. Pierce a picture in lightweight cardboard and take different color yarn and thread onto a plastic needle and embroider the design.
By susan 08/11/2010
Take a wood ice cream spoon, white paint, black marker, small piece of fleece or old sweat shirt, piece of flannel shirt, white glue and small buttons.
Paint the front of the spoon white and let dry. Add two dots for eyes about 1/4" below the top of the handle. Dip buttons into white glue and place down the front in a line. Take a narrow strip of flannel and wrap around the neck, glue. Add a large bead of glue to the back and front sides at the top of the handle and wrap a strip of fleece around and clip with a bag clip until dry. Add a rubber band or ribbon to the end of the tube to make a stocking cap, you can make this any length you want.
You can glue a pin or a magnet onto the back or you can extend the ribbon on the hat to make a gift tag hanger, write names on the back. Happy Holidays. :)
I have gotten many wonderful, fun ideas from this site for the 2 1/2 yr. old little girl that I keep. Good luck and have fun!
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I have a 3 year old daughter; she will be 4 in May. I want some fun crafts that she and I could do together. Any ideas?
By K.Sowders from Henderson, KY
We use upside down egg cartons to make caterpillars and spiders. Just cut off a row of the ridged egg holder side, paint, poke pipe cleaners through as legs, add some googly eyes. We've made flowers by cutting circles out of tissue paper, then putting a pipe cleaner through the middle of a bunch of colors and crinkling them up.
She also loves just threading beads onto pipe cleaners as jewelry. This is especially nice for the kids with less hand eye coordination, because the pipe cleaners are easier to thread than string.
I use the website kaboose.com and amilyfun.go.com, as well as Rosie O'Donnell's craft book. In fact, it's been awhile since we've done crafts, I just might have to get our book out today and make some Valentine crafts! (02/08/2010)
Check out your library for craft books, too. I was at the library the other day and my library had a few Mailbox magazines. They are really great to find some ideas from. You will find them in the book section and not the magazines. It is a book for teachers. Hope this helps! (02/08/2010)
In a large container with a lid combine:
In second smaller container combine:
Mix ingredients in each container thoroughly. Pour contents of smaller container in to large container. Gently lift and turn the mixture until only about a tablespoon of the liquid is left. Flubber will be sticky for a moment or two. Let excess liquid drip off then Flubber will be ready. Stretch it, bounce it, or roll it! Store in an airtight container for about three weeks of use. (02/09/2010)
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