A while back I was charged with the love and care of several little ones every Sunday while their parents attended various classes. I absolutely adore my littles and, as you guys probably already know, I love figuring out little projects for them to take home, especially during holidays. So, For Valentine’s Day I decided to put together little popsicle stick frames they could decorate with stickers. I mean honestly, what toddler doesn’t love stickers?! I must say, it was a smashing hit. Not only were they covered in sweet valentine stickers, but so were their frames. Plus clean up was a snap, which is always a major bonus when dealing with toddlers.
Even my six year old enjoyed making one, or four. Now my fridge is super festive with their latest creations and I love it. Who says crafts have to be complicated? Bring on the simple!
Let me show you how I set things up.
Large Popsicle sticks
Glue (hot glue, Elmer’s glue, any glue will do… Ha! That totally rhymes.)
Magnet strips (you can find these at Michael’s or any craft store)
Glitter glue pens (optional). You can also use Sharpies.
Assemble your frame by gluing the popsicle sticks into a square with two popsicle sticks on top and bottom
Depending on what magnetic strips you bought, it may already have an adhesive backing. If so, peel and stick the magnet to the back. Or glue it.
Write l-o-v-e on the bottom corner with either a glitter pen or sharpie. However, usually I gotta have a little glitter.
Let littles go to town with stickers!
I mean honestly, does it get any easier? A little prep work gluing the popsicle sticks is all you need. Also, these would make a fun non candy Valentine if you feel the urge to glue…a lot. Plus, now you have fridge art. If you’re anything like me, my fridge is super full of astounding works of art already, but hey, now they’re framed!
Well you guys, Valentines day is just a week away! I thought I’d show you what we decided to do for Alisynne’s class this year, crayon heart valentines! These darling hearts turned out even better than I’d expected, and talk about easy. I had all three kiddos involved in this project and they loved it. Emma came bounding down the stairs the very next morning after making these wanting to do another batch! Melted crayon heart valentines are an excellent option for those of you who need to find a non candy valentine. Added bonus – you can get rid of that giant box of broken crayons you’ve got stashed in the closet.
Of course, I couldn’t just stop at the crayons. I had to make a darling printable to go along with it, cause you know, I’m me. Make sure you download it too and have your child (ok, it’ll probably be you) put together some charming valentines.
I cannot stress how easy this is to do. Let’s get right into it.
Silicon Heart Mold
Clear Bags (I bought and used the transparent archival bags that are 3inX4in from Michaels in the party section)
Double Sided Sticky Tape
Peel and break apart a bunch of crayons
Bake 350 degrees for 10-12 mins
Cool and pop out of mold
Put in Baggies and adhere printable with double sided tape on the inside of each flap
TA DA! Come on, how cute did these turn out?! So Cute!
If you find your crayon wrappers are ridiculously hard to get off, simply cut down the middle with a box cutter or exacto knife. Voila, easy peeling!
After you pop out your crayons you may find that some of the wax is still stuck to your silicon mold. Just pop it back into the oven and bake for 2 minutes and wipe with a paper towel while still warm. Super fast cleanup.
I was perusing Pinterest the other day in search of a fun and simple craft for an adorably cute and rambunctious group of toddlers I teach every sunday. I can’t help myself. Whenever there’s a holiday lurking my crafty senses start tingling and I’ve just gotta glue something. Or, at the very least, help tiny people glue something. There were so many fantastic ideas, but I opted to go for the classic paper plate turkey!
This project is so simple and with little mess to contend with (which is a huge bonus when working with 8 or so tiny humans) it marks this one as a winner. After I had gathered and cut all my supplies my girls went to work. Emma has already made three of these adorable toddler turkey plates.
So, here’s what you’ll need:
Small to medium paper plate. ( I used small)
Paper (orange, brown, and whatever you have handy for the bows)
Tissue paper in an array of colors
Directions: Prep Work
Cut out your feathers using the tissue paper. I used This template from patternuniverse.com, but you can easily find a different one if you’d like. It’s easy to cut a bunch feathers at once by folding your tissue paper in half, then half again,and once more if it’ll let you.
Cut out your bows and assemble. There is a great little blog called All About Orange (it’s been retired, but still darling) that teaches you how to make a paper bow. Click Here for the link and the free printout. I should also note that the bow template is for a large bow. I simply printed it out then shrank it down with my scanner by 50%.
Cut your Turkey body and head. I used brown paper bags I had on hand which is a great and cheap alternative to cardstock. For my templates I used a bottle to trace for the head and a small bowl for the body.
Cut the beaks. You can do a simple triangle if you’d prefer. I wanted to do the open mouth look so I folded my orange cardstock in half and cut two sides of the triangle along the fold. Easy peasy.
And now for the fun part! Gather you little one(s) and your supplies. Have your toddler brush glue over their plate. It doesn’t matter if they get the entire thing covered.
2.Place feathers first.
3. Then add body and face.
4. Last, but not least place your bow!
Voila! A little prep work goes a long way with these cute toddler turkey plate crafts. Now all you need is a great place to display their artwork while you and your guests revel in the delights of your thanksgiving feast.
BAYMAX RICE KRISPIE TREATS: A FUN HOW TO FOR YOU AND YOUR TODDLER
With Big Hero 6 being released on dvd recently, our house has become Baymax central. My children LOVE this movie and I’m sure we’ve watched it at least 15 times by now. I was thinking of ideas for our next family fun night when it dawned on me! Baymax head rice krispie treats! Delicious and fitting for our recent obsession. I did a test drive with the kiddos and they had a blast putting these together. So, without further ado, here’s How to make Baymax rice krispie treats for toddlers!
1. Make your rice krispie treats. If you need a recipe just snag this one here.
2. Before the rice krispie treats cool too much, fill your small bowl full and push down. This makes sure they retain their shape once you pop them out. It’s less sticky if you coat your hands and bowl in crisco.
3. Pop out your molded heads onto wax paper
4. Once they’ve cooled just slightly cut a slit into the middle of the head and insert a square of the Hershey bar. This will be the line that connects Baymax’s eyes. You can have your little helpers do this too (not the cutting obviously).
5. Melt a couple pieces of chocolate in the microwave on about 50% power for a minute. Stir the chocolate until smooth and melted. Go another round in the microwave if you need. This will act as the glue!
6. Add “glue” to the back of a brown Mega M&M. My toddlers loved this part.
7. Attach both eyes to your head at the end of your Hershey bar.
Tada! A very simple and fun way to dress up your rice krispie treats! These would be great for a Big Hero 6 party, or just for the fun of it. My kiddos enjoyed making these (heck, I enjoyed making these!) and I’m sure you will too! As an added bonus we made a whole Baymax out of rice krispie treats, cause why the heck not?!